Spring showers bring clock cookie cakes and caramel brownies…

2 Apr

Hello darlings,

This post was written this past Sunday – haven’t the foggiest how/why I didn’t publish it yet… perhaps it was forgotten like the container of sour cream lost in my trunk for 2 days – but less gross.

This weekend was the first of the many bridal showers of the season:) Most wonderfully it was my very own cousin’s – a wedding I’m in even!  Hooray for bridesmaids:)  So anyways – the theme was ‘Around the Clock’ which made for some hysterical gifts, potentially including Batman whitey tighties. Or should I call them blacky tighties?    Anywho – for the festivities wif made a big beautiful clock cookie cake (with homemade buttercream) in a 17 inch deep dish pizza pan.  And, if I do say so myself, it turned out quite deliciouso and not too rough on the eyeballs either.  That is, if you didn’t look too terribly closely, heehee.

I was going more for this look:

And not so much this look:

And I think I ended up somewhere in between….It’s 5:30…. get it?  As in their wedding is 5/30/2010?  Thanks hubby!!

I used a pretty basic Betty Crocker cookie bar recipe, with easter M&Ms, and the Amazingest Buttercream.  Topped off with some little oreos and purple glitter (mostly because glitter makes *everything* wonderful).  And the best part – it’ s one bowl easy peasy recipe.  Here’s the lowdown:

Betty Crocker Chocolate Candy Bars

*recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Makes enough to fill a 17 inch deep dish pizza pan and an 8×8.  That is if you’re a mass baker like wif – otherwise halve it and you’ll have a normal batch (this has been doubled).

  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups M&Ms or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in vanilla and egg until well blended.
2. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms. With spoon, stir in chocolate candies and nuts. Spread dough in ungreased 13×9-inch pan. (PS: If you use the Easter M&Ms they are HUGUNGOUS.  Like peanut M&Ms size – shew.)
3. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
4. While it is cooling – whip up that Amazingest Buttercream and tint it however you like.  Wif used Wilton’s violet paste on all but about a quarter cup.  Put that quarter cup in a pastry/frosting/ziploc bag with a number 22 tip and coupler. 

5. After you frost the cake (right up to the crust edge -using an offset spatula) add significantly more violet to the remainder frosting to make a bright shade (isn’t bright so much more fun than pastels??) and fill a pastry/frosting/ziploc bag with the fun new hue.

6. Place 12 oreos around the edge – representing a clock.

7. Use the white to pipe on roman numerals (or regular numbers if you’re going for the mod look) and clock hands – I used this template to help my brain out.

6. Using a #1 tip pipe around the edge of the cookie cake, using increasing and decreasing pressure to make a purdy design.


8. Drive 5 miles per hour to the party location… desperately grasping the cake sitting on the passenger seat threatening to shoot into the door with every NY pothole (known as craters in other state).

9. Mmmm – eat that yummy thing up after some *cute* pics of course!

And just in case you’re absolutely *dying* of curiosity – those are Doughmesstic’s Fleur de Sel caramel brownies… A post in their own but here’s a hinty:

caramel rock: FAIL

Susan (Ms. Doughmesstic herself) had to help me out of ^that^ sticky situation…  And I was breathing a sigh of relief when I ended up with these:

I’m pretty sure it was the toothpicks with the cutie-pie picture taped to them that saved the day;)


So there’s the bridal shower goodies thus far.  And now it’s time to get on the ice cream cakes and tortellini salad!


2 Responses to “Spring showers bring clock cookie cakes and caramel brownies…”


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