Tag Archive | Baked Goods

Oasis Definitely Maybe Cover Recreated as a Cake

Oasis Cake
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From NME:

Oasis’ Definitely Maybe was released 20 years ago this [past] weekend – and what better way to celebrate the birthday of this great British debut? A cake, of course. Baker Adam Cox said: “Creating a cake to mark the anniversary of this album was a must. It remains as one of my favourite albums and I wanted to celebrate it in the only way I know how to.”

Oasis Definitely Maybe

I think the only thing missing is the globe?

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Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

Krusteaz Box
All Photos By Gail

Everyone probably has a memory of brownies baked at home: helping Mom with the mixing and getting to lick the spoon, then enjoying the tempting chocolate aroma filling the kitchen as they baked, waiting impatiently for them to be done and – at last – biting into that still warm chewy chocolate brownie. Ahh, you know you can almost taste them now.

If you enjoy eating fresh baked goods but really need to keep the bake-at-home preparation simple, then you are going to love Krusteaz brand Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix, which will be in stores in late August/ early September! Krusteaz sent us over a box for review and I baked them this past weekend. It was so easy and the results were beyond my expectations.

Krusteaz Ready to Bake

This is all you will need to have on hand:

1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water

Krusteaz Back of Box

The instructions are so simple a child could do it. Seriously, it is impossible to mess it up.

Krusteaz from Oven

Baking times suggest 48 – 52 minutes for a metal pan and five minutes longer for a glass pan. My oven is ancient and runs a little hot, so I opted for 48 minutes and they still got a little “brown” around the edges. I just cut that part off. No harm, no foul.

Krusteaz Finished Product

Take a look at the finished product: moist, chewy, and super chocolaty with tons of real chocolate chips in the mix! You would never know this is a Gluten Free Brownie because it lacks for nothing with regard to taste and texture. With Krusteaz you can have delicious home-baked Brownies in about an hour.

For more information on Krusteaz Baking Mixes and to find a store near you that sells them, visit Krusteaz Dot Com.

Rainbow Christmas Wreath Cake: Make It

Wreath Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® White Cake Mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Red and Green food color

1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting

Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors® Red, Green and White Candy Sprinkles

Directions

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour half of the batter into medium bowl; set aside. Divide the other half of batter equally between 2 small bowls. (You will be left with 3 bowls of batter.) Add red food color to 1 of the small bowls and mix well. Add green food color to the second small bowl and mix well.
  • Pour half of the white batter from medium bowl into cake pan. Carefully pour red batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour green batter over red batter. Then pour remaining white batter from medium bowl over the top. Do not mix the colors.
  • Bake as directed on box until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack placed over a cookie sheet; remove pan. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Place cake on serving plate.
  • Divide frosting between 2 small microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl on High about 5 to 10 seconds; mix well with spoon until smooth enough to drizzle. With the spoon, drizzle white frosting back and forth around the whole cake in a striping pattern until you use all of the frosting (allow some frosting to drip down onto plate in middle of cake, if desired).
  • Microwave second bowl of frosting; stir in a few drops of green food color. Drizzle over cake, scattering back and forth in the same type of striping pattern. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until frosting is set before serving.

Enjoy!

Product Review: Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss Snacks!

Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss Packaging
All Photos By Gail

As anyone who reads this blog regularly can attest to: I am an unapologetic foodie who loves to eat! I’m also not one to diet or go for the low calorie option if a more decadent choice is available. Because that is how I roll.

That said, I’m not a teenager anymore and an extra pound doesn’t melt away as easily as it used to, so it pays to be a bit more vigilant and calorie conscious. It’s funny, then, that I was actually introduced to Weight Watchers super delicious Brownie Bliss baked goods at a gourmet food show this past July. The ladies at the Weight Watchers booth were conducting an informal “Blind Taste Test,” where they presented the Brownie Bliss snacks on unmarked napkins, only to reveal the Weight Watchers brand packaging after getting feedback from show attendees. I tried both the Triple Chocolate and Peanut Butter varieties of Brownie Bliss and was just blown away by their rich, chocolaty taste.

I asked Weight Watchers if they could please send me additional samples of these delicious Brownie Bliss treats so that I could conduct further research on my own, at home. They were happy to oblige so that I could present you with my findings.

Here’s what the Brownie Bliss looks like Up Close:

Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss Peanut Butter

Behold, the Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss. It looks like a fancy piece of candy doesn’t it? My mouth is watering already. This little nugget of heaven is just 90 calories each, and worth every single one.

Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss

The Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss also has that look of dipped-in-chocolate indulgence. Chocolate fans can’t do much better than this for just 80 calories per piece.

Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss and PB Sliced

The above photo reveals an appealing cross-section of the Brownie Bliss. That’s a real layer of peanut butter – with no extra sweetness added – between the chocolate coating and fudgy, moist cake, so this flavor would be a good choice for folks who like Peanut Butter Cup candies, but need to steer clear due to being on a diet. I will confess that the Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss is my favorite new sweet treat! Even though I could eat several easily, I find it easy to be satisfied with just one.

The Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss is made extra special with a layer of rich and creamy chocolate ganache, which melts in your mouth like a fine chocolate truffle. So yummy!

We all know that a challenging aspect of dieting is portion control, but each Brownie Bliss cake is individually wrapped, which not only helps to keeps them fresh, but also takes the guess work out of portioning.

I really love Weight Watchers new Brownie Bliss cakes and will be buying them again to enjoy guilt-free snacking! You can find Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss products at select national grocery retailers priced around $3.29 for a box of six pieces. Enjoy!

Wizard of Oz Cake

Wizard of Oz Cake Front
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That new James Franco Wizard of Oz film may be getting universally panned by the critics, but I am sure this magnificent Cake, inspired by imagery from the original film, would receive rave reviews! Created by Mike’s Amazing Cakes of Redmond, Washington, the back of the cake (below) is also quite impressive!

Wizard of Oz Cake Back
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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Party!

Pink Party

For the first Pink Thing of the year 2013, what could be more festive than a 3 year old’s Birthday party where all the snacks (except for the Cheetos, which I see hiding there) are Pink?

Pink Party Room
Festive!