Creating a Glam Easter Brunch and Tablescape on a Budget

Creating a Glam Easter Brunch and Tablescape on a Budget shouldn’t be difficult… it should be fun! This DIY tutorial includes both food & decor ideas to host a glamorous yet thrifty brunch your guests will be impressed with!Creating a Glam Easter Brunch & Tablescape on a Budget |

I’m so excited to be presenting you this two part series on how to create a Glam Easter Brunch and Tablescape with Rachel of  Rachel and I have done several blogging collaborations in the past, but this one is by far my favorite!  In this series, we’ll show you how we planned, shopped for, baked and set up our Easter Brunch.   And the best part… it was all done on a budget!

If you’re starting here on my blog I’ll be going over everything food related.   I’ll show you how I planned my menu, what’s on the menu to and how I made it and how I styled the food on the tablescape.  On, Rachel will go over all the details of the tablescape.  She’ll cover the place settings, the printables, the centerpiece and flower arrangements and everything in between.

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Menu Planning

Before I could bake anything for brunch, I had to decide what I wanted to make.  For our Easter Brunch, I knew I wanted to serve food that could be easy to plate and served buffet style and made ahead of time.  I didn’t want to be rushing around Easter morning trying to cook and bake after getting home from church.

Main Dish – Quiche

For the main dish, I chose to make a quiche.  A quiche is a great choice for a brunch because it can be made ahead of time and served cold or room temperature.  This Southwestern Fajita Quiche is a take on one of my families favorite flavors… Mexican.  I seriously think we eat something with bell peppers and onions it at least twice a week so making a fajita quiche was too easy of a decision to make.

Southwestern Fajita Quiche |

My Southwestern Fajita Quiche is made using a premade pie crust then filled with whipped eggs and cream, bell peppers, onions, steak and the perfect mix of seasonings.  I served it with a sides of sour cream and salsa, but you could serve chives, cilantro, diced tomatoes too.  Just put out whatever your family likes.

This quiche is filling, flavorful and so incredibly delicious.  It truly is the best main dish for a brunch!

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Side Dish – Fruit Salad

I love fruit salad, but I’m picky about the fruit that I include it.  Berries and bananas are my go-to favorite fruits for salads.  But, since this dish is for our Easter Brunch, I knew that it couldn’t be boring.

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To amp things up for this fruit salad, I added the juice of a lemon, honey, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.  All those flavors together really brings a simple fruit salad to the next level!

Fruit Salad

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, cleaned and quartered
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Banana, sliced
  • Lemon, juiced
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg


  • In a large bowl, gently toss together the berries and banana together.
  • Pour the juice of 1 lemon over the fruit and toss.
  • Drizzle a generous amount of honey over the top of the fruit then sprinkle cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to taste.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Side Dish – Blueberry Muffins

To accompany the quiche and fruit salad, I decided I want to add a bread element to the menu.  I decided on my Jumbo Blueberry Muffins and added a simple strudel topping.  The juicy blueberries pop out of this muffin making this the perfect side to the quiche! And, you can make them ahead too!

I baked these muffins in grease proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  STB is an awesome party supply company because they offer several products in matching colors and patterns!

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Side Dish – Rice Krispie Treat Dipped Bunny Pops

Because Easter wouldn’t be complete with out a bunch of kids running around, I created a little something extra to make our little ones happy!  Hand dipped Rice Krispie Treat Bunny Pops!

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These bunnies are so incredibly easy to make!  I used the same technique to make them that I did when making the krispie pops for Matty’s Minion party.

Rice Krispie Treat Bunny Pops

  • Double batch of Rice Krispie Treats (make as directed on cereal box)
  • Bunny shaped cookie cutter
  • White candy melts
  • Purple sugar sprinkles
  • Purple food gel coloring
  • Purple paper straws
  • Parchment or Wax paper


  • Cut out Rice Krispy Treats using the bunny cookie cutter.  Using leftover scraps make small balls for the bunny tails. Press the bunny onto the table so it stands up straight.  Do this before you dip.
  • Melt the candy melts as directed on the packaging.  Add a drop or two of coloring and mix until uniform in color.
  • Dip the ears of the bunny in the melted candy, tap the bunny on the edge of the bowl so the excess drips off.  Immediately cover in purple sugar crystals.  Set it standing up on a piece of wax paper.
  • Dip a straw into the melted candy about an inch then press it into the top of the bunny between the ears.
  • Allow them to dry completely before moving.

Tablescape and Food Display

Creating the tablescape for the dining table along with the displays for the sideboards was a lot of fun!  Rachel and I had ideas in our minds of how we wanted things to look, but it was a matter of finding everything we needed at the stores here in Germany without spending a fortune.

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Tablescape – place settings

Each place setting included a plate and glass, both of which were gold rimmed that Rachel already had.  We purchased lavender napkins and coasters at the Euro store along with egg cups and purple easter egg candles.  On top of each plate is a DIY name card which which you can find a full tutorial for on!

You’re going to love how Rachel created the name cards & used elastic to tie it all together!

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Tablescape – Centerpiece

Fresh flowers are the main focal point for our entire tablescape for both the main dining table and the sideboards.  Rachel went to the local market and picked out all the lavender colored flowers along with a few accents she thought would go well together.  Rachel goes into all the details of the floral arrangements on

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On trend right now are DIY tissue paper tassel garlands.  Rachel and I both have one hanging in our office which we made ourselves.  You can see Rachel’s HERE and mine HERE on our Instagrams!

