We’ve moved to a new site! Yipee!

We are excited to say WE HAVE MOVED TO A NEW SITE that will now showcase our second online party shop AND our blog all in once place! Whoo-hoo! As other online business owners know it is tough finding a site that will do all you need it to. We tried a couple out this past year and they just didn’t cut it but now WE ARE IN LOVE! We think we finally found it and hope you stop by to check it out! www.bakerspartyshop.com.

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We were able to customize the design to fit our branding, showcase our great party items PLUS feature our fun tips, recipes and party inspiration on our blog! Not only having a design and layout that works with our new look we most importantly wanted it to be easy for customers to use and navigate. A smooth easy checkout was key and we are happy to say we are open! Not all of our inventory is listed yet. We are adding new listing every couple of days and have quite a few sections full already. We have a lot more to list so please bare with us during this transition as we fill up the sections of our shop. Our goal is to feature the best cupcake supplies, baking supplies and party supplies to make it easy for you to get all you need for your next event, party or celebration!

The photo below shows you part of our new site homepage. You can see all the recent features on our new blog and some of our fun photos that we post on instagram making it easier for you to see what we’ve been up to!

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We have a great “theme” section on our menu bar where you can now easily search for some of our most popular color combinations. With a click of a button you can see all the products that coordinate to each other or fit a specific theme. We’ve done the hard work for you to make it easier for you to shop and get what you need quickly. We hope you enjoy and stop by often to see what is new!

We’ve been so busy working on the new site we forgot to make a post about it here! All future blog posts will now be featured on our new site. We hope like our new site as much as we do! Once we get it filled we will be happy to offer you a great variety of fun items to enhance your baking and celebrations and have some great features on our blog. Right now we are just shipping in the USA until we get all of our inventory listed. For our international customers you can order from our Etsy shop www.thebakersconfections.etsy.com.

Thanks for looking!
~the girls
The Bakers Party Shop

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Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe Ideas

A special mother’s day brunch is a nice way to pamper your mom on Mother’s Day or any day really. My mom Lois, a wonderful baker, lives a few states away so I am unable to spend Mother’s Day with her. As I thought about her this week I thought of what I would make for her if we lived closer and I was able to make her a special brunch. This is what I came up with; fresh from the oven croissants, crust less quiche with cheese, bacon and herbs, a dish of berries with kiwi slices and a warm cup of tea. I couldn’t resist the pretty petite roses that added the right amount of sunshine to my display and what mom doesn’t like flowers!

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Quiche is a great for breakfast, brunch or anytime really. It’s one of my favorite items to make as it is easy and you can add whatever fillings you want to the egg base (recipe below). It can be made ahead of time which is handy if you are serving many guests. For my Mother’s Day brunch I used cute pink polka dot single serving tart pans to bake the crust less quiche in. I thought quiche would pair nicely with warm from the oven croissants. I came across a package of frozen mini croissants at Trader Joe’s where all you had to do was take them out of the box, place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet to let proof overnight on the counter and then pop them in the oven in the morning so you could enjoy them freshly baked. I brushed the tops of the croissants with an egg wash right before baking them and that gave them a nice golden color. I was pleasantly surprised at how much they rose and would call them a little bigger than a mini size. Small might be a better description for them.

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Fresh fruit is always nice to have when you are having a rich meal so I made a berry medley of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. I couldn’t resist adding some kiwi slices to the plate since I had a ripe one just waiting to be enjoyed (or photographed). A warm cup of tea to round it all out and I think it would be a breakfast or brunch any mom would enjoy being served. I sent my mom a picture and told her she was the inspiration for this post and even though we are far away I wanted her to know I was thinking of her. She is the one who taught me how to bake and when we do see each other the kitchen is often where you will find us baking for family. So this week I baked in honor of her even if she didn’t get to eat it.

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Basic Quiche Custard Recipe – serves 4:
8 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
salt and pepper to taste
herbs of choice – I used dill
1 cup finely shredded cheese of choice

Filling ideas:
Bacon and Italian 5 cheese blend
Diced ham and sharp cheddar cheese
Sauteed broccoli, mushrooms and onions with Swiss cheese
Crumbled sausage with Mexican cheese blend and topped with a little salsa after baking

Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs in a bowl and mix in the heavy cream or half & half and spices. Stir in cheese and add in the fillings of your choice. The sky is the limit on the combination of flavors you can create. If you do use bacon I recommend crumbling it after it has been cooked crispy and adding it to top of the egg mixture after you add it to the vessel you are baking it in as this helps it not get too soft. The egg custard recipe was just the right amount for making 4 of the single serving tarts. You can bake them in a buttered ramekin or another small baking dish if you don’t have small tart pans. You can also double the recipe if you needed to serve more or wanted to use a larger size baking pan. Bake for 18-25 minutes for small dishes and maybe longer for a bigger baking dish. You want the eggs to be completely cooked but not overdone. I check it with a knife inserted into the center to see if it is set.

Note: These can puff up a bit when they are baking (kind of like a souffle) and then deflate when you take them out of the oven. Don’t overfill your baking vessel as it may overflow. The tart pans I used were filled about 2/3 of the way up and placed on a cookie sheet to bake so if they did overflow I didn’t make a mess in the oven.

This recipe is not exact as how much fillings you add to it will alter how many servings you get. You can mix up one batch and if you find you need more you can mix up another. These do keep well in the fridge for a few days so you could make a batch or 2 and have a great little breakfast or lunch that you can reheat in the microwave.

In closing I say to my Mom thank you for inspiring me, teaching me how to bake and for creating wonderful memories as we baked and cooked together in the kitchen over the years. I hope you enjoy the photos of the brunch you inspired even if you didn’t get to eat it. Happy Mother’s Day!
~Esther

post written and photographed by Esther

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Strawberry Margaritas

It’s Cinco de Mayo so what could be better than a Strawberry Margarita! This cocktail goes wonderfully with our Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes. When you pair a traditional margarita recipe with Strawberry Tequila Puree and a little sparkling sugar, magical things happen!
 

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Instead of the typical salt rim, we went with a rim of sparkling sugar to match the cupcakes. Use a small slice of lime to wet the rim and dip each glass into a shallow bowl filled with sparkling sugar to coat. Next add the Strawberry Tequila Puree to the bottom of the glass. Keeping the cooled puree in a squeeze bottle worked great for adding to the cocktails and filling the cupcakes!
 

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For the margaritas we made a pitcher with enough for 4 cocktails. When using fresh lime juice it will be a nice pale shade of green, but we wanted a little more contrast for the photos. Adding a drop of electric lime food coloring to the cocktail gave it just a little more color. Gently pour the margarita into the glasses over the strawberry puree to keep the fun layered look!
 

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Strawberry Tequila Margaritas:

1 ½ parts tequila
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 part orange liquor
1 part Strawberry Tequila Puree

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and orange liquor. Shake vigorously until well blended, then pour into a prepare margarita glass over the Strawberry Tequila Puree for a layered look. Garnish with fresh strawberries and lime slices to serve.

Strawberry Tequila Puree:

1 pound of strawberries, sliced
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp tequila

Place the strawberries and sugar in a small pan over medium heat. Once the strawberries begin to breakdown, add the tequila. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then blend to remove any large pieces of strawberries. Cool complete before using.

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recipe provided by Amanda Kimball, post written by Shauna & photographed by Esther

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Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes – Cinco de Mayo

Strawberry margarita cupcakes and mini margaritas: Cinco de Mayo is coming right up and summer is on the way! These both mark the beginning of Strawberry Margarita season in my opinion! It’s really hard to say what’s better, a cupcake or cocktail? Well how about both!

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For the base of this cupcake we went with a pound cake recipe, infused with fresh lime zest and tequila. Once cooled, we cored each cupcake to make room for an extra burst of flavor with a Strawberry Tequila Puree. Since we just wanted a small pocket of this extra flavor, a jumbo or mid-size French frosting tip makes the perfect tool for coring cupcakes! Simply press the tip into the top of the cupcake and give it a little twist as you gently press down. Pull out the little piece of cupcake and you are left with a small space to fill with the puree!

Next is the delicious Strawberry Tequila Buttercream Frosting! This frosting is heavenly and reminds me of strawberry ice cream. I use a basic buttercream recipe, but instead of adding milk I use fresh strawberries blended smooth. You can also use the Strawberry Tequila Puree since the recipe makes more than enough to fill cupcakes, make frosting and a few cocktails!

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If you want to get the sugared rim look for your cupcake, we found it is best to frost them in two steps. Start by outlining the cupcake with a thick round of frosting using a jumbo plain tip. Then have a bowl of sparkling sugar ready for dipping the cupcake in. Work quickly so you don’t lose any of the puree. Next, add a small swirl of frosting with a jumbo open star tip sealing in the puree to complete the cupcake. From here you can add a small candied fruit slice or other decoration of your choice! Now all that’s missing is a lovely Strawberry Margarita Cocktail! Stay tuned for a delicious recipe…..

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Tequila Lime Cupcakes:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2-3 tsp lime zest (from 2-3 limes)
1 tsp lime oil or lime extract
1 tbsp tequila
3 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half & half

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the zest, extract & tequila. In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream and half & half. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternating with the sour cream mixture. The batter will be thick. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Recipe makes 24-30 standard size cupcakes.

Strawberry Tequila Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool to the touch
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
3-4 tablespoons purred strawberries
1 tbsp tequila
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the tequila and vanilla. Slowly add the strawberry puree 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency for frosting cupcakes.

Tip: I puree fresh strawberries with my Kitchen-Aid Immersion Blender. I like to keep the seeds in so it looks like real strawberry icing! Just make sure to blend for about a minute to make sure there are no large strawberry chunks. You can also use the Strawberry Tequila Puree below in place of fresh pureed strawberries.

Strawberry Tequila Puree:
1 pound of strawberries, sliced
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp tequila

Place the strawberries and sugar in a small pan over medium heat. Once the strawberries begin to breakdown, add the tequila. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then blend to remove any large pieces of strawberries. Cool complete before using.

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post written by Shauna & photographed by Esther

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“Freckled” Chocolate Easter Eggs

MINI “FRECKLED” CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS: How darling are these beautiful chocolate Easter eggs with sprinkles made by Peacock Chocolates, a small artisan business making beautiful chocolates & confectionery items in Australia. Lisa, the passionate chocolatier behind Peacock Chocolates uses top quality ingredients, using the best French couverture chocolates from Valrhona and boutique manufacturer Michel Cluizel. Many of her chocolates are decorated with iridescent powders, gold leaf and our pretty colored tiny non pareil sprinkles are featured on her Easter Eggs (aka as “freckles” in Australia)! They were so popular this year that she will be adding them to her chocolate line as a standard offering creating little chocolate balls.

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We love to hear about small business that are “living their passion”, creating beautiful and often delicious products and confections. Lisa says, “I discovered a natural ability for chocolate making and not just ability but a pure and all consuming enjoyment for the art of a chocolatier.” Now that is someone living her passion! When you can do what you are passionate about you are bound to create some wonderful things. Her chocolates look divine…I wish I had a few of these to enjoy! It was fun to see what she made with our colorful non pareils. Did you notice the colors of them go with her business name, clever!  Stop by Peacock Chocolates to take a peak at the divine chocolates they offer.

Thanks to Lisa for sharing her “freckled eggs”. We can’t wait to see what your great business comes up with next!

Enjoy and Happy Easter everyone!

~the girls

post written by Esther, photo is copyright of Peacock Chococlates

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Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pie Frosting Recipe

WHOOPIE FOR SPRING AND FOR A WHOOPIE PIE FROSTING RECIPE: With Easter right around the corner one of the most popular recipes always comes to mind, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I love carrot cake, but I am that one person who always scrapes off the frosting. Cream cheese and I will never be friends, unless it’s safely hidden in a chocolate cheese cake! I have an alternative frosting option for others like me, Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pie Frosting to the rescue!

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A CLASSIC MAINE DESSERT: Whoopie pies are a trademark dessert, about as Maine as lobster, moose, blueberry pie and pine trees! There are many different version of whoopie filling and the one I use tastes just like vanilla ice cream, making it perfect for cupcakes of all flavors! The most important ingredient is Fluff. I am sure there are other versions of marshmallow cream out there, but Fluff is the only one I use. The second most important is vanilla bean paste. This really makes the frosting taste like ice cream!

