Thursday, September 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Firefighter Jake!
Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake with Suzy-q Filling

I have several from scratch chocolate cake recipes but, so far, none have been as moist and easy to work with as a modified Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix! One recipe I'm working on is very close, until then, this is what I do:

1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
1 pkg Jello Instant Chocolate Fudge pudding
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
4 eggs

Follow the directions on the box, other than the pudding and an extra egg. I mix the cake mix and dry pudding a minute or so before adding the water, oil and one egg. I add another egg after a few seconds, then another and then the last egg. I scrape the sides and bottom of bowl and mix for 2 minutes on setting 2 on my Kitchen Aid mixer.

Bake according to package instructions.

You should get 24 very nice looking, and tasting, rounded top cupcakes or two 8 inch layers.

To get even, level, flat topped cake layers, I use Wilton Bake Even strips. They are worth every penny, mine are at least 25 years old!! You soak in very cold water, lightly squeeze excess water out, do not wring, and place around the outside of cake pans, securing with pins that come with them. I put them on after I have filled the pans with batter and put them directly into the oven. I didn't have to trim any cake off these layers.

When the layers have cooled enough to handle, I cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate until both sides are cool and the cake has firmed up enough to handle, plan on an hour in the frig. I cut both these layers in half using a Wilton Cake Leveler, filled with suzy-q filling and refrigerated to let the filling firm up, about 30 minutes. I crumb coated the 4 layers and refrigerated again then covered with Chocolate buttercream.

The firefighter and happy birthday Jake are Wilton black fondant. For the firefighter I found a pic online, printed it and cut it out, placed on rolled out fondant and used an exacto knife to cut around it. I use FMM tappits for the letters.

Kearsley Boy's and Girl's Bowling-State Champs

Kearsley Boy's & Girl's Bowling

Kearsley Boy's and Girl's Bowling League were State Champions this year!! State Representative Pam Faris requested a few dozen cupcakes, the league was invited to the state capitol for a little party. As usual, Pam leaves the decorating, or not decorating, up to me.  

I thought bowling balls and pins would be cute :) but I wanted to acknowledge the State Champions aspect too.

I didn't have room for "boys and girls" but they loved them!

Brownie Batter Truffles

These are by far the easiest sweet treat I've done this season :) I had leftover brownie batter filling from Blackout Cupcakes, white chocolate, plenty of sprinkles and company :)

I used a box brownie mix, Ghirardelli, don't get the mix with chunks of chocolate in it as you will have to dig them out before putting in a piping bag, the chips tend to clog up the end of the bag. Yes, I did that :)

1 cup dry brownie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs. heavy cream

Mix brownie mix and room temp butter, add powdered sugar, mix well and then add cream. Very easy and so good!

Since I had leftover brownie batter it was in the fridge for a couple of days so you should refrigerate until firm, it will be easier to make balls. I dipped some in white chocolate and rolled some in just sprinkles.

Halloween is right around the corner and these would be so easy to make look like pumpkins.

Have fun decorating!!