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White Walker Cake

How ’bout that finale?!?! In case you haven’t noticed yet we are HUGE Game of Thrones fans! I am coming up on 10 recipes dedicated to this series. So far I have made cupcakes, cookies and this cake. Anything else you want me to try? Only one more season left for these fun experiments……how depressing is that?!?! I sure hope we don’t really have to wait until 2019 for the final season.

I must say….I was very satisfied by the way this season ended. Especially Sansa and Arya banding together and executing the character whom most people have wanted dead since the very beginning. That moment brought so much joy to my heart because I was seriously questioning whether or not they would end up killing each other. I felt like I had been losing the Arya that I have been rooting for for 6 years, and now I know that she is still the same fiercely loyal and determined girl I have grown to love. Sansa is finally taking control of her destiny and I love it! Maybe she will become the Queen of Winterfell if Jon Snow realizes that marrying his aunt is icky. Who knows…..isn’t that the whole point of this show,  some predictions come true but in the end…..you just never know.

I’ve been wanting to try a poke cake for awhile, they are quite the trend. I can tell why! The moist cake and light fluffy frosting make for an amazing combination! Most recipes call for Cool Whip Topping, but I am not all about that noise. Whipped cream frosting is definitely the way to go! The next question was….what flavor should a blue cake actually be? Blueberry is the natural answer, but that would turn out more purple than blue. Since it is the end of summer I wanted to go for a final tropical hurrah before heading into the holiday baking season. I went with a cream of coconut and lime drizzle. Perfect flavor and  easy to get a nice shade of blue. I generally prefer gel color, but you would probably be better off with a liquid dye for the coconut. Still use gel for the coconut flakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix (and ingredients to prepare-eggs and oil)
  • 15 oz Cream of Coconut- usually found in the drink aisle
  • 3 Limes- Juiced
  • 8 oz Coconut Flakes
  • Food Dye- black and light blue
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Prepare the cake according to box instructions.

In a small bowl combine the cream of coconut and a few drops of blue food dye until you get your desired hue. Use a fork to poke holes evenly across the top of the warm cake. Evenly and slowly pour the cream of coconut across the top of the cake. Place in the fridge for at least an hour.

In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment whip the whipping cream for 5 minutes until soft peaks form. In a medium bowl use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. With the mixer on low add the cream cheese to the whipped cream 1/4th at a time,scraping down the bowl each time.  Mix for 1-2 minutes until it’s fully incorporated and thick stiff peaks form.

Take your cake out of the fridge and use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top. In a small bowl dye 1/3 of the coconut flakes black, and then dye 1/3 of the flakes blue. Layer the coconut over the frosting.

Store in a covered dish in the fridge.

Adapted from The Country Cooks Coconut Cream Poke Cake

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Cookies of Fire and Ice

 

Who is ready for the Game of Thrones Finale on Sunday? I have been reading all the online theories and basically any article or post that I come across. Has there ever been a show that generated this much talk? I’ve never thought so much about a show or book before. I wish that I could pick up on all the subtle references and inferences that drives the conversation forward. I am just in awe of people who can pick up on these hidden gems and generate predictions. Amazing.

So for last year I made Cupcakes of Fire and Ice….click here for the recipe. And they have been really popular so far, but I’ve always felt back that they are just white chocolate flavored. I wanted to make a party desert that doesn’t just look cool it also tastes super amazing! So I decided to recreate my Lemon and White Chocolate cookie for the “Ice” and I came up with a whole new combination for the “Fire”. Red Velvet Raspberry with Chocolate Chips, these turned out so soft and chewy! I split the batch in half and dyed one half red and the other an orange-red and swirled them together to get a cool fire effect!

Check out the Dragon’s Breath Pulled Pork for the perfect GoT party dinner!


You can decorate these cookies with your favorite sprinkles for some extra shine! I hope your viewing parties are amazing and that you enjoy the finale!

Ingredients for Lemon Ice Cookies:

  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 package Whipped Meyer Lemon Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Emulsion
  • 2 Eggs
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one Meyer Lemon
  • Finely grated rind of one Meyer Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • Light Blue Food Dye- I prefer gel dye
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer mix the sugars and butter until it forms a grainy paste. Add the pudding, vanilla and lemon extracts, and eggs. Mix well. Add the fresh lemon juice and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add the baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until you have a thick cookie dough. Add blue food coloring till you reach your desired shade. Use a big spoon to mix in the white chocolate chips and lemon rind.

