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New Books by Dede Wilson: Cake Balls and A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts

First of all, Happy Labor Day! :)

Second of all, I don’t know if you have any of Dede Wilson’s books, but if you haven’t, you’re missing out.  But don’t worry, I can fix that.

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Today, I’m giving away two awesome cookbooks:

Cake Balls
More Than 60 Delectable and Whimsical Sweet Spheres of Goodness

This features all sorts of cake balls- I couldn’t have even imagined some of the cake balls in this book.  Creme Brulee Cake Balls, Espresso Brownie Cake Balls, Key Lime Cake Balls, Mocha Toffee Crunch Cake Balls?!  Tell me you can resists that.  Also, not only does the book have cake ball recipes, but the beginning has the perfect cake, frosting, brownie recipes for the balls.  You won’t find any fake box mixes in this book.  Plus, the step-by-step cake ball making instructions with pictures in the front of the book are extremely helpful.

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and

A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts
More Than 60 Warm and Fresh Homemade Treats

I love this book because finally, I know how to spell doughnuts, haha!  Kidding.  This book is just as awesome as the cake pop cookbook.  It has baked doughnuts, fried doughnuts, yeast doughnuts, filled doughnuts, everything.   Dede is really good at creating original recipes, like Carrot Cake Doughnuts, Chocolate-Salted Caramel Doughnuts, Creme Brulee Doughnuts, Honey Cream-Filled Doughnuts with Milk and Honey Glaze.  She sold me!

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I just got both of the books on Friday and I’ve already bookmarked almost all of the recipes (ha, helpful, huh?). AndI seriously sat in front of the TV last night making cake balls while Kellen and I watched a movie. So, just a warning, this book will make you do weird things.

Who wants these books?

Well, today is your lucky day. I’ve got a copy of each book to give away!  To enter, all you have to do is:

1.  Leave a comment telling me what your favorite cake ball and/or doughnut recipe is.

For additional entries:

2. Like Dede Wilson on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
3.  Like What Katie’s Baking on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
4.  Follow Dede on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did.
5.  Follow What Katie’s Baking on twitter and leave a comment saying you did. 

Good luck!

The giveaway will end on Monday, September 10th at midnight.  Make sure you leave your email address, or some form of contact information so I can get in contact with you if you win.

Strawberry Funfetti Cake-y Donuts

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Sorry for the short hiatus.  I’ve been out of town.  Since I’m about to be a senior in college, none of my friends live at home anymore, so  I took a little trip to go visit one of them.

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We are obviously very mature college seniors.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was really craving donuts, but when you crave donuts at 8 pm you’re usually SOL.  This is one of the few times that baking as a hobby comes in handy.

I’m not really sure what I was thinking with this donuts because first, I tried to make them healthy with whole wheat flour, but then I ended up adding Funfetti cake mix.  I’m a confused person and I apologize.  Luckily confusion spawns yummy, cakey donuts.

To be honest, these just taste like cake in the form of donuts, but if it tempts you at all to make them, these are healthier than cake.  Plus, who doesn’t love cake?

What’s your favorite donut?

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Strawberry Funfetti Cake-y Donuts
Adapted from: Chocolate and Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat
  • 1 cup cake mix of choice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • ½ cup strawberries, crushed
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray the donut pan with canola oil spray. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, cake mix, sugar, and baking powder.
  4. In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Either spoon the batter into the pan or put the batter into a large ziplock (or pastry) bag and squeeze into the pan, filling about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.
  8. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 3 minutes before emptying out onto a cooling rack.

 

 

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Overnight Fluffy and Moist Coffee Cake

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I love Instagram…. love in the obsessive kind of way.

I’m constantly uploading pictures.  I could live without Facebook or Twitter, but Instagram is a different story.

I used to get on Facebook just to look at pictures people would post.  And I can hardly motivate myself to post a Twitter status.  But Instagram is just pictures, which is why I love it.  Plus, the filters are really cool.

