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Friday, September 19, 2014

Cute Food For Kids - Puppy Sandwich, Chocolate Bear, Birthday Sandwich & Ice Cream Cone Frogs

Four fun and easy foods to make for your kids for a special treat.
Cute Food For Kids - Puppy Sandwich, Chocolate Bear, Birthday Sandwich & Ice Cream Cone Frogs | HungryHappenings

You may or may not be aware that I've been creating fun food for KidsActivitiesBlog.com for a few months now. I've been making edible crafts that are easy enough for kids to make themselves. I have to admit that has been a unique challenge for me. Keeping it simple isn't always simple for me, but I think I did a pretty good job with these crafty food ideas. 

Stop by KidsActivitesBlog to check out these recipe ideas and the step-by-step tutorials so you can turn and ordinary lunch or snack into something really fun. 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Captain America White Chocolate Candy Jar filled with M&M's

It's easier than you'd think to make and decorate a white chocolate candy jar.
I created this red, white and blue one for a Captain America party.

When I planned the dessert menu for my Captain America M&M party, I knew that a 100% Edible White Chocolate Candy Jar would be the perfect thing to use to serve lots of M&M's. 

I made my first chocolate bucket years ago for a client, and have been making them ever since. They really make an impressive looking candy jar and are wonderful to give as gifts. They really don't take much effort to create either. Let me show you how. 


100% Edible White Chocolate Captain America Candy Jar
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Captain America M&M's Cookie Cake, Candy Jar, and More Party Treats

I created these Captain America Party Sweets and hosted a movie night recently as part of a shop compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are my own. #HeroesEatMMs #CollectiveBias
Captain America Party Sweets  | HungryHappenings.com   #HerosEatMMs

Last weekend a group of my friends' daughters flopped on the couches in our basement movie theater, grabbed handfuls of M&M'S®, filled their plates with homemade Captain America themed sweets,  then spent a few hours laughing, smiling, and ogling. I sat there beside them doing the exact same thing. 

Admittedly, this was the first superhero movie I'd seen since I was a college student and I was more than a little shocked at how much I liked it. Although my husband is a big fan of superheros and watches all the movies, I never watch them with him. So believe, me when I tell you how surprised I was that I was really looking forward to the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on DVD. I grabbed a copy yesterday when we were at Walmart and we plan to watch it tonight. 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rice Krispie Treat Apple Tree

My party guests had so much fun picking the M&M Candy Apples from this
Rice Krispie Treat Apple Tree

Rice Krispie Treat Apple Tree  | HungryHappenings.com

My Apple Harvest Party was really wonderful and I was so delighted my friends really enjoyed all the desserts I prepared. They couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted this Rice Krispie Treat Tree filled with Candy Apple M&M's on the dining room table. 

None of my friends where shocked that it was edible, because they know me so well, but that didn't mean they weren't impressed. It was really fun watching them pick the tree apart when it came time to have desserts. 

Apple Recipes | HungryHappenings.com

Just a few weeks ago, I created a similar tree, on a much smaller scale, for on top of a cake. I created the trunk and branches out of rice krispie treats then made the leaves out of white chocolate popcorn. I added cherry sours for the apples.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Piñata Cookies with Candy Apple M&M's & more Apple Recipes

I hosted an apple harvest party and served Apple Piñata Cookies, a 3-D Rice Crispy Treat Apple Tree filled with Candy Apple M&M's®, Berry Apple Fruit Snacks and more as part of a shop compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it's advertiser. #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias
|Apple Piñata Cookies filled with Candy Apple M&M's  | HungryHappenings.com


Fall is the perfect time to throw a party and serve up lots of apple recipes. A few days ago I hosted a group of my friends for a festive fall luncheon. We dined on Honey Mustard Chicken and Apple Tortellini Salad, Mott's Apple Sauce served in hollowed out apples, some cheeses I brought back from Amsterdam, and so many amazing desserts.

My friends flipped over my Apple Piñata Cookies which were filled with M&M's new Candy Apple flavored candies. I found them at Walmart, which is the only place you can buy them, and knew immediately the little red candies would find their way inside apple shaped cookies.

My piñata style cookies not only looked like apples, where filled with candy apples, but they also had apple flavored icing on top, made with Mott's® Apple Juice. 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

3-D Football Cake filled with Chocolate Footballs

You'll score big if you serve this 3-D Game Day Football Cake on game day.

