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Puppy Chow surprise-inside cake

I love this cake.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

Every little thing about it.  From the amazing chocolate flavor to the chocolate sprinkles to the glorious surprise waiting inside.

Delicious. Beautiful. (in my opinion!) and Easy.

Let’s get to it!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

After assembling the layers of this cake I covered it in a thin coat of buttercream.  I used about 1 cup of chocolate sprinkles and gently pressed them into the cake.

After the cake was covered I used a fondant smoother to press them in further and to get the clean, sharp lines you see here.  Although I lightened it a bit (we are already losing light so quickly here in Minnesota!) this picture is basically straight out of my camera.

But lets take a step back.  Just how did I assemble it?

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

I started with three 6-inch chocolate cakes.  After chilling them, I used a 3-inch round cookie cutter and cut out the center of one of the cakes.

I then placed a thin layer of chocolate buttercream around the edge of the cake with the center cut out.

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

Next, I placed the cake with the center cut out on top of one of the other layers, frosting side down.  We want the frosting to act as a glue.

I filled the cake with that fabulous Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.

Added another thin layer of chocolate buttercream around the edge.

Finally placed the last layer on top.

I chilled my cake at this point, as I find it easier to cover in frosting when the cake is stable and firm.

Cover with thin layer of chocolate buttercream and then sprinkles. (as directed above)

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

And now we are back to here.

Ready to see the surprise?

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

So fun right?

And totally delicious.  Pumpkin. Chocolate.  More chocolate.  Crunchy Chex® cereal bits.  It’s stinkin awesome!!!

For a cake.  I mean, it’s not world peace or anything. #da

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

Here is the nitty gritty:

Prepare a batch of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow. (Give yourself a few hours for it to cool and harden.)

Prepare a chocolate cake (you can use box mix or this wonderful Chocolate Cake recipe) in three 6-inch round cake pans.
Remove cakes from pans and chill until they are very firm.

Prepare chocolate buttercream.

Follow directions above for assembly.

Chill cake until ready to serve.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

And there you have it!  How to prepare a Chocolate Buttercream Sprinkle Covered Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Surprise-Inside Cake!

Say that three times fast. ;)

If you like this cake be sure to check out my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!

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pumpkin spice puppy chow

I love puppy chow.  Muddy buddy’s.  Chum.  Trash.  It has a different name for every area of the country it seems.  Here in Minnesota it is puppy chow.  And it is DElicious.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

And easy.  Four ingredients.

Ten minutes.

And you are in white chocolate covered Chex Mix® heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

pumpkin spice puppy chow

Ingredients

  • 1 box Cinnamon Chex® cereal (13.5 ounce)
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Carefully melt white chocolate in microwave. I started at 1 minute, removed and stirred, then heated again in 10 second increments until completely melted.
  2. Add pumpkin spice to melted chocolate and stir well.
  3. Place cereal into bowl; pour white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large resealable plastic food bag and add powdered sugar. Seal bag tightly. Shake bag until powdered sugar evenly coats cereal.
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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

We were all addicted to it of course, and could not stop eating it and it was all gone in a very very short period of time that I am not able to disclose mainly because its so embarrassing. #butworthit

Try it. You’ll like it. Promise.

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brownie cookie dough pie

Stop judging me.

Ok, nevermind.  Judge away.  This dessert is… well… ridiculously awesome.

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

 

Let me tell you how this came about.

I was craving brownie batter.  I know, I know, gross. Raw egg, yuck.  But I am one of those weirdo’s who does not have a problem with raw egg nor do I have a problem with raw egg when it is surrounded by glorious chocolately homemade brownie batter.  In my old fart mind, raw egg (surrounded by glorious chocolately homemade brownie batter) is good for you.

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

So I made the batter and then for some reason it didn’t sound good anymore.  Well, all is not lost when making batters, just bake it!  So I did.

Then I got a hankerin for cookie dough!  (Here is where you can shake your head back and forth.  I really need to develop some healthier cravings.)

So I made up a batch of cookie dough frosting.  Then I was in the process of grabbing a spoon and saw my brownies on the counter.

Cookie Dough + Brownies = now I have to run 7 miles for one bite.

Totally worth it.  I mean, if I would actually run 7 miles.  It’s more like a 2 mile brisk walk through the local mall with large strapped-on ankle weights and a pink terrycloth braided headband and a T-shirt that says “totally rad”.  And if I were being totally honest, it’s more like a walk to the car so I can go to the store and buy more marshmallows.  #justsayin

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

But then, as if gobs of cookie dough frosting and brownies weren’t enough, I decided to toast some mini marshmallows on top.

Because marshmallows.

No da.

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

 

I used my favorite Homemade Brownie Mix recipe for the base of this pie.  I baked it in a 9-inch round pie dish.

chocolate chip cookie dough frosting

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, or to
  • taste
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer beat brown sugar and room temperature butter until light and fluffy. Add in flour and vanilla extract until fully combined.
  2. With mixer on low speed, add in cream until desired consistency is reached. (Can use more/less cream if desired)
  3. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips by hand.
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Recipe just barely adapted from allrecipes.com.

So here is what the whole assembly looked like.  Bake brownies, allow to cool.  Prepare cookie dough frosting and smother on top of brownies.  Place a layer of mini marshmallows on top of cookie dough frosting and then toast in oven (the broil option works fast but placing them in for about 5 minutes at 250 works great for an all-over warming) for about 2 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Be sure to watch closely!

Can be served immediately or kept at room temperature.

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

By the time I got all my pictures taken and was ready to actually indulge in a bite, my pie was cool.  So I popped it in the microwave for a few seconds, drizzled on some hot fudge, and watched in fascination as the fluffy marshmallows started the magnificent descent off of the pie as the warmed cookie dough frosting seemed incapable of supporting the toasted clouds of sugar for one more second.

Gotta tell you, this combination of flavors is pretty darn amazing.  Totally indulgent and obnoxiously sweet… but worth trying at least once in your life.  And here is the best part, the whole thing takes about 1/2 hour to pull together.

Quick, easy, delicious.  I think that should be my new mantra.

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gluten free fudgy brownies

One of my favorite things to do is bake.  I love getting into the kitchen, getting out bowls and measuring spoons, opening the pantry door and standing before the sugars, flours and baking ingredients.  There is a nervous, almost giddy excitement about it that brings me to a calm, comfortable, happy place in my often stressed out and anxious mind.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

 

Until today.  I was trying out a gluten free recipe, something that is not my norm.  I had placed a very high bar for this recipe, wanting to make sure it was completely gluten free, that it was accessible, and that it tasted good.

So I spent quite a bit of time researching just how to bake gluten free.  It is not just about ingredients, it is also about quality and safety.

Some people choose to go gluten free, but for others it is a real necessity.  Seeing as I do not fall into the latter category, I wanted to make sure that safety was at the forfront of my thoughts, so that everything about this recipe screamed delicious, sound, comfortable, just-plain-good.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

 

Since there was no way I was going to be developing a gluten free recipe from scratch, I went to a trusted source.  McCormick has a number of well tested and scrumptious gluten free recipes on their site, and this Fudgy Brownie was calling my name in a big way.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

 

gluten free fudgy brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix sugar and cocoa powder in large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Gently sift cornstarch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-2 minutes or until melted. Pour into cocoa mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  6. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well blended. Spread in fparchment-lined 13x9-inch baking pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
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Recipe just barely adapted from McCormick.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

 

For my first venture into intentional gluten free baking, I would call this a success!  So excited to try more and see if we will be incorporating any more gluten free baking into our lives.  With results like these, it would be hard to resist!

I am not able to offer suggestions on substitutions at this time (still learning!) but if you need some insight, check out this post from thekitchn.  You can also check out my friend Johnna’s blog, In Johanna’s Kitchen for some great recipes!

