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Sansa’s Lemon Cakes and Daenerys’s Dragon Egg Truffles

WINTER IS (almost) HERE.
OMG!  OMG!  OMG!

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers next weekend and I could not be more excited!  Every preview I’ve seen has been better than the last…and with the series wrapping up next year, things are about to get ca-RAY.

To help get us all in the mood for the GOT premier on Sunday, we’re going to be celebrating Game of Thrones all week this week!

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To kick things off, we’re going to celebrate two of the leading ladies of GOT:  Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen.

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A few weeks ago, we had a little engagement party for my sister and her fiance.  To go with their theme of epic nerdiness, we had amazing decorations and food that all catered to their favorite nerdy things.  Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Pokemon popcorn, even a handmade IRON THRONE that my aunts made were all part of the epic celebration!

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I mean, look at this awesome thing!

So my contribution to the party was the sweet table…and to pay homage to Game of Thrones, I included Sansa’s famous lemon cakes, as well as spicy chocolate truffles, decorated to look like Daenerys’s dragon eggs.

I had a few requests for recipes, so here they are!  The Lemon Cakes are from Rosanna Pansino, and the recipe for those is linked below.  The truffles were my own creation and you can find that recipe at the bottom of the post!

Happy Game of Thrones week!!

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Sansa’s Lemon Cakes Recipe

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These lemon cakes were made using Rosanna Pansino’s Lemon Cake recipe on her channel, Nerdy Nummies.  The recipe is written out in the description of her video.

Daenerys’s Spicy Chocolate Dragon Egg Truffles

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (keep it around 60% cacao)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • White fondant
  • Green fondant
  • Brown fondant

*If you don’t want to make these spicy, just eliminate adding the spices.

Directions:

In a medium sauce pot, heat the cream and spices over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer.

Place chopped chocolate in glass bowl.  Pour hot cream over chocolate, shaking bowl slightly until all the chocolate is covered.  Let sit until chocolate is semi-melted, about 5 minutes.

With a spoon or silicone spatula, mix the chocolate until everything is combined.  Cover with cling wrap.  Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.

In the meantime, roll out any color of fondant (white, green or brown).  I suggest going from light to dark so your white fondant stays white.

Roll out white fondant to about ¼ in. thickness.  To cut out the scales, I used a tiny diamond cutter, originally meant for clay.  You can also cut out your pieces by hand…whatever works for you.

Cut out a bunch of scales in each color…like, a bunch.  Like, cut as many as you think you need, then cut more.  I think I averaged about 20-40 scales per truffle.

Once your chocolate as set, take it out of the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Using a spoon or a small ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out your truffles.  Roll them into a ball first, then shape them into a flat egg (like a Reese’s egg at Easter) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Work quickly, as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate.  I rinsed my hands with cold water after every 2 or 3 truffles I made.

Once your chocolate is shaped, just add your scales.  Starting at the narrow end, add one scale in the top center…then just layer the scales all the way down the truffle until it’s covered.  The fondant should stick to the chocolate pretty easily, but you can use a little dab of water if it’s not sticking.

Put truffles back in the fridge to harden up a little bit and then serve!

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Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling

I know I’ve said it before, but The Princess Bride is easily one of my all-time favorite movies.  It’s my go-to when I’m sick…but I’d really watch it anytime, anywhere.  Wanna come over for a movie night?  Chances are that’ll be my suggestion…and don’t worry, I won’t quote the movie to you, I promise!

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OK, I might quote a few things…

The Princess Bride is celebrating its 30th anniversary this September and, to celebrate, I thought we’d have some fun this week and honor The Princess Bride with all kinds of fun recipes, crafts, and activities!

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NO!!  IT’S FOR REAL!!

To get started, I wanted to make a treat that played to the romance and the whimsy of The Princess Bride, while still following the theme because, you know, I’m all about themes…so for today, I have a Princess Buttercup Cupcake with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling!

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And if you get all the references, well,

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Topped with a royal icing buttercup flower and filled with tasty peanut butter frosting, these chocolate cupcakes are a dream come true…even dreamer than Westley’s eyes or Inigo Montoya’s sexy AF sword-fighting skills.

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A great way to kick off a Princess Bride viewing party, these tasty cupcakes are INCONCEIVABLE-ly good!

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Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling

Ingredients:

  • Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • Color Right Performance Color System, or Yellow Food Coloring
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Peanut Butter Frosting
  • Whipped White Vanilla Frosting

Tools:

  • Disposable Decorating Bag
  • Petal Decorating Tip 104
  • Coupler (optional)
  • No. 7 Flower Nail
  • Wax Paper Squares
  • Cake Board or Cookie Sheet
  • Muffin Pan
  • Standard Baking Cups
  • Star Decorating Tip 1M

Instructions:

Since your buttercup flowers will have to set up in the freezer, make these one day in advance.  Using the meringue powder, make royal icing.  I followed the instructions on wilton.com for Royal Icing, combining 3 tablespoons meringue powder, confectioners’ sugar, and 4 tablespoons warm water.  Mix for at least 7 to 10 minutes, until your icing is thick and white, like this:

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To color my icing, I used the Color Right Performance Color System, combining 10 drops YELLOW and 2 drops ORANGE.  You can also create your own yellow icing using food coloring or whatever you have available.

