Delicious Past…

Sweets

Sweets make the world go round. What would life be like with no sugary baked goods…I shudder. My favorite movie scene is in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. When they walk into the room with all things edible, that is what pure imagination can do right? I often dream of a chocolate river in my living room. My imagination always takes me to sugar and sweets. So when I need a recipe, I am usually thinking of a dessert recipe! While all my desserts are sweets, some of the following sweets aren’t desserts, like breakfast breads or muffins!

Pinwheel Cookies

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Pinwheel Cookies

No matter how unspectacular a cookie tastes, the way it looks will make it spectacular. Case and point: Pinwheel Cookies. Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are delicious. Simple vanilla and chocolate butter cookies. But there are no bells and whistles with these cookies. What makes them great is the presentation, the way they look. Pinwheels. I have made these on numerous occasions and each time everyone is wowed, I mean, they can’t believe they are eating a homemade pinwheel cookie. “You baked these at home?” If I would have just baked up simple vanilla cookies or chocolate cookies nobody would have asked me that. But make a cool looking design and wham! You got some spectacular cookies. These cookies are made from an easy recipe and are just as easy to assemble.

Delicious Rating: These are delicious butter cookies. My chocolate was perfectly balanced with the vanilla cookie but held its own as well. The cookies will have a firm bottom when baked but the insides are soft and almost, just almost, cakey cookie. But not really. I hope that makes sense!

Pinwheel Cookies
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Giant Hostess Cupcake Cake

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When we used to cross the border into Texas, we almost always went to this little gas station stop outside of the border town that had a Wendy’s and Dairy Queen. We would buy so much junk at that gas station, I think the workers thought we were going into Mexico. But we had been out for so many months we needed a good ol’ junk food fix. One thing that was for sure was that my DH would buy some Hostess chocolate cupcakes. He just loves those things and inhales them in two seconds! So when we were going on a ‘junk food dry spell’ down here in Costa Rica, I decided to make some Hostess Cupcakes but bigger…and better. So a Giant Hostess Cupcake Cake was born. Imagine the chocolate cupcake times a lot…yeah, it was pretty great.

Delicious Rating: Wow, cake is just perfect Hostess cupcake consistency. I love the chocolate ganache too. Once it firms up it really looks and tastes amazing. The marshmallow filling was spot on too, especially fresh. Unfortunately, we don’t have temperature control in the house so once it warmed up just a little the consistency started to change but it still was good and worked out perfect. This chocolate layer cake is a fun and easy recipe. It is great for parties or special occasions that require a giant cupcake cake. It put a huge smile on DH’s face once I cut into it. He wasn’t expecting that middle filling at all. Cake surprises are so much fun!

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Red Velvet Cake

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Who can refuse a moist, chocolatey (I know it isn’t a word but you know what I mean) slice of cake, smothered in a cream cheese frosting? I know I can”t. But for the life of me I don’t know why I always passed up red velvet cake at dinner parties. I really just didn’t know that it was chocolate cake colored red. Why color it red? Who knows, but once I was finally coaxed into eating it, I loved it.

So for cake’s sake and mine, I had to make a red velvet cake at home and make sure the recipe was easy enough to want to make it again and again. The secret to this perfectly moist cake is the white vinegar and buttermilk. The crumb is perfect, soft, melt in your mouth yummy…you won’t want another recipe for red velvet cake ever again. Don’t want a red cake? Leave out the food coloring for a just as delicious chocolate cake.

Delicious Rating: I have made this recipe a few times now and love it more and more each time. It is the perfect layer cake and works wonderfully as cupcakes as well. Each time this is served it is gone, none left over what so ever. I used just a basic cream cheese frosting, you can use your favorite recipe or if you prefer the cake alone, it would be perfect with ice cream too. There is 1/2 cup of hot coffee in the recipe that really enhances the chocolate and you mustn’t leave it out! If you give this a bake let me know how you enjoyed it.

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Lemon Rolls

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Lemon Rolls, oh Lemon Rolls, where art thou lemon rolls? Oops…we ate the whole pan! Like, ate the whole pan and cleaned out all the sticky crumbs with my fingers. I love anything Lemon. Throw in some dough carbs and a cream cheese frosting…OMGoodness!

Lemons Rolls…imagine a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon but more on the sticky bun side and flavored with lemony goodness. Sounds about right. This is an easy recipe that you will enjoy baking up for breakfast or dessert or tea time or for dinner! If you aren’t a huge lemon lover like myself, these rolls are perfect to sub in Orange, Cardamom, Lime, or maybe even pineapple!

Delicious Rating: If you can’t tell already, I totally love these things. The inside has this sugar-lemon zesty-spiced filling that just melts your tongue away because it is so delicious. I will still make my Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls recipe for my DH since that is what he prefers but every now and then I will sneak in a lemon roll recipe for my personal delight.  Let me know how you like your sticky rolls in the morning!


So good…

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