Who doesn't love a delicious Banana Split Sundae in the summer? 🍨 July is National Ice Cream Month and I decided to make some tasty Banana Split inspired cupcakes! Yum!
To make the banana cupcakes you will need:
-1 1/2 cups of flour
-3/4 cup of sugar
-1 tsp of baking powder
-1/2 tsp of baking soda
-1/2 cup of melted butter
-4 mashed bananas
-1/2 ts of vanilla extract
-Chocolate Ganache(or chocolate frosting)
Combine all of the dry ingredients first in a bowl for your banana cupcakes and mix well. Then add your wet ingredients and combine. Place into cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Once the cupcakes are cool the fun part is decorating! I placed vanilla and pink frosting into individual piping bags(cut the tips) and then placed both into a larger piping bag to create a swirl of the two colors to mimic vanilla and strawberry ice cream. You can also use sandwich bags.
Top with either a Chocolate Ganache or just simply melt chocolate frosting slightly to be your fudge of the banana split cupcake. Then sprinkle with some rainbow sprinkles and lastly top with a cherry!
With the rising popularity of Unicorns and Poop emojis, I figured it was fitting to combine the two to make a delicious summer treat! This is an easy and refreshing Popsicle recipe using just vanilla Greek yogurt.
I used my favorite YouTuber's bakeware line for the mold. You can get the Poop Emoji Mold HERE.
You will need 4 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt and some food coloring. I did white, pink, purple and yellow.
Place the different colored yogurt into sandwich bags and pipe all the different colors into each mold.
Cover the mold with foil and slice small slits into each mold with a knife then insert a Popsicle stick. Freeze overnight or for at least 5 hours.
Happy Pride Month! 🌈Looking for an easy colorful dessert? Whether you are celebrating pride month or just looking for a festive rainbow treat, I got you covered! This recipe is such an easy dessert idea. Rainbow Dessert Dip & Chips is essentially a cheesecake dip paired with pie crust chips. Here is what you will need:
-2-8 z of cream cheese softened
-1 cup of powdered sugar
-1 tub of Cool Whip (thawed)
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Then separate the dip equally into different small bowls and add different desired food coloring into each bowl to make rainbow colors. Then place the dip into piping bags or a large sandwich bag and cut the tip.
Fill a clear bowl with one layer of color at a time. I started with blue, green, yellow, orange and lastly pink.
Smooth the top layer with a spoon and place in the fridge for 45 minutes to chill. You can also top with colorful sprinkles.
To the make the pie chips you will just need refrigerated pie crusts and gel food coloring.
Cut pie crust into 4 and color each piece with food coloring.
Roll out the dough in between parchment paper and cut into triangles.
Bake at 450 degrees for 5-6 minutes.
Did you know Sesame Street is celebrating their 50th Anniversary? Incredible! Who is your favorite character? I love Cookie Monster and Big Bird. May is National Foster Care month and they recently introduced their newest character Karli, a young muppet in foster care. With nearly 443,000 children in foster care this is such an important topic. I decided to make some Sesame Street cupcakes including the latest muppet friend Karli.
I used a sandwich bag and got creative with my piping technique. Fold one corner of the sandwich bag in half and tape it, Then fill it with frosting and then poke holes with a toothpick to create the look I used on our muppet friends.
I used an orange peanut M & M for Elmo's nose and half an oreo for Cookie Monster, Elmo and Oscar's mouth. I used banana Laffy Taffy to create Big Bird's beak and a pink pearl candy for Karli's nose.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up which means plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers to go around. Since May is also National Hamburger Month I thought it was only right to make some sweet versions of our BBQ favorites! 🍔🌭
To make the hamburger cupcakes you will need:
-Box of yellow cake mix
-Box of chocolate cake mix
-Red, yellow and green food coloring
Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box. Make both yellow and chocolate cupcakes. Once cool, cut the yellow cupcakes in half as these will be the hamburger buns. With the chocolate cupcakes cut off the top and this will be the hamburger patty.
Divide the frosting into 3 separate bowls. With the food coloring, make 1 bowl yellow (cheese), 1 bowl green (lettuce) and the last bowl red(Ketchup). Then take each frosting color and put into a sandwich bag or you can use piping bag. For the yellow and green make a medium size slit at the end of the sandwich bag and for the red make a small slit.
Place the chocolate cupcake that you cut as the Hamburger Patty on top of the bottom half of the yellow cupcake. First you will need to do the cheese. Pipe the yellow frosting into a square shape onto the "hamburger patty". Next with the green frosting do the lettuce by piping a star like shape. Lastly with the red frosting pipe a zig zag pattern as the ketchup.
Top the hamburger patty with the top of the yellow cupcake. In a small cup combine some warm water with a little bit of sugar. Brush on the top of the yellow cupcake(hamburger bun) the sugar mixture and sprinkle the sesame seeds. This final detail really makes it look like a hamburger.
For the Twinkie Hot Dogs you will need:
-Red and Yellow frosting
To make the Hot Dog cheesecake filling:
-8 oz of softened cream cheese
-1 container of thawed Cool Whip
-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
-1/2 cup of powdered sugar
-Red and orange food coloring
Cut a slit down the middle of the Twinkie half way and gently spread the Twinkie. Combine all of your cheesecake mixture and using the red and orange food coloring create your desired hot dog color. Then place the mixture into a pipette bag (or sandwich bag) and cut the tip. Pipe the mixture down the center of the Twinkie to make your hot dog. Lastly pipe zig zags of your red and yellow frosting to create the mustard and the ketchup.
Whether you are team PEEPS or not, you have to admit they are a sweet staple for Easter. Here is a clever way to enjoy these sweet marshmallow treats.
