Fun Food

Burger Cupcakes in Honor of Bob’s Burgers

Cupcake Hero

I wanted to make a burger-themed cupcake in honor of the new Bob’s Burgers season premiere, and I’ve always wanted to try this version I’ve seen around. I thought it would be difficult to make it look convincing, but it was surprisingly easy. I had multiple people asking if they were sliders.

Cupcake Overhead

Bonus? These cupcakes are fantastic if you plan on dressing up as Gene at a con or for Halloween. The cupcakes are the perfect size for his sample tray, and they’ll last a lot longer than real burgers!

Cupcake Close Up

The recipe is adapted from Duncan Hines. Check it out below!

Hamburger Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed in the instructions on the back
  • 1 Box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed in the instructions on the back
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (or more, to taste) shredded coconut
  • Red, Yellow, and Green gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

 Directions:

  1. Bake yellow cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes in greased cupcake pans WITHOUT cupcake wrappers. Follow the instructions on the back of the cake mix boxes.
  2. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for around 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack to completely cool.
  3. Make buttercream frosting by putting the unsalted butter into a mixer and mixing on medium-high until butter is completely smooth and against the bowl.
  4. Slowly add in the powdered sugar to the butter until it is fully mixed.
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and salt and mix until you have a whipped buttercream frosting texture.
  6. Split the buttercream frosting into 3 separate bowls. Add red coloring to one until it looks like ketchup, add yellow coloring to one until it looks like mustard, and keep one white.
  7. Mix the shredded coconut and a small amount of the green food coloring in a bowl until it looks like shredded lettuce.
  8. Slice the yellow cupcakes in half horizontally.
  9. Slice the chocolate cupcakes in thirds horizontally. (You should be able to cut the bottom in half, and then slice a small portion of the rounded bit off the top to create three “meat patties”.)
  10. Spread a small amount of the white frosting in the center of the bottom half of the yellow cupcake. Place a brown cupcake “patty” on top.
  11. Using a pastry bag and a small round tip, pipe the frosting around the edges of the brown cupcake “patty”. Allowing the frosting to fall over onto the sides will help it show up even more once it’s all pieced together!
  12. Sprinkle the coconut “lettuce” on top of the frosting.
  13. Place the top of the yellow cupcake on top of your mini cupcake burger.
  14. Lightly brush the top of the cupcake with water and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  15. Marvel at the adorable hamburger cupcake you’ve just created! Repeat until all cupcakes have been made.

The Best Flavor Pairings

Raincoast Flatbread

Peanut butter and jelly. Maple and bacon. Cinnamon and Sugar. Pumpkin and Spice. Flavors are just often better paired, and successful pairings seem to spread through recipes, parties, and restaurants like wildfire.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the International Food Bloggers Conference, and among the amazing tips and techniques I picked up during demos, panels, and events, I noticed a new popular pairing in the making. During a demo at the Sur La Table test kitchen, the chef made a delicious kale and walnut pesto. I had never had a pesto that wasn’t the traditional basil and pine nut mixture, and I loved it. (I’m actually looking forward to making it myself soon!) From there, I headed to a meet and greet with Lesley Stowe (the creator of Raincoast Crisps), and we found out about her newest product, Raincoast Flats. The starting flavors? Lemon & Fennel and Kale & Walnut. I spoke with Lesley a bit about her process of finding the right flavors and pairings for her products, and she told me that when you find the right mix, you just know. It’s perfect.

It seems Lesley and others have stumbled upon a new perfect pairing: Kale and walnut. I wouldn’t have thought of the combo myself, but I absolutely love it. If you want to try it yourself, start with Lesley’s new flatbreads. (I believe you’ll be able to find them in Whole Foods starting in October!) I’d top the Kale and Walnut flatbread with a lightly dressed salad, some pesto, or some hummus. Kale and walnut not your thing? The Lemon and Fennel flavor would be FANTASTIC with a nice olive tapenade.

What do you think about kale and walnut? And what are some of your favorite food/flavor pairings?

The Ultimate Snack for Sriracha Lovers: Spicy Sriracha Cosmos Creations

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I swear, Sriracha and Pumpkin Spice are neck and neck in the race for most popular flavor. Stick either on a food item or in a drink and people will give you ALL the money. The proof? The Spicy Sriracha Cosmos Creations. The “premium puffed corn” is a delicious (and fairly addictive) snack on its own, but the Sriracha flavor just kicks it up to a prime snack option for your next game night/Netflix marathon.

I’m not into super spicy food, and even I can appreciate the flavor of this snack. It’s spicy and garlicky, and leaves a bit of fire on the tongue after eating. The best part? Unlike a lot of other chips/snacks, Cosmos Creations uses ingredients you can pronounce, and is gluten and trans-fat free.

You can pick up a bag for yourself and (check out the other flavors if Sriracha’s not your thing) at cosmoscreations.com!

SURGE is Back!

Surge

Did you know there was a group called “The Surge Movement“? And did you know that they accomplished their goal of getting Coca-Cola to bring back SURGE?

The citrus soda, Coca-Cola’s answer to Mountain Dew, is back in 16 oz. cans on Amazon.com only. Whether you want to relive your childhood or just want a “surge” of caffeine, you’ve gotta get this quick. It looks like the first set already sold out, but hopefully they’ll restock soon.

