I love how easy Rice Krispy Treats are to make. Not only because they are no-bake dessert but how quick they are to whip up for last minute sweet cravings or even as a fun activity to be in the kitchen with the kids! Add pastel colored candies and these Rice Krispy Treats are ready for the Easter Bunny! Or just a couple of hungry mouths to feed.
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If you're anything like me, you might be doing some last minute Easter prep and need a quick and easy dessert- STAT! This year is going to be extra cozy due to the health crisis- another week at home, another week with our own little families. I bet you're feeling like you need a break or more activities for the kids? These Easter Rice Krispies hit all the cords!
They did not last long in our house and I felt like I could escape to the ocean breeze in Hawaii, if only for a sweet sweet second.
Hawaii because that is where I'm dreaming of going on vacation. In fact, we were supposed to be there this weekend (Easter) but had to cancel due to Covid-19 and its so disappointing!
So instead, we have been baking up a storm the last couple of weeks and will have some new recipes coming your way soon! Like Better than Boxed Chocolate Cake (with ingredients you already have at home). Are you excited? I'm EXCITED!
A quick announcement- we hosted our very first FREE Bake Along on Instagram Live last weekend and I had the best time! We drank spicy margaritas and made our highly requested Carrot Cake! Didn't snag the recipe? There is still time!
And Join us on IG live Saturday, April 11th at 11am PT as we demo how to frost and fill your cake just in time for Easter Sunday!
How to Make East Rice Krispy Treats
Step 1: Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper- coat with softened butter or spray with oil
Step 2: Combine butter and marshmallows into a medium pot on the stovetop and melt over low-medium heat (stirring constantly) until marshmallows are completely melted.
Step 3: Take off the heat and stir in vanilla and Rice Krispy Cereal. Once combined- mix in your favorite Easter Candy!
Step 4: Spray hands with oil, quickly spoon mixture into prepared baking pan and press into the pan evenly.
Step 5: Allow the Rice Krispies to cool for 25-30 minutes before cutting into individual serving.
Easter Rice Krispy Treat Recipe
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3-4 cups of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Cereal
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup of Easter candy of choice (pictured are pastel M&M)
*Tip- Add additional marshmallows for ooey-gooey perfection!
Easter is going to look a little different this year with most of us likely at home due to the current health crisis. That isn't going to stop us from continuing to celebrate! It's the perfect time to take on a new skill like baking, which is why we've got lots of new recipes to share with you all!
We will also be offering a FREE Cake Class via IG Live on Saturday, April 4th at 4pm PT and helping you bake our highly requested carrot cake! Grab a drink, turn on some tunes and Join us for a Live Baking Party! *RSVP not required. Sign-up for our newsletter below to receive the Carrot Cake Recipe and Ingredient list in advance.
The debate is out- Cadbury Eggs, Pastel colored M&M's or Peanut Butter filled M&M's? We couldn't decide so we threw in all three of our favorite Easter Candy into these cookies and they did not disappoint!
These cookies whip up in just a few minutes and don't require any butter and can be made gluten free! We used Garbanzo Bean Flour which does have a somewhat earthy flavor but balanced well with the oats and coconut oil. As always, I encourage you to explore with the recipe and try different gluten free flours.
These cookies are chewy, slightly crunchy and not to sweet *They spread on the pan so be careful to not overcrowd the baking sheet!
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies:
1 cup Refined Coconut Oil (melted)
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Garbanzo Flour (Or fav GF Flour, can also sub equal parts of All-Purpose for non GF)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats (Gluten Free)
1 cup (or a hand full, or however many you like) classic chocolate M&M. Chop and garnish with your fav easter candy!
1) Using a hand held mixer or electric mixer- cream coconut oil and sugars until incorporated. Beat in eggs one at a time, stir in vanilla.
2) In a medium mixing bowl- Combine flour baking soda, salt and cinnamon then stir into creamed mixture. Fold in oats
3) Cover and chill for 1 hour
4) Preheat oven to 375, roll dough into balls and flatten, top with your fav easter candy, Bake for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
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If you are looking for the classic Funfetti flavor we all love in a birthday cake but with less sugar- look no further! This recipe has 50% less sugar than the standard cookie but it doesn't compromise the soft yet crunchy texture that want from a cookie.
I love a standard cookie recipe but what I don't like is that gross aftertaste from all the sugar. Our first attempt was making Funfetti cookies using a box cake mix which yields the sweetest cookies because you can't control the sugar level.
So I was on a mission to adjust the sugar content and get it as low as possible. The color of these cookies are slightly yellowish because we added cake batter extract which has a yellow die. If you don't have the cake batter extract on hand, no problem! Use Vanilla extract (sub amount listed in recipe). We use a combo of cake batter and vanilla to bring out the desirable taste we all love from cake batter!