-Refrigerated pie crust
-1/2 tbs of butter
-Strawberry preserve (or you can do Nutella)
-Royal icing for decorating
Cut out 5X3 rectangles out of the pie crust dough. I created a rectangle template with a piece of paper. You can also roll out the scraps. It is two rectangles per pop tart. I was able to make 5 pop tarts with one box of pie crusts.
In a bowl place a handful of PEEPS with a little bit of butter and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Of the rectangles that you made place half of them on a parchment line baking sheet and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread strawberry preserve on the pop tarts and if you want you can also do Nutella instead to make S'mores pop tarts. Then place the melted PEEPS on top of the spread. Lastly place another rectangle piece of dough on top and then pinch all four sides closed with a fork.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and turn the pan half way through.
Once the pop tarts are cool completely decorate with some royal icing and even sprinkles if you want.
I actually really enjoy making homemade bagels. It is really quite simple and they come out very delicious. I have made rainbow bagels and even pumpkin spice bagels(recipes on my blog). I wanted to make some green bagels for St. Patrick's Day, This is such a fun breakfast that you can make for the kids.
-1 1/2 cups of water
-green food coloring
-4 cups of bread flour
-1 tbs of instant yeast
-tbs of brown sugar
-2 tsp of salt
In measuring cup mix the water and green food coloring. In a large bowl mix all of your dry ingredients and then add your green water. Mix well and add flour as you knead the dough until it forms into a large ball. Grab another bowl and coat the inside with non-stick cooking spray and then place the dough in that bowl, cover and allow the dough to rise for an hour.
Pull apart about 8 pieces of dough and roll into balls. Cut a hole through the center of the dough ball and spread it out so that it looks like a ring. Next preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is warming up, boil the bagels in water for just 1 minute or so. Then place the bagels on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake the bagels for about 20-25 minutes in the oven.
Making heart shaped donuts for Valentine's Day is actually super simple. ❤ This is a fun and easy recipe that the kids can help make.
-Heart shaped cookie cutter
-1 can of Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layer Biscuits
-Vegetable oil for frying
-1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
-4 tbs of milk
- 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Decorating you can use pink food coloring and some Valentine's Day sprinkles.
Open the can of biscuit dough and roll each piece with a rolling pin. Then cut out the heart shape with the cookie cutter. I was able to make over a dozen with one can. Pour about an inch or two of vegetable oil to a pot. Once the oil is hot drop each donut into the oil and fry for a minute or so until golden brown flipping half way through. Allow the donuts to cool completely.
In a bowl mix the icing ingredients. For different colors, pour some of the icing into separate bowls and add food coloring. I did pink and white icing. Dip your donuts into the icing and sprinkle with some festive sprinkles.
Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!! 💕
January is National Sunday Supper month and I decided to travel back int time to the 70's to try some retro recipes. ☮ I was introduced to a cookbook published in 1977 at my job and was inspired to give some the of the recipes a whirl.
I have only tried Fondue once before and I really loved it. This was a very popular recipe in the 70's. It is actually quite simple to make at home.
-1 1/2 tbs of butter
-1 tbs of cornstarch
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1 cup of milk
-1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
-1 cup of shredded swiss
In a sauce pan melt the butter and then add in the cornstarch and salt. Mix until combined and then add the milk. Once the mixtures comes to a boil then add in your cheese. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted. You can dip meat, bread, veggies etc..
To make this Frozen Banana Salad dessert I used a vintage mold that I found at the thrift store. I found this recipe to be very delicious and refreshing. It would make for a great summer time treat!
You will need:
-2 ripe bananas
-2/4 cup of sugar
-1 can of crushed pineapples
-2 tbs of lemon juice
-2 tbs of maraschino cherries
-1 cup of sour cream
-Mash the bananas and combine all of the ingredients. Place in a mold and freeze in the freezer to set.
This recipe for Salmon Mousse was just so bizarre that I just had to try it. I purchased a vintage salmon mold for this one.
-2 envelopes of gelatin
-1 1/2 cups of cold water
-1 cup of mayo
-1 cup of sour cream
-1 can of salmon(flaked)
-1 small cucumber chopped
-1 tbs of lemon juice
-Paprika, salt and pepper to taste
Soften the gelatin in the water and stir over low heat to dissolve and allow to cool. In a bowl combine the mayo, sour cream and stir in the gelatin. Chill in the fridge for just a few minutes to firm slightly. Mix in the salmon, cucumber, lemon juice and seasoning. Spray the salmon mold with non-stick cooking spray and pour in mixture. Chill in the fridge until firm. I suggest overnight.
These are super cute tiny Hot Cocoa Treats that are fun to do with little ones. They call for just a few ingredients and come out super adorable.
You will need:
-small mini candy canes
-chocolate covered cookie(or any small round cookie works)
-Holly sprinkles or any small festive shaped sprinkle(optional)
First cut the curve part off of the mini candy candy. This will be the handle of your hot cocoa cup. Then line the candy cane handle on the side of a large marshmallow and cut two slits with a knife and insert the ends of the candy cane into the marshmallow.
With your white frosting embellish the front of the marshmallow. I chose to use some holly sprinkles.
Next, glue your marshmallow to your cookie saucer with some of the white frosting. Then pipe some chocolate frosting on the top of the large marshmallow. This will be the hot cocoa. Lastly, take your mini marshmallows and cut them up into small pieces(I used kitchen scissors) and place on top.
There you have it, a mini Hot Cocoa Treat! Enjoy!
Hi there! I am Felicia.
I am a Holiday Expert and self proclaimed "Fest-Diva"! I enjoy celebrating Holidays. Time to Get Holiday Happy!