Let the frosting fun begin!

Let the frosting fun begin!

TIME TO GET STARTED: I leave the butter out on the counter for a few hours. You want it soft, but still a bit cool to the touch. If you soften it too much it can make your frosting thin. Once it’s reaches the perfect consistency I cream the butter and one of my most favorite baking ingredients, vanilla bean paste together. You can use a good quality vanilla extract as well; you just won’t have those delightful little vanilla bean specks in your frosting. Next I cream in the fluff and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen and humidity you will use anywhere between 2 and 2 ½ cups of confectioners’ sugar. After you have added two cups, check to see if it is a good consistency for frosting cupcakes and add more sugar if needed at this stage.

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CUPCAKE FROSTING TIME: I always have disposable frosting bags and my jumbo open star tip ready to go! I just snip the end of the frosting bag so it’s wide enough at the end to fit the very end of the frosting tip. You do not need couplers for jumbo frosting tips. I usually place the frosting bag and tip in a large glass to make filling it with much easier. Swirl the desired amount of frosting on the top of your cupcake and add fun spring colored sprinkles if you wish! I always add sprinkles after frosting just 3 or 4 cupcakes at a time so the frosting is still wet allowing them stick. We used our spring butterfly sprinkles and spring mix non pareils that matched our polka dot baking cups and mini dessert shovels really well!

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This frosting is so easy and so delicious it will quickly become one of your favorites! I already have another fun recipe in mind we will share in a future post. In the photos I use jazzed up boxed carrot cake mix to save time. I replaced the oil with melted butter, added a splash of vanilla and more of my favorite carrot cake spices to give it a bit more flavor. If you like nuts some chopped pecans or walnuts would be nice to add to the batter as well.

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Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pie Frosting Recipe
2- 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
7.5 ounce jar Fluff (Marshmallow Cream)
2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or vanilla extract

In a large bowl cream the butter and vanilla bean paste together. Add the Fluff and continue beating. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar. Once you have added 2 cups, check the consistency to see if it’s thick enough to pipe onto cupcakes. If not add more confectioners’ sugar a bit at time until it’s just thick enough. Fill a frosting back fitted with the jumbo tip of your choice and pipe the frosting on to your cupcakes.

SHOPPING LIST OF SUPPLIES USED THAT WE CARRY:
jumbo open star frosting tip
disposable frosting bags
polka dot baking cups & mini dessert shovel set
spring butterfly sprinkles
spring dot paper straws

We hope you give this frosting recipe a try and have fun creating your own spring treats and display. We sure had fun with ours! Did you see the cute felt bows on the milk bottles and the jumbo polka dot confetti we used on the backdrop?! Fun confetti’s are coming to our shop soon!

Happy baking!
~the girls

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post written by Shauna and photographed by Esther

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Easter Peeps Ice Cream Cones

We have another cute ice cream cone project for you today! While browsing the seasonal candy aisle I came across some edible Easter grass and thought it would be perfect for making ice cream cone favors this year. This project is nice and simple for an easy last minute Easter Treat!

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What you need:
Malted Milk Chocolate Eggs
Edible Easter Grass
Peeps Dark Chocolate Dipped Chicks
Waffle Cones
Cello Cone Bags
Twist Ties or Bakers Twine

We started by tucking some of the malted milk chocolate eggs in the bottom of the cones for a sweet surprise! You could also use jelly beans or any other small Easter candies you happen to have on hand.

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Next, we placed the edible Easter grass over the eggs, making a little nest for our chick. You just need a little bit of the grass for this part! It took a few tries to get just the right amount.

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Place the chick in the nest to help hide the treats in the cone!

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For the final step place the each Easter cone in a cello cone bag and close with a twist tie or bakers twine bow. Now you have a sweet little Easter treats with a surprise inside to hand out to all your guests!

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Post written by Shauna & photographed by Esther.

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S’mores Doughnut Recipe & Dessert in a Jar

WE HAVE A SWEET RECIPE TO SHARE WITH YOU: Mini s’mores doughnuts that you can make in a Babycakes doughnut maker! We also share a bonus dessert that you can make with your extra doughnuts. How does a s’mores dessert in a jar sound?! The full recipe and tips on how to make the s’mores dessert in a jar are listed below.

