Draft Day Delights!

We hosted the family fantasy football draft this year (again). I will say that drafting, parenting, and hosting are not easy tasks. I should also add how frustrating it is to have 8 other family members watch you try and do all three….but these is a theme in my life.

I love hosting parties. I also love a good theme. My intention was to have signature food from the big football cities: NY Cheesecake, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, Philly Cheesesteaks, etc. Then I came to my senses and realized there is not one family member that would appreciate it. So I went with a traditional menu,but a did make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes! They are a total crowd favorite and the make my Boston born loving husband very happy.

You need the following:
Yellow cupcakes ( just use a box mix)
Big Box of Vanilla Instant Pudding
Milk
Heavy Cream
Frozen topping (about 3/4 a cup) -thaw it
Vanilla Extract (a teaspoon)
Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping

Make you cupcakes according to the box. This can easily be done the day before and then keep them in the fridge. (You can make them two days before if need be and freeze them.)

Cup each cupcake in half. Try and keep the right cupcake top with the right bottom if possible. (Take the wrappers off)

Now start working on your filling. This is a “quick custard”. Follow the directions on the pudding box, replace some of the milk (about a half cup) with heavy cream. Once you have the consistency of pudding start adding in the frozen topping. Once you have a thick consistency add in your vanilla extract mix that it.

Now you have created a “custard”. True custard….heck no. But enough for a cupcake yes!

True Boston Cream Pie is equal parts cake to filling, so keep that in mind as you begin to fill your cupcakes. Huge drops of custard are a good thing. It is okay if the custard peeks out once you put the cupcake top back on!

Now heat your fudge up in the microwave. Don’t make it too hot or liquid like. When the fudge is ready pour it on the top of the cupcake. Make sure you use enough so that it slides down the sides of the cupcake.

Chill in the fridge until time for dessert!

You may need a fork to enjoy!

Another Dessert….Another Pin

Mint Pie

My nephew, (who I adore) loves any desserts that are mint.   Now that he is a tween, I feel like this is one of the only ways I get to really spoil him, and do something special for him.   He has always been a fan of most desserts that I make, but I can tell that he really gets into being the one to pick what I make.   Thankfully he has an iPhone so I can text him before family gatherings and ask him what his requests are.

To me mint things scream Christmas and St.Patrick’s Day.   Not sure why (maybe the green?  So over the weekend when he request anything mint for our family BBQ,  I drew a blank.   I needed something that could handle the elements of a typical humid NJ summer day, and that was easy to serve and clean-up.  I always hate being the person who shows up at another person’s home (even family), and requires the use of their major appliances and advanced cutlery.

What Is A Girl To Do?

Hit up the over achieving woman’s paradise….PINTEREST.

Search: Easy No Bake Mint Dessert

Seems I start many searches with the term “Easy No Bake”, since once I hit the letter  “E” in the search button the phrase was there.  More on that later.

Many Many Many things popped up that looked so worth every single calorie.  However I went with this little number:

 

St. Patrick’s Chocolate Mint Pie

The only change that I made, was that I made the pie in “mini” form by putting it together in small plastic cups (the kind people use for wine at parties).    So each person got their own “Pie in a Cup” (secret portion control).   I also decided not to put the mint extract in the pudding mixture, since I think it ran the risk of being too minty.

It was a HUGE hit.  In fact I was told to add this to the rotation.

Special thanks to “Iowa Girl Eats” for giving this Jersey Girl a nice easy dessert to make…