3-D Football Cake filled with Chocolate Footballs | HungryHappenings.com

Every time I get an assignment from General Mills for a sculpted cake I worry that my inexperience as a cake decorator will finally get the better of me. Being I don't know exactly the right things to do to make a structurally sound three dimensional cake I oftentimes find myself creating new techniques and I'm always shocked when they work. This is one of those times.

I can't even believe I made this cake. It actually looks like a football. 

When my sister, whose son is a football player, saw this cake she was in disbelief. She said to me, "I didn't realize you even knew what an actual football look like." It's true, I've not spent much time with footballs.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Easy Dessert - Polka Dot Pound Cake Filled Chocolate Semifreddo

This festive desserts, a Chocolate Semi Fredoo Dotted with Sara Lee Pound Cake, was created for #CollectiveBias on behalf of their adverstiser.      #HaveYourCake

Over the past year I have had so much fun creating surprise inside cakes. Today I decided to take that idea and change it up a bit to make a surprisingly easy dessert. Instead of stuffing cake inside cake, I thought it would be fun to try to stuff cake inside chocolate mousse, and it worked beautifully.

To keep this recipe quick and simple I started by using Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake. All I had to do was slice the cake and cut it into polka dots. It couldn't have been easier to make my cake shapes. 


Then I whipped up my favorite chocolate mousse, piped it into the pan that the Sara Lee pound cake came in, added my pound cake polka dots and more chocolate mousse, popped it in the freezer for a few hours, then sliced into it to reveal the polka dots. I have to say I was pretty excited to see this work so well.
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Emoticon Cookies and Mega M&M Emoticons

Instead of texting someone to let them know you are happy, surprised, or shocked, send them some sweet Emoticon Cookies or Mega M&M Emoticons. 

The Internet and text messaging have revolutionized the way we communicate, but showing the correct emotion in written form can be challenging. A sentence can be misconstrued easily, so some clever person created emoticons to allow us all to express the correct emotion when we write e-mails or send texts. 


I have to admit I use emoticons often, especially so when sending e-mails to friends. So it didn't surprise me that when I opened a bag of the new Mega M&Ms and poured them into a bowl the first thing I thought of was how cute they would be made into emoticons.

I immediately pulled out a bunch of the quarter sized yellow candies and drew emoticon faces on them. I thought this was a great project for kids. It's so simple yet so fun. So, I shared the tutorial for making them over at KidsActivitiesBlog a few weeks ago.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Root Beer Mug Cakes filled with Vanilla Ice Cream Ganache

Surprise friends and family when you serve them what looks like a mug of rootbeer, but is actually a Root Beer Mug Cake filled with Vanilla Ice Cream Ganache and Whipped Cream.
Root Beer Mug Cakes filled with Vanilla Ice Cream Ganache | HungryHappenings.com

Not only do these look like a frosty mug of root beer, they taste like it too.The cake is made with real root beer and the modeling chocolate which is wrapped around the cake is flavored with root beer syrup. Each cake is even filled with some luscious vanilla ice cream ganache to make it more like a root beer float. 

The inspiration for these came the day I was making some Beer Mug Cakes for Tablespoon.com back in March. I wanted to make something similar yet kid friendly and figured a root beer mug was perfect, and hey, it only took me six months to finally get around to making them.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mini Red Cup Cakes

You may not be able to drink from these Mini Red Cup Cakes, but they are sure to be consumed just as quickly as any liquid inside a plastic cup at your next party.
100% Edible Red Solo Cup Cakes  | HungryHappenings.com

What casual party is complete without drinks served in red cups? The plastic cups have become a staple at pool parties, backyard bar-b-ques, casual picnics, and pretty much any party held on a college campus. 

When General Mills asked me to create some cakes that look like the iconic cups, I didn't have to look much further than my own pantry for a model for my cakes. 

100% Edible Red Cup Cakes  | HungryHappenings.com

To create these fun party desserts, I baked chocolate cupcakes, stacked them, added chocolate ganache (which makes any cake taste heavenly,) and wrapped them in red modeling chocolate. I was asked to fill my cups with something that looked like beer so I did my best to turn whipped cream into something that resembles the golden liquid.  If you are making these for kids, you can color your whipped cream "drink" to look like anything you like. 
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