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Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies on a Stick

I am out at the Minnesota State Fair today.  Did you know that:

“It is the largest state fair in the US by average daily attendance. It is also the 2nd largest state fair in the US by total attendance, trailing only the State Fair of Texas, which generally runs twice as long as the Minnesota State Fair.” -Wikipedia

One more fun fact.  I have lived in MN for over 10 years… yet have NEVER been to the fair! Twin Cities Live to the rescue! Today I will be a guest on the the show, and for the first time ever, my husband and kids will be there to see!

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

So, in the spirit of the fair, I am making something pretty darn insane.  I mean, not insane by fair standards, but definitely insane by normal-everyday-food standards.

Three years ago my friend Amanda made these Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars, which some folks know as “slutty brownies”. (I dislike that term immensely, but that is what people usually know they by.)

I decided to make a pan of Amanda’s creation. Then using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, I cut out nine sweet brownie bites.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

Loving that beautiful brownie Oreo cookie bliss!! (I made this simply to show the layers and drizzle, my final product has the stick inserted into the sides of the layers, not directly into the top of the brownie)

Next I covered them in milk chocolate. My original plan was to use semi-sweet, but my taste testing crew unanimously approved of the milk chocolate.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

Lastly, we added on a layer of chopped Snickers bars and called it a day.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

I had to call it a day, I was exhausted! I mean, really. Brownies, Oreo’s, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Milk Chocolate coating, and Snickers Bars? Can we say over-the-top?

But in a really, really good way.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies on a Stick

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package of chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 box brownies (I prefer the 9x9 pan size, it often comes in a bag)
  • 9-12 Oreos
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 bag Snickers kept chilled, you will want about 2 cups of chopped pieces total

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9x9 inch baking dish by lining it with parchment then spraying sides with baking spray.
  2. Press cookie dough into bottom of pan.
  3. Place one layer of Oreo's on top of cookie dough. You will most likely only have room for 9 cookies, but can cut cookies in half and squeeze into edges if you want full coverage.
  4. Prepare brownies according to directions on package and pour over Oreo's and cookie dough.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed mostly clean. (A couple crumbs are ok)
  6. Allow brownies to cool to room temperature, then using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, punch out nine sections.
  7. Place those section in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Prepare chocolate coating by melted the chocolate and oil in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir well, then place back in microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate is completely melted.
  9. Grab the stick and dip it into the chocolate (just an inch or so) then gently insert stick into cut edge of the brownie. Do this to all brownies then place back in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  10. Chop all snickers into very small pieces. This works best when snickers are chilled. Place in a flat layer (pieces not touching if possible) until ready to assemble.
  11. Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
  12. When ready to coat the brownies, pick one up by the stick and hold over the chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate over the brownie and coat completely. Shake off excess.
  13. Take about a tablespoon of snickers pieces and gently press into the top of the brownie. Place the brownie bite SNICKERS SIDE DOWN onto the baking sheet covered with parchment. Coat all 9 brownies, then place in refrigerator to allow chocolate to set. Can be served at room temperature.
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Extra Supplies Needed: parchment paper, sticks for brownie bites, container for melted chocolate that is wide enough to drizzle chocolate over bites, 2-inch round cookie cutter

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

These are obviously pretty amazing. I mean, with all that sweet goodness, how could it not be?

So excited to share these at the fair! I just hope it lives up to the awesome reputation that fair food has. I mean, there is some stiff competition!

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

 

But just in case, I made one in the shape of the state of MN. Who can resist a good ole’ hometown treat? :)

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birthday celebration (with LOTS of desserts!)

This past weekend was a busy one, with lots of food, fun and desserts of course!

Parker & Inga Birthday Party!

 

My little guy is turning eight in about a week and my sweet niece turned nine last Friday!  We are also celebrating one year in our home as well as a long and beautiful summer.  School time is right around the corner, and we wanted to be outside with friends and family before the cold Minnesota winter drives us indoors.

But lets talk desserts!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

 

My mother-in-law made this beautiful Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  It was a hit!

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Dessert Pizza

I made my husband’s all time favorite Butterscotch Peanut Butter Dessert Pizza.

