Thursday, April 18, 2013

Panda Bread and Panda Cupcakes

I am a sucker for a cute little character, and this panda cupcake is no exception.  It may look complicated, but it's not as hard as you would think.  I found the recipe on several sights and all had the same picture I used here, lol.  Here is the general consensus on how they are made:  

-the flavor is up to you, I chose vanilla so I just had to use one mix (make them large!)
-make the same amount of small (mini size) cupcakes
-Chocolate, white vanilla and black frosting (use the small store bought tube of gel frosting.
-package of regular Oreos
-package of Mini Oreos
-mini chocolate chips

-Each panda needs 2 regular sized Oreos cut in half
-frost the mini cupcakes with vanilla frosting for the head
-paint eyes and mouth with black frosting (use chocolate chip, large side out to add to eyes
-use the mini chocolate chips for the nose
-use 2 halves of the mini Oreos for the ears
-Scrape the white filling off of some Oreos and place the cookies in a baggie to crush
-Frost the large cupcakes with the chocolate frosting
-Coat the top of the big cupcake (by dipping it in) the cookie crumbs
-Attach each head to the body, (use toothpicks to keep in place)
-Use 2 halves of reg. Oreos for the arms, use a bit of the chocolate frosting to attach
-Paint the nails on, (can be helpful to use a toothpick)
-Set the feet at the base, (no need to attach)

This recipe might be a little tricky, but I used Google Translate to make some sense of it.  Here is the link:   It was too cute to not pass along.  It would make a little one's lunch interesting and fun.  Plus, who doesn't like Pandas?!  This actually opens up a whole new idea for me.  It has me wondering what else I can make like this.  You don't even have to use the green tea, can use food coloring and let your imagination run wild.  Just watch that it looks eatable, lol.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pineapple Strawberry Cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake
2 pkgs cream cheese (8 oz each)
½ cup sugar
1 can crushed pineapple, drained (20 oz)
1 carton frozen whipped topping (8 oz)
2 pkgs lady fingers (3 oz each)
1 pkg of Strawberries, sliced

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in pineapple. Fold in whipped topping. Place ladyfingers around the sides and on the bottom of a greased 9 in spring-foam pan. Pour filling into pan. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove sides of the pan and top with sliced strawberries.

Light, tasty and oh so delicious...perfect summer time treat!  The lady fingers dress it up enough for a formal get together, or make it fun for a casual after dinner dessert.