Also, it makes my life look cooler than it actually probably is.  For example, I just posted a picture of the lake recently like I’m there every day… when, really, I was only there for a couple of days.  But hey, whateva.

I’m constantly posting pictures of food while I’m making it, so if you want to see what I’m baking before I post the recipe (like this one…lots of coffee cake pics on my Instagram), check it out on my Instagram.  My username is, you’ll never guess, whatkatiesbaking. Check it out!

Do you like Instagram?

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Overnight Fluffy and Moist Coffee Cake
From: All Recipes

I’m sure you could make this without refrigerating overnight.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Pour into a foiled and greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon; sprinkle over coffee cake. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Combine confectioners’ sugar and milk; drizzle over warm coffee cake.

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Single Serving Cake Batter Popcorn

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Every time I’m on foodgawker and I see sprinkles, I always click on the link.  It’s an instant reaction that I’m pretty sure I have no control over.

Cake batter is my favorite flavor (besides coconut) so I’m always trying to flavor things with cake batter.  Even Especially things that shouldn’t be cake batter flavored.  Most of the time it works out, but I will tell you that some things were not meant to be cake batter flavored.

Popcorn, on the other hand, is not one of those things.  I was a little weary when I got the idea, but I followed through with it and it worked.  I mean, why wouldn’t it?  Caramel corn is a thing… and now cake batter popcorn is a thing.   I bet Kernel’s Seasons next popcorn flavor will be Cake Batter.

This is seriously the easiest recipe ever, so nothings stopping you from making it… do it!

What’s your favorite popcorn flavor?

 

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Single Serving Cake Batter Popcorn

Ingredients:

1 mini popcorn bag
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
2-3 tablespoons cake mix of your choice (I picked Funfetti.. it’s those sprinkles!)
Optional: sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Melt butter or coconut oil in a small bowl or cup and stir in cake mix until combined.
  2. Pop popcorn following instructions on the bag.
  3. Pour cake mixture over popcorn, stir, and enjoy!

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Extra Moist Chocolate Lava Cakes- Muffin Tin Chef Review

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If you’re looking for quick, from-scratch, appropriately sized meals, then I highly recommend you get the cookbook Muffin Tin Chef.  Who knew that a muffin tin is the most versatile piece of cookware in our cabinets?

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Muffin Tin Chef, and to be honest, I put it aside for a while during the last busy weeks of my college semester.   When I moved back home and was finally able to read the book, I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it.

It really is clever how many dishes Matt Kadey was able to downsize into the size of a muffin tin.  I think I liked the book so much because:

  1. Easy portion control.
  2. Quick cooking time.
  3. All from scratch.
  4. Small batches.
  5. Variety of desserts, dinners, lunches, breakfasts, appetizers, and snacks.
  6. Easy to follow instructions.
  7. Simple to make a 3-course meal quickly.
  8. Well.. anything muffin tin sized is just cute.

So, if you don’t have this book, I suggest you buy it… even if it’s just solely to get the recipe for these chocolate lava cakes.  These are like flour-less cake, except for a minor addition of flour.  They taste so good though.. the gooey chocolate had me at hello.

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Cake Mix Cookie Balls

The other day, my dearest friend Brandon tried some homemade cake mix cookies that I made and proceeded to tell me that he couldn’t decide if he liked those better or the cake balls I make… so I made a combination.  Plus, these are one of my best friend JORDAN’S favorite desserts and she’s home from college this weekend! :)

It kind of lead to a series of disasters in the kitchen. 

I was trying to make granola at the same time as these cookie balls and I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

First of all, my cake mix cookies definitely didn’t turn out as well as last time.  They turned out more like cake, so although the finished product was delicious, it kind of defeated the whole purpose of my little experiment.  I’m not even really sure what I did wrong because they turned out great last time!  I’m thinking I used too much milk…

Then, while trying to multitask, I spilled my granola alllll over the floor and counter!

