Monday, April 25, 2011

2 more weeks and I'm your girl! PROMISE.

This is the last week of classes, next week is finals, then I move out, and then I am free to bake and blog all summer!!! YAY. I can't wait! In the meantime, check out my adorable new nephew who was born last week...

Isn't he the cutest little guy you've ever seen?! I.LOVE.HIM.TO.PIECES. I am such a proud aunt! Look at that smile and that hair! Doesn't this picture just melt your heart? This little guy makes my heart start dancin'! Being an aunt is seriously the greatest thing ever!

Anyways, I could talk about how cute he is all day, but I guess I should probably talk about baking! Who baked the funnest Easter treat? My aunt Deb made this heavenly Marshmallow Peeps Monkey Bread. Check it out here. Yummy, right?! Seriously, go to the grocery store right now, buy a bunch of leftover peeps that are now 70 million percent off, and make this RIGHT NOW. It was seriously so good! After my first bite I was addicted. WOW.

After this Easter weekend full of me eating way too much chocolate, I think I need to take a break from chocolate/sweets for a little bit. I know, I know, you're thinking "Sarah- finals are coming up. You are crazy to take a break from chocolate right now." Yes, this may be true, but I would rather not weigh 50 pounds heavier by the time school gets out! We'll see what happens. :)

In the mean time, make peep bread and pray for warmer weather! I promise, I'll have a yummy recipe for you to try soon. I got this new cookbook for Easter and I'm stoked to bake something from it. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

S'mores Stuffed Brownies- Is it Summer yet?

I am so anxious for Summer! Can you tell? I can't wait for family vacations, this guy to come home from his mission, swimming, boating, campfires, s'mores, NO SCHOOL, and my trip to New York!!

As you can see, there are a lot of great things that are going to happen this Summer! I'm so excited and very impatient. I guess I kind of feel like if I bake Summery treats then it will come sooner. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I feel like it just might work. :)

A couple of weeks ago I whipped up these delicious S'mores Stuffed Brownies from Picky Palate. I know, I know, I ALWAYS bake her stuff, but everything she creates looks so darn good, and tastes phenomenal- and these were no exception. These brownies were so chocolatey, fudgy, gooey, and s'more-tastic! Seriously, you HAVE try these. Head on over to her sight to get the recipe. They are super simple to make and you only need a few ingredients!

Look at all of these yummy layers! Brownie, Graham Cracker, Hershey's Chocolate, Marshmallows, and more Brownie on top. S'mores and brownies were seriously made for each other. Trust me on this one.

Bake these right now and enjoy the taste of summer. It's right around the corner I swear. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's like I always say....

When life gives you a birthday.... make the biggest, most insane cake ever.

Yes, it's true, yesterday was my birthday and I did turn twenty years old. I am no longer a teenager! Weird. I feel like since I am entering a new decade, it is time for reflection... What am I going to do different in my next twenty years? I should probably eat less sweets than I do right now and definitely work out more. Maybe I'll go to bed earlier and quit procrastinating so much. Hmmm... maybe!

Let's quit reflecting and start talking about cake! When trying to decide what kind of cake or baked good that I wanted for my birthday, I was experiencing major difficulties. As you may recall, I have a very difficult time making decisions. So, instead of choosing one type of baked good... I chose four! That's right, FOUR! I decided to combine my four favorite baked goods into one and call it my Extreme-Very -Dangerously-Delicious Birthday Cake.

Layer #1: The Rice Krispy Treat Layer
Layer #2: The Brownie Layer
Layer #3: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
Layer #4: The Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Layer

In between each layer runs a river of incredibly sweet butterscotch ganache, and the entire cake is covered in a rich, semisweet chocolate ganache. I drizzled my leftover butterscotch ganache over top of the chocolate ganache, and called it a masterpiece. It was truly decadent!

Such. A. Dream. However, If I want to make it to 40, I better not eat this again for 20 years. I hear my metabolism is going to slow down, my hair will get even more gray(yes, I do have a few gray hairs), I'll be super busy, and will never get enough sleep. Joy.

