Monday, April 21, 2014

Individual Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Cups



When I was a little girl, I was always in appointments for various medical problems. Some teeth to be removed there. Some bones to be straightened here. And some bladder issues to be worked out over there.

It sucked.

After appointments, my mom and I would stop by White Spot where I'd poke away at my food until I could order dessert. And I'd always choose the same one: the glorious hot fudge brownie sundae.


I loved the way the warm brownie melted the ice cream around the edges. I loved the way the fudge cascaded its way across all dessert borders.

But most of all, I loved how this big plate of chocolate and ice cream could somehow make everything melt away, and for a few minutes I could just enjoy being a kid in the way that only a giant, toppling dessert can bring.

I don't know when I stopped ordering it, but lately I've been craving that comfort.

This at-home version has everything I remember, but all in a single serve package. The brownies are cooked individually (like those horribly addictive two-bite brownies), and topped with a big scoop of ice cream, some thick fudge, and a dash of sprinkles.

Oh, and a cherry on top.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Bum Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts

Little Bunny Foo Foo hopped into my kitchen today and landed in some carrot cake doughnuts while looking for something to eat.


Thankfully, they were baked doughnuts so there was no hot oil involved!


Want to make your own bunny in a garden doughnuts? The instructions are below, and it's actually pretty easy. Just make the doughnuts, the icing, the bunny bums, and then plop it all together. They're the perfect treat for little (and big) kids for the long, holiday weekend. 

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chocolate Dipped Cookie Pops... with sprinkles!

Know what I love about these cookies?


I love how they eliminate the problem of not being able to cram enough chocolate into the cookies. I love how easy they are to dip into milk. And I love how they leave little rainbow milk trails in your glass.


I love how they're equally fun for the adults in our house as they are for the kids. I love how cheerful they are, and how they remind me of a circus, or the crazy fun birthday parties you had as kids where your hands were always sticky from icing and cake.

And I love, maybe most of all, how they're the perfect snack to cuddle up with, as a family, as we wind down from the day before heading to bed.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Funfetti Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

If how I spent my days were left completely up to me, I'd be on the couch in my underwear eating cupcakes and marathoning a bunch of crap on Netflix all the time.


But alas, I have all sorts of responsibilities, like clients and a family, that require me to put on pants and go outside every now and again.

River Monsters and Extreme Cheapskates sometimes have to wait.


Because I'm not a completely lazy sloth/human hybrid (I swear), I baked my friends a cake for a little night of light drinking we were having recently. Since one of my besties is allergic to dairy, I had to come up with an icing that won't kill her or me -- and this dairy and gluten free variation of seven minute frosting was born. As a true testament to how delicious and fluffy and marshmallowy it is, all I had left at the end of the night was a sad carcass of a cake to drag back home with me because we ate all the icing off of it.

So go on, make yourself a batch and have a couch lounge. But no Hart of Dixie or House of Lies spoilers, mmkay?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

I haven't posted in what feels like forever, so please accept this delicious banana bread as a peace offering, okay?


It's basically been what we're surviving off of because it's seriously addicting and the best damn banana bread I've had.

My absence is partly due to the man and I just surviving the (I'm pretty sure official) World's Worst Cold. In all the years I've known this guy, I have never seen him that sick. To be honest, it was somewhat satisfying to see him swollen and snotty. No, I'm not a monster. I'm just usually the one whose immune system throws itself on germs like they're grenades about to take out my family. It was kind of nice to not be in it alone this time -- I had my own personal sniffle buddy!

So, yeah, I totally promise to post more and stuff.

Feel free to stop by next time with some milk because oh, there will be so many cookies.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

O Canada Cake

Much like my Olympic spirit, this cake just didn't want to happen. 


I ran out of eggs, I couldn't find my recipe, I accidentally used dirty soapy dishes (but dry, so does it count if the soap is dry? Ugh. Don't tell me). I dropped pans, forgot ingredients, and generally functioned so below normal I was surprised I ended up with anything aside from a disastrously messy kitchen. Eventually I just sort of gave up and accepted my incompetence and figured at very least, whatever comes out of the oven can be washed down with my tears.


But alls well that ends in cake. And, despite all the trouble, this one is delicious and light and not too sweet, but still decadent enough to satisfy all cravings.

If you need a 4am treat to watch Canada (hopefully, maybe, and I dunno andwhowantstojixthings) bring home gold, this ombre red cake with seven minute frosting will do the trick and have you cheering for Team Canada all the way to the finish line. (Or some other metaphor that works for hockey).


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Easy (And Low Fatish) Hot Fudge Sauce

It's rainy and cold out. Winter isn't leaving any time soon, but all I can think about is summer.

And ice cream.

And a big, melty waffle cone and sticky fingers from chocolate sauce dripping down the sides.


This easy hot fudge sauce has been hanging out in my fridge a lot lately. Maybe it's because I ate all the berry popsicles, so only the crappy orange ones are left. Maybe it's because it's rich, velvety, and delicious and works on desserts, and breakfast crepes.

But most probably because it's chocolate, and why the hell am I looking for reasons to justify its existence?


You don't need a reason either, but maybe if enough of us eat bright, cheery sundaes, summer will hurry up and get here faster.

So let's do that.

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