Christmas In July

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 24 malted milk balls for garnish

Center an oven rack and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the malted milk powder and whisk the mixture by hand to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heat resistant bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Once both are melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the oil until the mixture is uniform. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, pour in 1 cup of the milk and blend with the paddle attachment on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bottom well to incorporate any dry ingredients patches. Once combined, kick up the mixer to medium-high speed for 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the paddle, sides and bottom of the bowl. Whisk together the remaining ¾ cup of milk, the eggs and the vanilla in a separate bowl and add half this mixture into the batter on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the second half of the mixture, blending until well combined. Pour the thin batter into the paper-lined pans, filling the cups to just below the rim. Place the tins in the middle of the oven and bake until the cupcakes are perky and firm on the top, 24 to 26 minutes. Cool the cakes in their tins on a wire rack until they reach room temperature. Once cool, frost the cupcakes with the frosting and place a malted milk ball on top for decoration. These cupcakes are best the day they are made but keep for 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Mocha Chiffon Cake

 

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Chocolate-Coffee Buttercream filling
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Garnish: chocolate-covered coffee beans

 Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended; cool.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa mixture, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Fold into batter. Pour batter into 4 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake, 2 layers at a time, at 325 degrees F for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks covered with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent layers from adhering to racks.

Spread about ½ cup chocolate-coffee buttercream filling between layers. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 (9 inch) layer cake.

 Chocolate-coffee buttercream filling:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur

 Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Microwave whipping cream at Medium until warm (do not boil). Stir together warm cream and coffee granules until dissolved, cool. Add whipping cream mixture and liqueur to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Yield: 1 ¾ cups.

 Chocolate fudge frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cocoa and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Yield: 3 ½ cups.

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 THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

 Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz. graham crackers
  • 4 oz. icing or powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon or dissolved instant coffee
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

 Method:

Put the graham crackers into a clean plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them until they make fine crumbs. Sift the sugar and cocoa into a big bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the butter, coffee and vanilla. Pour the crumbs into the bowl. Mix them in. Then, use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a ball. Break off pieces of the mixture and roll them into small balls. Make them about the size of walnuts. Put the finished balls onto a large plate. Leave them in a cool place until they become firm.

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Six Fruit Trifle

Six Fruit Trifle

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (9 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

 Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 9 inch round baking pan. Cool; cut into 1 inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, bananas, peaches and ½ cup strawberries.

In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form.

In a 3 qt. trifle bowl, layer half of the cake cubes, fruit mixture, pudding and whipped cream. Repeat layers. Top with blueberries, kiwi and remaining strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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Ambrosia Pie

Ambrosia Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin orange in light syrup
  • 1 (8 ¼ oz.) can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
  • ¾ cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 (9 oz.) graham cracker crust (extra serving size)
  • Garnishes: maraschino cherries, pecan halves, additional toasted coconut

Method:

Drain oranges and pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Gently press orange and pineapple between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Beat cream cheese at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add reserved pineapple syrup and milk, beating until smooth. Fold in 1 ½ cups whipped topping. Gently fold in orange- pineapple mixture and ¾ cup coconut. Spoon filling into crust. Cover, freeze until firm or up to 1 month.

Let pie stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. Dollop remaining 1 cup whipped topping on top of pie. Garnish, if desired.

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THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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