Mini Reindeer Cakes

Looking for a festive sweet treat to bake for your Christmas guests? Look no further then this blog entry!

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Cake pops will be the death of me, I am sure of it.  Every year at Christmas time my mom asks me to bake something for her office party.  She hates/can’t cook, and she’ll be the first to admit it.  I have been obsessed with mastering the cake pop, so I thought I would try again.  I used a different recipe this time, and still they didn’t come out like the perfect pops I see at stores.

I couldn’t send my mom to work with those disasters, so I had to think on my feet.  I used the batter to create these cookie shaped cakes, and decorated them with this awesome kit.  Making the cakes takes no time at all, and is much simpler than attempted those damn cake pops!

Ingredients

Any Cake Mix (I used devil’s food cake)

Pudding Mix (Match the flavor of the mix to the flavor of the cake. I used chocolate cake mix, and chocolate pudding mix)

3 Large Eggs

Milk

Vegetable Oil

Baking Spray

Cake Decorating Kit

Directions:

Your cake mix box will provide you with instructions.  It will tell you to use water.  Replace the water with half the amount of milk.  If the box instructs you to use 2 cups of water, you would use 1 cup of milk instead.  Once the wet ingredients have been whisked together, add the cake mix.  Do not over stir the cake batter, simply make sure that all ingredients are wet.  Next, add the pudding mix and stir together until wet.

Take a wide cup, and place a plastic ziplock bag inside of the cup.  Make sure the top bag covers the edges of the cup.  Using your mixing spoon, spoon in the cake mixture into the ziplock baggy.  Once filled, cut the tip off of the bottom corner of the bag.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your baking sheet with baking spray, so that the cakes to do not stick to the pan.  Pipe your cake mix onto a baking sheet in a circular motion, creating a circle the size of a medium cookie.  Let the cakes bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.  Let sit, and cool.

Once cooled, take chocolate frosting and cover the top of the cakes only.  Add your candy ears, eyes, noses, and bows.  You’re all done, and ready to enjoy with your guests.

Have a question about the recipe? Leave a comment below.

Happy Holidays!

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Dear John Stamos

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Sorry Mr. Stamos

Dear John,

Sometimes I’m down for Greek yogurt, but sometimes I want cake.  Yes, you’re incredibly handsome. Yes, I have had a crush on you since your days on Full House. And no, I still can’t believe Rebecca left you, even if it was for Jerry O’Connell.  However, sometimes a girl just needs a piece of cake.

That being said my current obsession is Greek yogurt.  Growing up in a 1/2 Persian household we called it “Persian Yogurt” or “must“.  We put it on rice, mix it with cucumbers, eat it in our soup.  It’s kind of a garnish of sorts or appetizer.  We do not however mix it with fruit.  When I first tried this “Greek yogurt” with fruit I was like, “What the…?”  I was used to having it with savory items, so it was a bit shocking to my taste buds.  Then as I got used to the flavors, I grew to enjoy it.

Currently I’m eating the Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt.  Sorry Mr. Stamos again, I know you advertise Oikos, but at least they’re both Dannon products.  I admit I haven’t gotten to trying Oikos yet, but the Light & Fit version has me hooked.  What Dannon has done is create a yogurt that has under 100 calories and seven grams of protein.  You would think at 80 calories the portion size would be tiny, but that’s the beauty of Greek yogurt.  It has less fat and fewer calories than your typical diet yogurt.  I don’t know about you, but after a cup of Yoplait I’m like, “Did I just eat something?” I end up using my spoon to try to scrape up anything that may possibly be left in there.

That’s not the case with the Light and Fit Greek Yogurt.  After a workout at the gym I’m pretty hungry.  I workout in the evenings typically, because I work full time.  The best way to gain weight is to eat late at night, but it’s hard to get to sleep when you’re feeling maximum hunger.  Plus, you’re supposed to have protein after you workout.  The solution: I have a Dannon Greek Yogurt and a protein bar.  Combined they’re around 25 grams of protein.  I’m full, I haven’t had too many calories, and I’ve taken care of my after-work0ut protein need.

While Greek yogurt is a great healthy treat, it will never replace “real” deserts.  If you substitute during the week, you can treat yourself to something sweet during the weekend.  Life is about moderation.  If you want to stay on a healthy diet for the long run, you can’t deprive yourself.  Enjoying the delicious things in life isn’t naughty.  The French eat pastries, the Italians eat gelato, the point is to have a little here and there and not over-indulge.  Have some Greek yogurt when you’re trying to shed the pounds, and treat yourself to some stellar sweets on “Heck Yeah” days.  I call them Heck Yeah days, because the term “cheat day” makes it sound like you’re doing something bad.  It can ruin your mood/self esteem, and also because on these days I say “Heck Yeah” to what I want.

Check back with MeeshMe soon to learn some more great weight loss tips.