Find Surge on Amazon.com.

Pre-Order Geeky Sprinkles!

Missed my Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter? Now’s your chance to order sprinkles!  I opened up the pre-order page today so non-backers can place orders before the initial shipment arrives.

You can purchase bottles of lightning bolt, blue policebox, steampunk gear, or meeple sprinkles as well as accessories like the Geeky Hostess apron, themed recipes, and cupcake pins.

Go here: http://bit.ly/sprinklepreorder or click through the widget above to visit the pre-order page! (And let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making with your sprinkles!)

A New Nomiku is on Kickstarter!

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You may remember my post about Nomiku from last November: It’s a super easy-to-use sous vide device and it’s about to get even easier and sleeker. The new Nomiku, announced today via Kickstarter, is smaller, has a larger screen, and is Wifi-compatible. This means you can use Nomiku’s “Tender” app to find sous vide recipes from well-known chefs and other members of the Nomiku community, and send the instructions straight to your Nomiku.

The Kickstarter has been up for half a day, and they’ve already reached over 60% of their goal. If you’re interested in trying out sous vide cooking, take advantage of their early bird pricing and get yourself a Nomiku asap! Visit them at Kickstarter.com.

Healthy Game Snacks: The Better Chip

The Better Chip provided me with product and/or compensation for this post, however the opinions I shared are my own.

Better Chip 1

I’ve been working on finding healthy snack options for game nights, and while I’ve had some success with veggies and hummus or popcorn, sometimes you just need to provide some chips for the group. In comes The Better Chip . They’re vegan, gluten-free, and have no GMOs. Plus, they come in a bunch of great flavors.

The Better Chip reached out to me and wanted me to create a “nacho” style recipe in honor of the World Cup. I used their Spinach & Kale chip (which is ridiculously delicious) to make a Greek-inspired snack. It’s essentially hummus and a Greek salad on top of the chips. Want to make it yourself? Follow the recipe below!

Greek Salad “Nachos”

Better Chip 2

Ingredients:

  • The Better Chip Spinach & Kale Chips
  • Hummus
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Black Pepper

Directions:

A Greek salad, like any salad, can be made with any number of ingredients in any portion you desire. But to make it like the picture above, I suggest the following:

  1. Using a knife, spread the hummus on each chip.
  2. Dice the cucumber, tomato, onion, and kalamata olives. Mix together.
  3. Crumble feta into the salad mixture, top with pepper. Mix together.
  4. Place a spoonful of the salad onto each chip. Serve!

This also makes a nice small meal on a hot summer day. Want to make it even more “nacho”-like? Amp up the Greek-ness and the cheesiness by making Saganaki! I made the fried cheese to accompany these nachos the other day by following this recipe. Want to know how it turned out? Check out my Instagram!

Moral of the story is, I had a great time playing around with Better Chips and making Greek “nachos”. (And they must have been good–Greece won their game after I made it!) If you want to give the chips a try as well, just leave a comment answering the following question: “What recipe would you create with The Better Chip?”

Two winners will be selected on Wednesday and will win:

  • An assortment of chips
  • A TBC branded caxirola (the official noise maker of the World Cup)
  • A “Nachos Around the World” recipe sheet
  • Coupon for more product
  • A TBC chip clip


A big “thank you” to The Better Chip for sponsoring this post!

Tony Stark-worthy Green Smoothies with Silk Almond Milk

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Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

In my pursuit to continue to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been working out more and trying to incorporate some healthy “superfoods” into my diet. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green smoothies for forever, and thought, if Iron Man drinks ‘em, why can’t I?

So when Silk approached me to make some almond milk recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some of these smoothies. It’s a quick and cool way to grab breakfast, which makes it great for the summer, and since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m able to get my calcium and other nutrients from the added almond milk, which is awesome.

I headed to Safeway and picked up the Silk Almond Coconut blend and the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber, as well as a bunch of fruit and a GIANT bag of spinach for the smoothies.

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There they are, just chillin’ in the dairy section waiting to go home with me!

I made two different types of smoothies: A sweet strawberry/banana one, and a more tropical one. They’re very green and still have a very small hint of a spinach after-taste, but overall, if you’re looking for a smoothie full of really good stuff and you’re a beginner to the green drinks, these are going to be your go-tos. They’re super quick and easy to make!

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Straw Banana

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Tropical

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Are you a green smoothie drinker? What’s your go-to combo?

Game of Thrones Cookies Cutters

Game of Thrones Cookies

I’m anxiously waiting for the Game of Thrones season finale tomorrow, and thought I’d help the time go by a bit faster by making some Game of Thrones sigil cookies!

I received these amazing 3D-printed sigil cookie cutters from WarpZone Prints. They have cookie cutters in pretty much every fandom you can imagine–it’s AMAZING.

The cutters were easy to use (I made Warpzone’s recommended sugar cookie recipe, which is delicious!), but as you can see, some houses are easier to see than others. The Stark sigil turned out amazing every time, and I had decent luck with Lannister and Baratheon, but darn it, Targaryen’s 3-headed dragon just didn’t want to turn out. I think the cutter had too much detail for the cookies I was making. But overall, I’m really excited with how they turned out!

You can pick up a set of the house sigils here!

What are you doing to prep for the finale? #nospoilers