How to Make Filled Donuts (Bismarcks)

Bismarck donuts are filled with pastry cream or fruit-based pastry fillings. You make them the same way as regular donuts except that you don’t cut the centers out and you fill them after they cool. How to Make Bismark Donuts If you can make donuts, you can make filled or bismark donuts. You make them the same as normal donuts, but you don’t cut the holes out. Instead, you take a long thin tip from a decorator set, stick it into the center of the donut, and press until you feel the donut start to bulge. That’s all there is …

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Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Cupcakes

Sometimes the best ideas are really the combination of two great ideas. When we served these chocolate-covered ice cream cupcakes in the store, someone called them “brilliant.” I don’t know that they were brilliant, but they were delightful. We took fudgy chocolate cupcakes and put a scoop of peanut butter fudge ice cream on each. Then we dipped the cupcakes in chocolate ganache. So here’s the evolution of that idea. Idea #1. Chocolate Covered Cupcakes This is where it all began: the cupcake and some ganache. Chocolate covered cupcakes are one of my favorite things, especially when the chocolate is …

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Filled Cupcake Methods: Raspberry Cream and Caramel Fudge Cupcakes

These are really good cupcakes. They are both made with a chocolate cake mix but one is filled with a chocolate fudge frosting and the other is filled with raspberry cream. The chocolate filled one is topped with a caramel flavored frosting and drizzled with caramel sauce. The raspberry cream filled one is topped with a raspberry frosting and drizzled with a raspberry sauce.Sound good? Here’s how to make both cupcakes, so you can decide which filled cupcake method is better–chocolate-filled cupcakes or cream-filled cupcakes? The Filled Cupcakes Base For both of these recipes, we used our cream cake mix, …

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes in 15 Minutes

These are my favorite cupcakes—and you can make them a batch of 18 in 15 minutes prep time, about 30 minutes elapsed time with baking. Boston cream pie cupcakes are made with a vanilla bean cake mix, filled with Bavarian cream, and topped with chocolate ganache. Here’s how to make them with step-by-step pictures. Step 1: Bake the Cupcakes Mix the batter as directed on the cake mix package. We used our vanilla bean cake mix and our stand-type mixer. While the cake was mixing, we put paper liners in two standard muffin pans. We also used this time to …

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Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes

These are wonderful creamy cupcakes with a bright, lemon flavor. The cake is lemon, the filling is lemon, and the frosting is a buttercream frosting to balance the flavors. How to Make Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes The Cupcake Recipe Ingredients Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes cake mix 1 teaspoon lemon flavor Directions: Add the lemon flavor to the cake mix. Mix and bake according to package directions. About the Lemon Pastry Filling Use our Lemon Pastry Filling to fill your lemon cream pie filled cupcakes. Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of lemon filling and squeeze about 1/3 ounce …

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How Long Will it Last? Keeping Food in the Cooler

With the weather warming up and cookouts and picnics coming out, it’s important to keep your food safe. The best way to keep yourself and your food safe this summer is by not eating food that has been sitting out in the sun for more than an hour and a half, sticking a kitchen thermometer at the top of your cooler to make sure the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees, and considering the source of your food.

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Comparative Fat Content in Donuts and Cookies (Including Baked Donuts)

Donuts have always been a guilty pleasure–the crisp outer layer from deep-frying with the fluffy inside all topped with a sweet glaze or icing. It’s hard to say no, but sometimes we worry about the donut calories, especially the calories from fat in a donut. Are all donuts really that unhealthy, and how do they compare to cookies with fat content? Here’s our discoveries. Donut Calories from Fat For our research, we analyzed our donut mix recipes for the fat content, or calories from fat, compared to the total ingredients and calories. We did the same with a few cookie …

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How to Make Biscuits Without Turning on Your Oven

These cathead biscuits, or skillet biscuits, are absolutely delicious! If you don’t want to heat up the house with your oven in the summertime, they’re the perfect choice for making biscuits, and they still taste just as great as coming out of the oven. You really can cook biscuits in a skillet on the stove, and this article will tell you just how to do it. What Are Cathead or Skillet Biscuits? I found a recipe for Cathead Skillet Biscuits in Alford and Duguid’s book, Home Baking. It was intriguing—they were making baking powder biscuits on a stovetop. I searched …

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The Double-Crusted Lemon Pie

Lemon pie may be my favorite pie but I’m not crazy about the meringue. It’s kind of a take-it-or-leave-it affair. What I really don’t like is how it looks on the third day. It pulls back from the crust and weeps—not very attractive. I’ve never figured out to solve that problem. I know, if you smear the meringue tight against the crust, the meringue is supposed to cling to it. It does help, and a tablespoon of starch retards the weeping (the separation of water from the egg whites). But I have a better answer: Forget the meringue and add …

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How to Make Back-to-School Brownies

Every kid (and big person) loves brownies and there is not much easier on a busy day than a brownie mix. But brownies can be messy with crumbs on the floor and sticky fingers too. So why not put them in a paper cup like with a muffin? No more mess, easy to pack, and you can decorate them too. Stick them in a school lunch, use them as an after school snack, or just anytime. Neat idea. But baking brownies in paper liners is different that baking cupcakes in paper liners. Baking times and temperatures may be different, maybe …

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Mason Jar Salads

New Twists on a Familiar Theme -Alice Osborne The familiar theme? Salads served up in a salad bowl. The new twist? Layered, sog-free salad in a canning jar! This isn’t just a cute idea—it’s actually a very practical and a healthy, on-the-go lunch option, and you can use the same jar every day until the end of time (or until it gets dropped and breaks). So if you or a member of your family pack a lunch, you’ll love this new twist! Necessity was the mother of my invention. I learned the hard way that pre-dressed greens quickly turn soggy. …

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Mini Meat Loaf Recipes

Pizzeria Meatloaf Ingredients 1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef 2 large eggs 1 small can tomato paste ½ cup bread crumbs 1 can olives, chopped ¾ cup chopped red pepper 1 teaspoon Zesty Pizza and Pasta Spice ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4-6 slices or chopped cherry tomatoes ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ground beef with eggs, tomato paste and bread crumbs.  Add the peppers to the mixture, reserving 3 Tablespoons for the topping.  Reserve 1 Tablespoon olives for topping and add the remaining olives to …

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Taco Bill’s Out-of-the-Box Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe can be used for mini-meatloaves or a larger one. Ol’ Bill really did think out-of-the-box on this one! Meatloaf recipes always have a filler, usually rolled oats or bread crumbs. This one has crushed nacho cheese chips. Clever. It really does make them taste like a taco. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 Tablespoons Mexican and Taco Seasoning or equal 1/2 cup salsa 2 eggs 1/2 of an 11.5 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 can olives sliced or chopped 1 sm. can …

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Stand-in-Line  Deluxe Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves

These cheeseburger mini-meatloaves are worth standing in line for!  (And order a side of fries to go with it.) If your kids like going to burger places with playgrounds, they’ll have fun with these mini meatloaves.  They’re fun to make, fun to serve, and really very good.  They’re made with ketchup and mustard and a layer of cheese. Ingredients 1/4 cup ketchup 2 large eggs 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs or other type of bread crumbs 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 pound lean ground beef 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 2 – 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 …

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Grandpa Grumpy Cupcakes

Grumpy Cupcakes are the creation of the Just Baked bakery chain in Michigan.  Our version is made with a moist cream cake cupcake filled with Bavarian cream and frosted with a buttercream frosting.  Then the top of the cupcake is dipped in ganache made with gourmet chocolate.  The ganache melts the buttercream just a bit to make pillowy mounds of chocolate covered buttercream. There is also a version made with ice cream in the “Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes” section of this book. The Cupcakes Very Fudgy Baby Cakes cake mix Mix and bake cupcakes according to package directions.   The …

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Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cupcakes

This cupcake is definitely for raspberry lovers. It is made with a chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips added to the batter. Then we filled them with raspberry pastry filling, frosted them with vanilla raspberry buttercream and topped them off with a fresh raspberry. If you are a raspberry lover, then you will love these cupcakes. The Cupcakes Very Fudgy Baby Cakes cake mix 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips Bake the cupcakes as directed on the package, adding the chocolate chips before baking.   The Filling Raspberry Pastry Filling Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of filling and squeeze …

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Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Anyone who is a fan of bananas will love these cupcakes. They are made from a vanilla cake mix, filled with banana pudding, frosted with banana buttercream and topped with a fresh banana slice. To give the cupcake a little crunch, we placed a Nilla Wafer in the bottom of the cupcake tin before baking and then topped the completed cupcake with crushed Nilla Wafer pieces. Can you say “yum?” The Cupcakes Vanilla Baby Cakes cake mix 1 tsp. banana flavor Nilla Wafers Place one Nilla Wafer cookie in the bottom of each cupcake cup in the baking sheet. Pour …

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest is a mixture of chocolate and cherry.  We used a boxed cake mix and filled the cupcakes with cherry pastry filling.  We then used a chocolate buttercream frosting mix and added a teaspoon of cherry flavoring.  We sprinkled the cupcakes with Black Forest bark topping. The Cupcakes Make a batch of chocolate cupcakes with a boxed cake mix such as our Very Fudgy Baby Cakes Cake Mix.  Let them cool on a rack. The Filling Cherry Pastry Filling Snip a quarter-inch corner off the 2 lb. pastry bag. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake.  …

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How to Make the Best Chunky Monkey Cupcakes Ever

Dennis Weaver We have a store in Rigby, Idaho. Most of our business is online but the store is such a great way for us to connect with customers and get suggestions. We serve samples to our customers and learn what they love and what they aren’t so crazy about. They love Chunky Monkey Cupcakes. One sweet lady picked up a Chunky Monkey Cupcake to eat on the way home. I chatted with her for a few minutes before she left. She was back to the store in about fifteen minutes. “Give me everything I need to make those cupcakes,” she …

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How to Make Miniature Dutch Babies in 14 Minutes

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You’re looking at a very scrumptious dessert—a raspberry cream miniature Dutch baby. And it’s as easy as it is good.Make a batch of dessert cups in less than 14 minutes. Squeeze a little pre-made pastry cream into each cup. Throw a handful of berries on top and drizzle them with a fruit syrup. Add dollops of whipped cream. Your actual prep time is less than 10 minutes—14 minutes includes the baking time. These are more fun, more impressive, and better than strawberry shortcakes. You can even make them in chocolate if you wish. How to Make the Dessert Cups Preheat …

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