Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Little Science Experiment

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of cooking with my childhood friend, Maria. We made the most amazing things! First we made a wonderful dinner of portobello mushroom sliders and oven baked onion rings, and ohh my gosh those sandwiches were some of the best things I've ever tasted!! I DEFINITELY recommend trying them. The onion rings were pretty good as well, although we didn't soak them long enough. Oops!

You can find both recipes here:
Grilled Portobello Sliders (we added basil pesto and spinach)

Since my mom bought a whole bunch of fresh, juicy strawberries we decided to create our own recipe for cheesecake stuffed strawberries! Not only were they pretty to look at, they were yummy too! (Sorry, no pictures for these either. I'll get better, I promise!)

Finally, we took on the task of attempting cake jars. I'm sure you've seen them, they're little mason jars filled with layers of pretty-colored cake. This was perfect since I've been obsessed with putting everything in mason jars lately. The recipe we used is from here: Rainbow Cake in a Jar

First we picked out 4 pretty, little jars. However, we found that with the amount of batter we needed an extra!

Then we mixed up the cake mix! The recipe called for yellow or white mix, but we had funfetti mix on hand. It turns out the sprinkles in the mix melted while baking adding some fun pops of color throughout the cake.

After mixing it, we separated the batter into 4 different containers and created a cool color scheme of blue, aqua, lime green and yellow. 

Once we layered the colored batter in the jars, we placed them in a deep pan with water in the bottom. Mixing the batter brought us back to our childhood, since it kind of felt like mixing colored sand! :)

They exploded!!! We were in for a great surprise when we pulled these babies out of the oven! Not only had the colors turned out bright and beautiful, but they were spilling over the tops! Apparently we make our cakes volcano style ;)  

We ended up cutting the tops off the crazy cakes and sliding them out from their jars. Then we sliced it in three, layered frosting in between, added some on top and decorated with sprinkles! This cake isn't as pretty as the others since it was still hot when we added the frosting. We were too excited to wait! The other cakes are sealed up in their jars, waiting for a hungry home.

Hopefully this has inspired you to get out there and create some of your own tasty treats! 
Happy baking!


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