Use a cookie scoop or a small spoon to measure out cookie dough into 1 inch balls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are slightly browned on the bottom.  Add sprinkles. Cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Store in an air tight container.

Ingredients for Red Velvet Raspberry Cookies:

  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 package Red Velvet Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Raspberry Emulsion (optional)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 6 oz Fresh Raspberries
  • Orange and Red Food Dye- I prefer gel dye
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer mix the sugars and butter until it forms a grainy paste. Add the pudding, vanilla and raspberry extracts, and eggs. Mix well scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add the baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until you have a thick cookie dough. In a small bowl crush the raspberries into a pulp. Use a big spoon to mix in the chocolate chips and raspberries. Separate the dough into two bowls. Add red dye to one and orange to the other until you’ve reached the desired shade.

Use a cookie scoop or a small spoon to measure out 1/2 red and 1/2 orange cookie dough into 1 inch balls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the cookies are no longer shiny on top under the oven light. Add sprinkles. Cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Store in an air tight container.

 

Dragon’s Breath Pulled Pork

Who watched the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 last night? I was enthralled from start to finish. I mean that first scene almost had me in tears. You go, Arya Stark! I especially loved the scene of Daenerys Targaryen finally coming home to Dragonstone. The silent joy and resolve of that moment was one of the most moving parts of this entire series.

I just can’t wait to see what happens for the rest of this season! Will Jon Snow and Daenerys meet? Will he find out the truth about his past? Will little Arya get her chance at revenge on Cersei, or will Jamie beat her to it? Will we see more of Ed Sheeran? (seriously, what was that all about?) All these burning questions and only 6 more episodes!

I like to make a special dinner for GoT night. This week it was one of our old favorites re-imagined. Pulled pork with an extra spicy bite and just a hint of sweetness seems more than fitting. Definitely give this one a shot the next time you sit down with friends or family to another thrilling episode!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lbs Pork Loin Roast
  • Pork Rub- I created my own with 1/2 cup brown sugar and  1 Tbsp each: garlic salt, paprika, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
  • 1-2 liter of Dr. Pepper
  • 3 Serrano peppers- the smaller the pepper the more heat you get
  • 2 Jalepenos, plus more if you want some for a raw topping
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1-2 Cup of Jack Daniels Spicy BBQ sauce.

These ingredients will give you a nice little mild to medium spicy bite. If you really want to kick it up a notch you can get 2 of the following: cayenne pepper, tobasco pepper or habanero peppers.

Rub the pork rub onto your roast and let it sit for 5 minutes. In your slow cooker add the roast fat side down. Slice the peppers at least in half and add to the slow cooker. Pour in the Dr. Pepper in so that the roast is at least 3/4 submerged. Pour 1/2 Cup of BBQ sauce onto the roast.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low.

Once your meat is tender carefully move the roast into a large bowl. The meat should easily pull apart with a fork. Shred the roast and add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce.

Toast your buns and add your favorite toppings such as Colby Jack Cheese, Jalapenos, Onions, or Cole Slaw. Don’t forget to top it with even more BBQ sauce to your taste!

Check out an awesome dessert with the Cookies of Fire and Ice here!

Cupcakes of Fire and Ice


Hooray for Season 6 of Game Of Thrones!! What happened to Jon Snow, Daenerys, Sansa and all our other favorite characters?!?! I am so glad they all had story lines in the first episode! How crazy was the last scene with Melisande?!? Of course I had to make a special treat for GoT premier night. And what better treat than cupcakes?

After my last raging success with chocolate cupcakes I decided to go with a white chocolate cupcake and a white chocolate frosting.

I did accidentally add a little too much milk to my frosting so that’s why the pictures aren’t the best, maybe I’ll get another batch done soon. I took a bunch of these bad boys to work with me on Monday and they were devoured! And someone even asked me the next day if I brought any more because they were so good!