Rachel had the genius idea of creating a tissue paper tassel garland to use instead of a table runner and as a focal point on our Easter table.  Being able to bring texture, color and height into the table really created a dramatic WOW factor for the table and the entire look of our brunch! Rachel has all the details on how you can recreate this look on!

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Bunnies.  Bunnies.   And more Bunnies!  Since this was an Easter Brunch, we wanted to incorporate some kind of “cute factor” that could be carried out throughout the entire decor of the brunch.  Everywhere we went, we found cute, inexpensive ceramic bunnies.   Rachel painted the ones that were off color to our theme and instantly we have the cutest bunnies ever!

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Sideboard – Food Display

I wanted to create height and depth when displaying the food for our Easter Brunch.  To do this, I used a variety of bowls in size and display stands in height.  I kept them in the same texture of either glass, crystal or ceramic to create continuity.

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Adding the tall flowers in the skinny vases along with baskets of flowers on the candle sconces continued the floral theme to the sideboard.  You don’t have to put sconces up on your wall, but I already had them there and it was a perfect fit for the little purple baskets we found at the Euro store.

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You may remember from my home office makeover that I had three mason jars made to match my office.  This white and gold dot jar made a perfect place to display the forks for the brunch.   On the dining table and the sideboard, we were able to add another kick of lavender by using the coasters we found at the Euro store.

Sideboard – For the Kids

Like with the Rice Krispie Bunny Pops, I wanted to create a special area of the display that was just for the kids!

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Instead of paying for brand new glass milk jars (which can be super expensive), I simply saved the Starbucks Frappuccino jars every time I bought one.  Before I knew it, I had a dozen!  In each jar are STB paper straws that perfectly match the liners I used on the blueberry muffins and are the same straws I used for the Krispie Bunny Pops!

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For only a few Euro, I purchased two jars with gold lids then hot glued white ceramic bunnies to the top and filled the jars with gold & lavender foil wrapped candies.  I love these so much, that I think I’ll keep them out all year round with seasonal candies in them!

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Here’s where you can get some of the things I used or very similar…
Cupcake Liners – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Paper Straws – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Glass Jars (similar) – Hobby Lobby
White Ceramic Cake Plate (similar) – Martha Stewart
Ceramic Bunnies (similar) – Hobby Lobby
Glass Milk Jar (similar) – Michael’s
Painted Mason Jars – Just Add Glitter by Marla
Two Tier Serving Rack (similar) – Hand Crafted & American Made

but wait, there’s more!

Make sure you head over to Rachel’s blog for the second part in this Creating a Glam Easter Brunch and Tablescape on a Budget series!  Rachel will have free printables, DIY tutorials and lots more pictures of the tablescape!

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Southwestern Fajita Quiche

With Easter just a few days away, I prepared for you a delicious Southwestern Fajita Quiche that is perfect for Sunday brunch!

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I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert quiche maker.  In fact,  this is the first I’ve ever made.  Typically for breakfast, my family makes an egg scramble where we just throw everything into one pan and mix it all up until it’s cooked… fast, easy and delicious! But for Easter, I want to serve something a bit nicer, but still just as easy!

Southwestern Fajita Quiche |

This is a Southwestern Fajita Quiche because it’s like your favorite fajita baked into a crust surrounded by delicious eggs.  To make things simple, I used a package of stir fry steak from the grocery store so I didn’t have to trim and cut a big hunk of steak.  If you didn’t want to dice up your veggies, you could just as easily use a bag of frozen stir fry veggies… but I like fresh, so that’s what I used! I also used already shredded cheese on top and only added the seasonings I had in my cabinet.

Southwestern Fajita Quiche |

Not only do I love this quiche because it tastes amazing, but because it can be either served hot out of the oven, cold or at room temperature!  Which makes it so versatile!  When my family ate this quiche, it had been sitting at room temperature for several hours and was so good!  The next day we warmed it up and was perfection!  I honestly don’t know which way I prefer it more!

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Oh a side note… aren’t my nails adorable?  They are Jamberry nails and I am absolutely in love with them!  The set I am wearing in this photo is from their new Spring line and is called Desert at Dusk.  If you’re interested in getting them for yourself, contact my friend and consultant, Kristine Rego!  She’ll help you out!

I served my Southwestern Fajita Quiche with sour cream and salsa for condiments and a simple fruit salad as a side.  You really don’t need much more than that to complete this meal, but if you wanted to the possibilities are endless.  Crème fraîche, chives, scallions, hot sauce.  Yum!  One slice of this full-flavor quiche and you’ll be full and happy for hours!

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For more about my Easter Brunch, check back tomorrow for an amazing collaboration with!

Happy Easter!