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These Tahini Chocolate Chip cookies are a spin on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.and the method is slightly different but so much easier (in my opinion). It's a subtle change with the Tahini that gives it a slightly nuttier taste (almost like peanut butter) and a slightly denser cookie that is soft inside with a slight crunch on the outside. Top with sea salt and its pure heaven!
You don't even use chocolate chips in the recipe- get a bar of your favorite quality dark chocolate (Trader Joes has a great value on quality chocolate bars) and chop it into chunks. The bigger, the better.
These chocolate chip cookies are so quick to whip up and the dough can be made ahead of time and freezes well.
A traditional chocolate chip cookie method calls to cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer. This recipe is glorious and does not require any mixer at all! You simply melt the butter and add the sugar.
1 cup unsalted butter (easier to melt when chopped into small pieces)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
1/2 cup Tahini Paste (can be found In most major grocery stores, including Trader Joes)
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I love King Arthur Flour)
1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 large eggs (at room temp)
2 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of chopped bittersweet chocolate (I don't really measure but eyeball- its however much chocolate you like!)
-Sea Salt to top the cookie (I use Maldon Salt because it is a finishing sea salt and specifically made for baking)
If you don't want to add the Tahini- no problem! I LOVE this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so so much. No need to adjust any other Ingredients, just omit the Tahini.
1) Preheat oven to 350 F and Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) Chop your chocolate into chunks and set aside. I love having a mix of smaller and larger chunks.
3) In a medium, microwave safe bowl- melt the butter in 30 second increments, stirring each time to ensure that it evenly melts.
4) In a large bowl- whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
5) Whisk sugars into the bowl with the melted butter. Once fully combined, whisk in 1 egg and combine before adding the second egg. Add the vanilla.
6) Combine the wet Ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until combined. This step takes some wrist action for a few minutes but do not over mix! Fold in the chocolate.
7) Option to wrap the dough overnight- this enhances the flavor but its not required. You can also bake right away!
8) Bake for 10-11 minutes or until slightly golden on top. I always under bake my cookies because they will continue to bake once out of the oven. They may still appear soft but they will firm up! Take them out at this point.
Our sweet boy turned 1! When I started planning his birthday, I wasn't a fan of all the popular first birthday themes out there and knew we wanted simple decor for an intimate family gathering. I looked at the book "The Wonderful Things You Will Be' sitting on the coffee table and said- thats it! We used this book in our baby announcement and I thought the illustrations, colors and message of the book were so perfect for a first birthday theme. Not even realizing the cute play on words 'The ONEderful Things You Will Be".
When I looked up this party theme- I couldn't find a ton of inspiration or vendors to source party decor from so I am going to give you my breakdown:
Balloons: We decided to use the book as inspiration for the colors and went with soft shades of peach, blue, mint green and a few pops of color with orange and red. It was so cute, gender neutral and I absolutely loved the couple of accent colors to really make the balloon garland pop! We found the soft colored balloons in a variety pack on Amazon and used the orange and red from your standard variety pack of balloons. We made small balloon garland and had blown up balloons standing next to the dessert table.
Acrylic Signs & Cake Topper: We love to support local small businesses and partnered with David and Leanna to design and create a custom acrylic calligraphy sign with a quote from the book "This is the first time there has ever been YOU, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do" and a dessert table sign that read "You are the icing on my cake". And she made the cutest ONE Cake topper! We also printed out several photos of our little guy and our baby announcement that had the book cover and put them in simple frames from Target to scatter around the house.
Napkins and Glassware: Balancing Balloons is a local rental company in Seattle and they have the most beautiful collection of glassware! We opted for different shades of light and dark blue glassware for our wine and cocktails and handmade soft blue napkins, that was also used on the dessert table for added color and texture!
Dessert Table: Our favorite part! Landen had to have an epic dessert table and birthday cake. The dessert table is usually the focal point of the party so we decided to decorate this table with the most decor and offer a variety of desserts (I'm not naive that cake isn't for everyone!)
We made the cloud backdrop and it honestly took less than 10 min! We just did a quick YouTube search and found a super easy method. I love the way they turned out and they absolutely made the dessert table! The Happy Birthday Banner was such a perfect addition and found this on Meri Meri, including the adorable paper plates!
Florals: These were also DIY! Trader Joes as the best prices and a variety of beautiful flowers. We got soft blue hydrangeas, peach colored roses and greenery and made 4-5 small bouquets to scatter on different tables, including the dessert table.
Dessert Menu: Not everyone likes cake as much as I do (spoiler alert- Landen was a big fan of the smash cake!) I always suggest offering 2-3 different desserts at a party. We had a Funfetti Smash Cake, Carrot Cake for the adults, homemade marshmallows for the kiddos that also made great party favors and we made cloud shape and 1 shape rice krispy treats with frosting and Cake Batter Flavored Caramels! We used the extra marshmallows to cut out a cloud and 1 shape for an edible cake topper!
