Fun Food

Cakes Cove – Making Every Genre Delicious

Cakes Cove

It’s another day at Desert Bus and we have ANOTHER amazingly delicious sponsor: Cakes Cove!

Cakes Cove makes cakes, chocolates, and other goodies to fit any fandom/party. I’m in love with their life-size R2-D2 cake, their gorgeous chocolate dragon eggs, and their zombie virus rock candy. Ok, that’s a lie. I love everything they make.

I got to try some of the espresso chocolate they make while at Desert Bus, and it’s delicious and caffeinated. If you’re looking for a sweet treat for your party or a gift, you want to reach out to Cakes Cove. (They do custom orders as well!) Visit them at CakesCove.com!

Get Deliciously Geeky with Rocky Mountain Cookies

Rocky Mountain Cookies

One advantage of being at Desert Bus For Hope is that I get to see the awesome auction items in person. And after I saw the treats from Rocky Mountain Cookies, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I’ve entered all the drawings and bid on the auctions. I need more of the cookies in my life.

You see, these cookies are gorgeous. And not only do they look great, but they taste amazing (and I’m not even a big sugar cookie person). The star cookie above is cinnamon roll flavored with cream cheese icing, and the cookie with the Child’s Play logo is a sugar cookie with orange blossom-flavored icing. I ate them both back to back.

Star Cookie

Rocky Mountain Cookies will create custom cookies for you, which means no matter what your party theme, gift idea, or favorite geekdom is, they can make it happen. And they’re going to be SO GOOD. So good, you guys.

Check them out at rocky-mountain-cookies.com and say “Thanks” to them for helping support Child’s Play through Desert Bus For Hope!

An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery

Hobbit

Have you only been eating one breakfast, like a boring human? Chris-Rachael Oseland‘s new book, An Unexpected Cookbook, will get you enjoying breakfast, second breakfast, AND elevensees before you know it.

The book is full of well-researched recipes that fit into the time period and world that Tolkien created. This results in a collection of comforting recipes with whole food ingredients, and pictures and recipes of breads and pies that make me drool.

Inside An Unexpected Cookbook, you’ll find:

  • Recipes structured around the Hobbit meals of Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, and Supper
  • All recipes researched by an actual historian and based on the time and region of England that inspired the Shire
  • All historical recipes then edited around the limitations Tolkien placed on the Shire to make them fully Hobbit-accurate. (So no new world foods other than coffee, tobacco, and potatoes)
  • 50 full page photos of food porn
  • Footnotes to help people with dietary restrictions and an appendix to make finding those recipes easier
    • 11 Paleo/Primal friendly recipes
    • 19 Gluten Free friendly recipes
    • 20 Vegan friendly recipes (which happen to be kosher and halal)
    • 40 Vegetarian friendly recipes (including the vegan ones)

This book, which will come out just in time for your holiday feast or gift-giving occasion, can be pre-ordered for $19.95 on Etsy. Your pre-order will be signed AND come with a bonus poster!

Will you be picking up the book? And how many breakfasts do you have on a normal day?

Nutty “Bloody Brain” Dip

Looking for a fun, healthy, last minute Halloween snack? Make this “Bloody Brain” dip! The garlic walnut dip is placed in a cauliflower “brain” and is perfect at a Halloween or zombie-themed party with some bread, crackers, or veggies. See below for the recipe featured in the video. (And special thanks to Sante Nuts for sharing the recipe!)

Nutty “Bloody Brain” Dip
by George Duran

Ingredients:
7-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1 5-oz. package of Santé Candied Walnuts
3 garlic cloves, pressed or crushed
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ C. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large cauliflower for “brain”
Pita chips

Directions:
In a food processor, place all of the ingredients except olive oil and pulse until coarse. Slowly add olive oil and process until smooth. Set aside.
Make cauliflower “brain” by trimming leaves and bottom stem. Make hole in the top center of cauliflower by gently cutting a ring that will fit a small bowl. Keep digging through the top half of cauliflower until the bowl fits snuggly. Place dip inside bowl, making sure it overflows around cauliflower “brain.”
Serve with pita chips.

No matter what your plans are or what type of treat you make, I wish you a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Einhorn’s Epic Cookies

Einhorns

While at NYCC, I passed by a booth with cookie samples. Clearly, I had to stop. The cookie flavors all sounded amazing, and the one I tried (Cadiz: birthday cake, crisped rice, and rainbow sprinkles) was even better than I could imagine. It had a bit of a buttery, salty taste to balance the sweetness of the flavor, and it was perfect. Even better? I found out all of the cookies come with a small comic book, showcasing the adventures of the male unicorns the cookies are named after.

The brand is Einhorn’s Epic Cookies, and you don’t need to be at NYCC to get your hands on them–you can buy them online! The cookie flavors are:

Houston: Chocolate chip and potato chip

Cadiz: Birthday cake, crisped rice, and rainbow sprinkles

Romsey: Peanut butter, bacon, and chocolate chip

Broxburn: Oatmeal, chocolate chip, and maple

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t pick up at least one of every flavor when I was there.

If you like cookies, comics, and unicorns, you’ve gotta get your hands on these cookies. Find out more info at einhorns-epic-cookies.com.

What flavor are you loving most?

The Official Cronut Recipe

 Cronut

Dominique Ansel, the creator of the Cronut, released a home version of the recipe for his famous pastry. And people are freaking out.

The recipe takes 3 days to make, but if you follow the directions (and have all of the tools),  it’s really not that tough. Most of the time is allowing dough to rest and ganaches to marinade with their flavors. By breaking it into 3 days, you can do a bit each evening after work and have an amazing pastry ready for brunch or a party over the weekend!

You can find the recipe over at Good Morning America. Want to see more? You can pre-order Dominique’s new book “Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes,” which will be out on October 28th.

Have you tried one of his cronuts? Will you be making the recipe?

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

MultiServe_SpicySriracha

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.