I also didn’t realize how many cake balls I was getting myself into… yiiikes!  It took probably an hour and a half to coat all of them.  Wooo!! Quite the day, but, like I said, these turned out really well and they’re made completely from scratch!

They also turned into a delicious trifle that I’ll be posting soon… :)

What are your worst disaster stories in the kitchen?

Cake Mix Cookie Balls

*The recipe obviously needs a little tweaking since mine turned out cakey-er than I would’ve preferred, but this is my recipe I used. 

Ingredients

1 recipe Homemade White Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 batch White Chocolate Frosting
1-2 packages almond bark (I used one vanilla, one chocolate)  depending on how much you use
2 tablespoons oil, depending on how much almond bark used


Directions

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix all ingredients until incorporated.
3.  Drop by tablespoonfulls onto a greased baking sheet.
4.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.
5.  Wait for cookies to cool, then break them all apart and put them in a large mixing bowl.
6.  Mix frosting with cookies.
7.  Roll into your choice of size balls (I used a small melon baller) and place in freezer for about 30 minutes.  This will help the dipping process.
8.  Melt one package chocolate with 1 tablespoon oil.
9.  Dip chilled balls in melted chocolate.

{Momofuku} Cake Batter/Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread



Thanks for all of your “how to get out of a rut” ideas from my last post!  I’m slowly but surely getting there.


I have to tell you all about my April Fool’s Joke!!! (Sorry, Mom…)


So, I was at work and it was about halfway through the day on April 1 and I hadn’t pranked anyone or even tried yet.  I really wanted to, but like Molly, I’m not good at lying and I get nervous just thinking about how I’m going to follow through with a good joke without laughing.  But, Kellen texted me with an idea I could not pass up.  He told me to tell my mom that we’re engaged.  The only reason I couldn’t pass it up is because it was perfect for 2 reasons: 1) I had just told my mom earlier that morning that Kellen’s mom was coming to town to visit and 2) My boss has connections at the jewelry store down the street.  Soo… this is what happened:


First, I called my dad to tell him what I was going to do.  (I would’ve played the prank on both of them, but my dad probably would have killed me.


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Then, my boss called the jewelry store (which is right down the street from Jock’s Nitch) and asked if it would be all right for me to come down and take a picture with one of her rings on.  She said yes, so I did.  (I picked the biggest one, of course.)  Once I took the picture, I sent it to my mom (with OH MY GOSH!!!!!! as the caption).  


After an hour of her not responding, I started getting antsy.  My boss figured she’d passed out.  I didn’t want to have to call her because I knew I would start laughing and not be able to pull it off.  That’s when Patrick, a friend I work with, told me that he would call her for me and tell her that I was too ecstatic/crying to tell her myself, but that Kellen had just proposed to me.  We got that all figured out only to call my house phone twice and my mom’s cell twice with no answer.  I finally called my dad and come to find out, they had gone to church.  At this point, I thought that there was no way I was going to be able to pull it off. 


Well, I got off work and ended up getting home before my parents did.  Once they got home, I asked my dad if mom had checked her phone, so he asked her.  She looked at her phone and came into the bathroom (where I was) and this is the conversation that followed:


Mom: That’s a pretty ring, where’d you get it?
Me:  You know how I told you that Kellen’s mom was coming to town tonight?  That’s why…
Mom:  Kellen’s mom got you a ring….?
Me:  No….. Kellen did….
Mom:  He just came into Jock’s Nitch and handed you a ring??
Me: No….. he got down on one knee…
Mom: {pause} No…where’s the ring??
Me: Well, I don’t have it yet…
Mom:  {speechless… she just stood there with her mouth open}
Me: April Fool’s!!!
Mom: Not funny.


Haha!!! She was still in shock for about a half hour after telling her.  I can’t believe I got her and it worked so well!  After that, I figured I was on a roll so I sent it to two of my friends (Brandon and Jordan), my brother, and my sister.  I’ll go ahead and give you their responses, too, because they’re all funny.


