Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Taste the Rainbow Cupcakes

These cupcakes will put the fun in desserts (dessfunerts?)! Ok, I fail at play on words but these cupcakes are sure to take the cake (see what I did there...) This is a fun recipe for kids and the kid at heart, showing a fun rainbow in the center of each cupcake! This is the perfect recipe for parties and get-togethers or you could even play suck-up and bring a plate of these to your boss (you know the one with his wonderful wife and daughter he can never stop talking about). This is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face when they take a bite  out of the fluffy, colorful center, and the crazy thing is, it's just white cake mix and food dye!

You will need

1 box of white cake mix
4 food dye colors
4 bowls
Cupcake pan, Liners, Cooking Spray, Ingredients on cake mix, Muffin cups, etc.

1. Follow directions on cake mix until you arrive at the step where you are asked to pour the cake batter into the muffin cups.

2. Separate batter into the four bowls and add 3-5+ drops of single colors to each, so that you have four bowls each with their own color. 

3. Pour a little batter into each muffin cup. Layer the four colored batter until each muffin cup is filled 3/4 full. Feel free to experiment with colors and toppings! 

Have fun!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What is the Best Burger?

The science fair has come around once again, with new ideas and questions. Being the "overly" creative person I am, I decided "What would be better than a rotting burger?" Exactly. That is how I started my determined quest to find the best burger out of major burger corporations.

Below are the result of conducting a nine day experiment, with five independent variables, and one determined person.

Burger 1, McDonalds:   Unsurprisingly, It never rot.

Burger 2, Burger King:  Instead of growing mold (or other signs of rotting) it was covered in an icy, gel substance.

Burger 3, In and Out:  At day 5 it began to show signs of rotting, growing small, white colored bumps.

Burger 4, Smash Burger: Also began to show signs of rotting at day 5, growing common house mold.

Burger 5, Carls Jr. :  Beginning to rot at day 5, it grew a fungi of greenish blue color.

Another comparison made was size to price.

McDonalds' burger is a small patty, barely visible with the naked eye, sold for a whole dollar (inflation these days).
In and Out's burger is a good size and price to satisfy, ranging between $3 - 4, also having nice, satisfying quality. Burger King's burger is a fair price for what you're getting, not high quality, but high quality and burger aren't meant together in a sentence. Smash burger's burger is a large burger that feeds three to four small children, and it's quality is finest, matching the $6 price tag. Carls Jr.'s burger is not something to write home about, it's very similar to Burger King's burger.

In and Out's burger won on my overall scale (I know, big shocker, I bet you were expecting McDonalds to win), with it's fair quality, size, and price.

Overall setup
In and Out is top left, Burger King Center, Smash Burger bottom left, Carls Jr. bottom right, and 
          Mcdonalds (May have to be looked at through microscope) top right   

In and Outs burger, after 6 days

Burger King  

Smash burger


Carls Jr.

Poor Mcdonalds :(

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentines Day Treats!

Valentine's Day is here! Imagine how happy your "special someone" would be if you made a homemade treat for them! I have prepared a set of recipes just for YOU (and your special someone)! 

# 1
Easy, Cute Valentine's Day Cookies

You will need:
Wafer Cookies
Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting
Heart Shaped Gumdrops

1. Frost wafer cookies with chocolate or vanilla frosting.
2. Place a heart shaped gumdrop in the center.
Vióla! You're finished!

# 2 

Fancy and Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cupcakes

You will need:

Cupcake Liners 
Disposable  Frosting Bag and Decorating Tip, Optional

1 Chocolate Cake Mix 
Vanilla icing
Red food coloring
1 cup Chocolate Chips
2 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Butter

1. Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix. Pour batter in cupcake liners in cupcake pan. Cook for the amount of time it says for cupcake on the box of cake mix.
2. Place a few drops of red food coloring in the vanilla frosting. Stir and add coloring until it the desired color of red.
3. Put chocolate chips, butter, and milk in double boiler or micro wave. Heat on low for 10-20 seconds in microwave safe bowl in microwave or until melted. Heat in double boiler until melted. Cut the tops off the strawberries. Dip as many whole  strawberries as there are cupcakes and put on cookie sheet. Put in freezer for approx. 10 to 20 minutes.
4. Follow package on frosting kit's directions to put  frosting in disposable bag. Set aside.
5. Frost cupcake as desired. Place chocolate dipped strawberries on top. Enjoy!


Heart cake

What you'll need:
1 cake mix
1 can of frosting

1. Follow directions on cake mix. Bake one 8 inch circle cake  and one 9 inch square cake.
2. Let cool.  Remove cakes from pans. Cut the circle cake in half.  Set aside. Turn square cake to create a diamond shape. Place the two halves of the circle cake on the top sides of the diamond, so that it forms a heart. 
3. Frost and enjoy!

                              Happy Valentine's Day