Southwestern Fajita Quiche
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
  • 28cm round fluted baking dish
  • 1 premade pie crust
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1lb stir fry steak (or steak cut into small strips)
  • Oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Chili peppers
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
  2. Bring the premade pie crust to room temperature then roll it out in a 28cm fluted, round baking dish. Gently press the crust into the pan making sure it's up against both the side and bottom of the pan. Trim any extra crust from the sides. Poke holes in the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is firm and browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a frying pan, brown the steak over high heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan into a large bowl lined with paper towels to drain off any extra grease. Dice the steak into smaller, bite size pieces and place back in large bowl minus the paper towel.
  4. In the same pan, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add the diced peppers and onion then salt and pepper to taste. Cook the peppers and onions over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until they become tender. Add the cooked veggies to the bowl with the steak and toss together.
  5. Drain the can of tomatoes and add it to the steak and veggies and toss again.
  6. Sprinkle the meat and veggies with chili powder and chili peppers to taste.
  7. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, milk and cream. Turn the mixer to medium-high and whisk for 6-7 minutes. You want this egg mixture to be light and fluffy. Add salt/pepper and chili powder to taste and whisk again for 1 minute.
  8. To the bottom of the prepared pie crust, add a even layer of the meat & veggie mixture. You may have some left over from this, but you want one single layer across the bottom.
  9. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the crust until it's about 80% full. Sprinkle an even layer of the cheese on top. Pour remaining egg mixture into the center of the quiche until it just reaches the top of the crust and a small edge can still be seen. NOTE: The quiche will collapse and shrink after baking so you want to fill it up as far as possible and still be able to move it.
  10. Sprinkle Oreagno over the top.
  11. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. NOTE: You may need to create a foil shield for the sides, rim of the quiche to prevent it from burning.


How to Host a Slime Party

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Imagine being asked by Nickelodeon and Walmart to create a Slime Moment with your kids to get excited for the upcoming Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28!   Now also imagine that you’re a blogger who can’t do anything small.  And then imagine that you live in Germany where you don’t have access to amazing stores like Walmart to buy your supplies.  In my world, that’s a challenge worth accepting! You can imagine how excited I was when I was chosen as one of 5 bloggers to participate in this project with Nickelodeon and Walmart and my wheels started turning with all kinds of awesome plans, recipes and decorating ideas!

Follow #ReadySetSlime on Twitter and Instagram for more fun!

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Instead of creating a slime moment for just my two kids, I invited two of my friends who have six school age children between them to join us.  Three moms, one dad and eight kids make for a fun afternoon of slime!

For this Slime Party, we made slime-filled cupcakes then got messy with some easy DIY slime and finally we finished the afternoon with a goodie bag of homemade slime-filled chocolates!  Loads of fun for all ages!

First, watch this video and then read below for all the details to Host a Slime Party! Enjoy!

Set the Scene!

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Before the party even began, I had to Set the Scene!  This was super fun to plan!  Lime green everything!  Here’s what I gathered for the party:

  • Lime green vinyl table cover, napkins and cups – I got this at my local drug store, but you can find them at Walmart too!
  • Glass milk jars –  I drink a lot of those bottled coffee drinks from that one super popular coffee joint… so I saved a bunch of those jars, took off the labels and cleaned them out.  Instant milk jars!
  • Lime green polka dot paper straws & treat bags – I ordered these online from Sweets  & Treats Boutique, but I’m certain you could find similar at Walmart!
  • Cake stand – I’ve had this white cake stand for a while, but you could use a glass stand or lime green if you had one!  I think it adds a fun focal point to the table and makes a display for the finished product!

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You don’t have to gather everything I did, just use what you have at home!  If you go to Walmart and you don’t see exactly what I found, no worries… just pick out from the selection they do have.  Get your creative juices flowing!

Slime Filled Cupcakes

Filling and decorating cupcakes is fun for kids of all ages!  At my Slime party, kids from ages 3 to 15 got in on the fun… Moms too!  Before the party, I made a few dozen cupcakes and frosting ahead of time and prepared the slime filling.

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Oh, you’ll never guess what I used for the slime filling either!  LIME CURD!  Seriously.  I’ve seen other cupcakes before that have used frosting or gel for the slime, but I wanted something more delicious and less full of chemicals.  Seriously genius if I do say so myself!


  • Cupcakes & buttercreamI used this recipe and tinted the frosting green with leaf green gel coloring.  Bake the cupcakes in green liners.  I got these polka dot liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique, but you can find similar at Walmart.
  • Lime Curd – see recipe below
  • Disposable piping bags and round piping tips in both small and large sizes.


  1. Core the center of each cupcake and fill with lime curd.
  2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with frosting.  Fill another piping bag fitted with a small round tip with lime curd.
  3. Fill each cupcake using a spoon with lime curd.  Top the cupcake with a swirl of frosting then garnish with lime curd that oozes down the side of the cupcake.

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After the kids all decorated one cupcake just like this, I let them go crazy with the frosting, curd and sprinkles!  They came up with some pretty creative cupcakes!  I’m certain that they could have decorated cupcakes for hours if I had more frosting and cupcakes!

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How to Host a Slime Party: Lime Curd
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  • 1 lb granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 oz unsalted butter
  • 3 large limes (or 4 smaller ones)
  1. Zest & squeeze the limes and set aside.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter on medium heat.
  3. Add the sugar, lime juice and zest, whisking until smooth.
  4. Bring to a soft, slow simmer (but NOT a boil) and add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Stir constantly until thickened. Make sure not to boil or bring the heat too high, you don’t want to cook the eggs.
  5. Cook until the curd sticks to the back of a wooden spoon and is nice and thick (approx 10 mins).
  6. Transfer to an air tight container and cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  7. Stores for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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After the fun of decorating cupcakes, it was time to get messy!  Since I have a young child, I wanted to make a slime that was non-toxic in case Matty wanted to put it in his mouth.  So, I found a recipe for slime that included only corn starch, water and a little food coloring.