WE HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE…we had fun last Friday making our first attempt of mini doughnuts in our new doughnut maker but we have to admit they were not edible! This was completely our fault, not the maker. Let’s just say when your baking powder expires it can really affect how baked goods rise and taste. We made them look pretty, but they were very dense and just not up to our standards. I took a trip to the store to get a fresh can of baking powder and a few other fun ingredients. The idea of a “s’mores” doughnut recipe had been floating in my mind. This time they came out great so we now have a fun recipe to share with you! The house filled with the aroma of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and I had the chance to use my mini dessert torch from the cupboard..fun, fun!

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THINGS WENT SMOOTHER THIS TIME AROUND: We adapted the sour cream doughnut recipe that comes in the instruction book of the Babycakes Doughnut Maker and turned it into a fun “smores” doughnut. It always amazes me how a couple fun ingredients can change or enhance a recipe. We added vanilla bean paste (my mother calls this liquid gold it is SO good, if you are an avid baker and have not used this we suggest getting some…it will change your life!), crushed up teddy grahams, mini chocolate chips and a touch of cinnamon.

With baking you learn from doing. Since the chocolate doughnuts we made the other day were a bit dense (not sure if that was because of the expired baking soda, the homemade buttermilk or over mixing the batter) I decided to mix the batter by hand this time. I added in the extra ingredients that turned the plain sour cream doughnut recipe into something special! The s’mores doughnut was born!

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THE SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: I put 1/2 cup of the teddy grahams into a quart size freezer bag and crushed them up using the bottom of a measuring cup. My thought was to add the crumbs to the batter to give it a little more flavor. NOTE: I would probably leave the crumbs a little more coarse the next time I make this recipe so when you take a bite you can see more of the crumbs inside the doughnut. I added the same amount of mini chocolate chips to the batter (1/2 cup). They worked great and as you can see from the one I took a bite of you can see the chips speckled throughout the doughnut. One tablespoon of vanilla bean paste and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon was also added and took these doughnuts to the next level!

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DESSERT TORCHES ARE GOOD FOR MORE THAN JUST CREME BRULEE: Once the doughnuts were cooled, we drizzled the tops with the same Wilton Chocolate Glaze that we used the other day. I crumbled up more of the teddy grahams to sprinkle on top of the glaze and then added some cute extra mini marshmallows. Toasted marshmallows is one of the things that makes a s’more a s’more. I used my mini dessert torch and it worked perfectly for toasting the extra mini marshmallows that I found at a local Amish store. Be very careful when using the torch, it only took a second or 2 to get them toasted. You need to wave the flame a few inches away from the marshmallows in a back and forth motion. If you get too close they might catch on fire. You may need to practice a bit. See the full recipe below and for another way to use these doughnuts in a dessert.

A mini dessert torch can be used for more than just creme brulee!

A mini dessert torch can be used for more than just creme brulee!

BALL JARS ON THE COUNTER = THE BIRTH OF THE S’MORES IN A JAR: While looking at the pile of doughnuts I had just made I noticed an assortment of ball jars I had sitting on the counter and realized that the mini doughnuts might fit in the jars….and they did! How cute would s’mores doughnut desserts in a jar be! They would be great to use at a bridal shower, rustic wedding, movie night or camp dessert by the fire.

For a single small serving the 4 oz jar worked great. One doughnut fit on the bottom. You could layer on top of the doughnut some chocolate glaze or hot fudge sauce and then a layer of frosting or fluff and top with mini size marshmallows. We used the regular size mini marshmallows that you can easily find at the grocery store for this dessert. For the larger 8 oz jars I was able to fit 3 doughnuts and layered between them is whipped vanilla frosting that I sprinkled with mini chocolate chips. I toasted the marshmallows with the mini dessert torch and viola…you have a cute and yummy dessert in a jar! Tie some bakers twine around the top and add one of our cute wooden dessert spoons to create a pretty presentation!

