Another Variation of the Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

Last July I blogged about a Butterfinger Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert. There are so many ways that you can variate this recipe. Today, I am going to give you the new improved variation. I like to think of it as improved because my current pregnancy favorite is coconut. So guess what. This recipe has something in it that is going to blow your mind! Well, that is if you love the Girl Scout Somoas! Keebler came out with their version called the Coconut Dreams. I was all over this like white on rice. These are my victims.

You know the drill. Lay out your ice cream sandwiches in a row.

Slather some Cool Whip on those babies. I chopped up my cookies to throw on top. Feel free to just layer them on whole like a banana pudding. Squirt the syrups of choice on top and bam. I should mention that if you so choose and you are feeding a large party, layer this like a lasagna. This large pan fed the 5 of us for 2 nights.  This is my new favorite variation. The man, who is not a fan of coconut, ate it up! The Things ate every bite of dinner without complaint for two nights in a row so they could have this dessert.

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Star Wars Birthday Party: Part 3 Storm Trooper Pops

I took a little break from blogging. We went on a mini vacation and it was so relaxing! I can’t wait to show the pictures and what we did while we were away. Before I do, I wanted to wrap up my Star Wars Birthday Party posts.

Today, I am going  to show you how to make Storm Trooper pops and Pretzel Lightsabers. I combed the internet for you looking for quick, easy ideas for a Star Wars birthday party and now you will have them all in one place.

First up: Stormtrooper Marshmallow pops. To make the Stormtrooper Marshmallow pops you will need marshmallows, lollipop sticks (Joanne’s has them in their cake decorating section), and a black edible pen or black gel. I used gel.

Draw your Stormtrooper face on there, stick the lollipop stick through the bottom and tada! I stuck mine in the bottom of a styrofoam cup to keep them standing upright.

This original idea came from Iced Jems! What a wealth of knowledge and help they were the man’s birthday party!

Next, Lightsaber Pretzles. This idea also came from Iced Gems! For this yummy treat you will need stick pretzels, tin foil, candy melts, and decorating sugar.

First I assembled the lightsaber. Take 2-3 pretzel sticks and wrap the tin foil around the base of the pretzles.

Next, place your candy melts into a coffee cup. I used about half of a coffee cup full of candy melts. I popped the mug with the candy in it in the microwave and nuked it until it was melted.

After this part my hands were too messy to take pictures. Just dip your lightsaber into the coffee cup and get the pretzels nice and coated with the blue candy melt. Then roll them around in your decorating sugar. I did a combination of rolling the lightsabers in the sugar as well as sprinkling it on the lightsaber.

They turned out so cute and super yummy!

Tomorrow I will show you how to make Chewbacca cookies. The final post will include free printables to make the R2D2 cups and Lightsaber napkins. This was such a great party and easy to throw together!

Star War’s Birthday Party: Part 1 the cake

This post is exciting for me. Why, because it’s all about Star Wars. I, myself, am not a fanatic, per sey, but the Things and the man definitely are. As the man’s birthday approached the Things and I started brain storming about what theme to go with. We always do birthdays big in our family. The Things really enjoy it and usually it’s just the five of us celebrating so we want to make it extra special. We look forward to making a big fuss over someone’s birthday. This one was no different. Finally everyone decided on a theme, Star Wars. However, we told the man it was going to be pirates again. We did Pirates last year. Little did he know what was in store.

I searched and searched and combed the internet for the perfect cake. Just as I was about to give up (stacked cakes with dow sticks gave me a headache to just look at) my friend Allison, posted a picture of an R2D2 cake that was spectacular. She tried it out for her son, Jack. After trading a few emails and tips, I decided I could make it happen. I started 3 days before the party. The man was out of town the week of his birthday so this worked out SO nicely. I had lots of time to prepare everything without him catching sneak peeks. Now that I have decorated a cake or two I knew better than to cut it close. Too much stress.

So the original creation came from here.

Here is what mine looked like step by step.

These are the 3 9×13’s.

The head and bottom.

Split in half.

The  head and bottom doubled and assembled.

At this point I froze it for 24 hours. I put it in my deep freezer. The next morning I realized that I did not like the body. It was too long so I took a good bit off the arms and body. I am sorry I didn’t get that shot but you can look at the end result and eye- ball how much I took off.

I used a boxed decorating icing from Joanne’s to start with. I knew from pervious experience making sure that the bottom layer of icing is not too soft matters.

For the actual decorating of the cake, I used the canned version for the blue. I knew it would be easier. For the rest of the cake and colors, I purchased almost 3 pounds of butter cream icing from Publix ($5) and used food coloring to make the rest of my colors.

I had a mini- R2D2 as my guide and I just started with the blue. I thought it would easier to start with that and go from there.

Then I moved onto the gray. Let me give you a quick tip that I quickly learned. Because I am frugal and stubborn, I used freezer bags and just bought the tips. Last time I decorated a cake I had a hard time keeping the icing in the bag. When I was at Joanne’s I saw these bag grippers that looked like rubber bands… so what did I do? You got it, I used rubber bands at the end of my bags to keep the icing in. Worked like a charm!!

Along the way, Thing 2 would stop what he was doing to come in and inspect the cake and let me know what I needed to add. He was very critical. I loved it! He helped make the cake so much better than I originally thought I could make it.

About this time, I started to get super excited!

