Saturday Recipe Round-up, Week 5

Good afternoon, Bakers Anonymous family! It’s Saturday, but more importantly, it’s my Grammy’s birthday. Happy birthday Grammy! You’re awesome.

In honor of her, and tomorrow’s holiday (Mother’s Day, in case you forgot), here are five of my favorite posts featuring delicious treats to make for the mother (or mother-figure, Lord knows I’ve got lots of those, too) in your life.

Usually I don’t post recipes from big company websites like Pillsbury or Hershey’s, but this Chocolate-covered Oreo cake couldn’t be passed up. Many thanks to Lindsay from the berteau life for sharing this with the whole world. I really want to make this cake as soon as possible. I’m so serious about this.

Bakerella, ever the inspiration, created this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana pudding, made extra special through the use of jars, ribbon and a nifty paper cutter. Now, if only I could find some cute little jars just like she used.

Bakers Royale threw down with the very spring appropriate Strawberry Shortcake Bars. Not only are the bright pink (natural coloring people, no worries), but they are also coated in the perfect streusel topping! I think I want to take that topping and eating it on its own. For realsies.

Need more strawberry? Because I know I do. And let’s add in some chocolate chips, okay? All that goodness equals Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake from Eat at Home Cooks. From the perfect strawberry icing to the sweet chocolate chips, this cake is sure to be a winner.

And for the final recipe share, more strawberry! (I’m sensing that summer is coming soon) Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these luxurious Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with homemade strawberry filling on top. Pretty and light? Yes, please.

– Niki

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Dirt Pudding

ingredients

There’s nothing like a smooth, cool treat topped with sugary candies to sooth the inner child in you. Dirt pudding, a classic take-to-the-kids’-birthday-party treat, has been around since pudding realized it belonged with gummies and cookies.

This whole project takes about ten minutes, perfect for hungry kids (or adults!). 🙂

Dirt Pudding

Niki’s Note: This recipe I modified to suit my dirt pudding tastes. The best part about this treat is that you can modify it to suit the occasion, like Halloween, or even to make it healthier!

Ingredients:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding

1 3/4 C cold milk

24+ Oreos (to be crushed)

1 small (8 oz) tub of whipped toppiung

1 tub/bag of gummy worms

Directions:

1. Mix the cold milk into the pudding mix. I used less milk to make a thicker pudding. Use 1 cup of milk if you want pie filling consistency. Whisk for two minutes. Then put in the fridge to set.

whisk milk into pudding

2. While the pudding is setting in the fridge, crush the Oreo cookies until broken. You’ll want there to be chunky pieces!

crush the oreo cookies

3. Set the cookies aside. Bring out the pudding and the whipped topping. Slowly fold the topping into the pudding, mixing in about 1/2 c increments. Add only as much as you want, less if you want to maintain a thick, chocolatey pudding. I used almost the whole tub, about 1 1/2 cups.

fold in the whipping cream

4. Bring out your crushed cookies, pudding mixture, and gummy worms. I used a 3 1/2 C tubberware container for my dirt pudding. Start by layering chocolate cookies at the bottom, then a scoop of pudding, then three or four gummy worms.

5. Keep layering until you run out of space or ingredients. I find that a top layer of chocolate cookies and hidden gummy worms, makes a great presentation!

the final product

Bakers Anonymous’ favorites!

I love a good holiday, and yesterday’s Saint Patrick’s Day seemed to bring out the creative side in all my fellow bloggers. Here are my favorites for this week!

A Recipe a Day worked on creating a beautiful menu for a bridal shower. Simple and delicious, these tea sandwiches are just the thing to fill up a tummy without taking up the “cake” room.

At Home in Alaska made a stunning pistachio cake for Saint Patrick’s Day. I totally approve of putting pudding in the cake mix to make it moist. You never know what could happen to your Bundt cake.

Just returned from the Pioneer Woman ranch, Bakerella mixed up some green Bundt cake for Saint Patrick’s day using matcha, a sweet Japanese green tea. What an interesting way to get color in your food without using dye! (I have to remember that . . .)

A delicious 1-2-3-4 chocolate cake graced the front page of Cooking for Comfort, something different than the typical emerald baked goods. While there are more than four ingredients, the name comes from the base recipe requirements: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs.

How could I not give out kudos to Something New is Cooking who posted a recipe for homemade chocolate pudding? While I am pudding-mix kind of girl myself (thank goodness that my boyfriend doesn’t mind that!), I can always appreciate when someone goes out and makes the real thing.

Cupcake Project deserves a huge pat on the back when it comes to her latest recipe, Carob Cupcakes with Chicory, Dates, Figs, and Almonds. While the recipe looks out of my league, it sounds and looks exotic. I wish I could have one! 😦

~Enjoy!