From the words of my sister...

Welcome to the twenties!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Meet Annie... and have a cookie!

Hello everyone! I would like to introduce you to somebody. Her name is Annie Lou Hogg and she is my roommate! She's super great. Everybody say hi Annie!

I really don't know what I would do without this gal. She keeps all of us laughing pretty hard at Apt. #6. She is the most non-judgmental person that I know. She accepts you for who you are and loves you for being that person! She does a lot for all of us and keeps us laughing! Here are a few of my favorite things that Annie Lou has said:

-I don't understand.

-Temple Tips! (This came out of her mouth as we drove out of Logan Canyon and the temple emerged as we headed up the Hill)

-Sarah Orme: Annie, both your parents went to BYU, how come you didn't go there? Annie: The cougars are a little too "caged" for me.

-Move it Grandma Cadillac!

-I'm so unstable!

-kaaaayy.... (Generally the beginning of EVERY sentence that comes out of her mouth.)

Annie is quite hilarious! Spend a day at our apartment and you'll laugh your face right off. Anyways, we made cookies one night and she wanted to be in one of my cookie pictures so I decided to make her the star of this post! The cookies we made were Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix Cookies! The recipe was on the back of the cake mix box and it was so easy to whip up! The cookies were so fudgy, chocolatey and yummy! This is a great recipe to make if you need a quick chocolate fix. I loved them! I was kind of surprised at how much I enjoyed these bad boys. We sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top of them, but feel free to mix in some chocolate chips, caramel chunks, pb cups, or anything else you can think of. Quick, easy, and delicious! How can you go wrong?

Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix Cookies

1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 1/2 to 2 cups chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc. (optional)

Mix all ingredients in bowl with spoon. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, or form into balls and roll in sugar. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Friday, April 1, 2011

101 Gourmet Cupcakes Calendar: March

Hello everyone! Now, I understand that it has been some time since I have shared a new recipe with you, and I truly apologize for that! I was accepted into the Education Program last summer and have been doing my level 2 this semester. I have classes all day everyday. I am on campus for my classes on Monday and Friday, then I go to a first grade classroom Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00-4:00. After spending all day with 6-7 year olds, I head back to campus for class from 4:30-6:30 or 7. Anyways, between that, homework, and ambassador responsibilities, my life is pretty crazy. But, that is no excuse for failing to update my blog! I'm hoping after I tell you about this delicious cupcake, you will make it, taste it, and forgive me :)

This is the cupcake for the Month of March in my cupcake calendar. I understand that it is now April, but it is only the first day of April, so it doesn't matter! This yummy key lime pie cupcake was super fun to make! I have never been a huge fan of lime flavored goods other than Yoplait's wicked key lime pie yogurt, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this one. I'll admit, I did enjoy this cupcake very much! I actually put away two of these bad boys, don't judge. The sweetened condensed milk gave them an interesting texture that was more chewy instead of fluffy, but I think it really worked for these cupcakes. Anyways, try them! Let me know what you think. I topped them with fresh, whipped cream frosting, which I absolutely LOVE. That might have been what made them so yummy! What do you think? They also look really pretty too! I made these for Amy's baby shower. Fun treat!

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
(101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes)

1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup half and half
6 Tbsp. key lime juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 recipe whipped cream frosting (see below)
4 tbsp. grated lime peel for garnish (it says to use about 3 limes, but I only used one)

Mix together cake mix, eggs, half and half, and 3 Tablespoons key lime juice. Pour 1-2 tablespoons batter into each paper liner. In a separate bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the lime juice. Evenly divide lime milk into batter-filled cups. Top with remaining batter until 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Frost with whipped cream frosting and garnish with grated lime peel.

Whipped Cream Frosting

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar (depending on preference- I used 1/2 cup:))

Pour cream into large mixing bowl and start mixing at low speed. Gradually increase speed until cream thickens and soft peaks form.

Turn off mixer and add sugar. Start slowly again and beat until stiff peaks form.

The stiffer the cream, the easier it is to frost the cupcakes. Keep refrigerated.