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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Years Roundup

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Here are some fun ideas to make this New Years Eve even sweeter!



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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Magic Flourless Chocolate Cookies - Low Fat, Gluten Free {Small Batch - Yield: 8}

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These cookies are like MAGIC! Why you ask? First off, they have no flour (making them gluten free by default), no butter (no added fat), and no egg yolks (no cholesterol). They are made with less than a cup of sugar, a little cocoa powder, an egg white, and some salt and vanilla for flavor. The batter is thin and runny (like chocolate glue), but put them into the oven, and voila!... Rich chocolate cookies with a chewy, fudgey inside and a light, crisp, meringue-like outside... MAGIC! Best part is, they are so easy to make so you can whip them up any time in minutes, for a guilt free indulgence!


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays

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Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a sweet New Year!



Love always,
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Cupcake Wars "Battle of the Champs" re-run!

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Watch Lindsay Ann of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe competing in the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars: Rose Parade" (Battle of the champions episode) 
 

As many of you know, after a nationwide search for the country's top bakers, I was chosen to compete on the series premiere of the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars", in June 2010... AND I WON! I was then asked back to compete on the season 2 "battle of the champions," for a best of the best special episode! In case you missed it, Food Network will be airing re-runs of the champions special episode the following dates. Tune in and let me know what you thought of the episode!

Tune in to the Food Network for re-runs Chritsmas Eve: 
December 24, 2011 - 1:00 PM ET/PT
If you missed our win in season 1, click here to check out my episode recap full of photos, recipes and the behind the scene scoop, before tuning in to Food Network for our battle of the champs competition (date/times above)!
   

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Holiday Place Settings, Gift Tags & Stocking Stuffers

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My Do-It-Yourself hand engraved Holiday chocolate bars are a perfect, quick and simple last minute Holiday treat! After all of the buzz around my Thanksgiving chocolate bar name plate and chalkboards versions I knew I just had  to create a Holiday themed version. I decided to stick with the personalized place settings as well as use them for gift tags, personalized party treats, or a sweet holiday stocking stuffer. They are really great activity for kids to create their own illustrations or message to give to classmates, teachers, friends or family.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies {Small Batch - Yield: 6-8}

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A twist on the classic red velvet cupcake, perfect for Christmas, Valentines Day, 4th of July, or any special occasion. These soft red velvet cookies with crisp edges are filled with a smooth cream cheese frosting, which can also be tinted with food coloring or rolled in festive sprinkles to match any occasion or holiday!


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes {Small Batch}

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Classic Red Velvet cupcakes with smooth vanilla cream cheese frosting. Get creative and add some peppermint extract to the frosting for Christmas, sprinkles them with heart confetti sprinkles for Valentine's Day or an anniversary, even top them with a blueberry for 4th of July!


After my huge success making my Red Velvet Rose Water Cupcakes on the special champions episode of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, one of the producers of the show asked me to provide some red velvet minis for a Parisian wedding shower she was hosting. I created some cute fondant toppers to fit the color scheme and decor. For the party, my cupcakes were displayed on a stand next to Cupcake Wars judge, Florian Bellanger's famous macaroons!


These classic cupcakes are simple to make and the frosting is phenomenal! For the cupcakes, simply sift the dry ingredients together to remove any lumps in the cocoa powder.


Beat in butter and oil.


Add half of the wet ingredients and beat for about a minute until smooth.


Add the rest of the wet ingredients until incorporated.


 Add vinegar and baking soda and watch it fizz! Fold it thoroughly into batter.


Scoop batter into pan and bake.


Top cooled cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and decorate!



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Monday, December 12, 2011

3 Minute Single Serving Banana Bread (egg free, dairy free, vegan, with low fat and gluten free options)

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Yes... incredibly moist, flavorful, warm banana bread from the microwave in minutes! My microwave mug recipes are some of my favorite desserts to make when I need a quick and easy sugar fix (sometimes I even bake them in the toaster oven when I have a little more time). I've tried tons of recipes, but this banana bread, with a touch of warm cinnamon, studded with your choice of chopped nuts or chocolate chips is my absolute fave, you HAVE to try it!




This recipe creates a really moist batter to ensure your baked good wont get nuked by the microwave, using oil instead of butter, with the addition of banana keeping it really moist and flavorful! Even though I am a huge chocoholic, I think I might even prefer this version more than my chocolate mug cake! The best part is you can lick the bowl since there is no egg in the batter. And because there is no milk or butter this bread can be made vegan!
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CakySpy Cookbook Giveaway WINNER

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And the winner of the CakySpy Cookbook Giveaway is...


...janers41 with the winning comment #51! 


Congratulations! You have won a copy of CakeSpy's new cookbook.

