Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

I could totally see myself taking these to the next level and making them all green, because I am crazy like that. But, what a cute idea for getting the shamrock shape in a pretzel pop and you gotta love the sweet and salty together!

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Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without making a fun treat.  These Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops are about as easy and cute as it comes.  I simply placed three mini pretzels and a cookie pop stick on a piece of parchment paper, spooned about a teaspoon of melted chocolate in the center, and placed a green Mint Dark Chocolate M&M in the center.  Let it cool/dry for about 5-10 minutes, and voila – a fun St. Patrick’s day treat.

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I originally saw a photo of what I thought was the same thing here created by Amy @ MomAdvice. (Amy has an awesome blog, Pinterest boards, and Instagram BTW!)  But then I realized, after actually going back to find the post to give credit, that Amy actually used Rolo candies in the center of hers!  How yummy does that sound?!  SCORE! …

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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Oh my goodness, I have got to try these! I bet these would be yummy with a hot cup of coffee!

Lucie loves baking

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Today I baked for the first time this week! I am recovering from a kidney infection which has caused a flare up in my arthritis symptoms. I have struggled to think about cakes and definitely haven’t had the energy to stand in the kitchen baking. My appetite has been poor and my diet has been mainly toast!

This morning I was feeling less sickly and could face looking at recipes again. I spotted one for Dulce de Leche cakes and really wanted one. Pleased that my appetite was returning I put a can of condensed milk in a pan of boiling water and left it for 1 and a half hours.

Then I made some chocolate cupcakes and some Dulce de Leche buttercream. When the cakes had cooled I cut a hole in the top and filled the cake with a teaspoon of Dulce de Leche then piped the buttercream…

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Nutella filled, chocolate cupcakes with Nutella cream cheese icing.

Can you say yum!

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat MORE CAKE!

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IT’S TRUE! I made 75 of these cupcakes as well as a matching cake for a birthday last week! Nutella is always a popular pick, so i was happy to experiment and design some cakes incorporating the beloved spread. I was more than happy with how all the cakes turned out, each one was different and apparently “These taste like watching the finales of all your favourite TV shows at once.” These cupcakes are actually really easy, so luckily i am willing to share these tasty and groovy cakes with you!

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Ingredients:

Chocolate cupcakes: Makes 12
From Donna Hay: Simple essentials – chocolate
– 125g unsalted butter, softened
– 165g caster sugar
– 2 eggs
– 190g plain flour, sifted
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
– 1/2c milk
– 100g dark chocolate, melted
–…

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