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This recipe makes enough for one child to play with, double, triple or quadruple to make more! At our party, each child shared a double batch!


  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sealable sandwich bag
  • green liquid coloring
  • small bowls


  1. In the sealable bag, mix the corn starch, coloring and water together until it forms a paste.
  2. Pour the paste into a small bowl.
  3. Have fun!  The faster you move, the harder it is to work with the slime, slower movements and the slime moves!

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So you know how I said I made this non-toxic for my little one… well, he only played with the slime for about 2 minutes.  Apparently, he doesn’t like getting messy.  hehe

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Slime Filled Chocolates

As a treat for everyone to go home with, I made slime-filled chocolates ahead of time.  Don’t worry, they aren’t really filled with slime, it’s white chocolate!

How to Host a Slime Party: Slime-filled Chocolates | #ReadySetSlimeSupplies:

  • Candy molds
  • Semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted – enough to make the chocolates according to the specifications on the candy mold package.
  • White chocolate ganache filling – see recipe below
  • Green sugar crystals


  1. Fill each mold with a tablespoon of melted chocolate.  Tip and turn the mold to move the chocolate around the inside of the mold being careful not to get any chocolate above the top edge.  Flip the mold upside down and let any extra chocolate drip out.  Place the mold in the freezer until the chocolate has set, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Fill each mold with the ganache filling until just full leaving a small edge on the top.  Place back in the freezer until the ganache is firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. Reheat chocolate if necessary then use a spoon to cover the tops of the chocolates.  Press the back of the spoon on the top and pull up in the center,  this will create a finished look to your chocolate.  Sprinkle with green sugar crystals.  Chill for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.

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How to Host a Slime Party: Green White Chocolate Ganache Filling
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 9 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • green gel food coloring
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small, heavy sauce pan heat the heavy cream until just boiling/simmering.
  3. Pour hot cream slowly over the white chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes without touching. With a rubber spatula, stir the ganache until all the chocolate has melted and is smooth.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and the green gel food coloring.
  5. Chill until set or about 2-3 hours.

Doesn’t all this look like loads of fun? I know it got me excited to tune into the Kids’ Choice Awards 2015 on Nickelodeon! Follow #KCA on Twitter for all the fun this Saturday, March 28!!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, these chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are a twist on my original chocolate chip cookie with a fresh minty taste!  You’re going to love them!

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I’m not one to go crazy for St. Patrick’s Day.  Why you may ask?  Well, because…

  1. I don’t believe in Leprechauns.  There are enough Easter bunnies, tooth fairies and Santa’s to worry about.
  2. It’s another holiday that I feel I don’t need to celebrate just because Target wants me to and
  3. I’m not even Irish.  Well, okay I might be like a 1/16 Irish, but that doesn’t count.

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I do, however, believe that chocolate chip cookies are good idea all the time.  Especially when they’re this delicious and so simple to make!

For these cookies, I took my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and tweaked it just enough to make something new and even tastier.  I switched up the sugar ratios, used semi-sweet chocolate chips, mint extract and of course, added green food coloring!

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So, if you’re like me and you don’t want to jump on the St. Patrick’s Day bandwagon but still want a delish treat for the holiday… make these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Happy Baking!

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Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2+ dozen
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, large
  • 1 Tbsp mint extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + extra for garnish
  • Green gel food coloring
  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, corn starch and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars until no more clumps remain. Add the melted butter and continue whisking until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, mint extract and green gel coloring and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and fold together.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  7. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Roll 8 balls of dough, press down flat and place evenly on the prepared cookie sheet. Press 3-4 extra chocolate onto each ball for garnish
  9. Bake 11-13 minutes or until the tops are a light golden color. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Remove immediately.
  10. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Repeat process with all the cookie dough.
  12. Eat warm! Store cookies in an air tight container for up to 5 days.


Minion Birthday Party

We celebrated Matty’s 3rd birthday with a Minion Birthday Party!  It was so much fun to plan and put together that I decided to share some of the details with you!  I decided last year that his 3rd birthday would be a Minion theme.  So, I started collecting Minion everything and pinning ideas to my Minion Party Pinterest Board.

Minion Birthday Party |

I seriously could have stared at this table all day.  I am in love with how it all turned out.  I just kinda winged it when setting up, but really love how it all came together.

Minion Birthday Party |


I went home to Seattle in February and stopped at Party City while I was there to pick up a few decorations.  I didn’t want all the decorations to be store bought with Minion prints all over them, so I picked out a table cover, balloons plus plates and napkins with minions on them.  The rest of the decor was in yellow and blue.Minion Birthday Party |

I used yellow, blue white or glass plates and bowls for serving… just the things I already had in my kitchen.  They didn’t all match in style, but their colors did, which was good enough for me.

Minion Birthday Party |

I hand made this yellow & blue tissue paper garland to go over the main table.  It brought height to this display and really made a dramatic impact.

For his birthday, Matty got a few Mega Blocks sets of Minions, so we put them together and used them on the display table as well.

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In Photoshop, I made a “Keep Calm and Bee-Do Bee-Do” sign, printed it and put it in a 5x7in frame I already had in my house.  After the party, I put it in my sons room as a decoration along with the tassel garland.

FREE PRINTABLE: Click here to print the “Keep Calm & Bee-Do Bee-Do” sign

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The balloons I bought at party city I had blown up by local balloon artist Balloon Beauty.  I loved how they kept the Minion theme going in that party of the room!

The Box of Shame was super easy to make and a big hit with the kids!  It’s basically just a cardboard box with one side of the lid flaps taped open, a hole cut out and the words “Box of Shame” in Sharpie.  Free and fun!

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Snacks & Drinks

The first big decision I made was that I wanted the party to be in the afternoon so I wouldn’t have to provide a big meal for anyone.  Finger foods, snacks and of course the cake and cupcakes would be all the food I would serve.  This made things a lot easier the day of because there was less food to prep.

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In front of all the food, were these cute table top signs.  I printed and cut them out then glued them to yellow card stock to make tent signs.  Everyone at the party thought this little detail was pretty cute!  I loved how it subtly brought more Minions to the party!  Below I’ve included a link to a free printable.  It doesn’t have the text, but you can print them to make your own table top signs and write in the food!

El Machos Salsa

FREE PRINTABLE: Minion Table Top Signs

As you can see in the pictures above, I had a mix of finger foods that were very easy to prep and prepare but for the most part were all on the Minion theme.  Chips & salsa, pineapple, bananas and blueberries were a big hit.  I also found HARIBO Minion gummies, Minion cheese and graham crackers and made Minion Munch (which was simply muddy buddies with yellow and blue M&Ms).  Slow cooker meatballs in sauce added a savory element and pineapple juice mixed with 7-up served as the beverage.

And aren’t those Minion buckets adorable?  I got them at Party City too and they were great for holding utensils and the Minion crackers!

Minion Birthday Party - Cookie Robots |

One of my most favorite parts of the food for the party were the cookie robots!  I made my perfect chocolate chip cookies and turned 3 of the larger cookies into Cookie Robots!


  1. Mold thick, sturdy wire into a “U” shape.  Make 4 of these legs for each robot.  I made 3 robots, so you’ll need to make 12.  Press four legs into each cookie.
  2. Warm 9-10 soft, chocolate candies (I used Tootsie Rolls) in the microwave about 15 seconds until pliable.  Roll the candies into a log and cut them about 2in long.
  3. Dip each roll into corn syrup and then roll in silver candy crystals.  Attach a small red sugar ball for the laser.
  4. Once the corn syrup has dried (about 10 minutes) place a toothpic in the bottom of the candy roll, leaving 1cm exposed.  Press that into the top/center of the cookie.

Minion Birthday Party - Cookie Robots |

Mnion Cake & Cupcakes

You know, I’m obsessed with cupcakes.  I mean… if you’re a reader of JavaCupcake, then you shoud know this already.  This year though, I wasn’t sure if I could pull off Minion cupcakes.  I do not know anything about working with fondant and my buttercream piping skills are good, but not good enough to make Minions.

Minion Birthday Party - Minion cake & cupcakes |

So I decided to make a Minion Cake and blue and yellow cupcakes to go with it.  I found the idea for this Minion Cake on Betty Crocker.  It’s really so easy to make.  Like super easy.  But, you know me… I can’t ever do anything simple… so I put the JavaCupcake spin on the cake.



  • Chocolate Cake – I baked this recipe in two 9x13in cake pans.
  • Buttercream – I made a triple batch of this buttercream for the outside and the filling
  • Banana Filling – I used just less than 2 cups of buttercream and added 1 Tbsp banana extract and two small mashed bananas and whisked together until smooth for the filling.
  • Blue & Yellow food coloring gel
  • 3 Hershey Kisses
  • Black licorice rope
  • Black decorating icing (I used store bought in the tube)
  • White fondant
  • Tootsie rolls (about 15)
  • Silver sugar crystals
  • Corn syrup



  1. Prepare the cake and buttercream as directed in the recipe above.
  2. Once the cake has baked, allow the cake to cool completely then trim the tops to level.  Place one layer of the cake on your cake plate and spread a thin layer of banana filling over the top.  Place the second layer of cake, cut side down on top and gently press.  Freeze the cake until firm or about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Once the cake is firm, trim the corners of the cake to make the an oblong shape of a Minion.
  4. Reserve about 1/3 of the prepared frosting and set aside.  Color the remaining frosting yellow.  Place a thin, crumb coat of yellow frosting around the entire cake.  Freeze cake for 30 minutes or until the frosting and cake is firm.  Spread an even layer of the remaining yellow frosting around the entire cake.  Freeze the cake again for at least 30 minutes or until the frosting is firm.
  5. While the cake is freezing prepare the goggles.   Roll out a piece of fondant about 1in thick.  Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out a circle.  Press a Kiss upside down to create the pupil of the eye.
  6. Using the same technique as with the Cookie Robots, you’ll make the goggles.  Warm the unwrapped Tootsie rolls in the microwave about 20 seconds until pliable.  Roll into a snake until it’s the same size as the outside of the cookie cutter you used to make the eye.  Press the ends together.  Dip the ring in corn syrup and cover in silver sugar crystals.  Set aside to dry.
  7. Once the yellow frosting is firm, color the remaining frosting blue.  Fill a piping bag with a small tip with the blue frosting.  Pipe the outline of the pants onto the cake then fill in with the blue frosting.  Using a small metal spatula, gently spread the blue until smooth.  Piping the blue on is a lot easier than trying to spread it on.
  8. Line the outside area of the top of the cake with the black licorice rope. Press two Kisses into the blue making the buttons of the Minions pants.
  9. Make a light impression into the yellow frosting with the cookie cutter as a place holder for where you’ll want the eye.  Squeeze the black frosting into a piping bag with a small round tip.  Pipe two lines, 1in apart off each side of the eye down the side of the cake to create the strap for the goggle.  Fill it in with black frosting.
  10. Place the eye onto the cake.  Gently place the goggles over the eye.  Remove any sugar crystals that may have fallen onto the cake.
  11. Cut 6 2in pieces of black licorice rope for the hair and place on the top of the cake.  Cut one more pice of rope abut 3-4in long and place under the eye for the mouth.
  12. Chill cake until ready to serve if you’ve made the cake ahead of time.  Allow to come to room temperature about 2 hours before serving.

