The weather is starting to warm up (finally!), and that means party season is right around the corner. Graduations, weddings and summer holidays mean lots of gatherings with family and friends. Sharing the company of our loved ones always makes for special times, and making sure everyone has a great and memorable time is what makes the party a success. But let's be honest here. As much as we all love spending time together, we all know that parties are all about the food! Every host wants to have an appealing set up of food everyone will love, then make a splash with their desserts as the grand finale! I do love to make all of my own desserts, but sometimes I am rushed and want to whip up something that still looks spectacular when I am running short on time. When I heard about Simply Sweet's first cookbook, Colorcakes, I knew it was a book I had to have!
Colorcakes is a 256 page cookbook with 125 easy to follow dessert recipes that anyone can make. Not only are the recipes easy to follow and prepare, they will wow your crowd and have them asking, "How did you do that?!" Most of the recipes are created to look fabulous without putting a lot of time or effort into them, with some only taking 15 minutes to toss together!
Colorcakes is full of desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Cake Pops, cookies, cupcakes and popsicles are just a few of the recipe options. Each recipe is accompanied by beautiful, colorful photos of the finished creations.
Flipping through the book, I had a difficult time deciding what to make first. Everything looked wonderful. Since I already had the ingredients on hand, I decided to whip up some of the Banana Split Cupcakes.
Miniature paper baking cups
1 (18.25-oz.) package of yellow cake mix
1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 (16-oz.) container of ready to spread chocolate frosting
1 (16-oz.) container of ready to spread vanilla frosting
1 (16-oz.) container of ready to spread strawberry frosting
Large disposable decorating bag
48 maraschino cherries with stems
1/4 cup rainbow colored candy sprinkles
Preheat to 350 degrees. Place a mini paper baking cup in each of 24 muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, bananas, vegetable oil, 1/4 cup water, and eggs at low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter into cups, filling 2/3 full. Cover and refrigerate remaining batter until ready to bake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire racks for 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely (30 minutes). Repeat with remaining batter to make 24 more cupcakes.
In small, microwave safe bowl, reserve 1/4 cup of the chocolate frosting. Insert a large star tip into a large decorating bag; fill with remaining chocolate frosting. Pipe frosting onto 16 cupcakes. Repeat with white and strawberry frosting. Microwave reserved chocolate frosting on HIGH 20 to 25 seconds, or until smooth. Cool 1 minute; drizzle over frosting on each cupcake. Pipe a dab of white frosting on each; top each with sprinkles and a cherry.
The mini cupcakes were a huge hit with my girls, and we will be making them again at our first summer gathering. This is one of 125 recipes the book has to offer!
More about Simply Sweet Colorcakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make:
Pages- 256 printed on smooth glossy paper
MSRP $19.95 US
Distributed by Oxmoor House
Simply Sweet ColorCakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make was released on 4/18/2014, and is now available for purchase on Amazon.