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Skip the Frosting Cupcake: A Two-Year Anniversary Celebration

Happy Anniversary, Sweety!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I wondered what would happen if I stuck a large marshmallow on top of my cupcakes while baking instead of frosting them.  The result- my famous “Skip The Frosting” Cupcakes.

With over a half million pins on Pinterest, I’m celebrating my “little cupcake that could” and the series of siblings it’s given birth to, like my S’mores “Skip The Frosting” Cupcake!  Just click the image for my recipe.

Skip The Frosting Chocolate Smores Cupcakes

Skip The Frosting Chocolate Smores Cupcakes

 

Then along came my Easter version, with PEEP! “Skip The Frosting” Cupcake:

peep skip the frosting cupcake

Peep! Skip the Frosting Cupcakes

 

And, a new version of Red Velvet “Skip the Frosting” Cupcake:

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe Skip The Frosting Marshmallow

Real Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

And, of course, here’s the cupcake that started it all:

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe Skip The Frosting Marshmallow

Skip The Frosting Cupcake by Toni Spilsbury, 2011

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popROCKScorn

Pop Rocks Popcorn…. Popcorn with a “Pop”

A variation of this recipe can be used for just about any occasion. For the upcoming 4th of July celebration, I took my traditional chocolate popcorn recipe and added some “pop”… Pop Rocks candy, that is!

popROCKScorn

popROCKScorn

Ingredients

  • buttered popcorn
  • Wilton white candy melts or white chocolate
  • Pop Rocks in red and blue

Instructions

  1. place buttered popcorn in large bowl
  2. melt white candy or chocolate in double-boiler
  3. drizzle melted candy or chocolate over the popcorn
  4. use hands to loosely and carefully toss to melted chocolate throughout popcorn
  5. top with Pop Rocks
http://tonispilsbury.com/poprockscorn/

 

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poprocks popcorn recipe

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Man-Catchin Beignets

“…the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  – Tiana, Princess and The Frog

Man-Catchin Beignets

If the quickest way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach, then some Man-Catchin Beignets should be on the menu this Valentine’s Day.  And, if my man doesn’t love them, at least I know I will.  When I visit Disneyland, it’s a ritual for me to stop by the late-night snack stand in Orleans Square to get some hot beignets with bechamel sauce- oh, my mouth waters just thinking of them.

Man-Catchin Beignets

Man-Catchin Beignets

I do have a homemade beignet recipe that I’ve used and love.  But this year I ran into this handy mixture at Cost Plus World Market.

beignet mix

Cafe Du Monde beignet mix from Cost Plus World Market

Ingredients:

  1. Cafe du Monde Beignet Mixture
  2. Canola oil
  3. Powdered Sugar

And for the sauce?  Homemade bechamel sauce would be nice, n’est ce pas?  But what would be even nicer (for moi), is an easier version using Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding mixed with a dash of pink… hot pink food coloring that is.

beignet recipe dipping sauce

beignet dipping sauce

beignet recipe

electric pink food coloring from Duff

 

 

Sauce:

  1. Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  2. milk
  3. hot pink food coloring

Directions:

 

beignet recipe

after mixing the dough, roll it out on a floured surface

beignet recipe

use a cooke cutter to cut dough into squares

beignet recipe

fry in hot oil 380 degrees

how to make homemade beignets

until golden brown on both sides

beignet recipe

mix together pudding mix, milk and a few drops of food coloring

serve and let the man-catchin begin!

One of my best friends, Noelle, just relocated to Nice, France for a few months in search of love.  So, I dedicate this recipe to her….. let the man-catchin begin!

man-catching beignets

delicious

My kids gobbled down half the batch of beignets while they were still hot.  While you enjoy your Man-Catchin Beignets, (be sure to save some for your man), you can watch the Disney movie clip that inspired the recipe.

 

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Organic Coconut Chocolate with Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener

I’ll never buy chocolate again.  This recipe for Organic Coconut Chocolate made with Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener takes minutes to prepare and can cure the biggest of chocolate cravings without the guilt.

Pyure Organic Stevia

Pyure Organic Stevia

Organic Coconut Chocolate Recipe

Organic Coconut Chocolate with Pyure Organic Stevia

Organic Coconut Chocolate with Pyure Organic Stevia

Ingredients

  • organic virgin coconut oil- 1/2 cup
  • organic unsweetened cocoa powder- 1/2 cup
  • Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener- 6 tablespoons
  • organic vanilla extract- 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Mix together coconut oil and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add Pyure Organic Stevia and vanilla then stir until smooth.
  3. Pour into individual molds or shallow tray.
  4. Transfer to refrigerator to hardened.
http://tonispilsbury.com/organic-coconut-chocolate-recipe/

 

All Natural and Healthy

Over the past three years, I’ve consciously worked to lower sugar in my diet.  Aside from the history of diabetes in my family, I’ve come to understand the overall negative side effects of a diet rich in sugar.Virgin Coconut Oil

Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener is an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant.  Instead of a sweetener substitute, stevia can actually be termed a supplement with many reported health benefits including lower blood pressure and blood sugar.

Stevia is gluten-free and calorie-free making it a preferred sweetener for many dieters or people managing diabetes.

Coconut oil is another healthy diet supplement with reported health benefits including increased metabolism for weight loss, lowering of cholesterol and immune system support.

With my Organic Coconut Chocolate Recipe using Pyure Organic Stevia, next time I’m craving chocolate, I’ll be guilt-free knowing that this chocolate is actually healthy for me.

 

Organic Coconut Chocolate Recipe Photo Tutorial

Organic Coconut chocolate recipe

How To Make Organic Coconut Chocolate

 

Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil

 

How To make coconut chocolate

Mix coconut oil and cocoa powder together until smooth

 

coconut chocolate recipe

Mix until smooth

 

stevia

Add Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener

 

Mix Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener into mixture until smooth

 

Vanilla

 

Pour into shallow tray or individual molds.

 

Refrigerate until hard.

 

Organic Coconut chocolate recipe

The Health Food Chocolate

 

 

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