S’mores Buttercups
¼ cup of softened butter
6 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 cup of marshmallow fluff
½ cup of graham cracker crumbs
12 ounces of milk chocolate
Additionally, you will need one standard size cupcake pan with 9 cupcake liners.

Directions:
1) Line your cupcake pan with 9 cupcake liners. Then melt your milk chocolate until it is completely smooth.
2) Spoon in about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate into your cupcake liners. Use either a spoon or pastry brush to coat the sides with chocolate. Make sure that the sides are fully coated so that it holds that buttercup shape. Place pan in the fridge for 20 minutes so that the chocolate hardens.
3) While you wait, mix together the brown sugar, butter, and graham cracker crumble. Once the mixture is completely combined and your chocolatey cupcake liner shells have hardened, place a generous amount of crumble into the bottom half of your buttercups. Make sure to leave room at the top for the marshmallow fluff.
4) Add a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top of the graham cracker crumble. Then smooth over the top with some more of your melted milk chocolate from before. Place in the fridge for another 20 minutes and you are ready to serve!

S’mores Buttercups

¼ cup of softened butter

6 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 cup of marshmallow fluff

½ cup of graham cracker crumbs

12 ounces of milk chocolate

Additionally, you will need one standard size cupcake pan with 9 cupcake liners.

Directions:

1) Line your cupcake pan with 9 cupcake liners. Then melt your milk chocolate until it is completely smooth.

2) Spoon in about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate into your cupcake liners. Use either a spoon or pastry brush to coat the sides with chocolate. Make sure that the sides are fully coated so that it holds that buttercup shape. Place pan in the fridge for 20 minutes so that the chocolate hardens.

3) While you wait, mix together the brown sugar, butter, and graham cracker crumble. Once the mixture is completely combined and your chocolatey cupcake liner shells have hardened, place a generous amount of crumble into the bottom half of your buttercups. Make sure to leave room at the top for the marshmallow fluff.

4) Add a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top of the graham cracker crumble. Then smooth over the top with some more of your melted milk chocolate from before. Place in the fridge for another 20 minutes and you are ready to serve!





S’mores Fudge Pops
Delicious and creamy s’mores fudge pops that are perfect for summer!


INGREDIENTS
2½ cups milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
½ cup chopped graham crackers*
½ cup mini marshmallows
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup marshmallow creme
12 (5 oz.) paper cups
24 paper straws or 12 Popsicle sticks


INSTRUCTIONS
In a large microwavable-safe bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix together for 1 minute. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4-6 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thickened. Cool for 20 minutes, stirring several times.
Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, combine chopped graham crackers, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to make s’mores mixture. Divide s’mores mixture evenly among paper cups.
Stir in marshmallow creme into cooled pudding. Spoon pudding evenly into cups. Insert (2) paper straws or (1) popsicle stick into each cup and place in freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.
Once the pops are frozen and you are ready to serve them, simply tear off the paper cup and enjoy!
*NOTE: To chop graham crackers, place 5 full-sized graham crackers into a large zip-top bag, remove the air, and smash with the back of a rolling pin.

S’mores Fudge Pops

Delicious and creamy s’mores fudge pops that are perfect for summer!
INGREDIENTS
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
  • ½ cup chopped graham crackers*
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • 12 (5 oz.) paper cups
  • 24 paper straws or 12 Popsicle sticks
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large microwavable-safe bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix together for 1 minute. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4-6 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thickened. Cool for 20 minutes, stirring several times.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, combine chopped graham crackers, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to make s’mores mixture. Divide s’mores mixture evenly among paper cups.
  3. Stir in marshmallow creme into cooled pudding. Spoon pudding evenly into cups. Insert (2) paper straws or (1) popsicle stick into each cup and place in freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.
  4. Once the pops are frozen and you are ready to serve them, simply tear off the paper cup and enjoy!
  5. *NOTE: To chop graham crackers, place 5 full-sized graham crackers into a large zip-top bag, remove the air, and smash with the back of a rolling pin.


Giant Chocolate Freckle Cake
Makes 4 x15 cm pans (double recipe)240ml Coca-Cola255g unsalted butter, diced3/4 teaspoon baking soda280 self-rising flour, sifted30g cocoa powder, sifted300g superfine sugar2 large eggs120ml buttermilk1 teaspoon vanilla extractIn a medium sauce pan on low, bring the coke to a boil with the butter. One melted together stir in the baking soda, which will fizz, and set aside for 20 minutes.Preheat the oven to180C. Grease and line your cake tins.Combine the flour, cocoa and sugar in a large bowl, add the cola mixture and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla. Pour in the flour mixture and beat everything to combine.Pour the mixture to the prepared pan and tap to even the. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until risen and set and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Run a knife around the inner and outer edges of the pan and set aside to cool for about 30 minutes. Place a cake stand or plate on top of the pan and invert it, and leave to cool completely.German milo butter cream230ml whole milk35g milo powder1 vanilla bean pods, split and scraped, seeds reserved for another use100g sugar20 custard powder1.5 whole eggs400g unsalted butter, room temperature¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to tasteIn a medium pot, bring the milk to a simmer along with the vanilla bean pods. Turn off the heat and set aside to steep for at least one hour. Dissolve milo in the sauce pan while still warm.Strain the milk mixture into another bowl but reserves the vanilla pods. Scrap out the vnilla pods and set the goo aside.. Return the milk to a simmer. Whisk together the sugar, reserved vanilla bean scrapings, custard powder and eggs medium bowl.Temper the milk in the egg mixture by pouring a steady thin stream of hot milk into the egg mix while whisking. Return the tempered egg/milk mixture back into the pot.Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble sluggishly. From that point, continue whisking and cooking for a full minute more; use a timer or you run the risk of not fully cooking out the cornstarch. When the minute is up, pour the custard into a large mixing bowl.In a stand mixer, beat it with the mixer paddle until room temp. This will take a while like 25 minutes. Beat it till it is creamy and stable.Cut you butter into a small dice. Proceeded to add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Add the salt and continue to whip until the mixture is creamy and homogenous. Use immediately or refrigerate until needed. When ready to use, whip until creamy before proceeding.Assemby 2 recipes of the cola cake 1 recipe of the butter cream 400g dark chocolate ~200g sprinkles Baking tray Baking paper For the tempered giant freckles melt your 1/3 chocolate till it reaches 47C. After dump in the remaining 2/3 and continue string for half an hour until it gets to 26C. Bring it back up to 30C to working stages. After spread well the chocolate on a baking sheet; before it sets sprinkles the sprinkles on the chocolate. Allow to set. Once set cut out circles in any size. Save remaining scrapes of chocolate for the sides of the cake. Place your cake on your cake broad. Trim and cut off the domes of the cakes; then divide in half. Fill and crumb ice each cake with German butter cream. Set in fridge for 1 hour. Once cool, press in your chocolate sprinkle circles in a graded order and cover the sides with left over chocolate sprinkle scrapes. Set in the fridge for 2 hours then serve.

Giant Chocolate Freckle Cake

Makes 4 x15 cm pans (double recipe)

240ml Coca-Cola
255g unsalted butter, diced
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
280 self-rising flour, sifted
30g cocoa powder, sifted
300g superfine sugar
2 large eggs
120ml buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sauce pan on low, bring the coke to a boil with the butter. One melted together stir in the baking soda, which will fizz, and set aside for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to180C. Grease and line your cake tins.

Combine the flour, cocoa and sugar in a large bowl, add the cola mixture and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla. Pour in the flour mixture and beat everything to combine.

Pour the mixture to the prepared pan and tap to even the. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until risen and set and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Run a knife around the inner and outer edges of the pan and set aside to cool for about 30 minutes. Place a cake stand or plate on top of the pan and invert it, and leave to cool completely.