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MINI S’MORES DOUGHNUT RECIPE

(adapted from the sour cream doughnut recipe in the Babycakes Doughnut Maker instruction book)

        • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
        • 1/3 cup sugar
        • 1 tablespoon baking powder
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1/2 cup milk
        • 1/4 cup sour cream
        • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
        • 1 egg
        • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
        • 1/2 – 1  teaspoon cinnamon – optional but makes them oh so good!
        • 1/2 cup teddy graham crackers that you will crush up + more for the garnish
        • 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
        • Wilton chocolate brownie glaze or you can make a chocolate glaze
        • extra mini size marshmallows for the garnish

Directions:

Plug in the doughnut maker so it can preheat while you are preparing the batter.

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl including the crushed teddy grahams and mini chips.

2. In a separate bowl combine all of your wet ingredients and whisk together until all is blended.

3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I found mixing by hand until all was combined worked better than using a mixer especially since this version has mini chips in it.

4. Fill a plastic disposable frosting bag with the batter and snip off end so you can pipe into the preheated doughnut maker. Filling the bottom half of the cavity worked good for this recipe. Each reservoir holds about 2 tablespoons of batter.

5. Bake for about 4-5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean.

6. Once the doughnuts are cooled you can add the chocolate glaze to the tops. You want to use a glaze that is thick and will set up well. We piped it on the doughnut by putting it in a plastic frosting bag with just the tip snipped off so we could make nice squiggles with the glaze.

7. Sprinkle the glaze with some of the crushed teddy grahams.

8. Add some of the extra mini marshmallows before the glaze set so they will stay in place.

9. If you have a mini dessert torch you can toast the tops of the marshmallows.

BONUS DESSERT – S’MORES DOUGHNUT DESSERT JARS

As mentioned earlier in the post if you are making a big batch of doughnuts and want to create an extra special treat you can use some of the doughnuts to create some yummy desserts in a jar. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the doughnuts fit in the small ball jars. They were the perfect size and would save you from cutting out rounds of cake to make a layered dessert in a jar. I can’t wait to try out some different cake recipes to make some new flavor combinations. The nice part of baking is trying different things out and seeing what works. Sometimes a mistake can turn into the best thing that could have happened!

We hope you enjoyed and give this fun recipe a try!
~the girls

Don’t forget to enter our GIVEAWAY for your chance to win your very own doughnut maker prize pack so you can try out this recipe. Contest ends Sunday 4.6.14 so get your entries in and please share with your friends! We have 2 great prizes to be won! Good luck! Head over to that post to enter our giveaway: http://www.thebakersconfections.com/mini-doughnuts-plus-a-giveaway/

WE’RE CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF OUR NEW PARTY SUPPLY SHOP – all orders made in The Bakers Party Supply shop through 4.6.14 will get a FREE GIFT!

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Mini Doughnuts PLUS a Giveaway!

GRAND OPENING! 

Boy, we have something extra special in store for you this week! We had fun in the kitchen last Friday making mini chocolate doughnuts in the Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker, so much fun that we bought a second one for a lucky person to win! Whoo-hoo!

We are celebrating the re-launching of our blog AND the GRAND OPENING of THE BAKERS PARTY SUPPLY SHOP, our second online baking and party supply shop!  See below for all the details on how to enter! We have 2 great prizes to be won and ALL ORDERS in our new shop this week will get a FREE SURPRISE GIFT in with their order!

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EASY TO USE AND FAST: The mini doughnut maker was super easy to use! We made the chocolate doughnut recipe from the little instruction-recipe book it comes with. We had to make a few substitutions since I forgot to buy buttermilk. Thankfully the recipe book told how to make some with milk and vinegar. The machine heated up quick and the mini doughnuts baked up really fast (about 4 minutes). Before long we had quite the pile of mini chocolate doughnuts and had to decide how we wanted to decorate them.

TIP FOR THE BATTER:  The recipe book suggested putting the batter in a plastic bag and then snipping off the end so you can easily squeeze the batter in the doughnut cavity on the machine. Well I must have squeezed a bit too hard because I popped a hole in the side of the bag. Shauna had a BRILLIANT idea of using one of our plastic disposable frosting bags since the plastic is a bit thicker and that worked GREAT! We are including a set of our frosting and now doughnut batter bags (lol) in with our grand prize! Scroll down to see how to enter and what fun things you have a chance to win!

Chocolate glaze on a chocolate doughnut...yum, yum!

