Guiltless Cupcakes

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Posted by Amy

Guiltless Cupcakes

This is an incredible trick my cousin Shelly taught me that makes cupcake baking even easier, and healthier!  You take one box of cake mix, any flavor, and add one can complimentary flavored diet soda.  That’s it.  (No eggs, oil, or water as the box calls for).  Mix together, use cupcake liners in your tin, bake as directed, cool, then ice (with whatever icing you want).  I’ve found that I usually have to cook these a minute or two longer than the box calls for, so keep an eye on them to see what works best in your oven.

My favorite combination is dark chocolate cake mix and Diet Dr. Pepper.  Others good ones:

Chocolate cake + Diet Coke (I’ve even used Diet Coke with Lime in a pinch)

Chocolate cake + Diet Cream Soda

White cake + Diet Cream Soda

Yellow cake + Diet Sprite

Lemon cake + Diet Sprite, or Diet Sunkist

Strawberry cake + Diet Big Red (sorry, you probably have to be from Texas to know Big Red).

Leave a comment letting me know if you discover any other great combinations.  I’ve never tried the soda and cake mix trick to bake an actual cake, but I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t work too.    If this is up your alley, be sure you also check out the most amazing “fake cake” ever — a pastry chef actually asked for the recipe!

Enjoy!

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Guiltless Cupcakes

Oreo Truffles

Posted by Amy

These are incredibly easy and taste amazing.  They’re quite rich and the recipe makes about 40-50 depending on the size of ball you roll.  Many people call them “Oreo balls” but I think “Oreo Truffles” sounds better and fancier.  I think I now like the mint more than the regular Oreos too. (I realize now I posted this like 3 things below!  Anyway, here’s the recipe typed out for you too!)

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Oreo Truffles

1 bag of Oreo cookies (mint or regular)

1 block of room temperature cream cheese (or slightly warmed in the microwave)

1 bag of chocolate chips or chocolate bark (can be white, dark, milk or semi-sweet.  I prefer a more bitter chocolate because the milk is over kill on the sweet for me.)

 Directions:

Crush Oreos into fine pieces using your hands or a food processor.

Take the block of cream cheese and mix with the Oreo dust.

Chill this mixture for about 10 minutes in the freezer.

Roll mixture into walnut size balls and place on wax paper covered baking sheet.

Heat chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute at 80% power, then stir.  Continue to heat on 15 second intervals at 80% power stirring in between until entirely melted.

Using a fork, toothpick, chopsticks, tongs or a spoon, dip each ball in the melted chocolate and return to the baking sheet.

Chill the truffle balls again for the chocolate to harden.  I keep them refrigerated until serving.

 (Some overachievers then drizzle opposite colored chocolate over the completed Oreo Truffles as seen in the picture found here).

Oreo Truffles

Triple Chocolate Cake

Post by Amy

This is incredible.  I often cut strawberries and arrange them on the top right before serving.  Sprinke the powder sugar right before serving too, or the  cake will absorb it.  I have to cook for a full hour and the inside of the cake is amazingly moist and the chocolate chips stay melted for a long time.  

Triple Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix (no pudding in mix)
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. water
4 eggs
1 sm. box instant chocolate pudding
1 c. sour cream
1 sm. pkg. chocolate chips

 

Combine cake mix, oil, water, eggs, pudding and sour cream in a large mixer bowl. Blend; then beat at medium speed of electric mixer for 4 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn cake onto plate and finish cooling. Frost, or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
Triple Chocolate Cake