Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Treat

Oh how I love the fall season! Anything remotely related to pumpkin is right up my alley. So when I found this recipe I knew I couldn't go wrong! I mean.. Pumpkin Pie + Cheesecake? Sounds like a win-win recipe to me. I will share:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars:
15oz Pumpkin Pie Filling
14oz sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1tbsp vanilla
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 16oz pound cake mix
2tbsp butter, melted
1tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350
Spray a large jelly roll pan w/ nonstick spray. Mix cake mix, cinnamon, 1 egg and melted butter in a bowl. Press into greased jelly roll pan.Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Pour in sweetened condenssed milk. Mix until smooth. Add in eggs, pumpkin pie filling, vanilla. Mix well. Pour onto crust. Bake for 30-35 min or until set. (I left minenin for 40 just to be sure the center was done). Cool on rack then refrigerate atleast 1 hr.

I want to make these again but put a dollup of whipped cream or pastry pride on top. These one however were getting transported so the whipped cream would have been a mess rather than a pretty topping.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Holy Cake Balls Batman!

A friend of mine said she was making cake balls. I was clueless as to what those were so I googled it. So what are cake balls?

They are balls of yummy cake goodness mixed with delicious frosting and covered and any kind of sweet coating you can think of! Here's the recipe:

1 box cake mix, prepared as directed on the box. Any size. Doesn't matter because you will be crumbling it.
1 can frosting
1 bag chocolate chips: white, dark, semi sweet or milk.. your choice

1.) Bake the cake and let it cook atleast 20 min
2.) Dump the cake into a large bowl and crumble. No chunks!
3.) Dump the can of frosting into the cake crumbs and mix until all the cake crumbs are moistened by the fristing
4.) using a cookie scooper, scoop mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet
5.) Refrigerate about 1 hour (helps them stay together when dipping)
6.) Melt chocolate chips or whatever coating you are using (when the balls are almost done chilling)
7.) Dip cooled cake balls into melted chocolate/coating and place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Top with sprinkles if desired

I used dark chocolate cake mix, cream cheese frosting and melted peanut butter chips... oh man. Those are some seriously scrumptious treats! I also put them in cupcake paper cups to keep them seperated and easy for people to grab.