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Flourless Chocolate Torte - springform cake pan recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or as I like to call it, almost my birthday, haha. Here’s a flourless chocolate torte I adapted from Epicurious; a decadent concoction called La Bete Noire (“The Black Beast”). Instead of topping the torte with a ganache I used whipping cream and cocoa powder.

This can be made a couple of days ahead of time; just keep it covered in the fridge.

Flourless Chocolate Torte Recipe - made in a springform cake pan

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 9 Tbs (1 stick + 1 Tbs) unsalted butter, diced
  • 18 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c. whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa
  • 10-in diameter springform pan
  • parchment paper
  • heavy-duty foil
  • large roasting pan

For cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper; butter parchment.

Wrap 3 layers of heavy-duty foil around outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim.

In a small sauce pan, combine 1 c. water and 3/4 c. sugar. Bring to boil over med heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 mins then remove from heat.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar syrup into chocolate; cool slightly. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan in roasting pan then add hot water until water comdes halfway up sides of cake pan.

Bake cake 50 minutes, or until firm (center should no longer move when pan is gently shaken).

Remove from water bath; transfer to rack. Cool completely in pan.

For frosting:

Beat cream until slightly thickened. Gradually add sugar, vanilla and cocoa. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of cake.

Refrigerate cake in pan until serving. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake then release sides. Slice and serve.

No Flour Chocolate Torte Recipe - baked in a springform cake pan

Skinny Mini Confetti Cupcakes

Using just 2 ingredients, you can enjoy a sweet mini-cupcake snack, even when you’re eating light! Each cupcake has just 40 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.

Skinny Mini Confetti Cupcakes - just diet soda and cake mix from a box! Only 40 calories each and less than 1 gram of fat.

Skinny Mini Confetti Cupcakes

  • Servings: 60 mini cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Box Confetti Cake Mix
  • 12 oz. Sprite Zero (or any diet lemon-lime soda)
  • optional: icing, frosting, or Cool Whip

WHAT YOU DO:

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix and Sprite Zero, stirring to combine.

Pour batter into lined (or greased) mini cupcake pans.

Bake at 350°F for 15 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Let cool (optional: add frosting, icing, or Cool Whip) and serve.

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Two Ingredient Cupcakes - just cake mix and diet soda - makes 60 cupcakes and they are only 40 calories each!

Estimated Nutrition Information for 1 unfrosted cupcake:

  • 42 calories
  • 0.8 g fat
  • 8.4 g carbs
  • 0.2 g fiber

Skinny Mini Confetti Cupcakes - just diet soda and cake mix from a box! Only 40 calories per cupcake.

mini cupcake pan

mini cupcake liners

Set up a station before Christmas or Birthday Parties - tools, box cutter, batteries, etc so you're not running all over the place once the kids start unwrapping

Every year on Christmas morning, from a giant pile of wrapping paper and tissue paper, we hear “Mom can you open this?” and “this needs batteries,” and “here’s some trash.” This year we’ll be ready. I set up a little station by the tree with trash bags, a box for recycle, tools like box openers, screwdrivers, and pliers, and mass quantities of batteries (separated into gallon ziplock bags by size). This would also work for birthday parties, or showers — add a pen and paper to record gifts for thank you notes later. Happy Holidays!

Here’s a project I worked on with leftover materials from some felt bird ornaments I made last year: DOG ORNAMENTS. Woof! 🙂 You could also hot glue a magnet to the back instead of attaching a loop, if you wanted to make a magnetic pooch. If you have a strong enough magnet, you could even stuff it inside before stitching the ornament closed.

Just customize with your favorite colors of wool felt, button eyes, and embroidery thread. I used both ribbon, and black elastic, for hanging loops. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Felt Dog Ornaments - free pattern and tutorial

WHAT YOU NEED:

Here’s the free pattern and tutorial, for personal and non-profit use! felt dog ornament – free pattern and instructions

So start some Christmas music, and some slow cooker hot chocolate (tee hee), make ornaments while it simmers, and enjoy!

 

 

Assemble the Minions!!! Here are a couple of DIY ideas for birthday parties: personalized water bottle labels, and healthy Minion bananas.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

DIY personalized water bottles

 

Our daughter celebrated the big #4 with a gymnastics party, and a Despicable Me theme: minions and unicorns. I made some personalized water bottle labels, with just printer paper and packaging tape. And banana minions with printed overalls and goggles. Here’s what I did….

In Microsoft Word I made some rectangles sized to the water bottle labels, and added some images to go with our theme. I printed them out, and attached them to the water bottles with packaging tape.

DIY personalized water bottles

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for parties, picnics, or birthdays - just printer and packaging tape

 

DIY personalized water bottle labels - customize with your theme - birthday parties - picnics - graduation

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for birthdays, graduation, parties, etc

I printed some Minion overalls and goggles, then taped them on to bananas. We ended up with a lot of leftover bananas after the party, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread AND dried some banana slices in our dehydrator.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels