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This year’s Juneteenth Ball was a great success. The theme of the cake this year was Quilt Codes of the Underground Railroad. The whole experience has been wonderful. The Black Chefs Collaborative even got a promo spot in Sacramento Magazine. Yay!
We were also showcased at a beautiful Farm to Fork event held at the Antiquite Maison Privee in Downtown Sacramento.
There was a great turnout at this event as well. Several of the chefs put their best foot forward. SMA featured Pineapple Upside-down Cake Pops. Yummy!
Stay tuned for SMA’s next big project.
So, while I’m on this no sugar/ Paleo diet, I have been thinking of ways to send the rest of your blood sugar levels into Hyper(glycelmia)-Space. Today I have decided to make some ultimate brownies. I’ll show you step by step how the journey to utopia happens. One of the brownies has a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup center with a Peanut Butter Cookie top. The other has an Oreo Cookie center with a Chocolate Chip cookie top. If you make these at home and your family will love you forever. OK, here we go. Step by step with PICTURES! YAY! I LOVE PICTURES!
First thing you wanna do is preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Almost every recipe calls for a 350 degree oven, but I never bake at 350 degrees. This helps to keep me from burning stuff. Not to say that my oven is off on the temp controls, because it isn’t. It’s a brand new oven. I just don’t always trust myself and reducing the temp by 25 degrees gives me a larger margin of error, so there, I said it, I’m not perfect, GET OFF MY BACK!….I’m sorry, that wasn’t for you… NEXT!
Grab your favorite brownie bakin’ pan. Spray the bottom with a non-stick baking spray (my fav is Baker’s Joy), and fill your compartments or pan just enough to cover the bottom, with your favorite brownie mix. I like really fudgey brownies, so I used Duncan Hines with the little Hershey Chocolate Sauce packet in it. Mmmmmm…
Place a Reese’s Cup or Oreo in the center of the brownie. This can also be done in a small sheet pan. Either line them up in nice neat little rows or break them up and create a layer of pieces. Doesn’t really matter. You’re gonna chew it up anyway.
Cover your sinful centers with another layer of your favorite brownie batter.
The next step is important. You only want to bake the brownies until they are just over half way baked. Not completely done. In the next step we put the stank on it.
I added a layer of peanut butter cookie dough on the Reese’s brownies and a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough on the Oreo brownies. It’s better to have this step prepped while the brownies are par baking. That way they aren’t spending a lot of time out of the oven. Make your life easier and use the Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough. I rolled mine out and used a cookie cutter to make it all pretty, but of course, this is not necessary. Put it back in the oven and let it bake until the cookie is golden around the edges. Do not burn these things. You’ve gotten this far. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Turn off the TV, flip on the oven light on, grab a chair and a bowl of popcorn and watch these babies. This step should only take about 7 minutes.
Once the cookie layer is finished, check the centers. If the brownie is baked through, you are good to go. Next is the hardest step of all. Letting them cool. Ugh, the anticipation of it all! I can’t take it!
Once they are cooled enough to hold their own, release them from the side of the pan with a knife and flip them out onto a cookie sheet. Or you can just grab a fork and a glass of milk and have at it right from the pan. It’s your world squirrel.
And there you have it. Ultimate brownie perfection. That, “What just happened in my mouth?” Moment. You’re welcome.
While I have been busy, busy, busy with my cakes I have found myself grossly neglecting my website. Mainly because I’m trying to figure out what exactly I want this site to be. Do I want it to be a blog where I spew out all my random thoughts about life, cake, and cake life? Should it be more professional where it is all business and I pretend to be this well put together person with organized thoughts and white walls? Maybe it should simply be a gallery where I let my work speak for itself. I still have no answer to this question, but one thing I do know is I need to start somewhere, so here I am. This site may evolve through all of the previously mentioned personalities, but such is life. Welcome to my world.
Sometimes opportunity doesn’t knock on your door so you might have to go visit opportunity where it is. The other morning I was stalking my events list on Facebook and ran across a flyer for one of the local night clubs. They were having a birthday party for one of the Sacramento Kings players, Ben McLemore. I clicked “Maybe” on the invite and posted, “So who is making Ben’s birthday cake?” The promoter replied, “U. Lol.” I don’t know if he was serious, but I was. I contacted him directly and after a few text messages we were in business. Then I freaked out. I had no idea where to even start. It was B-Mac’s 21st birthday and I don’t even know what he likes! All I know is he is from St. Louis, he played at the University of Kansas, and now he’s a King. Well, after 2 days of doing, undoing, and redoing, I decided you can never go wrong with simple.
I guess I did OK because before he made it to the VIP area before I did and when I got there he was standing in from of the cake with a huge smile and taking pictures of it with his phone. I asked if he liked it before I told him it was me who made it, just to be safe. He loved it. He was so sweet and gracious and grateful. Not at all cocky or arrogant. I am officially a huge B-Mac fan and not just because of his basketball skills. Such a good kid.
I got the chance to make B-Mac’s 21st birthday cake last night. I cannot tell you how super exciting that was.
Welcome to SpiderMonkey Cakes. I am so excited to share my cake life with you. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride. =)