Rustic Buttercream

Even though everyone on the east coast is still suffering through the snow, it's starting to feel a lot like spring over here on the west coast. And we are ready for it! This Rustic Vanilla Cake is one of my favorites of all time, and the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming season change. And hopefully it will inspire the weather on the east coast to start cooperating! 

Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Buttercream
Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Buttercream
Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Buttercream

Confetti Rice Krispy Treats

Confetti Rice Krispy Treats | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Last week Be Spoke Bride put up a post called "75 Colorful Instagram Accounts That You Need In Your Life", and we were so excited to make the list! Here at Sprinkles for Breakfast, we LOVE color. It basically dictates what we do on a daily basis, because we believe baking is just more fun when its colorful! We also happen to be obsessed with instagram - we spend A LOT of time on there. It is by far our favorite social media platform because we love to see how creative and talented people are. And we also like pictures of dogs - and instagram provides a lot of pictures of dogs. So it was super cool to be recognized on this list! And we loved looking at all the other amazingly talented people on there. You should definitely check it out here. And in honor of this awesome list, we were inspired to make this week's recipe extra colorful for you guys - Confetti Rice Krispy Treats! 

Confetti Rice Krispy Treats | Sprinkles for Breakfast

I love Rice Krispy Treats for two reasons. 1. I think they are gooey and delicious and amazing - and 2. In middle school I did my "How To" Project on them. You know that project where you teach your class "how to" do something? Yeah, well my best friend and I taught our class how to make Rice Krispy Treats. We made a tutorial video and everything (I was a total overachiever if you have't figured that out already). 

So I consider myself kind of an expert when it comes to Krispy Treats. I mean I have been teaching people how to make them for over a decade! That has to count for something. They are easy to make and they require minimal ingredients! And the best part - you don't even have to bake them! And now I have found a way to make them even more awesome by adding color. 

Confetti Rice Krispy Treats | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Confetti Mallow Treats 

  • 6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal 
  • 16 oz. bag or 9 cups mini marshmallows 
  • 4 tbs. salted butter 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • Sprinkles 
  • Melting White Chocolate 

Directions 

  1. In a large pot, melt butter and 7 cups of mini marshmallows on medium heat. Make sure you stir every 15-30 seconds until the two ingredients are combined. 
  2. Mix in vanilla. 
  3. Add in Rice Krispy cereal and mix until everything is coated in the marshmallow mixture. 
  4. Let sit for 1 minute to cool. 
  5. Add remaining marshmallows 1 cups at a time. Stir after each addition. 
  6. Let Krispy mixture sit for 1 minute. 
  7. Add 4-5 tbs. sprinkles and lightly mix. 
  8. Spray a 9x13" pan with PAM and then pour Krispy mixture into pan. 
  9. Spray PAM on your hands and press mixture down into the pan until it is one even layer. 
  10. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
  11. Once the treats and cooled, cut them into individual servings and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  12. In a microwave safe bowl, melt a handful of chocolate disks in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating. 
  13. Using a fork, drizzle white chocolate over treats and add sprinkles. 
  14. Let them sit until the chocolate has hardened, and then serve. 
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Fondant Bow Tutorial

Fondant Bow Tutorial | Sprinkles for Breakfast

I have always had a soft spot for bows. When I was little, my mom would not let me leave the house without a big fat bow on my head. I would love to tell you it was because she loved bows (which she did) or that I just looked so cute in them she couldn't help herself (which I did) - but the reality of the situation was, I was bald. I was a straight up baldy until I was two or three, and my mom wanted the world to know I was a girl. So, with that, my bow collection and my absolute adoration for bows began. 

Baby in a Bow

Here is a picture of me rocking a bow when I was little. I had just unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper and my mom couldn't even be mad at me because I looked so damn cute in that bow. Instead of scolding me, she just took pictures of me. Maybe I should start wearing bows again?? Do boys like girls who wear bows? I will have to look into that. 

But while we are one the topic of bows and my mom, I want to take this opportunity to get a little personal. I know that is normally not my style, but sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone in order to grow. And unfortunately, that is something I have become very familiar with over the last 11 months. Last March, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and my whole world was turned upside down.

