Friday, July 24, 2015

Minions Ice Cream Sandwiches

We are in the peak of the Ice Cream Season so when deciding if I should fill my  whoopie pies  with buttercream or ice cream it was a rather easy decision. Ice Cream it is,  all the way! Ice Cream is also my favorite dessert so it was a no-brainer, really!

I have been enjoying making Whoopie Pies for quite some time, as they are really easy to make and when decorated they are super cute, too.
For this recipe I use my tested Vanilla Recipe and Vanilla Strawberry Ice Cream for the filling from a local dairy farm.

Tools you need:
rectangular whoopie pie pan by Wilton
Extra Large Disposable Piping Bags
Mini Spatula
Vanilla Extract by McCormick
Americolor Food Colorings


1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tbl room temperature butter
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
3/4tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
2/3 cup buttermilk( if you don't have buttermilk on hand make your own : to 2/3 cup whole milk add 1/2tsp white distilled vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes, then gently stir and use in the recipe as directed)
Food Coloring - red, pink, leaf green, yellow)
Preheat oven to 350F
Beat butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, add egg and vanilla, beat until doubled in volume and creamy, pale in color.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Add 1/2 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, stir on low speed, add 1/2 of the buttermilk, then add rest of the flour, stir and add rest of the buttermilk.
Divide batter into 6 portions.
Largest portion is about 1/2 of the batter- yellow
Second largest portion is blue.
Rest of the portions is about the same : color with black, gray(just a touch of black food coloring), brown, and leave one section plain, uncolored.

Spray the whoopee pie rectangle pan with nonstick spray.
Pipe, fill the pans with the design.
Bake at 350F for 11- 12minutes.
Let cool in the baking pan for couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Cook completely before filling.

1/2 cup chocolate chips, milk/ semisweet
Ice cream

Melt the chocolate, spread chocolate on bottom of each cake, press the cakes onto the wax paper lined tray. Transfer tray into the freeze and chill for at least 2 hours.

Prepare ice cream block, freeze for at least 2 hours. Cut it up into sections.
Peel the cakes from the wax paper, chocolate should be firm now. Sandwich ice cream filling between 2 minion cakes. Ice cream will not stick to the cakes right away, let it soften for couple minutes and then press the cakes into the ice cream. Store in one layer in the plastic container, in the freezer. Enjoy. Can be made ahead.

You can make Minions Ice Cream Sandwiches too, watch my video to see how:

More Whoopie Pie Ideas check them out all here

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nurse Graduation Cake

I made this cake back in May, in the midts of graduation  season and  unfortunately it never made it to the blog.  Lately I've had my hands full, I had my parents here, visiting from Europe for 3 weeks, our garden started to produce a lot of veggies and I'm cooking many new meals. I fell victim for zucchini cheese pasta rolls,  zucchini lasagna and zucchini chips. I'm also creating new videos for  my you tube channel.  You see, I'm full  of legitimate excuses as of why I'm not posting more often on the blog.  I promise though I'm going to try to keep up with it all and post more often than I'd been doing in the past  several months.

Back to the Nurse Cake. I used my  Velvet Vanilla Pound Cake recipe and Swiss Buttercream. Clearly, they are the favorite! I  also wanted to include few decorations,  everyday tools  a nurse uses every day, and  so I made a stethoscope, band-aids, and a  white gauze bandage. I also included the graduation cap made from fondant mixed with little bit of tylose. You can see it all come together in my full video posted at the end of this post. Enjoy.

To make this cake you need:

Velvet Vanilla Pound Cake
Marshmallow Fondant
Swiss Buttercream
Royal Icing
Food Colorings: black, red, ivory
Edible Markers by FooDoodlers - fine tip
Disposable piping bags
Frosting Sheet to bag the  name tag
Fondant Tools
Clay Extruder(used only with food)
Cheese Cloth
Rolling Pin
Pastry Fondant Wheel or knife
Mini Heart Cookie Cutter

You can now view how I made this Nurse Cake in my video tutorial.

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