Chocolate glaze on a chocolate doughnut…yum, yum!

SPRING ARE YOU EVER COMING?: Since we are really trying hard to think SPRING we wanted to showcase some of our fun pastel colored sprinkles on the doughnuts. For the glaze we used Wilton Chocolate Glaze that I had picked up for impromptu baking projects. It is always good to keep a few baking staples in your pantry! You could make one of the glazes listed in the recipe book or make your own. The Wilton chocolate glaze was easy to use and it was nice and thick so it didn’t run down the sides of the doughnuts. We heated it up in the container it came in (following the instructions, making sure not to overheat it) and then transferred some to a quart size freezer bag (or use one of our disposable frosting bags) where we snipped just a little of the tip off so we could apply some squiggles to the top of the doughnut. If the glaze is too hot it can drip so getting it warm enough but not too hot worked best. Decorate the doughnuts one at a time since you don’t want the glaze to set up before you get the pretty sprinkles you are using on them.

ANOTHER USE FOR AN EGG CUP: Egg cups work great to hold sprinkles too! If you are having a doughnut making party they are a fun way to display the toppings you will be using!

All dressed up!

All dressed up!

ALL DRESSED UP AND READY TO GO….GO WHERE YOU SAY?:  What goes better with doughnuts than a glass of milk….or a shot glass of milk since these are mini doughnuts!

When I see a good bargain on something I can use in a future project or photo shoot I grab it. I remembered some pretty shot glasses I had purchased (or had been given to me by my mother who tends to do the same thing) and was lucky enough to remember where I had stashed them. They have a pretty pop of color at the bottom of the glass and were nice wide, short shot glass, almost a mini rocks glass style. So where were the doughnuts going?…on top of the shot glass, of course! This made for a fun display and a cute way to serve them for a brunch, birthday party or snack. We cut down some of our spring polka dot paper straws and that just sealed the deal….mini spring doughnut cuteness!

SHOPPING LIST of the items we carry that were used in our project:
disposable frosting bags – to help get the dough in the maker a little more easily
mini pastel confetti dot quin sprinkles
pastel rainbow non pareil mix sprinkles
pastel mix baby sugar pearls
spring polka dots paper straws

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RECIPE ALERT: Stay tuned! Later this week we will post a fun recipe for another style of mini doughnuts that we are working on!

Don’t forget to see the below details on how you can enter for a chance to win one of our great prizes!! Contest starts Monday 3/31/14!

OUR NEW BAKING AND PARTY SHOP IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

We have been working very hard getting product listings added to our new shop. We are excited to announce that we are NOW OPEN! We have a great assortment of products available and will be adding more to the shop each week. Fun NEW products are coming soon (balloons, confetti and more)! We have a TON to get listed in our sale section too! Please stop by and shop all the baking and party goodness we have to offer!

REMEMBER: ALL ORDERS MADE IN OUR NEW SHOP, The Bakers Party Supply Shop, FROM 3/30/14 – 4/6/14 (midnight est) WILL GET A FREE SURPRISE GIFT IN YOUR ORDER! We’ve got some fun prizes packed up! Plus orders over $100 always ship for FREE!

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Help spread the word on our fun little blog and new baking and party supply shop! We have some great prize packs you can enter for a chance to win!

One lucky winner will win our GRAND PRIZE which contains:
Babycakes mini doughnut maker
Pretty baking apron
2 oz jar of pastel non pareil sprinkles
2 oz jar of mini pastel dot quin sprinkles
2 oz jar of pastel mix baby sugar pearls
a set of 10 disposable frosting-doughnut batter plastic bags

2nd place wins this fun prize pack:
18 white tin tie treat bags with window
Lime bakers twine spool
18 assorted pin back buttons in a mix of hearts, stars and “Thank you”

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~the girls

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Rainbow Party Dessert Display & Tips

RAINBOW PARTY DISPLAY: There is just something about rainbows and that color combination that just seem to make you smile. I love color (who doesn’t!) and it seems to be a big part of whatever project I am working on creative or otherwise. Color = happiness! And for a party, you can’t go wrong with all the colors of the rainbow! It is a classic theme that can be used for kids of all ages and has so many ways that you put your twist on it.