Minion Birthday Party - Minion Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting |



  • Vanilla Cupcakes & Vanilla Buttercream – I used this recipe
  • Raspberry jam – I used store bought
  • Yellow cupcake liners
  • Blue & yellow gel food coloring
  • Blue & yellow sugar sprinkles
  • Blue cupcake stand


  1. Prepare cupcakes as directed in the recipe above in the yellow cupcake liners.  Make sure to add yellow gel food coloring to the batter before baking.  Once cool, core the center of each cupcake and fill with raspberry jam.
  2. Prepare the buttercream as directed in the recipe above.  Add blue gel food coloring to tint the frosting.  Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip with frosting and pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.  Decorate with blue and yellow sugar crystals.
  3. Display cupcakes on blue cake stand.

Fun & Games

Although food is awesome at parties, I did not want the kids to be running around crazy the entire time.  So, I planned some fun & games for the kids!

First up was cookie decorating! I set out a big plastic table cover on my floor for easy clean up, prepared sugar cookies & buttercream in advance and set out the supplies for the kids.  I showed them a Purple Minion and a Yellow Minion I had made in advance and let the kids at it!  They loved this!

Minion Birthday Party - Minion Cookie Decorating |



  • Sugar cookies – I used this recipe and used a pumpkin cookie cutter and trimmed the stems off the sides to make the Minion shape.
  • Buttercream – I used this recipe and colored the frosting yellow and purple.
  • Candy eyes
  • Wilton grass tip and piping bag filled with purple frosting
  • Black licorice rope cut into 1-2in pieces
  • Blue, yellow and purple sugar crystals
  • Butter knives, spoons, spatulas, spreaders

Minion Birthday Party - Minion Cookie Decorating |


  1. Set out all the supplies in small bowls with several tools to spread the frosting.
  2. YELLOW MINION: Spread a layer of yellow frosting over the entire cookie.  Place eyes on the cookie.  The press the licorice into place to make the eyes and band for the goggle, hair and mouth.  Sprinkle blue sugar crystals over the bottom third of the cookie to create the pants.
  3. PURPLE MINION:  Spread a layer of purple frosting over the entire cookie.  Pipe purple frosting onto the top of the cookie to create the crazy purple hair.  Press in licorice to create the eyes, band for the goggles and crazy mouth.
  4. Set aside for 1 hour to dry.

We also played “Pin the Goggles on the Minion!”  This game was short and sweet, but the kids liked it!  Matty wanted to pin his goggles over and over and over!

Minion Birthday Party - Pin the Goggles on the Minion Game |

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN “Pin the Goggles on the Minion” GAME



  1. Draw a giant Minion on the poster board.   Leave off the goggles.
  2. Print enough of the goggles so each child has at least one.  Cut them out.
  3. When it’s time to play, blind fold each child and hand them goggles with tape on the back.  Spin the child around 3-5 times depending on age then direct them to put the goggles on the Minion! It’s fun to see where the end up putting the goggles!

Minion Birthday Party |

Overall, I was really proud of myself for this party.  It was by far the most elaborate party to date that I’ve put together!  It was fun, the kids had fun and the parents thought the decor was awesome.  My daughter told me 10 times how impressed she was and how much fun she had.

My favorite parts were the Cookie Robots, the Minion Cake and watching the kids have fun decorating Minion cookies!  So fun!

Happy Birthday Matty!

Minion Birthday Party |

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I know, I know… Valentine’s Day is over.  But really, how many of us still have a box or two of conversation hearts in our house?  I know I do.  And really, I don’t know if I could stand to eat one more of them!  So, why not take inspiration from those little heart shaped candies and make some sweet Conversation Heart Cupcakes?

Conversation Heart Surprise-Inside Cupcakes |

I’ve wanted to try a “surprise inside” cupcake ever since I got i am bakers book “Surprise Inside Cakes”.  The entire process seemed so simple that I thought I could surely create a heart surprise in a cupcake!

Conversation Heart Surprise-Inside Cupcakes |

I used the basic white cake recipe from i am baker, which you can find in her book.   I tinted some of the frosting pink and baked it thing in a large pan.  Once it was cool, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut heart cake shapes out to put inside of the cupcakes.

Conversation Heart Surprise-Inside Cupcakes |

I wasn’t sure if these hearts would dry out when I baked them a second time, but I am happy to report that they were as moist as the white cake!  Each bite of these conversation heart cupcakes provides a surprise inside heart.  Fun, huh?