I actually made two for the party, but hubby didn’t get to eat any of it, so I made him another one that night.  (It only takes 15 minutes from conception to your first bite, so easy!)

White Cake Zucchini Cupcakes

 

Parker had requested a white cake with strawberries, so I made him these cupcakes.  They are my white zucchini cake recipe with strawberry buttercream and fresh strawberries on top.  I didn’t actually get to try one, but I heard folks enjoyed them.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Last but not least was the Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  I didn’t get to try this one either, as it went pretty fast, but I did get to try the cupcake version and those were amazing.

As for the entertainment…

Rettke Party 2014

 

Some of the talented kids from our church agreed to come and play.  This is Next Destination.  I think everyone would agree that they did an amazing job!

We also had face painting:

eddie-facepaint

Eddie

Inga face paintingInga

bouncy house

We also rented a giant bouncy house that the kids enjoyed for three days!  Seriously enjoyed.  On Sunday they spent a good deal of time trying to plan ways to save money so they can buy their own.

It was a wonderful time I we felt beyond blessed to have so many friends and family there.  And to get to enjoy good food together!

Can’t wait until next year!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Um, have you noticed?  I am putting zucchini in everything.  I can’t say I am sorry though, because everything I am making is so darn delicious!!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

This one is a favorite so far, as it is over-the-top chocolatey.  Everything is rich and creamy and moist and amazing.  It’s pretty much the best cupcake to ever be made in the history of all the cupcake making world.

I wish someone could just slap me when I am being so overly dramatic and pompous.

Forget I just said that.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Since I have been baking with zucchini so much lately, I thought I would write  a little poem about it.

And now, Poetry with i am baker.

 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Zucchini

You grow fast

and have hardly any flavor

Yet I love you

and your green innards.

Pretty good huh?

Don’t worry.  I will stick to baking.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups finely grated and drained zucchini
  • 3/4 - 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcakes pans with liners. (Yields roughly 26-28 cupcakes)
  2. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. With a whisk gently sift ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs and oil. Mix by hand. Batter will be fairly thick. Add in grated zucchini and chocolate chips and fold in with spatula. Batter should loosen up a bit with the moisture from the zucchini.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, fill up cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed mostly clean.
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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Some things worth mentioning:

This is a one bowl cupcake recipe.  One bowl.  I LOVE that.  I dislike dishes.  A lot.  One bowl!  Well, excluding the bowl you beat the eggs in.  Darn it.

I used this Chocolate Frosting recipe for the cupcakes.  Using an ice cream scoop, I just dropped a dollop on each cupcake.  It’s my new favorite way to decorate!

These suckers are rich.  RICH I TELL YOU.  Make sure you have milk and loose fitting pants near by.

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This recipe was adapted from a cake recipe, and I am making it into a cake today! It’s my son’s birthday soon and we are having a big party tomorrow… his request was Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting and White Zucchini Cake with Strawberry Frosting.  (Ok, so I added the zucchini request in there, but he will love it!)

I am also make these Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cookies and these Snickers Zucchini Cookies and this Peanut Butter Buttersctoch Pizza.

I just hope there is enough food.

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White Zucchini Cake

It is full-on zucchini season here, and I have no less than (and not even kidding) 50 zucchini’s to use up.  That is a tease and a warning, all wrapped up into one.

I decided to try and re-do my white zucchini cake with yellow zucchini, then cover it in gobs of chocolate frosting of course.  The moisture and delicate flavor in zucchini always make cake amazingly moist!!

White Zucchini Cake

Will you indulge me for a moment?  I would like to share a little story with you.

As I was standing in front of my KitchenAid® mixer it occurred to me that I should add blueberries to my cake.  But then I thought about all the other blueberry desserts I do (seeing as it is my favorite fruit and all) and how they are probably the least popular theme on my blog.  It seems I am the only one who love blueberry brownies and blueberry pizza and rustic blueberry tart and blueberry pie muffins.

