Cookie Dough Frosting

I. LOVE. COOKIE DOUGH.

So when I found this recipe for cookie dough frosting/filling for cake I just HAD to give it a test run!

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And my verdict: DELICIOUS!

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Stick butter, softened
-3/4 Cup brown sugar
-1 1/4 Cup flour
-1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 Teaspoon salt
-1 Cup mini chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar well. Add vanilla.  Add flour and salt, mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

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Add as the middle layer of cake for a filling like I did.

Or you can use it as icing on top of the cake. It’s up to you 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

Check out this awesome recipe I used to make the cake in this post…HALF THE CALORIES of a normal cake!

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Healthy Cake??!!

Well, sort of.

Have you guys seen this on Pinterest or around the web?

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Well, my birthday was coming up so I figured I’d give it a try!

I had my doubts, but it actually turned out pretty good and tasted like normal cake, if not better-WITH NEARLY HALF THE CALORIES/FAT!

For one serving of cake: 180 Calories!!! (Normal way is 280 Calories)

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Box Devil’s Food cake mix
-1 Container fat free greek yogurt
-1 Cup water

Instead of following the box instructions, simply mix all of the above ingredients together (no oil or eggs). It will be a very thick batter, and nothing like a normal cake batter.

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It almost has the consistency of mouse.  Just make sure you mix very well. Then transfer to your cake pan. You MUST  spread this with a spatula or spoon and sort of pat it down into the dish. It WILL NOT spread on its own, even while being baked…SO SPREAD!

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Follow the baking instructions and WALA-Your cake is ready!

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I hope you like it! 🙂

If you want the recipe for the amazing eggless cookie dough frosting I put as a filling for my cake CLICK HERE!

Update to “Everyday Wreath Tutorial”

I’ve been staring at my wreath. Tilting my head. Closing my eyes then opening them again. Trying to figure out what I could do to make it look more proportional. (Original Tutorial Here)

Well, I think I got it! I added a few more flowers to the bottom part of the flowers I already had.  Then I added individual bow loops to each side of the bow. Two to each side to be exact. I feel like it adds more depth and volume to the bow, allowing it to look bigger!

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I simply cut a few inches of ribbon, hot glued to the two ends together in a folded kind of way, and once it cooled off, placed and glued them on the sides of the bow already on the wreath.

You might have to play around with it a little bit until you get a good looking bow! It took me about 20 minutes to place the extra bow loops in a way that looked like they were already included in the bow. Take your time! Make it look good! 🙂

The last think I did was add 2 extra ribbon tails, longer than the original ones to the bow. I believe those also give the bow a larger appearance, helping with the proportion to the wreath.

I just measured how long I wanted the new ribbon tails to be, cut them and then tucked and glued them underneath the original tails.

Pretty simple little adjustments that I think make the wreath look so much better!

Remember through all your crafts and projects to have fun! And if you don’t like how something looks, then change it! 🙂

Everyday Wreath Tutorial

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog! And it makes me happy to be posting once again! 🙂

So I’ve been meaning to make an everyday wreath that I can hang on my front door when I don’t have any festive/seasonal wreaths or decorations to use.  I scoured Pinterest and the web and compiled my favorite looks.

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(I’m still working on creating the perfect bow! -the one in the picture is a little small for the size of the wreath, I think.- Any tips, easy instructions, or suggestions on how to create a bow from ribbon would be great!)

WHAT YOU NEED:

-18″ Grapevine wreath
-Flowers of your choice (some small, some large)
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon (that complements your flowers-or burlap ribbon!)

The hardest part, I think, is deciding on how you want to place your flowers.  I just threaded some of the stems through the wreath’s vines to see how placement would look for the different flowers I had. You just have to play with it until you like the look.

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 I’m a stickler for not seeing any stems or hot glue marks, so my flowers are close together.

You can cut the stems short (about 2-4 inches) so it is easier to thread into the wreath’s vines.  Once you have a few placed in the wreath, go ahead and hot glue them in place. Then gradually add more- messing with the placement until you like it and then hot glue those in place.

Don’t forget you can also dab some glue on a leaf or side of a flower and stick it to another flower to help hide the stems/glue marks.

I liked the look of only covering a quarter of the wreath with the flowers and having a bow offset the other side.  (Again, any helpful hints on how to make bows would be great!)

You can even add a small wooden letter for your last name near the flowers or bows to add more personalization!

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Then just hook on a wreath door holder and you are all set!

*I will update a picture once I’ve created a better looking bow!