Brandon:  Texted me back “Excuse me” and then proceeded to call me and say “Noooo….” and I’m pretty sure I had him going for a little bit, but I finally told him it wasn’t true.    
Jordan:  Called me frantically saying “No, this is an April Fool’s joke!!”  I told her it wasn’t and she got super excited, almost in tears telling me how happy she is for me!  I felt bad telling her that it wasn’t true haha!
Brother:  Texted me back saying April F’n Fools.
Sister:  Called me and said “You realize it’s April Fool’s right? And I just received a picture of a diamond ring on your finger…”  I was like “Yeah…..” she said “So, yeah… It’s April Fool’s….”  Then I just told her it was a joke. 


Pretty funny!! My poor mom, though, I swore she was going to seriously pass out.
What’d you guys do for April Fool’s Jokes?!


Wheewww… long post today!  I’ve been wanting to make Joy’s Pull-Apart Bread (which is adapted from Cindy’s Lemon Pull-Apart bread… love her! :) ) for a while now, but I wanted to make a cake batter version.  Kellen wanted the cinnamon sugar version, so I made both!  They both turned out really well.  I like them both equally… I like the crunch exterior and sticky insides.  I’m mad at myself though because I meant to add sprinkles to the cake batter one!! I also forgot to let my dough rise twice… Geez, what is wrong with me today?!  Oh well, it still turned out perfectly! I used Momofuku Milk Bar’s milk crumbs recipe for the filling and added cake mix to the dough.

Gooey deliciousness 

Cake Batter/ Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread 
**If you want the cinnamon sugar recipe, go here.  
Inspired by/Adapted from: Momofuku for 2 and Joy/Cindy


Makes: one 9×5×3-inch loaf
Recipe adapted from HungryGirlPorVida
For the Dough:
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake mix (I used yellow)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*Optional: 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
For the Filling:
1/2 cup plus nonfat milk powder
4 tablespoons cake mix (I used yellow)
2 tablespoon cornstarch
3 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
1. In a large mixing bowl (I used just the bowl of my stand mixer) whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.  Set aside.2. Whisk together eggs and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, melt together milk and butter until butter has just melted.  Remove from the heat and add water and vanilla extract.  Let mixture stand for a minute or two, or until the mixture registers 115 to 125 degrees F.
4.  Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.  Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.  The eggs will feel soupy and it’ll seem like the dough and the eggs are never going to come together.  Keep stirring.  Add the 3/4 cup of cake mix and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes, fold in white chocolate chips, if desired.  The mixture will be sticky.  That’s just right.
5.  Place the dough in a large,  greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.  *The dough can be risen until doubled in size, then refrigerated overnight for use in the morning.  If you’re using this method, just let the dough rest on the counter for 30 minutes before following the roll-out directions below.
6.  While the dough rises, make the filling:
7.  Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  8.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until well combined. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven.
9.  Bake until dried and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove milk crumble from oven and let cool completely.  10.  
Transfer milk crumble to a large bowl and fold in remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk powder and white chocolate. 
11.  Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes.  (Ooops, didn’t do this)
12.  On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out.  The dough should be 12-inches tall and about 20-inches long.  If you can’t get the dough to 20-inches long… that’s okay.  Just roll it as large as the dough will go.  Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough (or your hand.. that’s what I did!).
13.  Sprinkle with milk crumb mixture.
14.  Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips.  Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices once again.  You’ll have six stacks of six squares.  Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan like a flip-book.
15.  Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size. (Ooops, didn’t do this either!)
16.  Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Place loaf in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is very golden brown.  The top may be lightly browned, but the center may still be raw.  A nice, dark, golden brown will ensure that the center is cooked as well.
17.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.   Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread and invert onto  a clean board.  Place a cake stand or cake plate on top of the  upside down loaf, and carefully invert so it’s right side up.  Serve warm with coffee or tea.
18.  Best served warm, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.  Luckily, my family devoured this.
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{Momofuku} Cake Batter/Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread



Thanks for all of your “how to get out of a rut” ideas from my last post!  I’m slowly but surely getting there.


