Leprechauns and Rainbows

Well this is a long overdue post, but hey better late then never right?

My roommate is slightly obsessed with Ireland, so she decided she wanted an Ireland themed party. So we whipped out the Jameson, anything and everything green and some good ol’ Dropkick Murphy jams and had a killer celebration.

Being the shortest person amongst my group of friends I found it absolutely necessary to dress up as a leprechaun.

But the real purpose of this post…our Irish themed birthday desserts! There was both Irish car bomb cupcakes (how cool does that sound?) and of course the Leprechaun ensured that there were rainbow cupcakes!

First: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

All the Cupcakes

These were good in theory, but seeing as how most of us don’t like whiskey they weren’t that great in practice. However the few people that did like whiskey thoroughly enjoyed them. Now I didn’t make these and have no idea what recipe they used. But basically there is Guinness in the cake mike, Jameson in the ganache filling and Bailey’s in the frosting. The cake and the frosting were delicious, it was the ganache filling that I didn’t like. In fact the Bailey’s frosting was really really good!

Second: Rainbow Cakes
These I did make! I used a box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix (because we all know this is the ultimate birthday cake mix).

1. Seperate cake mix into 6 small bowls.
2. Dye each bowl a different color of the rainbow
3. Transfer first color (purple) into a piping bag. Or, if you are cool like me a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
4. Pipe some of that color into each cupcake paper. (Start by adding a little and then going back and adding more if you have extra of the color. I found that there was not as much mix of each color as I had anticipated, and therefore some of my cupcakes seem to be missing a layer of the rainbow)
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all six colors.
6. Bake as directed.
7. Let cool and then Frost! (I frosted mine white and orange in order to complete our cupcake flag, but you could also make the cupcake 5 of the 6 rainbow colors and have the frosting be the final color.)
8. Share and Enjoy!

Beautiful and Delicious


Kabobs…for Dessert

Who doesn’t like kabobs. They are the perfect mix of various foods that could easily complete a meal. After a day of working the front desk at work I was introduced to a new idea…dessert kabobs. I had never eaten or even heard of such a thing, but it sounded like fun to me. So over my winter break I set out to try my hand at dessert kabobs.

I thought that oreo truffles, brownies, cake balls, chocolate covered strawberries and rice krispies would make a nice well rounded kabob. Well strawberries are out of season and therefore were taken off the menu. Next I decided to skip on the rice krispies as well (next time I will definitely include them). I also thought that I should make some chocolate chip cookies while I was baking, because well why not, they are one of my favorites.

The Fixings

The making of the various desserts went well and I started to assemble…not as easy as I had expected. I decided that I didn’t need five million cake balls so I left half of the cake and decided to add cake chunks to the kabobs. I started assembling and realized that I needed to have a somewhat solid piece at both ends, which lead to adding cookie halfs to the kabobs. Another slight issue was that the brownies were very crumbly (perfect to eat not perfect to stay on a stick) and kept falling off the stick if not added just right.

Final product (minus the cake balls)

However after some careful assembly the kabobs were finished and everyone at work was quite excited to try them. They definitely would not win a prize for looks but they were delicious to eat and unique; so I am satisfied.