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Christmas Tree Cakes with NEW Cake Boss Cake Mixes and Frostings {Giveaway}

Let the baking begin!!! Tis’ the season to be baking, whether you’re headed out to a party or making baked goods as gifts, for most of us, this time of year our ovens are warm and the mixing bowls are out.

I enjoy baking at Christmas time and seeing people try my *hopefully yummy treats. {I have been known to win an award or two for my yummy cookies.} I think this love for baking comes from my mom, who enjoys making cookies and fudge around the holidays to give to neighbors and friends.

Recently, I was able to try out some of the brand NEW cake mixes and frostings from Cake Boss. In honor of the holidays I figured I would make something festive so I came up with a yummy Christmas Tree Cake:

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To make my Christmas Tree cakes with Cake Boss Cake Mixes and Frostings, I wanted to add a surprise in the middle and since we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday so I thought the, II’S YOUR PARTY cake mix was appropriate. The kids loved seeing the bright colored confetti in their cakes. We also kept the cakes simple by using the VIVA VANILLA frosting, since most kids like vanilla, and it’s easier to decorate or even change the color.

Using the 6-Cup Round Cakelette Pan, I baked my cakes, although I filled it a little too high, I would recommend for this project to fill the wells to half, the higher the cakes bake the more you will need to cut off to create a level “tree” bottom. {Although if you want a tasty snack or to use for cake pops or other treats, that may not be a bad thing.}

The frosting is made with real vanilla and palm oil so for me it was different than the usual store-bought frostings and I really enjoyed the flavor and texture.

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Obviously, I’m not a frosting whiz, or a professional baker, but what my decoration skills lacked, these cakes made up for with their light and super moist taste. The moms were raving about the taste and I think I may have found my new cake mix and frosting for the holidays.

When it comes to a great tasting cake, it starts with the right ingredients. Each cake mix comes with a pouch of bakery crème – Buddy’s secret to making velvety moist cakes. The cake mixes are available in six delicious flavors: VA VA VELVET,IT’S YOUR PARTY, DECADENT DEVIL’S FOOD, CHOCOLATE TRIFECTA, PRIMO YELLOW, and DIVINE WHITE.

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CAKE BOSS Frostings are premium frostings give you a taste experience you would expect to find at Buddy’s bakery. Made with high quality ingredients and zero trans-fat, the frostings pair perfectly with Cake Boss cake mixes. They are available in four indulgent flavors: WHOLE LOTTA CHOCOLATE, VIVA VANILLA,MEGA MILK CHOCOLATE, and CRÈME DE LA CREAM CHEESE.

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In addition to the new mixes and frostings, the Cake Boss baked good line includes beautiful and delicious buttercream cakes, fondant cakes and boutique-style cupcakes with unique combinations of amazing flavors, fillings and designs. Not to mention their line of bakeware!

I want you to win some Cake Boss goodies!! Enter now through December 16th to win just in time for your holiday baking!

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For more information on the Cake Boss cake line, visit CakeBossCakes.com, and for Cake Boss bakeware, visit: CakeBossBaking.com

 

I received complimentary products in order to complete this honest review including my own personal thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

 

Tropical Foods Dipping Chocolate – Valentine’s Day Treats

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One of the sweetest days of the year is right around the corner and celebrating with kids now gives Valentine’s Day new meaning. I love celebrating holidays with my kiddos and enjoy seeing their faces when we get to bond and create. Of course we’re always making crafts and occasionally we get to create some tasty treats too.

Miss A and I made these yummy treats last Christmas:

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We like to dip things in chocolate because well, everything is better with chocolate when you’re a self-diagnosed choco-holic. We’ve dipped cookies, marshmallows, and carmel.

Dipping ChocolateTropical Foods is hosting a contest asking bloggers, “What are your favorite foods to dip in chocolate?”And by nature, I MUST answer. I think my all-time favorite thing to dip would have to be Oreos. At Christmas time they are extra tasty with peppermint shavings. However, if I were concocting something for Valentine’s Day with the kiddos I think I would make heart shaped cake pops from red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and cover in their White Chocolate Dipping Chocolate, but you can’t forget the heart shaped sprinkles. I also really enjoy dipping pretzels, homemade caramels, making frozen bananas, and fresh strawberries!

My awesome friends shared their dipped goodies with me.

Lolli from, “Better in Bulk” has a “unique” technique for dipping her truffles:

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Finger-lickin’ good huh??

My friend Michelle from, “Honest and Truly” makes this delicious chocolate drizzled popcorn:

Drizzled Popcorn - Honest and Truly

Head here for the recipe: http://honestandtruly.blogspot.com

Now that you’re in the dipping mood too, if you were asked, “What are your favorite foods to dip in chocolate,” what would your answer be??

I am blogging for a chance to win Tropical Foods blogger contest and because I personally enjoy Tropical Foods products. I have worked with Tropical Foods in the past as well. All images posted are either my property or given consent to use for the purpose of this blog post by the image owner.