At first it was hard for me to process. I just couldn't understand how this could happen to someone like my mom. Someone who is so kind and giving - someone who is so full of life - and someone who has never broken a rule in her life. Someone who is not big in stature  (she's only 5" tall), but so big in personality. She is the kind of person you notice when you enter a room. That may be due to the fact that she talks pretty loudly and pretty consistently (she literally does not stop talking) and that she has an adorable southern accent - but nonetheless, people are just kind of drawn to her. Its one of those everyone loves her, and she loves everyone kind of deals. So why was this happening to her?

At the time I received the news, I had big plans for myself. I was moving from NYC to CA to start my own business and make a name for myself in the baking world. I was excited to start a new chapter in my life, and I was ready for a big change. And then, life happened. In the end, I did get that big change, it was just a little different than I expected. I moved back into my parents house to spend time with my mom and help out at home. At first things were going pretty well. She was lucky enough to have some rare genetic makeup that allowed her to take a special chemo pill. I don't really know the details of how or why it works. And to be honest, they don't really matter. All that matters is that they helped for a while. Everything seemed to be going well, almost back to normal. And then, they weren't. 

For the longest time I tried to keep a brave face. My parents were, and still are, being so positive about the whole thing. I have really never seen two people be more positive about an absolutely terrible situation. But that is just the kind of people they are, and I tried to follow their lead. Sure, I got upset sometimes, but I tried to suppress those feelings as much as I could. Who was I to bring them down? And then, a few weeks ago, we got some news that just kind of hit a nerve for me. My brave face was gone and I cried everywhere. 

And now, I cry all the time. It comes at random times - sometimes in the morning, sometimes at night - and some episodes are worse than others. But no matter what or where it is, I just allow myself to do it, and feel all the emotions I am feeling. Allowing yourself to feel true sadness is not easy. I now wake up every morning with an unbearable weight on my chest that sometimes makes it hard to breath. My body is heavy and weak and all I want to do is stay in bed all day. But, if I stay in bed too long, my mind starts wandering to dark places and that can be even worse. I feel like I am outsider watching my life and body crumble in front of me and there is nothing anyone can do about it. All I can do is keep getting out of bed in the morning, put one foot in front of the other, and spend as much time with my mom as I can.

Bows

One of my biggest fears is that she is going to leave before I accomplish anything that she can be truly proud of me for - and that is really hard. But then I try to remember that no matter what I think of my own life, she is proud of me for just being me. 

I am the person I am today because of my mom. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams even if that meant not taking the most traditional route. She taught me to be a strong and confident woman and to never to be afraid to go after something I wanted. She taught me not to judge others, to be kind to everyone, and to always help those in need. My mom showed me that life is not worth living unless you create your own happiness and that even when things are really bad, there is always something to smile about. 

So I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to my mom for being the most amazing role model and supporter I will ever know.  I wake up every morning grateful that I have had you in my life, and that you have guided me to being the best person I could possibly be. And even though I don't like to talk about emotions, I hope you know how much you mean to me. You are my everything and I love you.

Anyway, sorry for that little side note. Ok, it wasn't that little. It was actually a very big side note. But now I am done. And here is a step to step guide on how to make a bow out of fondant. 

Fondant Bow Tutorial | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Rustic Ombre Cake

It is no secret that fondant tastes nasty. I know it can make a cake look really beautiful, and there are some techniques that require a person to use fondant - but I try to avoid it when I can. I would much rather eat a cake smothered in buttercream than a pretty fondant cake any day. So for this cake, we skipped the fondant, and went straight for the good stuff. A Vanilla Vanilla cake stacked with rustic Ombre Buttercream Tiers. I kind of love it. 

Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Ombre Cake
Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Ombre Cake
Sprinkles for Breakfast | Rustic Ombre Cake

Doughnuts - Denver, Co

Last weekend I went to Denver for the first time, and I pretty much fell in love with it. I guess the 75 degree weather in the middle of winter didn't hurt, but even without the sunshine, Denver is a pretty cool place - An abundance of farm to table restaurants, a bunch of local brewery's, and doughnuts, lots of doughnuts. Now when we told people we were on a National Doughnut Tour, everyone thought we were going to Voodoo. Even though Voodoo Doughnuts was founded in Portland, I guess it has made it's way to Denver (reputation and all). We saw a bunch of people walking around with those pink boxes. But seeing as we are anti-voodoo on this tour, we went to a newer, less known shop called Glazed and Confuzed. It was awesome. But instead of going on and on about why Glazed and Confuzed kicks Voodoo's ass, we are going to let our new favorite yelp reviewer do it for us....

Thomas S. - "If you want to put a penis shaped donut in your mouth, go to Voodoo. If you care about quality ingredients, how your doughnut is prepared, overall awesomeness and creativity...check out Glazed and Confuzed."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves Thomas S! Check out the rest of the review and all the pictures at the Sprinkles for Breakfast National Doughnut Tour

Confetti Cake Pops

Confetti Cake Pop | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Here at Sprinkles for Breakfast, we have a thing for sprinkles. It's not really our fault. They are colorful, cute, and scream "PARTY" wherever they go.  How could we not love them? They just make everything look and taste better. So this week, we decided to add them to our favorite Vanilla Vanilla  Cake Pops. While these cake pops are delicious on their own, adding our favorite ingredient turned them into some serious PARTY POPS! Enjoy! 

Confetti Cake Pops

Cake 

  • 5 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1 cup whole milk (room temperature)
  • 2 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes

Buttercream

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • water
  • candy thermometer

you will also need 

Confetti Cake Pops | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Directions

for the cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 X 9" pan with butter and line with parchment. Also make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature. This is very important.
  2. In a medium bowl combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk and the vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dry ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the butter and remaining milk and mix on a low speed until just combined. Increase to medium speed and mix for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 2 separate batches, beat on medium speed until it is just combined. (No more than 45 seconds after each addition)
  6. Fill prepared pan with batter.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. You will know the cake is done when a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center or when you press the top of the cake with your finger and the cake bounces back. Let cool on racks until cooled completely.

for the buttercream:

  1. In a small sauce pan put 1/2 cup (minus 1 tbs) of sugar. Cover the sugar with a little bit of water until the sugar looks like wet sand. Cook on a stove top over high heat until it reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer. 
  2. While the sugar is cooking use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip egg whites on a high speed until they reach soft peaks. 
  3. Once you have soft peaks add the remaining 1 tbs of sugar and mix on a high speed until the egg whites become stiff peaks. You can keep mixing the egg whites at a high speed until the sugar is done cooking.
  4. Once the sugar reaches 248 degrees immediately add it to the egg white mixture. Mix on a high speed for 20 minutes.
  5. Now add the room temperature butter and mix on a high speed for 5-10 minutes until the butter is fully combined and the mixture resembles buttercream. 
  6. Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
Confetti Cake Pops | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Assembly 

  1. Once the cake is cooled, use your hands or two forks and to crumble the cake into fine crumbs.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of sprinkles and mix it into cake crumbs. Repeat this until the sprinkles are distributed evenly among the crumbs. 
  3. In a separate bowl mix the cake crumbs and the buttercream. For every 2 cups of cake crumbs add 1 tbs of buttercream. Mix with hands or fork until the buttercream is fully incorporated. You want the mixture to be just moist enough to roll into balls.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out a small amount of mixture and roll between cupped hands until you reach the desired round shape. 
  5. Put balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  6. Place coating chocolates in a deep bowl so you will be able to submerge the entire ball in the chocolate. Melt chocolates.
  7. Dip lollipop stick into chocolate and then into the middle of a cake ball. 
  8. Dip cake ball into the chocolate until it is completely covered. Hold it sideways over the bowl and rotate it and tap it so the excess chocolate comes off. 
  9. When the excess chocolate has dripped off, push the lollipop stick into styrofoam block to dry. 
  10. Once chocolate is dry, paint the top part of the ball around the stick with piping gel and add sprinkle decorations.  
  11. Place each pop into an individual mini cupcake liner. 
Confetti Cake Pops | Sprinkles for Breakfast