I filled in the rest of the body with the plain buttercream and put my finishing touches on. Once it was done, it went back into the freezer for another 24 hours until the man came home from his business trip to celebrate his birthday.

Y’all I was super excited that I made this cake!! The Things were so excited for the man to see it as well. I will tell you more about his reaction to everything in another post. This is part one of the Star War’s birthday theme. I plan to blog the Jedi Robe tutorial, Chewbacca cookies, storm trooper pops, light saber pretzels, light saber napkins, and R2D2 cups.

Stay tuned!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Remember Galit’s yummy Cream Cheese Pound Cake. I finally got around to making it: super easy to throw together. I couldn’t get the original picture from her to upload in the post so I thought I would re- post the recipe with my cake and show my toppings.  Galit likes to top her cake with powdered sugar and berries. I topped mine with Chocolate and Carmel syrup, pecans and a dollop of Cool Whip. My kids ate theirs with the syrups and some home-made ice cream. The beauty of this cake is that it is a pound cake so pretty much anything you top it with will work.

The cake will not need to be refrigerated unless you top it with berries. Enjoy!

Galit’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

1 ½ cups of butter softened (at room temp)
8 oz. package of cream cheese
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Grease and flour a bundt pan.
In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and cream cheese using the medium speed of your mixer.
Slowly add your sugar. Add one egg at a time, making sure it is completely blended in before adding the next egg. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine salt and flour.
Slowly add flour mixture to cheese/butter mixture while on medium speed of mixer.
Pour your batter into the bundt pan. Place your water in a pan and then in the oven rack below the cake batter. This will help keep the cake moist while it bakes.Galit likes to put it in before turning on the oven so that the moisture is already in the oven before she puts the cake in. Bake for 90 minutes or more, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let stand for 10 minutes, then place cake on a dish and allow to cool.

Butterfinger Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

In the summer time, I tend to want cold desserts. Doesn’t everyone? I’m not an ice cream eater… unless I’m pregnant. So a simple bowl of ice cream doesn’t do much for me. I do like ice cream sandwiches, but once I have had one I really have no desire to have another… for a long time. Candy bars. Now you are talking. Chocolate syrup. Yes, please! Caramel syrup. I’ll take a double. Now let’s just put all that stuff together. Wait, I forgot something. Oh yes, one huge tube of Cool Whip. Sounds great, right? It is.

Simple, easy, cold dessert.

What you need:

9x 13 pan

Tub of Cool Whip

Chocolate syrup

Caramel syrup

1 box of 12 ice cream sandwiches

2 or 3 Butterfingers

First, lay the ice cream bars down in the pan. Then spread Cool Whip over the top of your ice cream bars.

Squirt the syrups all over the top of that.

Crush the Butterfingers while still in the wrapper. Sprinkle them on top.

Place back in the freezer to re-freeze. This is a great make ahead dessert for when you have company coming over. Who can resist a dessert with chocolate, candy bars and ice cream? Serve with a freshly made cup of coffee.

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes: Happy Independence Day

I know it’s late for a post, but I wanted the kids to help me with these cupcakes and they wanted to make them after dinner. So here we are. We spent the better half of the afternoon learning about why we celebrate Independence day, coloring free color pages, working on word puzzles and then it was supper time. We couldn’t wait to make these cupcakes! Super festive for this weekend!

Since, it’s a Friday night, this is about all the small talk you are going to get from me. Let’s get to it 🙂

What you need:

Cake mix, red & blue food coloring

Mix it according to the box.

Separate your batter equally into 3 bowls.

Mix your blue food coloring into one bowl.

Now do the red.

Give your child the rest of the batter to eat while you do the hard part 🙂

Pour the blue in first.

Then the plain batter on top of that.

Now the red.

I need a new muffin pan!

Alright, bake it according to the box and turn the oven light on for the kids.

Once they are done, cool them.

Then go for it- no icing needed.

That’s all folks! Enjoy the 4th. You won’t hear from me until later next week!

A Summer Cake: Pineapple Cake

Delicious, sweet, moist, summer goodness. This is a perfect cake for summer.

Presentation is everything. While you may bake this cake in a bundt pan, you will not leave it in the shape of a bundt pan.

Let’s get started shall we?

What do you need?

1 box of yellow cake mix

2 small ripe pineapples

1 huge container of Cool Whip

Will power not to eat it all before you share some

Place all of the ingredients for your cake, as listed on the box, in your mixer. Cut up one small pineapple and add it to your mixer bowl (with any juice from your cutting board) and mix until creamy smooth. Grease your bundt pan (this is what I use) and add your mix. Bake at 350 for about 35-38 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once it’s cool, dump the whole cake a truffle dish.

While you are baking the cake go ahead and put the whole container of Cool Whip in your mixer bowl.

Cut up your second pineapple and place the pieces and any juice in the mixer with your Cool Whip. Turn your mixer on a medium speed until the Cool Whip and Pineapple is well mixed and looks creamy or airy. Make sure it’s just right by sticking your finger into the Cool Whip for a little taste. Once you have had at least a few licks and cleaned your mixer paddles, say goodbye for now and place it in a container in the refrigerator. I just transport it back into the Cool Whip container and leave it in the refrigerator until I am ready to use it. What you just made will be your icing. This is a heavenly icing. Doesn’t do much for your figure, but seriously good. Did I mention my kids LOVE this!

Once your cake has cooled dump the whole container on top. Serve! If you happen to have any left over, keep it in the refrigerator. Enjoy!