Earth Day Thoughts

Hi everyone! As promised, we have another post for you. Like Oreo Thoughts, in which we asked each of you for a sentence or two that described your feelings / reaction to the Oreo Truffles, Earth Day Thoughts does the same. The only difference is, we're asking you for your thoughts on the Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cupcakes. Here they are below, but first, a word of advice: 

Don't just open a box of cupcakes and have a free-for-all. It'll be gone and devoured by your classmates faster than you can say, "Wait, I should probably save some for.....others." Some people scrambled off with their cupcakes before we could ask them for their Earth Day Thoughts. Nonetheless, we have managed to (miraculously) salvage some photos and reaction quotes. 

Apologies to those who deserve or were promised a cupcake but didn't get one. The mad dash for cupcakes shouldn't be taken lightly. Fortunately, we learn from our mistakes, and we promise this mistake will not be repeated. Everyone shall have their just dessert.

Here is the progression of cupcake devour-ation in less than 3 minutes.

Scene 1: 12 cupcakes.

Scene 2: 5 cupcakes.

Scene 3: 2 cupcakes.


Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cupcakes

Guess whose birthday is tomorrow? ...It's our very own, one and only, mother Earth. So here's a recipe dedicated to Earth Day!

These chocolate dirt pudding cupcakes are incredibly fun to make, and it tastes absolutely divine and is like a chocolate lover's heaven. Chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate pudding, topped with chocolate frosting and Oreo crumb "dirt" layer. And an adorable gummy worm digging into the cupcake. How could you resist? We'll be bringing these to school on Monday, so be on a look-out!

Hungry for more Oreo-inspired recipes? Check out our Oreo Truffles and Mini Oreo Cheesecakes.

Caroline & Monica

Happy Earth Day -- April 23, 2012! (Yay for our first timely post!)


Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cupcakes

Happy April 18! It's me, Monica. Some of you might remember me bringing in cupcakes on the last day of school before spring break (which was a while ago, I know). Recently, I've become infatuated with cupcakes. They're easy, fun, delicious, and portable. What more could you want out of a dessert?

Anyways, this treat was dedicated to Sarah Swiezy, whose birthday was April 2! Cheers!

I won't leave you in suspense for much longer, I promise. This was originally meant to be a spring
break post, but accessing the Internet can be a little difficult when you're traveling overseas in China. So please accept my apologies for the belated post.

Just a heads up, this is an overnight recipe, so I wouldn't recommend making this last-minute. The actual baking and preparing part doesn't take long, but the brownie portion must be frozen overnight.

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Cranberry-Orange Scones

Spring + sunshine + pretty flowers + yummy scones = happyhappyhappy

Okay. Check the ingredients list, and get whatever you need. You WILL want to make these. Hard, sweet glaze on the outside, soft and biscuit-y on the inside, scones make the perfect breakfast/snack food. They're also gratifyingly easy to make, especially after trying to make my own bread for the first time (more about that in an upcoming post.)

Also, we're on Facebook! Check out our new Pass the Cocoa Facebook page, where we post reaction shots of our taste-testers, take recipe requests, post food photos, and more. Visit us here: http://www.facebook.com/passthecocoa. And don't forget to like the page!

Got your ingredients? Let's go!


Chocolate-Cheesecake Marble Cupcakes

Cupcakes are also great for picnics, especially if you've been having fantastic weather recently like in the Midwest. This photo was taken outdoors!


Homemade Biscuits

Hello, Caroline here. I’d like to announce I’ve finally seen the light, and mended my erroneous ways of making fattening food loaded with butter and sugar. Well...not really. I just needed something to eat for lunch today. 

We’re on spring break right now, so I was on my own in terms of food. I decided to make my favorite: breakfast for lunch! Which is probably the thing I eat most often on breaks, but mainly just because I don’t wake up early enough to actually eat a normal breakfast. 

But anyways, onward to the biscuits I made for brunch. 

Very easy, yummy, and also rather messy. But that may have been because my dough was too sticky. I'll appologize in advance for my un-thorough process shots; I'm just not organized enough! Oh, what would I do without Monica....

Mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the butter and shortening to the dry ingredients.

Add the buttermilk. If you don't have any, you can do what I did here, and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to milk. (I used whole milk.)

Mix in the buttermilk, until just combined. DON'T OVERMIX! It'll make you want to cry. Really.

Add additional spoonful or so of flour if the dough is too wet. Flatten the dough until it is one inch thick, and cut out around 12 circles about 2 inches wide. Lazy little me, of course, opted just to take a knife and cut the thing into squares. You can even smooth out the corners of the squares if you want, to make them look more circular, but what's the point?

Placed them on a greased baking sheet, and bake 15-20 minutes, until they're golden brown on top.

The breakfast ensemble.

Now, the biscuits are supposed to be a bit smoother on top, but like I said before, I added to much milk, so the dough was sticky. But they're still very delicious, and moist. And rather cute. Okay, I'll stop.

Homemade Biscuits
Inspired by The Food Network
Yields: 1 dozen biscuits
Time: 40 minutes

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
2 tablespoons shortening
1 cup cold buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Thoroughly mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. Add butter and shortening. Incorporate into the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter, or just rubbing it with your fingers. It should resemble coarse crumbs. It’s no big deal if some pieces of butter are still there.
3. Add the buttermilk, and mix it in until it is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
4. Roll the dough on a flat surface so that it is about 1 inch thick. Cut out around 12 circles, each about 2-inch wide. Alternately, cut the dough into 12 squares.
5. Place biscuits onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Caroline & Monica