Makes 18 Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 package White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1/3 Cup Butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips, melted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • Red and Blue Food Dye
  • Optional- red hot candies and crushed peppermint

Frosting:

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips,melted
  • 3 Tbsp Milk
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • Red and Blue Food Dye and fun decorations

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until well combined and light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until just mixed. Add the milk, vanilla, baking soda, salt and pudding mix. Turn up the mixer speed to medium and beat in the melted chocolate. Add the flour. The batter should be smooth. Transfer half the batter into a medium bowl and add red dye to one bowl and blue dye to the other.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers. Fill the papers about 2/3 full of the batters. You can sprinkle a few white chocolate chips/red hot candies/peppermint candies in each cup if you’re feeling it.


Bake for 20-24 minutes until an instead toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

In a medium bowl whip the butter and cream cheese together. Mix in the melted white chocolate. Add the vanilla and milk, mix until well combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency. Divide the frosting into seperate bowls and mix in the food dye.

Use a pastry bag or whatever your favorite frosting contraption maybe and frost the cupcakes. Top with some cute sprinkles or colored sugar.

Can’t wait for the next episode! Levi and I will be trying some different drinks this season! Let me know what your favorite GoT inspired recipe is! Or make one up and send it to me 🙂

Click here for my Recipe for Cookies of Fire and Ice for some yummy fruit flavored cookies to kick your party up a notch!

Sansa’s Hope- A Game of Thrones Inspired Drink

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Sansa’s Hope

Inspired the sweetness of the beautiful redhead, Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones. We created this drink while binge watching the first 2 seasons. As the series progresses I think that the character of Sansa is greatly developed. She goes through so much heartbreak and torment, and she is coming out stronger! I do believe that it may be time to honor this character with a drink that has evolved along with her.

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1oz Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1oz Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmellow Vodka
  • 1oz Cherry Liqueur

Pour over ice and fill the rest of the glass with Minute Maid Fruit Punch. Garnish with cherries. Enjoy!!!

Trial by Combat- A Game of Thrones Inspired Drink

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Tyrion Lannister does love his trial by combat so we wanted to create something strong, surprising and feisty! Holy cow!! Did you see the end of this trial! We have never seen anything like this before…..yikes. Pour me another drink after that one…..

  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Silver Tequila
  • 2 oz Desert Island Long Island  Ice Tea
  • Dash of Orange Bitters

Fill the rest of the glass with ice and Cherry 7up.trial by combat

The Cersei- A Game Of Thrones Inspired Drink

This particular addition was sent to me from the mother of my oldest childhood friend. I love this family dearly and I am very grateful to have them in my life. Thanks Bonnie!!! You’re great 🙂

Image“The Cersei” -Beautiful, Smooth and Deadly. I just came up with it today, because

1-Your Blog,
2-I am reading all of the books and

3-The Moroccan Mint in my garden is irresistible:)

Fresh Lime on rim of glasses & salt with Sea Salt, 2 slices of Fresh Lime: squeeze into each glass, 4-5 Moroccan Mint Leaves: Muddled plus (3-4 for Garnish),

2 Shots of your favorite Tequila, 1 shot of your favorite Orange Liquor, 1/4 cup fresh ice cubes and 1/2 cup Limeade (Fresh or A good frozen brand), Adjust to glass size or make a Pitcher (Mix, Relax & Enjoy;)

The Cersei- A Game of Thrones inspired drink

This particular addition was sent to me from the mother of my oldest childhood friend. I love this family dearly and I am very grateful to have them in my life. Thanks Bonnie!!! You’re great 🙂

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“The Cersei” -Beautiful, Smooth and Deadly. I just came up with it today, because

1-Your Blog, 
2-I am reading all of the books and

3-The Moroccan Mint in my garden is irresistible:)

Fresh Lime on rim of glasses & salt with Sea Salt, 2 slices of Fresh Lime: squeeze into each glass, 4-5 Moroccan Mint Leaves: Muddled plus (3-4 for Garnish),

2 Shots of your favorite Tequila, 1 shot of your favorite Orange Liquor, 1/4 cup fresh ice cubes and 1/2 cup Limeade (Fresh or A good frozen brand), Adjust to glass size or make a Pitcher (Mix, Relax & Enjoy;)