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Remember that royal icing also dries quickly, so keep your bowl of icing covered with a wet paper towel when not using.

Prepare decorating bag with coupler and tip 104.  Technically, a coupler is not NEEDED for this, but I like using one, as it offers more support for my tip.  Using the flower nail and the wax paper squares, begin piping flowers.  I just made 6 to 7 petals of varying sizes.  Transfer flowers on wax paper to cake board or cookie sheet.  Don’t forget to make extras in case any flowers break!  Freeze flowers for at least 8 to 10 hours.

Bake your cupcakes following the package instructions.  To give your cakes a bakery taste, you can add a little teaspoon of GOOD vanilla extract to the batter, but it’s not essential.  Bake your cupcakes in cupcake liners.

Once your cupcakes have cooled completely, use the large side of tip 1M to remove the center from each cupcake:

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Consume the centers as you finish!  😉  This is a very important step, you guys…you must test your baking…for science.

Prepare decorating bag with peanut butter frosting, trying not to eat it right out of the container as you go.  I didn’t use a tip for this, just cut a small hole in the tip of the bag, but you can easily use a round tip of any size if you want.  Fill in the centers with the peanut butter frosting:

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To pipe the frosting on top, I just used the tip 1M since I had it out, but you could use whatever large tip you’d like.  Pipe a swirl on each cupcake, then top with a flower.

And there you have it!  Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with (Anybody want a Peanut?)Butter Filling!

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7 Popular Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself

I think we can all agree that Easter candy FAR surpasses Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween candy…ami right??  The colors are prettier, the flavors are better (coconut EVERYTHING for the win!!), and Peeps…just Peeps.

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Yes, I’m probably one of a handful of people that actually loves Peeps, but I also love anything chocolate and coconut, anything peanut butter and chocolate, and those ooey gooey Cadbury Crème Eggs…STAAAHP.

Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Easter candy…and thanks to the creative minds on the Internet, it’s now easier than ever to create your own Easter candy any time of year!  From delicious handmade Reese’s Eggs to yes, even handmade Peeps and jelly beans, these 7 Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself are sure to add a sweet touch to anyone’s Easter basket!

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Homemade Marshmallow Eggs
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Homemade Cadbury Eggs
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Homemade Candy Dots
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Pastel Mint Patties
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Homemade Peeps
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Homemade Jelly Beans
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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
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9 Awesome Smores Recipes

Even the hottest, muggiest summer day is instantly improved by eating a smore.  Gooey chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers come together in an ultimate marriage of happiness and deliciousness.

But smores can sometimes be a pain to eat.  One bite and all the chocolate and marshmallow just ooze out the back of your happiness sandwich and all down your hand.  That’s just no fun for anyone…

But with these awesome bloggers and their tasty recipes, you can get the flavors you love without the mess!  Brownies, sushi, even smores milkshakes make this collection of smores recipes summertime staples for lovers of these campfire treat!

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Gooey smores brownies from The Little Sous Chef:

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Smores muddy buddies from Like Mother Like Daughter:

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Sushi smores from Tastemade:

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Smore cheese ball from Chef in Training:

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Smores cheesecake from Baked by an Introvert:

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Smore milkshake from Eat. Thrive. Glow.:

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Pretzel smores bites from Well Plated:

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Smores doughnuts from Dessert Now, Dinner Later:

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Smores popcorn balls from I Heart Eating:

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Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles

I wouldn’t say that I’m a chocolate fanatic, but occasionally the mood will strike and I’ll pretty much do anything for a piece of dark chocolate with caramel or peanut butter or espresso beans…

The last time I got the craving for some chocolate yumminess, I came upon a bag of Hershey’s Cinammon Chocolate Chips. Um…sold.

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To go along with my cinnamon theme, I decided to pick up a box of cinnamon graham crackers and a bag of white chocolate chips (since they were on sale).

When I got home, I had no idea what do to with my cinnamon chocolate…other than open the bag and dive in as I watched a marathon of Parks and Recreation or Modern Family. I looked to see what I had on hand already and I found some whipping cream, which is great for making ganache…and frosting…and TRUFFLES. Then the magic happened.

I had no recipe, no idea what I was doing…I had never even made truffles before…but I just had a feeling deep down in my soul that this was the right thing to do.

Needless to say, these truffles are AMAZING. The cinnamon and chocolate go SO well together, and the white chocolate helps cut a bit of the cinnamon so it’s not an overload. These are wonderful to make as Christmas gifts and would be delicious with vanilla ice cream.

If you’d rather not use cinnamon chocolate, that’s totally fine. You can substitute it with any chocolate of your choice (except white chocolate, which is not really chocolate so it won’t turn into a ganache like chocolate with real cocoa in it).

