Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunbutter Chocolate Cups: Taste Just Like Reese's

I've been wanting to make peanut free and dairy free Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for awhile now. I've had the candy molds sitting in the deep dark depths of my kitchen cabinets for about a year!  In preparation for Halloween festivities, I thought I'd try out a recipe for Sunbutter Chocolate Cups. Let me tell you, they are DIVINE. The Hubs and I both think they taste just like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

At FABlogCon (Food Allergy Bloggers Conference), SunCups said they are working on a dairy free version of their tasty nut free sunbutter filled chocolate cups. OH BOY! Until then, I'm excited that I can make these for Little Guy!

Also, one note if you're making these for kids with food allergies. Since these are "look-alike" candies, make sure you emphasize that these are DIFFERENT than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Just to make sure kids with food allergies realize they have to be careful if they eat something that looks like this.

Thanks to Sunbutter for their amazing and easy recipe. I didn't have the exact ingredients in my kitchen, so I thought I'd share my version with you that worked out perfectly too.

I mean, just take a look at this mouthwatering treat.


It's so exciting making fun recipes for your family that are safe for EVERYONE to eat, you know?

So how do you make this sweet nut free and dairy free treat?

Slowly melt 1 cup of dairy and nut free chocolate chips in a double broiler. You can see I made my own using a glass bowl and small pan.


Can you say YUM?


Pour about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of melted chocolate in the bottom of your candy mold (depending on the size). Make sure it covers the bottom of your mold.  Put the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes and freeze the chocolate.


While the chocolate is freezing, mix up the Sunbutter filling. You can see here that I tried it two ways.  One with vanilla extract and one without. The vanilla extract makes the Sunbutter filling a little more moist when you're working with it. As for taste and texture when eating it, I didn't notice a difference with or without it!


Roll the filling into small balls, about 1/2 tsp size, and press balls down slightly into frozen chocolate cups.

Cover with rest of melted chocolate. Next time I may try to make them a little flatter on top, but this way turned out great too!


Sunbutter Chocolate Cups
Adapted from Sunbutter's awesome recipe

Ingredients

Filling:
  • 6 Tbsp smooth sunflower seed butter (try other types of "butters" if you can't eat sunflower!)
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar/confectioner's sugar
  • 4 tsp organic corn syrup (as Sunbutter recommends, you can also use agave syrup, brown rice syrup or cane syrup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (This makes the inside Sunbutter filling a little more moist when you're working with it. I tried one batch with it and one without. As for taste and texture when eating it, I didn't notice a difference with or without it!)
Outer Chocolate Coating:
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life which are free of the top 8 allergens. Pascha chocolate also now offers dairy free chocolate chips!)
  • 1 Tbsp Sunbutter (This helps thicken the chocolate. Other recipes suggest palm shortening as an option too).
Directions
  • Melt your chocolate in a double broiler (I used a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan) on low heat. Stir until chocolate is melted.
  • Pour about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of melted chocolate in the bottom of your candy mold (depending on the size). Make sure it covers the bottom of your mold.
  • Put the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes and freeze the chocolate.
  • While chocolate is freezing, mix up the Sunbutter filling. Roll the filling into small balls, about 1/2 tsp size, and press balls down slightly into frozen chocolate cups.
  • Cover with rest of melted chocolate.
  • Makes about 24 small Sunbutter Chocolate Cups
Recommendations
  • I used small candy molds. It would be fun to try others themed candy molds like this Small Pumpkin Chocolate Candy Mold or Small Heart Shape Silicon Candy Mold too!
  • Store these in the freezer. This chocolate is not tempered (it will melt at room temperature) and eat them soon after you get them out of the freezer!
  • HIDE these in the freezer. If I didn't hide them, then I know we wouldn't have any left for Halloween! (yes, this is a direct reference to my Sunbutter Chocolate Cup loving Hubs <3)


Here are some of the basics you need to make this recipe!  Choose your favorite chocolate (I used a mix of Enjoy Life mini chips and dark chocolate chips).


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Birthday Cake Decoration: Sprinkle Numbers (No Cookie Cutter Needed)

If you make your own birthday cakes like I do, you're probably always looking for fun ways to decorate your cakes. It would be much easier to just buy a birthday cake from our local bakery or store. But as you know, Little Guy has food allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts and sesame, so we do our own baking.

So, what's a mama to do when she needs a fun and festive birthday cake topper for her Little Gal's second birthday?

Add on a sprinkle number topper in less than 5 minutes flat! 



I love this decoration because it's a little different than the usual #2 birthday candle. You only need a few supplies that you probably already have in your kitchen:
  • Sprinkles (I used Cake Mate Rainbow Sprinkles (affiliate) since they contain soy only. However, please check labels for your own needs every time). 
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Pencil
Here's how I did it. 

First tear off a piece of wax paper that will cover the whole top of your cake. This will protect the cake from rogue sprinkles falling on it.

Draw your number on the wax paper with a pencil and place the wax paper on a cutting board. 

Use one side of a sharp pair of scissors and cut out the number

Place the wax paper carefully on your cake.  Again, make sure it covers the whole thing so it's safe from falling sprinkles.


Carefully place and press sprinkles onto the icing. Fill up all those icing spots!

Remove the wax paper and you have your sprinkle cake topper!




Have you ever tried this fun decoration? What's your favorite easy way to decorate cakes other than candles?

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