There was a taco bar, spicy margaritas and lots of dessert! To make the party extra special, I made a quick video/slideshow of photos to recap Landen's first year and included all of his amazing family in the video! We also had a banner of his 1-11 month photos that added such a special touch. Happy Birthday baby boy- we love you so so much and can't wait to see all the wonderful things you will be!!
Every holiday season I adopt a family with a child on hospice and gift them their wish list. Contributing to a charitable cause is something that I have vowed to continue and is more important than ever, as I want to lead by example for my son and exemplify generosity for Landen to make his own philanthropic choices someday.
It just so happens that I started my business after teaching myself how to make Sea Salt Caramels and gifting them for the holidays and they quickly became our most highly requested item on the menu! 3 years ago, I asked myself how I could love on my community and encourage them to give back too. Thus, the Annual Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch was born! I just ask every guest to bring a gift and in exchange, I spoil them and they go home with a box of our caramels!
I am going to share with you how I plan and execute this event and hopefully this will encourage you to host a Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch in your community!
STEP 1: Come up with your theme! Sure- its the holidays. But the options are endless. You can do a Winter Wonderland, Classic holiday colors, or Flannel! I wanted the party to feel warm and cozy....think "hot cocoa by the fire" so our theme was all about dressing up in your best flannel! Every aspect of the party should tie back to this theme in some way. Let me show you....
Party Invitations: These lovelies were designed by Phenix Paper Co. and had the perfect hint of flannel with instructions to dress "Flanneled Up!". Send invitations early, as people are extra busy this time of year. I prefer a virtual Save The Date followed by a mailed invitation- who doesn't like getting mail!?
STEP 2: Sourcing your decor
Decor & Rentals: We used our Fav local rental companies for various items: Yay Parties for the furniture and Balancing Balloons for tableware! How cute are the warm and cozy blankets!
STEP 3: Create your menu
Food and Beverages: What can you make ahead of time? We prepped an egg casserole the night before and threw it in the oven the morning of the event- 45 min later...DONE! Offer a simple Arugula salad on the side.
A mimosa bar is a must! Add fresh cranberries to garnish champagne and offer a variety of sweets to nibble on. I opt to make an easy Spiced Bundt Cake (TIP: make the week before and freeze) and buy the rest! The peppermint bark from Trader Joes is such a great dessert to snack on. Don't forget non-alcoholic beverage options. We LOVE Rachel's Ginger Beer in Seattle and they have the best holiday flavors.
The goal was to keep it cozy! My house is tiny but I didn't want to be limited to the amount of amazing women to invite. We rented an outdoor tent with heaters and created a cozy place to sit (or stand) with blankets. Notice the flannel on the tabletops? We used blankets and scarves!
STEP 4: Activities that are fun and offer convenience
Activities: we hosted Stella & Dot to allow the ladies to conveniently get some last minute Holiday shopping in. WIN WIN!
The main activity is for each guest to decorate their caramels! We provide chocolate and all the fun holiday sprinkles & candy canes to make them their own. The guests LOVE this so i've decided to make this the main activity of the event ever year.
My friend makes these amazing candles! And they just so happened to have the most appropriate title for the theme of the party. Guests were also provided the option to buy these as last minute holiday gifts and each went home with one as the party favor!
And look at all of the holiday gifts we raised!! Over 40 gifts provided to children on Hospice. I love my family and friends and look forward to spoiling them every year by hosting our annual Ladies Holiday Charity Brunch!
This year- we are offering our Sea Salt Caramels for sale and donating a percentage of proceeds to the Confetti Foundation which provides birthday parties for kiddos in the hospital. If you would like to help- please visit our store starting November 27th! WARNING: We sold out just 48 hours after launching our site a few weeks ago so get em' fast!
We are having our first BABY!!! We are overjoyed to be expanding our family and how we got here was a bit of surprise!
If you been following Eat More Cake for some time now, you most likely already know a piece of our story to becoming parents. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I shared the most raw and vulnerable experience of my life. If you missed it- we had a pregnancy loss in January at 11 weeks with our first baby. I would have been due in just 2 weeks from now. Full story about my miscarriage here.
I decided to open up about our pregnancy loss because it was a really devastating experience that seemed very isolating and lonely. After opening up- I heard so many other women (many in my very own network), that had also experienced a loss. I would have never known! Not implying that everyone should shout it from the rooftops, but I quickly realized how isolating it felt because I really had no awareness of how many other women went through this too. Building community, knowing you're not alone was the biggest source of hope for me. Hopefully sharing my experience will help shed light on the emotional and physical aftermath of an all too common devastation.
Back to the happy news! But before I get to it...I want to highlight my experience with several doctors through out this process because I think its an important reminder to advocate for your own health and listen to what your gut is telling you.