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Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag chocolate chips of your choice (anything but white chocolate should be fine)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 package crushed graham cracker crumbs (you know how when you buy a box of graham crackers they come in 3 mini packs? You only need one of those mini packs for this recipe)

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Directions:

  1. In a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a clean bowl and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours (it will become the consistency of frosting).
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  2. In the mean time, place your graham crackers in a food processor and blend until you’ve made crumbs. Place in a bowl.
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  3. When you’re ready to make your truffles, take the chocolate out of the fridge and let it sit for a minute or two.
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  4. Spoon small scoops of chocolate into the graham cracker crumbs and form them into balls. Making balls with your hands will melt the chocolate, so dropping them into the crumbs and then forming them into balls gives them a protective coating and makes them easier to form (as well as keeping your hands much cleaner).
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  5. As you finish a ball, place it on a foil lined baking sheet. Repeat until you’ve used up all the chocolate. You’ll have lots of graham cracker crumbs left over, which is good. Keep them, you’ll need them later on.
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  6. Refrigerate your chocolate balls again for about 1 hour to firm up.
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  7. About 5 minutes before you’re ready to move on to the next step, combine the white chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a bowl and melt in the microwave (stir after 1 minute, and then in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth). If your chocolate is still too thick, add another tablespoon of oil and microwave for 10 seconds. Mix to combine.
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  8. Let your white chocolate cool for a minute or two.
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  9. As is the case with most candy recipes, it’s great to have an assembly line set up. Have your cold chocolates ready, followed by your bowl of white chocolate and your bowl of graham cracker crumbs. I used a fork to transfer my chocolate truffles from the white chocolate to the crumbs so any excess white chocolate is able to drip off.
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  10. When you’re ready, drop a chocolate ball in the white chocolate and then transfer it to the crumbs. Cover it completely with the crumbs and let it sit for 10 seconds so the white chocolate can set. Then transfer it to a clean baking sheet. Repeat for all your truffles.
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  11. Refrigerate them once more for at least 30 minutes.
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  12. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator…if you even have leftovers to store!
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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

…and I’m not even kidding.  These are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had…and considering the recipe comes from Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook, that’s really no great surprise.

If you love good old fashioned home cooking, you will love these soft and chewy cookies.  These cookies are great for bake sales and gatherings, since they stay soft and chewy for days.  Keep them in an airtight container to maintain freshness.  And if it just so happens that the cookies get hard or stale, simply throw a piece of bread into the container and your cookies should return to their soft state in a few hours.  By the way, if you’re shipping cookies to someone, this is a great way to keep them fresh and soft!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package chocolate chips, or chips of your choice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Gradually blend in the flour mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
  6. Drop by the tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until edges are brown.  Remove from pan and let cool.

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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes

One of my all-time favorite flavor combinations is sweet and spicy…and there’s nothing that will get your taste buds in a frenzy like chili and chocolate.  Spicy chocolate is a genius invention and one of my go-to guilty pleasures.  If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you give it a shot.  To get the full sensation, melt some dark chocolate in a double boiler.  Create medallions on wax paper by spooning the chocolate on the wax paper when it’s melted.  Sprinkle each medallion with a little cayenne pepper and use a toothpick to swirl the powder into the melted chocolate.  Let harden and enjoy.  It may not seem spicy at first, but these little guys have a kick…and will bite back!

So when I was given the task of baking some yummy treats for my bother’s fiancee’s bachelorette party, I just had to try making spicy chocolate cupcakes!  What better way to top off a ladie’s night?  Oh, and I did make these weenie cake pops, which I thought you might enjoy!  HAHA!  I mean, it was a bachelorette party!

Anyway, back to these chocolate cakes.  I didn’t want the spice to be too overwhelming, so I just added it to the icing.  If you want a little more heat, add it to the batter.  It’s really up to you.  Just remember, when it comes to cayenne pepper–a little goes a long way!

Spicy Chocolate Cakes

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine boiling water and cocoa, stirring well until all the cocoa is dissolved.  Let mixture cool completely.
  3. Place sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and beat until well blended, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and stir with a whisk until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture and cocoa mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center of one cupcake comes out clean.  For these cakes, it’s best NOT to use cupcake liners, since the icing is poured onto the cool cake and hardens over time.  You can place cupcakes in liners once the icing has set.  Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make icing, melt the butter in a pan.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Use a tablespoon to skim off the foam on top of the melted butter and discard.  Set aside the clarified butter, also discarding the milky liquid in the bottom of the pan.
  9. In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  10. Remove the chocolate from the heat and pour the clarified butter into the chocolate.  Stir until smooth.
  11. Add cayenne pepper and mix until combined.  Add more to taste if the heat isn’t strong enough for you!
  12. Let icing sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  13. Place cakes on a cooling rack with a pan underneath to catch extra icing.  Pour icing over cooled cakes and let sit for at least 2 hours to let icing set.
  14. If you have extra icing, you can drizzle it over the cupcakes after the first layer sets.

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