Happy 4th of July with Glittery Candy Apples!!

Red White and Blue Glitter Candy Apples Happy 4th of July

First up… I’m saying Happy 4th of July with Glittery Candy Apples!!  I simply cannot believe 2014 is halfway over.  The older I get, the faster time flies…

I’m just sitting  here realizing that 17 years ago this week I had been married almost 11 months, was 40+ weeks pregnant with my first baby boy, living in Idaho – thousands of miles away from all of my family, and clueless about life in general… ha!

Boy it’s been a fun ride.    Sorry.  I have no idea what took me down that rabbit trail, but back on track….

Red Silver and Blue Candy Apples

Two days ago I got this email:

Hello, my name is Daphanie and I was wondering if you could help me, Do you or have you ever did candy apples in a metallic silver or gold?? I really been researching it but found nothing, and also how can I glitter my candy apples.. I really need help.

Well, since I’ve been asked this at least twenty-hundred times since posting about how to make candy apples in any color, I figured I really needed to make it a priority to answer.  But since I’d never actually made a metallic shiny or glittery apple – I had to experiment first.

And since I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants blogger most of the time, I figured there was no better time than the present.  I added apples to my grocery list yesterday, went shopping around lunch today, and by mid-afternoon… I had all kinds of shiny, glittery apples all over my kitchen.

My original plan had been to just experiment with silver and gold, but as I was digging through my container full of disco dust and luster dust, I noticed that I had blue, silver and red disco dust.  And I was all, “Aha!!  I can make red, white (silver), and blue apples for the 4th of July!!!”

Blue Glittery Candy Apple

So I did.  And now I’m sharing them with you.  Aren’t they pretty??  I think the blue is my favorite of these!

Anyway, since it’s a holiday and all (or it will be in like 20 minutes… I really have to stop blogging at midnight-thirty), I’m not going to type out the whole tutorial tonight (it’s really not that long – I’m being dramatic), but I’ll do my best to get it posted in the next few days!

White Candy Apples

The short version is this… make this candy apple recipe – except use only white gel coloring.   Sorry that pic is low quality – I just snapped a couple of quick shots of the white apples – I should’ve “posed” them better ;)

Once they were hard, I painted them with simple syrup (50% water, 50% corn syrup), then dusted them with disco dust and let them dry.    **I know that disco dust is not approved by the FDA, but it is non-toxic, so we ate them.  I did not and would not sell them!!**

In the meantime, I hope you all have a fabulous holiday weekend!!

I’d love to hear… how do you celebrate the 4th of July?  We usually have a family get-together, eat lots of good food… usually something off the grill… and we either shoot fireworks at home, or go see a show in a nearby town!

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One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

Okay, it’s no secret that I don’t bake from scratch with the majority of my cake decorating ventures, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to bake from scratch or that I can’t bake from scratch.

I’ve been accused of that by the way – not really being a baker at all because I use cake mixes.  Um, those have to be baked too people.  Just sayin’.

But seriously, I just do what works for me and most often in my cake decorating business, that means doctored up cake mixes.  I’m happy and my clientss are happy, so I’m not sure why others have such a beef with it.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownies and Ganache

Anyway, that aside, my best friend Kathy recommended this One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe to me way back in 2011 (I know because I still have the email) and it’s been my most favorite from-scratch chocolate cake recipe ever since.

It’s so super moist and delicious!  And easy… you literally only mess up one bowl for the entire recipe.  Better yet, it’s never failed me a single time!!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Just last week Kathy and I were talking about how there are certain from-scratch recipes that work perfectly one time and totally flop the next and there’s never any way to know when you’ll have a success or failure.  This cake is not like that.  It has always worked for me!

I’ve made it as a sheet cake, round cakes and cupcakes and it’s always perfection!  For this particular cake pictured, I double the recipe, used some for cupcakes and then baked three 8″ round cakes to stack up and layer!  Normally it’ll only be enough batter for two 8″ or 9″ round pans, or one 9″x13″ sheet cake.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

My favorite way to eat this cake is just to top it off with poured ganache and call it a day because it’s simply delicious and perfect that way.  But the day I made this cake for these pics, I chose to make some more Brownie Batter Frosting to put on top of it.

And then I added some cubed up brownies (leftover brownie mix from the frosting put to good use).  And then… then I put on the ganache.  It was all that and more!

As I was writing this, I found one more picture of this cake covered with ganache then fresh whipped cream. I snapped this picture when there were only a couple of slices left.  But I clearly remember that day… this cake is just mouth-watering, lick the cake plate good.

Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Fresh Whipped Cream

Okay, that’s enough blabbing.  Here’s the recipe!  Make it soon!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake from AllRecipes.com.  UPDATE:  Several of you pointed out that this is the original Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake.  I guess I’ve never read the side of a Hershey’s Cocoa box before because I’d honestly never heard of this before. 

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (from scratch)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare two 8" or 9" round pans (or I've also used a 9"x13" sheet cake pan). You can either grease and flour the pans, use non-stick cooking spray, or use homemade cake pan release.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, then stir in the boiling water.

Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then flip them out on a wire rack and let completely cool before frosting.

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Brownie Batter Frosting

Chocolate Brownie Batter Frosting

I’ve only made this Brownie Batter Frosting a couple of times because honestly – it’s dangerous.  Very, very dangerous.

Usually when I bake brownies, I eat at least as much brownie batter as I eat actual brownies.  My friend Terry asked once why I even bother baking once I mix it up and I have to agree with her sentiment… the batter is just so.much.better.  So Terry… this is for you.

And if you’re like her (and me), you’re probably going to love this too!   It has the rich flavor of brownies, except it’s frosting.

Brownie Frosting

Hear me say this – if you love brownies, you need to try it!   You can pipe it onto a cupcake or slather it on a cake or eat it right off the spoon…  but without the guilt of eating raw batter.    I thought taking a picture of it with a spoon might convince you to try it that way… don’t you wanna just have a bite?

Not that I ever feel guilty for eating raw batter… I mean really – I’ve been doing it for probably all 38 years of my life without ever getting sick so that particular worry has never occurred to me.   But I know some people fret about such things.  God bless ‘em.

Anyway, one day I was making brownies and I wondered if there was a way to get that unique brownie flavor into frosting.    I decided to just start mixing and see what I could come up with and that’s when this Brownie Batter Frosting happened.

Brownies with Frosting

And since I was already baking brownies that day, I decided to pipe some frosting onto those too and oh yeah… it worked.

Dark Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Chocolate Sauce

I also made a One Bowl Chocolate Cake later and covered it with Brownie Batter Frosting and ganache and oh.my.goodness was it delicious!!

What do you think?  Do you have any questions?  Leave me a comment and I’ll help out if I can!  Also, if you’re obsessed with chocolate like I am, scroll past the recipe and check out my other chocolate-and-brownie-loaded recipes!!

Brownie Batter Frosting

Brownie Batter Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brownie mix, dry (from the box)
  • 2 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate, melted (assuming squares are 1 oz. each)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (more if needed for desired consistency)
  • 2 Tbsp. hot water, more if needed

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Pour in the melted chocolate squares and mix thoroughly then add the dry brownie mix, salt, and vanilla and beat again. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. It will be thick! Add the hot water (one tablespoon at a time) until the desired consistency is achieved.

Taste it to be sure you like it - you may want to add more cocoa powder or brownie mix or vanilla or salt... I like to tinker with recipe amounts until I get them just perfect for me!

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