Now that is color for the eyes!

Now that is color for the eyes!

We had such a fun time with our fruity “nerd-y” rice crispy treat recipe that it inspired us to design a fun rainbow party spread. Maybe we can help inspire you on how to put together a dessert display, create layers by using items you may already have and show you fun ways to use some of our party products. Many can be used in multiple ways.

Using old wooden crates to of varying sizes and heights add some interest to the tabletop.

Using old wooden crates to of varying sizes and heights add some interest to the tabletop.

FLEA MARKET FINDS: When the weather is nice and the outdoor flea markets are open on Route 1 along the southern coast of Maine I love to take a day off and see what treasures I might find to use in my product shots or styled displays. Many of the wooden crates used in this display were finds I got last fall. I scored 4 old crates that day. One was an old fish stick box from a company in Portland, Maine. Who knew fish sticks once came packaged in wooden crates…but I digress…the point to all of this is if you like creating fun displays for desserts or a party spread simple wooden crates, boxes or other fun containers that you may already have or collected can be quite helpful. They can also add a bit of charm to your display. Adding some height to the table by using different size containers will not only add some eye appeal but create different platforms for you to display different kinds of treats or types of food.

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DESSERTS AND PARTY FAVORS MINGLING TOGETHER: Depending on the style of dessert or party scape you are creating there are many different ways you go about selecting what to make and offer. A fun idea we used here was to incorporate party favors and take away treats right into the dessert display. Letting the party favors add some of the decoration to the table saves you on coming up with other items to use as decorations and shows off the goodies you have to give out to your guests. Who doesn’t like leaving a party with a little sweet treat to be enjoyed later!

White tin tie treat bags filled with our bite sized fruity nerd-y rice crispy treats.

White tin tie treat bags filled with our bite sized fruity nerd-y rice crispy treats.

TAKE AWAY TREATS: When you think about what to offer as a take home treat or favor think about who might be enjoying them. Having some that are larger if adults or a family is attending is a nice idea. A few could enjoy the white tin tie bags that are filled with bite size rice crispy treats as it is a larger sized favor. Kids would have fun opening the small stripe boxes filled with little candies or a trinket. To make the little favor boxes shown below a little more fun we glued our cute “thank you” flat back buttons to the sides of the boxes. Don’t they look nice!

Small favor boxes with little treats tucked inside.

Small favor boxes with little treats tucked inside.

SWEET & SALTY…YUM YUM: Chocolate drizzled pretzel rods are an easy and fun treat to add to a dessert display and gives you an item that is sweet and salty, who doesn’t love that! When planning a big spread it is nice to have a few items that are quick and easy so you can highlight your homemade goodies and offer a few options that will save you time in the kitchen. Not wanting to fight with getting the full rod dipped in chocolate like I’ve made in the past I thought just drizzling some on and adding fun rainbow sprinkles might be fun. We used our “boys rainbow” non pareil mix and our mini rainbow confetti dot quins. I liked that you could see a little more of the pretzel rod by decorating it this way. This saves you on time, how much chocolate you would need and helps cut down the sugar a bit. We have plenty of sugar used elsewhere on the display!

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DESSERT DISPLAY TIP RECAP:

  • use containers, boxes or vases that you already have to add interest and height to your table top and display
  • offer a variety of desserts and treats in different sizes to add interest and appeal to different taste buds
  • to cut down on extra decorations decorate your display with your take away treats and party favors
  • add easy to make or assemble goodies in with your homemade treats to save you prep time
  • most importantly leave yourself enough time to ENJOY what you have created and capture it by taking a few photos before the party begins and while people are enjoying it!
Little pails with little treats...aren't they just oh so sweet!

Little pails with little treats…aren’t they just oh so sweet!

SHOPPING LIST of some of the fun items used in the display:
thank you flatback buttons used on the small stripe boxes
rainbow party favor pins used on the white tin tie bags
small stripe favor boxes
small rainbow dot cone bags
rainbow cupcake rings
white tin tie bags
mini confetti dot quins
rainbow bakers twine
small ice cream-treat cups
candy favor pails

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We hope you enjoyed looking at our rainbow party display and found some of our tips helpful!
~the girls

Post written and photographed by Esther

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