I wasn't happy with the experience I had with my OB during the miscarriage. Not only did I lose the baby while waiting in the E.R......my husband couldn't even find the hospital staff to to help me when it happened. Following that, my doctor seemed very insensitive to what happened and I couldn't even get into see her for another week!! Yup- I was at home, in pain, and clueless for a week. I pressed her to do hormone testing or anything that would shed some light and I was told that most miscarriages happen because of chromosome abnormality. But what if mine wasn't? She didn't do testing and or even an ultrasound to ensure that I didn't need a D&C procedure. I ended up back into the doctors office 3 weeks later due to excessive blood loss and almost fainting at work. Again, offered no explanation, I decided I need clarity.
I found a new doctor and demanded they did blood work to see if anything else was going on. There it was.....'Low fertility, increased risk of infertility' I got this news while out of town on a work trip and cue the dramatic music in my head!...."is being a mom in the cards for me?" "Did I wait to long to try and have a family?" "Will I ever be able to have my own?" blah blah blah. I waited for 2 months to get into the Fertility Specialist.
Here is where the fun surprise hits us! We have a consultation at the doctor, I'm feeling really optimist and we jet off to vacation in Santa Barbara, CA waiting for our lab results to come back. As we landed, I listened to an unexpected voicemail. It was the nurse....and my heart dropped because I was expecting the worst of worse news.
Candice, you are currently PREGNANT! Wait.....excuse me!? I look at my husband with the biggest grin on my face right as were about to deplane and I whisper the news in his ears. Were completely shocked. We were even more shocked to find out that we were originally expecting twins...TWINS! Unfortunately, we did lose one of the babies somewhere between 7-8 weeks, which you can imagine caused extreme fear of losing the other.
We were even more taken back when we were told our rainbow baby's due date. JAN. 19 2019....exactly one year later (to the day!) that I went to the hospital and lost our first sweet baby. This is the truest definition of rainbow baby and we feel over the moon excited and in awe of this blessing.
Here we are....14 weeks pregnant with a sweet baby BOOOOOYYYYY and all were doing is looking up from here and smiling. Thank you to everyone for the love and support!!
Photos by Kelly Lemon Photography
On a recent trip home to CA, I visited my favorite bakery Icing on the Cake. They are known for their Banana Cake. I know what you're thinking, yuck...right!? I was never a fan of banana desserts but this one is a legit must try. On my recent visit- I had a craving for an oatmeal cookie and haven't stopped thinking about it since.
So I recreated their Cherry Chunk White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie with a little inspiration from the Quaker Oats box recipe. Can't go wrong! Father's Day is just around the corner and I bet Dad would love a box of these homemade cookies.. Or try them as an ice cream cookie sandwich!
Recipe: yields 20-24 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs (room- temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (King Arthur is my go to!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup white chocolate chips
1) Heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2) In large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy and pale.
3) Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined.
4) Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and mix well. Stir in cherries and white chocolate.
5) Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. (TIP: once you start smelling the cookies baking, thats when they are done! mine took 10 minutes). Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Enjoy!! Key is to not over-bake the cookies. I always do a test batch at the minimum time on the recipe (10 minutes) before baking the rest!
What do you LUV? I luv coffee, hiking, peanut butter, flowers, CAKE! and this unique watch by Jord Wood Watch that just happens to match my brand :)
Today I am celebrating one year in our first home, with our pup and 1 year of marriage. I just looked back on the goals my husband and I wrote together before we even got engaged, and its incredible how quickly time passes! We are tracking with most of our goals but only about a year behind on our projected timeline to start a family. Oops! It will happen when its supposed to happen. In the meantime, I fill my life with wine, chocolate, and lots and lots of C A K E.
I wanted to share an easy chocolate cake recipe in case you wanted to whip something up to surprise your loved one on Valentines Day! and to top it it all off- I am partnering with Jord Wood Watches to bring you all an incredible giveaway! If you have been following along my journey, you all know how much I love to gift (especially when its an giveaway where everyone wins!) Enter to win here and you automatically get a $25 credit to Jord Watches and place yourself in the running for $100 gift card too. They have awesome women watch and men watch options!
These watches are Amaze-ing!!! You can even get them personally engraved. But I love the attention to detail in the wood and the craft in making each watch.. I get so many compliments every time I rock this piece!
Happy Baking, friends! I hope your Valentine's Day is sweeter than ever :)
Choco- Chocolate Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup black cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water
Well 2016- you have surpassed all expectations. It was the year full of so many firsts for me. Lets take a look back on all the sweet surprises this year had to offer!
Yowza! That is a year for the books. I hope you enjoy all the sweet creations below! Thank you for following my journey, allowing me to pour my heart into my baking to come up with delicios creations for each and every one of my customers. Its a passion I want to grow year over year and continue to serve my community, family and friends! Cheers to 2017
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!