I have to tell you all about my April Fool’s Joke!!! (Sorry, Mom…)


So, I was at work and it was about halfway through the day on April 1 and I hadn’t pranked anyone or even tried yet.  I really wanted to, but like Molly, I’m not good at lying and I get nervous just thinking about how I’m going to follow through with a good joke without laughing.  But, Kellen texted me with an idea I could not pass up.  He told me to tell my mom that we’re engaged.  The only reason I couldn’t pass it up is because it was perfect for 2 reasons: 1) I had just told my mom earlier that morning that Kellen’s mom was coming to town to visit and 2) My boss has connections at the jewelry store down the street.  Soo… this is what happened:


First, I called my dad to tell him what I was going to do.  (I would’ve played the prank on both of them, but my dad probably would have killed me.


Super blurry… but pretty, right?

Then, my boss called the jewelry store (which is right down the street from Jock’s Nitch) and asked if it would be all right for me to come down and take a picture with one of her rings on.  She said yes, so I did.  (I picked the biggest one, of course.)  Once I took the picture, I sent it to my mom (with OH MY GOSH!!!!!! as the caption).  


After an hour of her not responding, I started getting antsy.  My boss figured she’d passed out.  I didn’t want to have to call her because I knew I would start laughing and not be able to pull it off.  That’s when Patrick, a friend I work with, told me that he would call her for me and tell her that I was too ecstatic/crying to tell her myself, but that Kellen had just proposed to me.  We got that all figured out only to call my house phone twice and my mom’s cell twice with no answer.  I finally called my dad and come to find out, they had gone to church.  At this point, I thought that there was no way I was going to be able to pull it off. 


Well, I got off work and ended up getting home before my parents did.  Once they got home, I asked my dad if mom had checked her phone, so he asked her.  She looked at her phone and came into the bathroom (where I was) and this is the conversation that followed:


Mom: That’s a pretty ring, where’d you get it?
Me:  You know how I told you that Kellen’s mom was coming to town tonight?  That’s why…
Mom:  Kellen’s mom got you a ring….?
Me:  No….. Kellen did….
Mom:  He just came into Jock’s Nitch and handed you a ring??
Me: No….. he got down on one knee…
Mom: {pause} No…where’s the ring??
Me: Well, I don’t have it yet…
Mom:  {speechless… she just stood there with her mouth open}
Me: April Fool’s!!!
Mom: Not funny.


Haha!!! She was still in shock for about a half hour after telling her.  I can’t believe I got her and it worked so well!  After that, I figured I was on a roll so I sent it to two of my friends (Brandon and Jordan), my brother, and my sister.  I’ll go ahead and give you their responses, too, because they’re all funny.


Brandon:  Texted me back “Excuse me” and then proceeded to call me and say “Noooo….” and I’m pretty sure I had him going for a little bit, but I finally told him it wasn’t true.    
Jordan:  Called me frantically saying “No, this is an April Fool’s joke!!”  I told her it wasn’t and she got super excited, almost in tears telling me how happy she is for me!  I felt bad telling her that it wasn’t true haha!
Brother:  Texted me back saying April F’n Fools.
Sister:  Called me and said “You realize it’s April Fool’s right? And I just received a picture of a diamond ring on your finger…”  I was like “Yeah…..” she said “So, yeah… It’s April Fool’s….”  Then I just told her it was a joke. 


Pretty funny!! My poor mom, though, I swore she was going to seriously pass out.
What’d you guys do for April Fool’s Jokes?!


Wheewww… long post today!  I’ve been wanting to make Joy’s Pull-Apart Bread (which is adapted from Cindy’s Lemon Pull-Apart bread… love her! :) ) for a while now, but I wanted to make a cake batter version.  Kellen wanted the cinnamon sugar version, so I made both!  They both turned out really well.  I like them both equally… I like the crunch exterior and sticky insides.  I’m mad at myself though because I meant to add sprinkles to the cake batter one!! I also forgot to let my dough rise twice… Geez, what is wrong with me today?!  Oh well, it still turned out perfectly! I used Momofuku Milk Bar’s milk crumbs recipe for the filling and added cake mix to the dough.