German milo butter cream


230ml whole milk

35g milo powder
1 vanilla bean pods, split and scraped, seeds reserved for another use
100g sugar
20 custard powder
1.5 whole eggs
400g unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

In a medium pot, bring the milk to a simmer along with the vanilla bean pods. Turn off the heat and set aside to steep for at least one hour. Dissolve milo in the sauce pan while still warm.

Strain the milk mixture into another bowl but reserves the vanilla pods. Scrap out the vnilla pods and set the goo aside.. Return the milk to a simmer. Whisk together the sugar, reserved vanilla bean scrapings, custard powder and eggs medium bowl.

Temper the milk in the egg mixture by pouring a steady thin stream of hot milk into the egg mix while whisking. Return the tempered egg/milk mixture back into the pot.Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble sluggishly. From that point, continue whisking and cooking for a full minute more; use a timer or you run the risk of not fully cooking out the cornstarch. When the minute is up, pour the custard into a large mixing bowl.

In a stand mixer, beat it with the mixer paddle until room temp. This will take a while like 25 minutes. Beat it till it is creamy and stable.

Cut you butter into a small dice. Proceeded to add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Add the salt and continue to whip until the mixture is creamy and homogenous. 

Use immediately or refrigerate until needed. When ready to use, whip until creamy before proceeding.


Assemby 

2 recipes of the cola cake 

1 recipe of the butter cream 
400g dark chocolate 
~200g sprinkles 
Baking tray 
Baking paper 


For the tempered giant freckles melt your 1/3 chocolate till it reaches 47C. After dump in the remaining 2/3 and continue string for half an hour until it gets to 26C. Bring it back up to 30C to working stages. 

After spread well the chocolate on a baking sheet; before it sets sprinkles the sprinkles on the chocolate. Allow to set. Once set cut out circles in any size. Save remaining scrapes of chocolate for the sides of the cake. 

Place your cake on your cake broad. Trim and cut off the domes of the cakes; then divide in half. Fill and crumb ice each cake with German butter cream. Set in fridge for 1 hour. Once cool, press in your chocolate sprinkle circles in a graded order and cover the sides with left over chocolate sprinkle scrapes. Set in the fridge for 2 hours then serve.


Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
yield: 12 cupcakes
INGREDIENTS:
For the Ganache Filling:2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped¼ cup heavy cream1 tablespoon powdered sugar
For the Cupcakes:3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped⅓ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder¾ cup hot coffee¾ cup bread flour¾ cup granulated sugar½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon baking soda6 tablespoons vegetable oil2 eggs2 teaspoons white vinegar1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Frosting:1¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature1 cup powdered sugar¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powderPinch of salt¾ cup light corn syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extract8 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), melted and cooled
DIRECTIONS:

1. Make the Ganache Filling: Place the chopped chocolate, heavy cream and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave on high power until the mixture is warm to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth, then refrigerate until just barely chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.
2. Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
4. Whisk the oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin pan cups. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
6. Make the Frosting: In a food processor, process the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add the chocolate and pulse until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 one-second pulses. Frost the cupcakes as desired. The frosted cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Notes:
The ganache filling can be omitted it if you’d like a more traditional chocolate cupcake.
The frosting can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 hours before using, or refrigerated for up to 3 days. If refrigerated, let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
I used the Ateco #823 decorating tip for piping the frosting.

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

yield: 12 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

For the Ganache Filling:
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

For the Cupcakes:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
⅓ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¾ cup hot coffee
¾ cup bread flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
1¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), melted and cooled

DIRECTIONS:

1. Make the Ganache Filling: Place the chopped chocolate, heavy cream and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave on high power until the mixture is warm to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth, then refrigerate until just barely chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.

2. Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

4. Whisk the oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin pan cups. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

6. Make the Frosting: In a food processor, process the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add the chocolate and pulse until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 one-second pulses. Frost the cupcakes as desired. The frosted cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes:

  • The ganache filling can be omitted it if you’d like a more traditional chocolate cupcake.
  • The frosting can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 hours before using, or refrigerated for up to 3 days. If refrigerated, let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
  • I used the Ateco #823 decorating tip for piping the frosting.

Chocolate Cheesecake

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