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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!

Post written and photographed by Esther

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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!

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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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DID SOMEONE SAY GIVEAWAY?!

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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We hope you enjoy and good luck to all that enter!
~the girls

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