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cake pops

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 pops
1 (12 ounce) package colored candy coating melts, divided
24 plain doughnut holes
24 lollipop sticks
1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles (jimmies), as desired

Directions
Place about 1/4 cup of candy melts into a small microwave-safe bowl, and melt in the microwave at 40 percent power for 30 seconds; stir the candy coating, and continue to heat for 30 second-intervals until the coating is just warm and completely melted.

Poke a hole halfway through a doughnut hole with a lollipop stick, then dip the end of the stick into the melted coating and reinsert into the hole. This holds the doughnut hole firmly on the stick. Stick the doughnut pop upright into a block of plastic foam, and set into refrigerator for 1 hour to firm up.

When pops are firmly attached to their sticks, melt the remaining candy coating dots in a microwave-safe bowl on 40 percent power for 1 minute; stir, and melt for 30-second intervals until the coating is warm and smoothly melted. Dip the doughnut hole into the coating, covering it completely. Hold the dipped pop over a bowl, and sprinkle with colored candy sprinkles. Return the decorated pops to the plastic foam block to set.

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Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups 2% milk

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

RASPBERRY FILLING:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Chocolate curls and fresh raspberries

Directions
Line three 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease and flour the pans and paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, melt chips and butter over low heat. Transfer to a large bowl; cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the preserves, sugar and liqueur; beat until stiff peaks form.

Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup filling. Top with another cake layer and spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with another cake layer, 1/2 cup filling and remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

For drizzle, place chips and butter in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Place mixture in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe a lattice design over top of cake, allowing some drizzle to drape down the sides. Decorate with chocolate curls and raspberries as desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.

To Make Ahead: Bake and assemble the torte 1 day in advance. Garnish just before serving.

Recipe found here: Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

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White Chocolate Cereal Bars

White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Ingredients
4 cups miniature marshmallows
8 ounces white baking chips (about 1-1/3 cups)
1/4 cup butter, cubed
6 cups Rice Krispies

Directions
In a Dutch oven, combine marshmallows, baking chips and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies; stir to coat.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. pan; gently press mixture evenly into pan. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here:White Chocolate Cereal Bars

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Raisin Pound Cake

Raisin Pound Cake

Ingredients
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup raisins

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, applesauce, water, oil, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in raisins. Pour into two greased 8×4-in. loaf pans.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Recipe found here: Raisin Pound Cake

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Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Ingredients
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions
In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

Recipe found here:Peanut Butter Snowballs

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Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
7 eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

LEMON FROSTING:
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
4-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Dash salt

Directions
Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, water, oil, lemon peel and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and beat until well blended. Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.

Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 50-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake, allowing frosting to drape down the sides. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Lemon Chiffon Cake

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Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Ingredients:
For Raspberry Pound Cake:
15 Tbsp Butter, softened
1/4 cup Milk
3 Eggs
1/4 tsp Raspberry Extract (Optional – adds flavor if raspberries aren’t ripe enough)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Almond Extract
1 1/2 cup Cake Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 cup Raspberries
For Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.

In bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and raspberry, vanilla and almond extract. (*note* Raspberry extract is optional if raspberries are not available or very ripe – just adds touch of flavor). Set aside.

With a mesh strainer over a small bowl, use a spatula to push and mash the raspberries through the strainer. The seeds and pith will be left behind and the raspberry juice will be in the bowl. Set aside the raspberry juice and discard the seeds.

Sift together flour, sugar and baking powder into the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit mixer with paddle attachment, and turn on low. Add in softened butter and mix on low until the flour/butter mixture has combined. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth, but just make sure majority of flour and butter has been mixed together. Slowly pour in eggs/milk mixture into the stand mixer in a steady stream. Continue to beat on low or medium-low until throughly mixed.

Remove stand mixer bowl from mixer and pour about 1/3 to 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl. Into the batter, stir in the raspberry juice.

Alternate pouring the batters into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing out the batters with a spoon between each addition. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let rest in loaf pan for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack, then turn out of pan and allow to complete cooling.

For Frosting:
With a mixer, beat together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and combine until smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled pound cake. Let rest, slice and serve.

YIELD: 1 Loaf – 8 Slices

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