Nutella Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Thanks to Pinterest, I discovered this list of  18 snacks you can cook in a mug, check it out!  This is a dangerous, dangerous thing I have discovered and I wanted to share it with all of you.  You’re welcome.

Husband and I were both craving something chocolatey after dinner tonight, so I decided to whip up the Nutella cake.  Holy deliciousness! I can’t believe how easy it was to throw together and how good it turned out after just a minute and a half in the microwave.  I have to admit, I’m pretty excited to try these other treats out.

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions:  

1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth.

2. Microwave on high for 1½– 2 minutes. (Topped ours with whipped cream!)

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Snickers Cupcakes

How is it March already?  I can’t believe how fast my third year of dental school is flying by.  I wouldn’t mind slowing things down just a bit and hovering here for just a moment in time.  The closer fourth year creeps, the more I can sense the stress that will come along with it.

You know whats strange.. When I was overwhelmed and constantly stressed during my second year, I blogged regularly and now that things are a little more relaxed, I’m not blogging as much.  How backwards is that?  I’m still cooking delicious new recipes, I just haven’t gotten around to posting them.  I need to get back in to the swing of things!

For all you Snickers lovers out there, brace yourselves.  I got this brilliant idea from the blog My Baking Addiction (check out this blog, its super cute!).  These cupcakes turned out phenomenal! Everyone raved about them and I cannot wait to make them again.

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients: 

For the cake:

1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs; lightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of vanilla
24-30 frozen Snickers Miniatures

For the frosting:

2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup caramel topping; plus more for drizzling
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

For the cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line 24 cup muffin tins with paper liners.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and water.

4. Evenly divide the batter in to the muffin tins.

5. Gently push a frozen Snickers bar into the center of the batter.

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6. Smooth the surface making sure to cover the candy bar with batter.

7. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

8. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

For the frosting:

1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.

2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing well.Once all the sugar has been added, taste the frosting and determine if you want to add more syrup or more sugar. For thicker frosting, add more sugar and for thinner frosting add a tablespoon of water.

Now its time to ice your cupcakes and garnish them with chopped Snickers bars and a drizzle of  caramel syrup. Delicious!

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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Erin, this post is for you! 🙂

For those of you who are sick of the pumpkin craze, my apologies. Yesterday we had friends over for Friendsgiving and it was wonderful.  We had so much food and great friends to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with.   I made this double layer pumpkin cheesecake and it turned out awesome.   So many people are afraid of making cheesecake, but have no fear! I promise this is completely doable, even for you non-bakers!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.

3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

 


I hope everyone have has a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Our thoughts and prayers are still with those who lost everything in hurricane Sandy and are spending Thanksgiving in shelters.

Pumpkin Nutella Muffins

I recently attended a nearby small town Pumpkin Show.  HOLY PUMPKIN! This festival takes place every year and this was my first time attending.  Out of control  Let’s begin with what I ate (please don’t judge)… pumpkin chili, pumpkin blossoms, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cream elephant ear, apple cider slush…oh, and a cream puff.  I wish I could say I ate all of this by myself, but I can’t.  It’s still a pretty impressive amount of food, right?   Man my mouth is watering just thinking about the food I consumed. I’m surprised I didn’t die of a heart attack.

Did I mention the world’s largest pumpkin pie?  Oh yes.  And check out all those ingredients.  INSANE, I know.

 

 

To continue my pumpkin high, I made these fabulous pumpkin Nutella muffins and they were delicious.  They turned out perfect, not too sweet and super moist, they even “iced themselves” with the Nutella topping! Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons natural cocoa powder
  • 12 teaspoons Nutella for topping
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line or spray a 12-cup muffin pan, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice,  sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.  Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

3. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups evenly (will be about 3/4 full).  Scoop a heaping teaspoon of Nutella onto the top of each muffin.  Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the Nutella slightly around the top of the batter.
4.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
5.  Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, enjoy!

 

It’s Pumpkin Time: Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

It’s that time again, pumpkin season!!! Things are cooling off here in Ohio and fall is quickly setting in.  I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year.  I love the fresh air, the flavors, the leaves changing colors… but I hate that winter will be here sooner than I’d like.

I tried to hold off on baking with pumpkin for as long as I could, but I just could not hold back any longer. Tomorrow night a friend is hosting a Lia Sophia jewelry party, so I used that as an excuse to bake.  These pumpkin cheesecake muffins are to. die. for.  Every bite is like a little party in your mouth, I’m not even kidding.  I got this recipe idea from the lovely Pinterest, of course.  The original recipe came from Annie’s Eats. 

If you are a pumpkin fan of any sorts, make these asap! Seriously.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  🙂

Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoont flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

For the muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbls vegetable oil

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Instructions: 

1. To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese, egg, flour and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth. Set aside.

2. To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil. Mix on medium-low speed until blended. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

3. To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.

4. To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin about 2/3 full with batter. Add a dollop of filling on top. Sprinkle with topping. Bake or 15 minutes

 

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

I made these delicious bites of goodness a while ago and never got the chance to post the recipe.  The brownie batter had a hint of espresso flavor and the cheesecake was perfectly moist and not too sweet.  If you’re not a fan of espresso, its ok! Only a few people could actually taste the espresso in the chocolate.  I can’t wait to make these again, they were a huge hit.

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients: 

For the brownie batter: 

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, mixed with 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour

For the cheesecake filling: 

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, baking cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso mixed with water, and vanilla until well combined.

3. Stir in the sugar and melted butter until well combined, then stir in the flour. Set brownie batter aside.

4. In a separate bowl, prepare the cheesecake filling by stirring together the cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or plastic bag.

5. Grease a non-stick mini-muffin pan with cooking spray and then spoon a tablespoon of brownie batter into the greased cups. Pipe a generous amount of cheesecake filling atop the brownie batter, and then top off each cup with an additional teaspoon of brownie batter.

6. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

7. Let the brownie bites cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to continue cooling, or enjoy warm.

 

 

Source: From the blog Just a Taste

Mini Nutella Cups

A friend and I made these (Hi Nour!) and they turned out delicious! Love, love, love this recipe.  I have been on quite the chocolate kick lately and these certainly hit the spot! They are the perfect size to satisfy a sweet tooth.  I can’t wait to make these again!

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Jar of Nutella (12 tablespoons per batch)

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your mini muffin tin (unless it is nonstick like mine).

2. Cream butter and both sugar in bowl until light, smooth and fluffy! Beat in eggs and vanilla until fully incorporated. Gradually add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) until all the flour is mixed in!

3. Roll dough into balls 1.5 inches thick. (If dough is too runny, place in fridge for 10 minutes until it is a moldable consistency).  Place in mini muffin tins and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

4. When done, remove from oven and let sit for about 1 minute. Then make wells for the nutella with a shot glass, a similar object or a spoon. Add 1 tbsp Nutella to each cup.  Let cool for 15-20 minutes.

Get creative with toppings! We topped some of ours with m&m’s and pieces of snickers! Yumm!  This recipe made about 3 dozen – so be ready to chow down!

Original source: Daisy Chubb’s

Here are a couple other recipes I have made using Nutella: