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Peppermint Oreo Cake

It is now the week of Christmas and I have the perfect dessert to share with you! There’s peppermint, chocolate and frosting. What could be better?

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I took my Oreo cake and Christmasified it. (Is Christmasified a word? I’m going to say it is.) I seem to be making a lot of cakes lately and this is definitely one to add to our Christmas traditions.

I modified my Oreo cake recipe to use Trader Joe’s gluten free peppermint Oreos instead of the plain ones. Then I used crushed candy canes around the edges of the cake, and mixed some of the crushed candy canes and red food coloring into the icing to decorate.

Enjoy! And have a lovely Christmas week! 🙂

Update: I just noticed that Fiesta Friday is celebrating its 100th week. How exciting! As it’s Christmas Day I thought it would be fitting to bring this cake along. Thank you so much to Angie for creating and hosting Fiesta Friday, as well as the co-hosts this week, Judi, Molly, Steffi, and Suzanne. I love seeing the new recipes everyone brings. Have a very merry Christmas! 🙂

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Chocolate Orange Cake

The holiday season is officially upon us! What better way to begin celebrating than by combining the chocolate and orange flavors into a delicious dessert? I’ve captured that classic chocolate orange taste and turned it into a cake.

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The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for me and I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. December is such a hectic, wonderful time of year! I hope to really dive into that holiday baking in the next couple weeks, but for now this cake will do quite well.

 

To make the cake you’ll need:

  • two boxes chocolate cake mix and the ingredients to make them (I used Glutino chocolate cake, each box made one round cake)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (1/2 tsp per cake)

Make the cake as usual, but add the teaspoon of orange extract. The Glutino cake calls for vanilla extract, but I just used the orange extract instead. Divide the batter into 2 round cake pans and bake as directed. Allow to cool completely.

 

The frosting is a wonderful piped chocolate orange ganache.

For the frosting:

  • 2 Cups whipping cream
  • 2 (12 oz) bags chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tsps orange extract

Heat the whipping cream until it nearly boils. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the hot cream over them. Let stand for a few minutes, then mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add the orange extract and stir. Refrigerate until it is somewhat solid and can hold its shape.

 

Once the cake is cooled, frost as desired. I added tangerine slices to the top of mine; orange candy slices could also be a wonderful addition!

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I hope you enjoy!

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Holidays

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

With all of the holiday bustle, I’ve been slacking off a bit in the meal department. I’ve been primarily sticking to some simple sides like rice and beans, sweet potato fries, and leftovers to fill in the gaps between all the junk food and sweets, cupcakes and muffins.

There has also been lots of pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes. Yum!

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There was, of course, also some gluten-free chicken fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

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I know, so healthy. But it was so worth it!

After the holidays, my plan is to get myself a little more focused and start eating healthier. There will be some interesting changes for me for sure, and hopefully some new recipes to go along with them!

But first, I have another family celebration! (And also some more junk to eat.)

Can you believe it’s already almost 2015? Do you have any New Year’s plans or resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Facebook!

Have a happy New Year!

Eggnog White Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Mint Fudge

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have had a simply lovely week this week filled with all sorts of Christmasy things.

Today it is all about the white chocolate! This year I had wanted to try my hand at some candy making, instead of just focusing on the usual cookies and baking. I’m not sure how much I’ll be doing, but thus far I’ve made some yummy white chocolate mint fudge.

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I used the Nestle fudge recipe and tweaked it a bit with white chocolate and a nice hint of mint. Then I added a few drops of food coloring onto the fudge after pouring it in the pan, and swirled it around for a more festive look.

Since I already had plenty of white chocolate chips on hand, I figured that white hot chocolate sounded incredible. I’ve been wanting to try a warm eggnog drink for awhile, so hey, why not combine them? And that’s exactly what I did. It’s a perfect combination of silky smooth sweetness that is just perfect for the holidays and a cold winter’s evening.

Do you have any holiday favorites?

I hope you all enjoy! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Christmas Is Coming! (Breakfast Casserole and Sugar Cookies)

Happy Monday, everyone!

This Monday was an absolutely perfect day! I made a wonderful breakfast casserole/quiche for breakfast. (Today I have that recipe for you. If you don’t want to hear my tangent about Christmas and the holiday season, then feel free to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)

The smell of the casserole made me think of the holiday season. Quiche was always my family’s traditional Thanksgiving breakfast. We’d wait with anticipation for the amazingness that awaited us Thanksgiving morning. After a long morning of food preparation, family bonding, and just a general good time, of course.

Outside, clouds covered the sky in a beautiful blanket of white fluffiness. Which of course made me think of snow, which made me think about Christmas even more.

So what did I do? I turned Christmas music on of course! (Just a tad excited, remember?)

Then I thought, what more perfect way to add to this happy feeling than to have hot chocolate as well. So I quickly made some up for my husband and I.

Look how lovely.
Look how lovely.

I just use the hot chocolate recipe on the back of a container or something like that. I’ve been making it so long now that I don’t fully remember where it came from. It’s so simple. Just about a Tablespoon of powdered cocoa, a spoon or two of sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Fill the mug about 3/4 of the way full with steaming hot water, then add milk (or even eggnog) the rest of the way.

As I listened to the music, sugar cookies started to sound absolutely amazing. Being gluten-free, it’s been awhile since I’ve had sugar cookies. This year I want to change all that.

In my family, Christmas was (and still is) a big deal; full of food and music, movies and good memories. We’d go all out on cookies in particular, and last year I modified some of our recipes to be gluten-free, but I didn’t do all of them. As it gets closer and I start really getting into Christmas baking, I’ll share some of those with you as well.

This year I also want to try candy-making, as it’s something I’ve only barely dabbled in before.

So I was on a mission. A mission from God. (Man, I haven’t seen Blues Brothers in a long time.)

Okay, enough of that. I was on a mission to find the perfect gluten-free sugar cookies.

I’m not the best at baking when I deviate from recipes as you can tell from this post… But I’m working on it and getting better. So it’s only a matter of time! Which is a really exciting thought!

Anyway, I didn’t have much gluten-free flour, but I had a cake mix, so I decided to try to find a recipe that would include that. I found more of them than I was expecting, but they were all pretty much the same, so I have my own recipe card for that as well (I did change them slightly, otherwise I would just link to one of the many posts).

Look at those cookies!

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I made a cream cheese icing for them with cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I have no idea what the measurements would be for that, so I don’t have that recipe for you. :/ But you could try it yourself!

Have you noticed that stores are beginning to put their Christmas stuff out? How do you feel about it, are you excited to start the season, or feel that it’s too soon?

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