We will be emailing you with the details. You will have 48 hours to respond (or email us at info@dollhousebakeshoppe.com) and claim your CakeSpy Cookbook {$22.95 value} before another winner is selected. 

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Jessie Oleson of Cakespy for generously donating a copy of her new cookbook, Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life for one lucky Dollhouse Bake Shoppe reader to win.

Didn't win this time? Don't worry! We have a lot more exciting giveaways coming up, so stay tuned and good luck next time!


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Giveaway: CakeSpy Cookbook {Giveaway Closed}

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**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
 
Here at Dollhouse Bake Shoppe, we LOVE everything whimsical! So when Jessie Oleson of Cakespy, generously donated a copy of her new cookbook, Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life for one lucky Dollhouse Bake Shoppe reader to WIN, I was thrilled!


It has over 60 of the most original, fun and over-the-top recipes for the ultimate sweet tooth! First of all, the book is covered in the most adorable illustrations of cupcakes and unicorns I have ever seen. And on the inside? Recipes just as whimsical and creative. We're talking Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon Rolls Stuffed with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I felt like I had entered a magical sugary wonderland as I flipped through it, "ooooing and awwwing". Jessie wrote this book with that hope that she could inspire "a sense of fun and fearlessness to baking", and she did just that.

"What could be sweeter than a cupcake-stuffed cupcake? Perhaps a piece of birthday cake French toast? Or a Pop-Tarts ice cream sandwich? Maybe a piece of Magic Cookie Bar Pie? Oh the choices, how sweet they are. In CakeSpy Presents Recipes for a Sugar-Filled Life, readers find 60 of "Head Spy" Jessie Oleson's most popular, totally sweet treats, along with stunning photography so you can really appreciate the awesomeness of her desserts. And of course it wouldn't be a CakeSpy book without unicorns, robots, or Cuppie the Cupcake. Jessie's iconic and whimsical illustrations are featured throughout the book. CakeSpy's mission is to seek sweetness (literally) in everyday life, and this little book does just that."

Want to win Cakespy's NEW cookbook?! Here's how:

Main Entry (required):
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post answering the following question: "What is the most creative, over-the-top dessert you have ever had, made, or want to make?" (1 entry)
Additional Entries:
For each additional entry, you must leave an additional comment at the bottom of this post. Each comment will count as 1 entry with a total of 6 possible additional entries (That's 7 chances to win!) Do not group all of your entries into 1 comment, or they will only count for 1 entry. If you already do one of the following additional entries, just leave a comment saying you already do.
  • Follow the Dollhouse Bake Shoppe Blog via RSS (reader), or through your email.  Then come back to this post and comment that you follow us. (1 entry)
  • Follow @DollhouseBaking & @Cakespy on Twitter and tweet: "I just entered to #win the @cakespy cookbook hosted by @DollhouseBaking! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/6mdbru3 at Dollhouse Bake Shoppe. #giveaway". Then come back to this post and comment that you tweeted. (1 entry)
  • "Like" Dollhouse Bake Shoppe on Facebook. Then come back to this post and comment that you "like" us on FB. (1 entry)
  • "Like" CakeSpy on Facebook. Then come back to this post and comment that you "like" CakeSpy on FB. (1 entry)
  •  this giveaway on facebook, your blog, or favorite social media outlet. Then come back to this post and comment that you have shared about this giveaway. (1 entry) 
  • Subscribe to our FREE monthly Newsletter for specially featured seasonal recipes, treat tutorials, baking tips and more: . Then comment on this post that you are a newsletter subscriber. (1 entry) 

This deadline to enter in this Giveaway is: 
**Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:59pm PST**

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
Congrats to our winner, comment #51!

One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced Monday, December 12, 2011 on our blog, and will be notified via the email address provided on the comment form (so make sure you put a valid email address). Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim their CakeSpy Cookbook {$22.95 value} before another winner is selected. 

This Dollhouse Bake Shoppe giveaway is sponsored by Cakespy. Product will be shipped by Dollhouse Bake Shoppe. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal USA residents only. For more information and details about our giveaways, see our Official Giveaway Terms & Conditions

GOOD LUCK!!!

       

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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Rich fudgey chocolate cupcakes, topped with a cool, peppermint cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Holiday parties or a winter time treat!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Marshmallow Gingerbread Boy (and girl) Pops

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After making my tiny little Gingerbread Kid Cakewiches I just had to re create them in pop form. My first idea was to do gingerbread cookie pops, but ended up deciding on making a no-bake alternative like most of my cute and simple pop tutorials. I still wanted the cinnamon ginger taste so I created a way to flavor, color, and assemble little gingerbread boys and girls our of some marshmallows and a sugar & spice mixture! Yup, that's all you need... well, that and some sprinkles for decorating :) They are so cute and couldn't be easier! Make a whole crew of them for your next holiday or Christmas party.


Check out my "Gingerkid Pops" idea in the December 2012 issue of Family Fun Magazine! You can find my pops, recreated by Family Fun's real live test family, on page 28 as the featured "Treat of the Month". Always so exciting to see my name published along side my ideas! I also had the honor of creating a collection of festive recipes for their Holiday Bake Shop feature on page 68.




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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sugared Strawberry Christmas Lights & Free Printable

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After making my little Christmas Tree Brownie Bites and Christmas tree cupcakes with lights made of sprinkles, I wanted to create a Christmas tree light treat all it own. While looking at a picture of a Christmas light, the idea came to me immediately... strawberries and mini marshmallows! I now tend to see items and break them up in to shapes that I can match to the shape of a candy or food since I've been blogging so long! Anyway, I was really happy to make these and take a break from the all the baking ans sugary desserts that this time of year brings. These are a great snack to serve at a holiday party and are really tasty!


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Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

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Decorate your tree this year, and then eat it! These simple brownie bites are a fun project for kids, and make a sweet Christmas gift. Even serve them at your Holiday party! They can be made with your favorite brownie recipe, or used a boxed mix for a simple alternative.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Marshmallow Cocoa Mug Pops/Hot Cocoa Stirrers

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These little mugs of hot cocoa on a stick are a really adorable addition to the holiday season. They are super easy to make, using only marshmallows and some melted chocolate or frosting and decorated with sprinkles. I first created marshmallow mugs with my Green Mug O' Beer Pops for St. Patrick's Day, and then with my Father's Day Beer Mug Pops. They are just so cute I had to find another reason to make them (stay tuned for more fun marshmallow mug variations!). You can eat them off of the stick, or even stir them into your hot cocoa!

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3 Minute Single Serving Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cake (with egg free, dairy free & vegan option)

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"Bake your cake and eat it too" by indulging in moderation with my small batch dessert recipes! This moist double chocolate chip cake, is actually baked in the microwave in under 3 minutes! Too good to be true? Not at all! This recipe took me a long time to perfect. There are tons of "mug cake" recipes out there, but by tweaking ingredients and cook times, I can now share my perfect, late night chocolate craving, savior. It is so easy and really hits the spot when you need a single serving cake fix in minutes. The best part is that you can substitute non-dairy milk of your choice, like soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk, for a completely vegan version! I like to prepare a large batch of the cake mix, to be able to mix together a scoop of mix with the wet ingredients whenever I need a little chocolate fix. This recipe is so versatile, takes only minutes to prepare and is virtually fool proof, so give it a try and let me know what you think!




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Monday, December 5, 2011

Chocolate Covered Holiday Oreos

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Here is a simple and fun way to dress up plain Oreo cookies for the holidays. You can use candy molds or dip them by hand and decorate them with festive sprinkles or chocolate holiday shapes.


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10 Minute Microwave Peanut Brittle

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This quick and easy recipe, for a no fail peanut brittle is the perfect treat to whip up for any occasion. Instead of stirring a hot sugar syrup mixture over the stove, using a candy thermometer to get the mixture to crystallize to the perfect stage, this recipe uses a microwave. It's a great treat to bring for potlucks, holiday parties, or as a last minute sweet gift. Cooking times will vary depending on the watts of your microwave. It should turn a nice golden caramel color, without burning if watched carefully.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rice Crispy Treat Hanukkah Menorah & Pretzel Rod Candles

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What could be more fun than crunching on chocolate covered pretzel rod "candles" in a candy coated rice crispy treat menorah for Hanukkah?! This 100% edible menorah is pretty simple to make and a really fun treat to eat with the family. It also makes a great gift or Holiday party centerpiece! You can also make mini versions using pretzel sicks and wrap them up for gift giving.


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Friday, December 2, 2011

Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Take an ordinary starter, and put a fun, festive twist on it by serving your bread and biscuits this Holiday season with cinnamon honey butter instead of regular! It is so simple to whip together and gives a warm winter touch to a traditional dinner item. Perfect for Christmas dinner!


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread Kid Cakewiches

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After making my delish gingerbread cupcakes last year, I wanted to make them again but in a different way. Because I like cake and frosting so much more than cookies, instead of gingerbread man cookies, I made CAKEWICHES. Cakewiches are basically a sandwich made of cake and frosting, quite possibly the best sandwich you will ever have! I made adorable little gingerbread boys and girls out of cake and sandwiched them together with creamy vanilla cream cheese frosting. They couldn't be more adorable and they are a great alternative to classic gingerbread man cookies. You can use red and green colored sprinkles, perfect for Christmas parties, or use rainbow sprinkles for a cute Winter treat.


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