Saturday, 8 February 2014
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which we all know as a day to celebrate love…and chocolate. I’m actually doing a 5 day juice cleanse starting on Monday (what was I thinking?!) so I had to get all of my baking and desserts out of my system early this year.
I was really excited to figure out how to make heart shaped cupcakes so easily. Now you can turn any cupcake recipe into a Valentine’s Day dessert, but what is Valentine’s without some rich chocolate? Last year I discovered a super easy one-bowl recipe that makes just two cupcakes, which I turned into Nutella cupcakes for two. I revamped it this year to be even simpler with an easy ganache frosting made out of Ghirardelli baking chips.
Monday, 3 February 2014
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which I don’t make a huge deal about myself, but it’s an excellent excuse to enjoy a yummy dessert! I’ve got a rich chocolate cupcake for two recipe coming at you in a few days, but for now I’m excited to show you this easy heart shaped cupcake DIY.
Last year I shared how to make a heart shaped cake without a heart shaped pan. I told you last week that Taste of Home featured the idea in their latest issue, which got me thinking…cupcakes are just mini cakes. Why not make heart shaped cupcakes? It turns out, they’re even easier to make than the heart shaped cake!
A lot of people recommend using marbles to push the top part of the cupcake in, but I didn’t like that idea for several reasons – I didn’t want to buy marbles just to bake cupcakes, you have to deal with a bunch of hot glass marbles, and 1 marble would only make a partial heart shape. Instead, I used some aluminum foil to make little balls to shape the cupcake liners into hearts. Easy, cheap, and no worries that you might burn yourself!
Seriously, this is so simple! If you want to make the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetie, try out easy chocolate cupcakes for two or Nutella cupcakes for two recipe to make 2 heart shaped cupcakes.
Here’s how you do it…
Monday, 27 January 2014
By now, you’ve probably heard about the new Oreo flavors coming out next week. Instead of the normal filling, one of them is filled with cookie dough and the other has a crispy marshmallow filling. Yes, cookie dough IN a cookie. I’ve seen Oreos stuffed into baked chocolate chip cookies but this is an even simpler way to enjoy both Oreos and chocolate chip cookies at once. Bonus: raw cookie dough, which everyone knows is 10 times better than a baked cookie!
I couldn’t wait to try the cookie dough Oreos, plus I don’t really like to buy junk food, so I took their genius idea and made my own! I figure that at least by making your own junk food, you can control what goes into it (here are a bunch of my homemade junk food recipes if you’re interested). Besides, I heard that the cookie dough Oreos taste like mocha/coffee. I can guarantee you that my version tastes like chocolate cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough.
Sunday, 29 December 2013
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to an end. It’s been a whirlwind! I got engaged last Christmas and spent the year celebrating with friends and family, planning our autumn wedding, and going on a honeymoon to Belize. Plus, you know, working full-time and blogging regularly (except a few weeks I took off when wedding planning was going full force). So, it’s been a very busy, but a very happy and exciting year!
Wrapping up another year also marks my blogging anniversary. 52 Kitchen Adventures is turning 4 at the start of the new year, which is the perfect time for a little reflection. This year I had some fun kitchen adventures – I experimented with baking cookies in my car on a hot day, baking with chia seeds, tried out some boozy popsicles with beer and wine, and made some memorable desserts.
My favorites include: addicting cookie dough brownie bars, irresistible cranberry orange cookies, and samoa (chocolate and caramel) macaroons:
Your favorites are below. I looked through all the desserts from the last year and found the 13 most popular from 2013. See them all below, in reverse order for dramatic effect. Which dessert was your favorite this year? Do you have any requests for 2014?
Friday, 20 December 2013
It’s almost Christmas – are you ready? Don’t worry about pushing your way through the crowds at the mall to get those last few gifts. Instead, I found 30 edible gifts you can make! It’s always nice to get a homemade gift and this list has a variety of things that would please everyone, from spice blends for a foodie to pre-made mixes for someone who doesn’t love to cook. We all get tons of cookies and treats around the holidays, so I purposefully picked things that don’t have to be eaten right away.
A few of these require a bit of planning (the extracts require some shelf time to come to full strength), so if you’re cutting it close you can always tell them to wait until a certain date to enjoy the gift. If you’d rather deliver something ready to go, try anything else on the list: