CEREAL TOPPED DONUTS

i can remember when all the dominick's grocery stores were going our of business in the suburbs of chicago, to replaced with a mariano's. eager to scope out the replacement, my parents headed to the nearest mariano's and came back with these crazy, never-before-told stories of the best donuts ever. donuts with cereal on top. i can remember thinking "what? who dares to tread on the holy grail of breakfast foods by mixing two of the best together?" but with the convincing rave reviews from my family members, i slowly warmed up to the idea. then last fall, while in LA, i tried my first cereal topped donut. i. was. hooked. so... for national donut day this year i thought i'd try my hand at making my own delicious breakfast rule breakers.

recipe found  here  , slightly altered.

recipe found here , slightly altered.

INSTRUCTIONS for the donuts

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. set aside
  3. combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl
  4. mix the dry ingredients into the separate bowl. be careful not to over mix
  5. fold in the cereal
  6. place the dough in a piping bag and pipe into a greased donut pan
  7. bake donuts for approx. 10 minutes or until golden

INGREDIENTS for the donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup+1½ tablespoon milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups of cereal (your choice!)

SUPPLIES for the donuts

  • one donut pan
  • two mixing bowls
  • stand/hand mixer

INSTRUCTIONS for the frosting

  • mix together ingredients in a bowl
  • dip cooled donuts into glaze (i dipped mine in twice, letting the first dip harden)
  • sprinkle a handful of cereal on top while the frosting is still wet

INGREDIENTS for the frosting

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons milk

at first, i was mad dominick's was being replaced. but after all was said and done, i'm so happy mariano's and their cereal topped donuts made their way into my world. anyway, what's your opinion on cereal topped donuts? these guys turned out so good, and it'll be fun to experiment with different cereals later on. for now, i'll be chillin' with my new delicious friends and pretending calories don't count. happy national donut day!

SUMMER SMOOTHIE BOWL

smoothie bowls are so illusive, you know? they're the thing you're always liking on instagram or pinning on pinterest, but you never actually end up making them. (or maybe that's just me. ha!) one recent afternoon, i felt the need to break this cycle that so many of us seem to fall into. i decided i would make a summer smoothie bowl, so i headed to the closest grocery store, picked out the freshest fruit, crushed up some ice, and got to blendin'.

INSTRUCTIONS for the bowl

  • wash and dry fruit
  • blend all ingredients together in blender
  • pour into bowl
  • if too thin, add more ice, a bannana, or granola
  • top with fresh fruit, nuts, granola, etc. 

INGREDIENTS for the bowl

  • handfull of blackberries
  • handfull of raspberries
  • handfull of blackberries
  • one strawberry
  • two-three kale leaves
  • about a half cup of granola (to thicken)
  • vanilla almond milk to taste
  • three ice cubes
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illusive or not, smoothie bowls are definitely the best thing everrrrr. this smoothie was the perfect refreshing lunch for a summer weekend, and i can't wait to try out more combinations. what about you? have you ever made a smoothie bowl/acaí bowl, or do you just stick to double tapping them? i prefer to do both ;)

THE PRETTIEST CINNAMON ROLLS EVER

my grandma is like the holy grail of cinnamon rolls. wow - now that's a sentence i never would have imagined i'd ever say. but seriously, she makes the best cinnamon rolls ever. a few saturdays ago, both my little brother + i had a craving for those exact pastries. we only had the store-bought kind in the fridge, but decided to spice them up a little. 

after they'd been fully baked in the oven and had cooled a little, we worked a bit of magic with the pre-packaged icing and some food coloring, + these cinnamon rolls became the prettiest ones i'd ever seen. add some flower sprinkles on top, + they were good to go. 

a budding instagrammer. haha! so cute. 

a snap from my instagram from that morning. 


what's your opinion on cinnamon rolls? nothing can ever match up to my grandma's, but these were pretty close. i think the sprinkles had something to do with it. for sure. :)

PEPPERMINT MOCHA CHOCOLATE CAKE

i love coffee. i get the same exact drink every time i walk into a starbucks, white chololate mocha with two pumps of toffee nut syrup. once christmastime rolls around, i switch to the peppermint mocha - and all the holiday feels come flooding in with the first sip. when my sister told me about this recipe she found that turns my favorite christmas drink into a cake, i was ALL FOR IT!

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hey guys! it's claire, molly's sister. i found this recipe off of the urban outfitters blog and just knew i had to test it out for myself. keep scrolling to get started!


INSTRUCTIONS for the cake

preheat your oven to 350 degrees and begin by combining all your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. add in the milk + water, eggs, and  veggie oil + peppermint extract, mixing thoroughly in between each addition. distribute evenly into three pans, and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

INGREDIENTS for the cake

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water (room temp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

INSTRUCTIONS for the frosting

combine all ingredients together, until "light and fluffy", or until you've reached your desired consistency. use a long serrated knife to shave off the tops of the three cakes, once they've cooled. after evening them out, spread the frosting on top of each layer, sprinkling crushed peppermint candy on top of the frosting in between each layer.

INGREDIENTS for the frosting

  • 2 cup butter (room temp)
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • crushed round peppermint candies or peppermint candy canes

INSTRUCTIONS for the chocolate ganache

melt your chocolate in a pot over medium heat, stirring to keep an even consistency. add in the cream and stir once more, so that you get a nice, smooth ganache. using a spoon, spread the ganache around the sides and the top. if you want that "naked cake" look, use a cake scraper around the edges, so that the vanilla frosting shows through.  

INGREDIENTS for the chocolate ganache

  • 1 1/2 cup bitter or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream

slicing up the perfect piece. ^^

i'm in love with this photo ^^^

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and there you have it! i loved making this cake, and so did molly. it's the the perfect treat for a cold winter day, a friendly christmas party, or anything in between. while you're enjoying your delicious cake, i'll be over here thinking up new ways to make coffee into cakes, because - why not? merry christmas!