Gooey deliciousness 

Cake Batter/ Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread 
**If you want the cinnamon sugar recipe, go here.  
Inspired by/Adapted from: Momofuku for 2 and Joy/Cindy


Makes: one 9×5×3-inch loaf
Recipe adapted from HungryGirlPorVida
For the Dough:
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake mix (I used yellow)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*Optional: 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
For the Filling:
1/2 cup plus nonfat milk powder
4 tablespoons cake mix (I used yellow)
2 tablespoon cornstarch
3 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
1. In a large mixing bowl (I used just the bowl of my stand mixer) whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.  Set aside.2. Whisk together eggs and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, melt together milk and butter until butter has just melted.  Remove from the heat and add water and vanilla extract.  Let mixture stand for a minute or two, or until the mixture registers 115 to 125 degrees F.
4.  Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.  Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.  The eggs will feel soupy and it’ll seem like the dough and the eggs are never going to come together.  Keep stirring.  Add the 3/4 cup of cake mix and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes, fold in white chocolate chips, if desired.  The mixture will be sticky.  That’s just right.
5.  Place the dough in a large,  greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.  *The dough can be risen until doubled in size, then refrigerated overnight for use in the morning.  If you’re using this method, just let the dough rest on the counter for 30 minutes before following the roll-out directions below.
6.  While the dough rises, make the filling:
7.  Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  8.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until well combined. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven.
9.  Bake until dried and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove milk crumble from oven and let cool completely.  10.  
Transfer milk crumble to a large bowl and fold in remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk powder and white chocolate. 
11.  Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes.  (Ooops, didn’t do this)
12.  On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out.  The dough should be 12-inches tall and about 20-inches long.  If you can’t get the dough to 20-inches long… that’s okay.  Just roll it as large as the dough will go.  Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough (or your hand.. that’s what I did!).
13.  Sprinkle with milk crumb mixture.
14.  Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips.  Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices once again.  You’ll have six stacks of six squares.  Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan like a flip-book.
15.  Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size. (Ooops, didn’t do this either!)
16.  Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Place loaf in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is very golden brown.  The top may be lightly browned, but the center may still be raw.  A nice, dark, golden brown will ensure that the center is cooked as well.
17.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.   Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread and invert onto  a clean board.  Place a cake stand or cake plate on top of the  upside down loaf, and carefully invert so it’s right side up.  Serve warm with coffee or tea.
18.  Best served warm, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.  Luckily, my family devoured this.
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ABC’s, Frosted Cake Batter Rice Crispies, and Homemade Cake Mix


I stole this from Gracie (whose blog I seriously cannot get enough of…also, you should go vote for her in the Women’s Health blog contest), who found it circling the blog world.

A. Age: 20
B. Bed size: twin. I’m okay with it.
C. Chore you hate: Dusting, which is why I don’t do it.
D. Dogs:  Are cute.

E. Essential start to your day: I’m kind of a routine person, so every part is essential, but I HAVE to brush my teeth.  And lately, I’ve looked forward to a green monster every day.  I like that Gracie says her prayers in the morning.  I definitely should start that because I say mine at night and sometimes that leads to falling asleep during them.
F. Favorite color: Silver!
G. Gold or silver: Silver, obviously…
H. Height: 5’4.
I. Instruments you play: None… I wish I could, but there’s this thing called reading music and I can’t do it
J. Job title: Student/Sales Clerk.
K. Kids: Someday. 
L. Live: Good ol’ Kansas.
M. Mom’s name: Holly.