So I abandoned the idea.  Then it turned into “that” time of day where everyone says, “Mom, I am hungry.”  “Mom, I lost my ipad.”  “Mom, the snakes are missing.”  “Mom, Olivia is eating something brown.”  “Mom.”  “Mom.” “MOM.”

And I was on my last nerve.

White Zucchini Cake

But, as I mentioned, I was standing in front of my mixer and it was on low and it was in the process of combining the butter, cocoa, milk and sugar I had added.  Chocolate frosting was in my immediate future, and that seemed to make things bearable.

Then it was all five kids in front of me at once.  And then my husband came home.  And then it was not bearable anymore.

Intuitive to the child-induced twitch that had me unable to see out of my left eye, my husband gathered up the kids and said, “When you are done with that cake, come and get us and we will have dinner.”

And they left.  And I had a moment to breath.  And so I took my time in frosting that white zucchini cake.  And I decided that the blueberry idea I had earlier was not such a bad idea after all.  And then I took my sweet time in adding blueberries, one at a time, all lined up just-so, all around the cake.  Then I did another row for good measure.

And we ate dinner and all was right with the world.

White Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Blueberries

 

White Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup drained (mostly dry) finely shredded zucchini
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of table salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8in baking pans.
  2. In mixer with paddle attachment, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and egg whites. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, then on high for 2-4 minutes. You are looking for a light and fluffy sugar mixture.
  3. In separate bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Alternating as you go, add the flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture. Mix on low until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and zucchini, folding in by hand.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 25-30 minutes.
  5. Frosting
  6. Add room temperature butter to mixer with paddle attachment and cream for 1 minute.
  7. Add in cocoa, sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on medium speed. You will be mixing that for a total of 3-5 minutes.
  8. After about 30 seconds, turn mixer to low and add in heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time. You can use more or less cream to reach your desired consistency. When I am using the icing to do a rough frost (like in the images with the recipe) I will use all the heavy cream so my frosting is very creamy and easy to spread.
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I love (and I do mean love) the little bittersweet burst of flavor from the blueberry in contrast with the rich buttercream, but if you want to save time, feel free to throw them onto the center of the cake and call it a day.

White Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Blueberries

 

So let me tell you a few things about this cake.  It is moist.  As in, probably the most moist cake I have ever made.  The cake melts in your mouth, and the frosting and blueberries put it right over the top.  I am talking amazing.

Like one of my Top 10 Desserts EVER amazing.

White Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Blueberries

If you do not have yellow zucchini you can swap out green zucchini.  If you do not want green flecks, you can simply peel the zucchini first.

The moral of the story with this cake is this: Make one and all the noise in your life will be dulled for a moment.  And your taste buds will be happy.  And your belly satisfied. And your heart full.

#socheesy #icanthelpmyself

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chocolate zucchini cookies

Every now and then I get an idea for a recipe.  Usually it is simple as thinking about it, googling it, finding a previously published recipe, making it into my own, and getting on with my day.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

 

That was not the case with these cookies.  I really wanted to find a zucchini cookie that was not too ‘cakey’ and that actually had a significant amount of zucchini in it.  I wanted it to be full of deep, dark, rich chocolate.  And I could not find it anywhere!

And after quite a bit of testing (it all involved chocolate so I am definitely not complaining) I finally found a recipe we all loved!

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

 

It has three kinds of “chocolate.”  Cocoa, milk chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate.

The combination is pretty darn tasty.

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

 

Concerning chocolate chips in cookies, I have to share something that I have been doing lately.  Instead of adding all of the chocolate chips to the dough, I reserve a handful then add individual chips to the top before baking.  This helps people to identify what the cookies is should the chips not naturally be on the surface.