Conversation Heart Surprise-Inside Cupcakes |

So if you’ve got some extra conversation hearts in your house, whip up a batch of these cupcakes.  They don’t have to be all pink and girlie either, they can be in any fun color you want… just like mine!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract (clear is best)
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • pink gel food coloring
  • heart cookie cutter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • purple & green gel food coloring
  • Conversation hearts
  • purple & green sugar crystals
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, grease and flour.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the milk and extracts.
  5. Add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Then, add half the liquid and mix in slowly. Repeat with the next third of the flour mixture and half of the liquid. Finally, add the remaining flour and mix until no more lumps of flour remain.
  6. Pour the batter into a large bowl and clean out your mixer bowl making sure it is completely clean and dry.
  7. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter and continue folding until combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites too much or to over mix the batter.
  8. Remove about ⅓ of the batter to another bowl and add the pink food coloring, mixing very gently until uniform in color.
  9. Spread the pink batter evenly into the prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the pink cake has cooled, use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  11. Line your cupcake pans with liners. I used fun heart liners to continue the theme.
  12. Place about 1 Tbsp of white batter in the bottom of the liner then place a cake heart standing up into the batter. Spoon white batter around the heart until it's almost completely covered. Repeat until all the batter and hearts are gone.
  13. Bake each pan at 350F degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the white batter. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  1. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, half the cream and extract and mix until combined.
  2. Add the remaining cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Remove about ¼ of the buttercream and tint green. Color the remaining buttercream purple.
  4. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with the purple buttercream. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake then sprinkle with purple sugar crystals.
  5. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large open star, multi-pronged tip with the green buttercream. Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the purple buttercream on each cupcake. Top with green sugar crystals and a conversation heart candy.
Cake recipe from i am baker.


Farmhouse Style Doughnuts

What a fun treat for your family?  Whip up a batch of these Farmhouse Style Doughnuts made from a no-yeast dough that’s gently fried and dipped in chocolate and sprinkles!  Because really, everything… even doughnuts… are better with sprinkles!

Farmhouse Style Doughnuts |

I made these Apple Filled Doughnuts a few weeks ago and was amazed at how easy the dough came together.  I’m a fan of instant gratification so the fact that I didn’t have to use yeast in these doughnuts made them perfect for me.  I decided that I needed to make another batch, but this time I wanted chocolate!

Farmhouse Style Doughnuts |

These doughnuts reminded me of something I’d see at the farmers market on the weekends in my town growing up or from the local bakery in the farming town near by.  Fried with no toppings is my Dad’s favorite way to eat them.  Yum.

Farmhouse Style Doughnuts |

I used a 3 1/6″ round cutter for the large doughnuts and a smaller 1 1/4″ for the doughnut holes.  These seemed to create the perfect sizes for my doughnuts!  Topping these little fried beauties is a rich chocolate ganache with chocolate or rainbow jimmies or a simple coating of cinnamon and sugar.

Farmhouse Style Doughnuts |

They really are so amazingly delicious and simple to make!  Your family will love them!


5.0 from 1 reviews
Farmhouse Style Doughnuts
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 doughnuts
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, browned and cooled
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • ½ cup sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream until smooth. Add the cooled butter and whisk until completely incorporated.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the wet mixture. With a rubber spatula, slowly fold the flour into the wet mix until it forms a sticky dough.
  4. On a well floured work surface, turn out the dough and lightly dust the dough with more flour. Knead dough 2-3 times then pat or roll dough out to ¼ in thickness. Dough may be sticky, so use more flour as necessary.
  5. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  6. Using a 3 1/16 inch round cutter, dip the cutter into flour then cut out rounds of dough. Use a 1¼ inch round cutter to cut a center hole out of each doughnut. Place the cut dough on prepared baking sheets.
Frying & Toppings
  1. Pour enough oil into a deep skillet to make a layer at least 1½ inches deep. Slowly heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350F degrees.
  2. Fry the large doughnuts on one side for 2-4 minutes or until they are dark brown. Then turn them over with tongs or the frying spoon and fry another 2-3 minutes until dark brown all over. (NOTE: You may want to try frying 1 doughnut first to get the timing & temperature down to ensure the dough cooks all the way through.) Use the frying spoon to lift the doughnuts out of the hot oil and place them on the paper towel lined baking sheet.
  3. Repeat this process with the doughnut holes but for only 1-2 minutes or until brown all over.
  4. For the cinnamon sugar doughnuts: Once the doughnut is cool to the touch, roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and set aside to cool or until ready to serve.
  5. For the chocolate donuts: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl with a wide mouth. In a sauce pan, heat the heavy cream to a gentle boil then immediately pour it over the chocolate and let it sit untouched for 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate until all the cream has been incorporated. Stir in the butter, salt and vanilla until smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool for 10 minutes or until thick enough to stick to the doughnuts.
  6. Once the doughnut is cool to the touch, dip the top side into the chocolate letting any extra drip off. Set it on a wire rack and garnish with sprinkles, jimmies or any topping of your choice.
  7. Repeat this frying and coating process with the remaining dough.
  8. Serve immediately.


Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake

Over the years, I’ve had many people guest post on my blog (you can see all those cool bloggers here!), the majority of which either had their own blog or were avid bakers.  This year, I’m doing something a little different. Instead of inviting a professional blogger to guest post, I’ve decided to mentor an inspired baker who wants to start her own food blog and have that person contribute to JavaCupcake.  Meet Roxana!

Meet Roxana! | JavaCupcake.comRoxana has been a loyal reader of JavaCupcake for many years and I have loved her continued dedication to leaving comments, Facebook messages and her overall desire to be a part of the JavaCupcake community.  Last year, Roxana stepped up when I put a call out to my readers asking for help with some technical upkeep on the back end of my blog.   You may have noticed the new JavaCupcake Recipes board on Pinterest, Roxana was responsible for creating that!

As a part of my #BakerMentor program, once a month Roxana will be posting a new recipe.  I’ll be guiding her on how to create recipes, photograph her creations and showing her the ins and outs of out to create a blog post!   This is her first recipe and I’m pretty impressed!  It took me years of baking before my cakes looked this amazing!

So without further adieu… here’s Roxana!

Chocolate Beer & Pretzel Cake |

If you’ve ever watched QVC on a Sunday and seen David Venable do his “happy dance” after taking a bite of delicious food, then you have an idea of how excited I am to be posting here on JavaCupcake! I’ve been following Betsy’s blog for some time now and am honored that she’d allow me and my newbie-self to hang out with you guys. Thanks Betsy for being an inspiration to me and taking me under your wing! xox

So, before I get overly squishy let’s get to the recipe. ;)


I was recently working on a cupcake recipe for my friend Kirsten’s blog. Although I do not drink beer, I decided that I wanted to try using it in my recipe. I mean, it tastes good in bread so why not? I also knew that I didn’t want to use Guinness because I knew plenty cupcake/cake recipes already existed using it. That’s when my brilliant husband (who by the way, also doesn’t drink beer) suggested I try using chocolate beer. I was surprised that such a thing even existed. So I turned to my sister and brother-in-law (because they actually drink beer and they like to cook with it) for some help and Rob delivered! He gave me a chocolate oatmeal stout to try in the recipe.


Can I just tell ya… AWESOME! I was so happy with how the cupcakes turned out that I decided to use the leftover beer in this Chocolate Beer Pretzel Cake!  Waste not, want not… right? If you are a lover of salty and sweet then this is the cake for you. My sister, Corinna, actually said “I think this is the best cake I’ve ever put in my mouth” when she tasted the cupcake version.


When I made the cake I noticed that the beer flavor came through a little more without being overpowering. Peanut butter buttercream, mini chocolate chips, and pretzel crumble finish this cake off. If you can believe it, the only thing I forgot was the caramel! So if you really want to kick the cake up some more, drizzle some caramel on the top. :) Grab a tall glass of milk or your favorite beer and enjoy some Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake!

*You can find the original cupcake recipe that inspired this cake here. If your curious about what I might be baking next, check out my Facebook page The Red Eye Baker.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Beer and Pretzel Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 2-layer 8" cake
  • ½ c salted pretzel sticks
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ c mini chocolate chips
  • Homemade caramel sauce or your favorite store bought (optional)
  • 1 c chocolate stout beer (I used Boulevard Brewing Co. Tasting Room Oatmeal Stout, Kansas City, MO)
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter
  • ¾ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅔ c sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 c heaping of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 - 4 c powdered sugar
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a food processor, pulse the pretzel sticks into small chunks.
  2. Add the brown sugar and melted butter, process on high until well combined and the pretzels are in smaller crumbs.
  3. Transfer to a small bowl, add the mini chocolate chips, stir together, and set aside.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour two 8” cake pans.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, bring the butter and beer to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Add the cocoa and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, let cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg together with the sour cream
  6. Very slowly add the warm chocolate mixture to the egg/sour cream mixture, whisking constantly.
  7. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix until just combined and no lumps remain. Do not overmix.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 26 – 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool cakes in the pan for 10 – 15 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Make sure cakes are completely cool prior to frosting.
  1. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter and the peanut butter together until it pales in color a bit.
  2. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add powdered sugar ½ c at a time.
  3. Add the salt and the vanilla.
  4. Add the heavy cream and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  1. Using a cake leveler or serrated knife trim the crown (top) off both cake layers making them even.
  2. Place 3 – 4 pieces of wax paper around the perimeter of your turntable or cake stand/platter. These will help to catch the pretzel crumble and will pull out easily from under the cake without having to lift the whole thing.
  3. Place about a tablespoon of buttercream in the center of your cake board or stand and place the first layer flat side down on top of it. Using an offset spatula spread an even, generous layer of buttercream on the first cake layer, then sprinkle some mini chocolate chips over the buttercream. Place the second cake layer flat side up on the first. Spread a thin, crumb coat over the entire cake and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill.
  4. Remove the chilled cake from the freezer and finish frosting the cake with the remaining buttercream (save some if you want to pipe a border). Put the buttercream on the top of the cake and just spread it over the edges with an offset spatula. Then work the buttercream around the edges until the cake is completely covered and evenly coated.
  5. Gently press the pretzel crumble into the sides. Remove the wax paper from under the cake. Pipe a border if you like (I used a Wilton 1M tip), then sprinkle the top of the cake with more crumble and drizzle with some caramel (optional).
*Cake can be stored at room temperature in a covered container for a couple days. You can refrigerate it, but allow to come to room temperature before serving.