N. Nicknames: K-Mart, Katie Bird, Katie Mar…
O. Overnight hospital stays:  Never, *knock on wood*
P. Pet peeve:  Being late… sentence finishers…realizing I put my shirt on backwards (or something to that effect)
Q. Quote from a movie: May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars. -Blow
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: A half-sister, Angela and a half brother, Joel
T. Time you wake up: MWF- 9, TTH-9:30
U. Underwear: Are necessary.
V. Vegetables you dislike: I don’t like beets.  Yuck!
W. What makes you run late: Nothing! Or my mom…or Kellen.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth…My wrist.  I have this thing called scapholunate separation.  It sounds scary, but it’s nothing.
Y. Yummy food you make: Oreo Cookies

Z. Zoo- I love zoos!!!!

Frosted Cake Batter Rice Crispies
adapted slightly from Jessica

original recipe on the back of the cereal box!

Ingredients: 

Treats:
3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows (I used marshmallow fluff because I was out of marshmallows… but this household always has marshmallow fluff.  It’s an obsession around here.)
1/4 cup white cake mix (I didn’t have any, so I made my own!  See below…)
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles
Frosting:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cake mix
2 tbsp marshmallow fluff

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into cupcake pan.

To make frosting:  Mix all ingredients together.  Frost cooled treats!

Homemade White Cake Mix
I am Baker

Dry Ingredients:
2 3/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cups SUPER fine sugar (you can buy this or make it)
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

Sift together all ingredients and place in mason jar or your chosen storage container.

To make an actual cake:  (Wonderful pictures from: I am Mommy)

ABC’s, Frosted Cake Batter Rice Crispies, and Homemade Cake Mix


I stole this from Gracie (whose blog I seriously cannot get enough of…also, you should go vote for her in the Women’s Health blog contest), who found it circling the blog world.

A. Age: 20
B. Bed size: twin. I’m okay with it.
C. Chore you hate: Dusting, which is why I don’t do it.
D. Dogs:  Are cute.

E. Essential start to your day: I’m kind of a routine person, so every part is essential, but I HAVE to brush my teeth.  And lately, I’ve looked forward to a green monster every day.  I like that Gracie says her prayers in the morning.  I definitely should start that because I say mine at night and sometimes that leads to falling asleep during them.
F. Favorite color: Silver!
G. Gold or silver: Silver, obviously…
H. Height: 5’4.
I. Instruments you play: None… I wish I could, but there’s this thing called reading music and I can’t do it
J. Job title: Student/Sales Clerk.
K. Kids: Someday. 
L. Live: Good ol’ Kansas.
M. Mom’s name: Holly.

N. Nicknames: K-Mart, Katie Bird, Katie Mar…
O. Overnight hospital stays:  Never, *knock on wood*
P. Pet peeve:  Being late… sentence finishers…realizing I put my shirt on backwards (or something to that effect)
Q. Quote from a movie: May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars. -Blow
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: A half-sister, Angela and a half brother, Joel
T. Time you wake up: MWF- 9, TTH-9:30
U. Underwear: Are necessary.
V. Vegetables you dislike: I don’t like beets.  Yuck!
W. What makes you run late: Nothing! Or my mom…or Kellen.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth…My wrist.  I have this thing called scapholunate separation.  It sounds scary, but it’s nothing.
Y. Yummy food you make: Oreo Cookies

Z. Zoo- I love zoos!!!!

Frosted Cake Batter Rice Crispies
adapted slightly from Jessica

original recipe on the back of the cereal box!

Ingredients: 

Treats:
3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows (I used marshmallow fluff because I was out of marshmallows… but this household always has marshmallow fluff.  It’s an obsession around here.)
1/4 cup white cake mix (I didn’t have any, so I made my own!  See below…)
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles
Frosting:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cake mix
2 tbsp marshmallow fluff

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into cupcake pan.

To make frosting:  Mix all ingredients together.  Frost cooled treats!

Homemade White Cake Mix
I am Baker

Dry Ingredients:
2 3/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cups SUPER fine sugar (you can buy this or make it)
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

Sift together all ingredients and place in mason jar or your chosen storage container.

To make an actual cake:  (Wonderful pictures from: I am Mommy)