As you can see above, it is easy to see that there are two kinds of chips in the cookie!

triple chocolate zucchini cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or bittersweet)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (fine table salt)
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup grated and drained zucchini

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt 2/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate for 30 seconds. If chips are not melted, return to microwave in 10 second increments until mostly melted. Stir frequently. When melted, set aside.
  3. Using a grater, finely grate a medium sized zucchini. This should yield about 2 cups of zucchini. Place zucchini in a clean dish towel and squeeze vigorously, removing most of the liquid. You should now have about 1 cup of drained shredded zucchini. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Sift together with a whisk. Set aside.
  5. In a stand mixer or bowl with hand mixer, add in butter and sugars. Mix for about a minute, or until mixture is fully combined and starts to fluff.
  6. With stand mixer (or hand mixer) on low, add in egg and vanilla. Combine fully.
  7. Pour in melted chocolate and mix completely.
  8. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
  9. Remove bowl from stand mixer (or remove beaters) and fold in zucchini and milk chocolate chips by hand.
  10. With an ice cream scoop (or large spoon) drop balls of dough onto cookie sheet, about 8 per sheet. Leave 2-inches between each ball of dough. (I did not flatten cookies at any point)
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
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One thing about zucchini recipes is people often refer to “small” or “medium” sized zucchini.  Since we tend to grow them huge around here, what exactly does that mean?  In my mind, a medium sized zucchini is about a foot long and has a larger girth than a golf ball.

I would consider a small zucchini (like what you buy in the grocery store) to be about 6-8 inches long and the girth of a half-dollar.

My preference in all zucchini consumption?  HUGE zucchini that rival baseball bats.  Not even kidding.

Also, I usually leave the skins ON, as I prefer for people to see the zucchini and know what they are in for.  If you want to be more ninja-like in your baking, simply peel the zucchini.

Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

 

These are one of the best cookies I have ever had, zucchini or not.  The depth of flavor is going to be heaven to any chocolate lover.  And the fact that there is so much zucchini in there makes you feel good about what you are eating.

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

If any of these cookies make it to day 2 or 3, be sure to pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds before nibbling.  (Love that you can see the milk chocolate and dark chocolate right next to each other in this picture!  I was mid-bite, but had to share)  There is something about the warm, oozing chocolate bits that make your eyes roll up in your head.

#trustme

I Am Baker

rich chocolate truffle pie

Have you noticed I am doing a week of No-Bake desserts?  It’s so gloriously warm/hot/cold here that I have not wanted to turn on my oven.

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!

 

(Cold only at night, it was 57 the other night!  But other than that I am LOVING the weather.)

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!

 

Now I know this is a chocolate pie, but I promise there is no oven involved.

It’s all glorious chocolate.   With a fabulous shortbread crust and smooth homemade whipped cream of course.

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!

 

My husband said it was “too rich” and “too chocolately” and I was all, “Who are you?  We don’t say such things in this house!”

And he was all, “Are there any Strawberry Shortcake Cups left?”

And I said, “Shame on you!  This is CHOCOLATE!”

And he looked at me in disbelief. “I don’t LIKE chocolate.”

I cried, “I feel like I don’t even KNOW YOU!”

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!

 

And with that a part of me died.

But then I realized that there is more for me so WOO HOO!

Game on.

rich chocolate truffle pie

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared shortbread pie crust
  • Optional: Whipped cream for top of pie and extra shortbread cookies to sprinkle.

Instructions

  1. In microwave dish combine chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the heavy cream.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Stir in sugar & vanilla. Set aside.
  5. In a stand mixer, beat the remaining cream until soft peaks form (3-5 minutes). Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate mixture, 1/3 at a time. Carefully spoon into crust.
  6. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.
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Slightly adapted from allrecipes.com

If you want to make your shortbread crust from scratch you can use this shortbread cookie crust recipe, and I do recommend using Walkers.  There is just no comparison in rich buttery flavor.

Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie!

 

Did I mention that I got this whole pie to myself?  And it was still gone in 2 days.  **shame spiral**

Check out my other No-Bake desserts!

Strawberry "Shortcake" Mousse in a Cup! Easy no-bake dessert!

 Strawberry Shortcake Mousse Cups

Snickers Special-K Bars!

 Snickers Special-K Bars (these are now illegal in 48 states)

Neapolitan Cheesecake! Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate no-bake cheesecake!

Neapolitan Cheeseake

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And my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!