When you absolutely have to have something sweet and delicious, what you really need is Treatsies.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chocolate Almond Cake

On Monday morning, my husband asked me to make a cake for his boss's birthday.  Tomorrow.

"Sure, no problem, I'd love to.  What kind of cake does your boss like?"

"Oh, anything."

That's so helpful.  So I began scanning my recipes and came up with this.

Chocolate almond cake with a silky drizzle of chocolate icing.  It has just the right amount of sweetness and a homey simplicity that makes it a joy to eat.  Ground almonds provide a chewy texture to this fudge-like rich cake.  I think it's delicious cold.  Living in a tropical climate with no air conditioning means everything has to stay in the fridge, but it was a definite benefit with this cake.

It's not your average chocolate cake, that's for sure.  If you're looking for something to shake up the monotony, try this almond studded beauty.  Reports from the office party included rave reviews.  So, when's your boss's birthday?  Make sure you bring something delicious.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hello Dolly Bars

When I asked my daughter what she wanted to bake next, she replied "Hello dollies!"

If you don't know what those are, don't worry, I didn't either.  When she began to describe these treats, I recognized the ingredients, even though I didn't know the name.  I've seen the simple confection go by seven layer bars and magic bars.  They probably have other names, too, but hello dollies were what em asked for.

Now, I'm not a huge coconut fan.  Let me rephrase that.  I absolutely detest coconut.  Much like coffee, I love the way it smells, but I can't handle eating it.  I don't like the way it feels on my teeth.  I know.  I'm insane.  But they're my daughter's favorite, and she's been asking for one every ten minutes since they came out of the oven.  She swears that even people who don't like coconut and pecans love hello dollies.  And my husband, who doesn't like coconut either, has been matching her bar for bar.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Starting from Scratch: Red Velvet Cupcakes

We've been in our new home in Hawaii for a little over a week now, and I'm getting to know and love my new kitchen.  But when we first moved in last week we had almost nothing.  I came with my food scale, cutting board, rotating cake stand, 9 inch round cake pan, and an 8x8 baking pan.  That's it.  That's all I had in my kitchen.  For a food lover and an aspiring baker, this is a serious problem.

This is what my kitchen looks like now.  As you can see, I've managed to acquire a few things in the past week, including some pots and pans for cooking and baking.  Counter space is at a minimum, and we still don't own a table to eat at.  Can you say living room picnic?  I recently discovered mid-dinner-making that I hadn't yet bought a can opener for my tomatoes.  Luckily, my dad's pocket tool came to the rescue.  Starting a kitchen from scratch is not easy.  You don't appreciate how much stuff you need to actually make dinner until you have nothing to work with.

The first thing we baked in our new kitchen were red velvet cupcakes to celebrate my daughter's 11th birthday.  She helped to bake and decorate these cupcakes.  They didn't turn out quite as pretty as I would have hoped.  Like I said, I had to buy everything to make these, including the cupcake pan.  I didn't have time to go shopping around for pretty red papers, or even a piping bag.  But we made do with what we had.  I simply used a butter knife to fluff up the frosting on top of the cupcakes and create a fun little swirl on the top. Sprinkles are courtesy of the lovely Miss Em.

Birthday girl anticipation

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Every time I asked one of my friends what he wanted me to bake, he always said Oreo cheesecake.  Well, I don't have a springform pan, let alone room for a water bath in my tiny oven.  Cheesecakes can be very temperamental even in the best conditions, not to mention not very easy to transport.  A cheesecake is big and bulky and needs to be refrigerated.  Then it hit me.  Miniature single serving cheesecakes in my muffin pan.  I've done it before.  I knew it would work.

I really wanted to try one of these, but they disappeared before I got a chance to sink my teeth into one.  I was so disappointed.  The friend who requested them ate three.  Everybody wanted one, and everybody exclaimed how delicious they were.  I guess I'll just have to take their word for it and use my imagination.  I'll have to be quicker next time.

Mini Oreo cheesecakes are perfect for a picnic.  They're already portioned so you don't have to transport a whole cheesecake.  They're small enough that they won't weigh you down so you're ready for some ultimate Frisbee afterward.  Or if moderation's not your thing, you could always eat three of them.  Who's gonna stop you?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

How is one expected to go about their daily business when their whole apartment smells like spice heaven?  That's the dilemma I was faced with when I put these baby cakes in the oven.  The warm comforting scent of cinnamon and ginger hung around my apartment for hours.  These golden teddy bear brown cakes sat cooling on my table, taunting me, begging to be eaten.  I wish I could have had them all to myself.

These sweet little cakes started out with that oh so heavenly spice cake I was telling you about.  A bit more substantial than the average airy vanilla cupcake, these cakes are loaded with flavor all by themselves, including a gentle heat that warms the back of your throat.  No wonder people were willing to sail thousands of miles for this stuff.  Spices make life much more exciting.  But as if that weren't enough, perched on top is a generous dollop of sweet and tangy maple cream cheese frosting.  It's just the right amount of sweet, and oh so smooth and creamy.  Finally they're hit with a sprinkling of demerara sugar to make them sparkle.

I couldn't help myself.  I had to have one before we packed them up for Canada day.  I couldn't believe my taste buds.  These cupcakes turned out to be even better than the smell had promised.  I couldn't stop dancing with delight.  I wanted everyone in the world to try one.  As long as they left one more for me.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Margarita Lime Cookies

In case you didn't get enough drunken cupcake action, we brought out some of these bright refreshing cookies last weekend by special request.  The cookies are soft and citrusy with a cloud of tequila lime frosting mounded on top.  This was another creation so good I didn't even get to try one.  They're a perfect summer treat and great for sharing.  Eat yours with a Corona.  Or a tequila shot.  I won't tell.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Triple Caramel Cupcakes

I'm a chocolate freak myself, but my husband LOVES caramel (which must be pronounced with three syllables).  So when it came time to find ideas for last weekend's Taichung Improv show, he, of course, suggested caramel cupcakes.  These cupcakes delivered on all fronts.

It starts with a dense sticky caramel cake made with brown sugar.  Then there's a secret filling of homemade caramel sauce.  Piled on top is a caramel butter cream and a drizzle of that caramel filling, just in case you hadn't had enough caramel already.  Sadly, they all sold out before I even got to try one, but I hear they were divine.  If you love all things caramel, you're gonna melt when you sink your teeth into one of these.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gooey Chocolate Chip Brownies

There are moments in life when nothing but chocolate will do, and a humble brownie is the best possible solution.  They're an unassuming treat, especially next to colorfully decorated cupcakes, but the taste of a brownie is unrivaled.  Nothing beats a chewy gooey fudgy brownie studded with chocolate chips.  It's like sinking your teeth into a bit of chocolate heaven.

Inspired by Nestle Toll House 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

There are some things you just can't get in Taiwan.  Reese's peanut butter cups are one of them.  No matter where you look, they cannot be found.  Reese's is one of my all time favorite candies.  It makes me sad every time I have to choose something else at 7-11.

But this makes me very happy.  A chocolate peanut butter cupcake to fulfill all of your peanut butter cup cravings.  It's a light as air devil's food cupcake topped with the best peanut butter frosting I've ever tasted.  It's like crack, this stuff.  It makes me dance every time I taste it.  

One of our Taichung fans requested these.  The only way you can get chocolate and peanut butter together in this country is to make it yourself.  Which is what I did.  I hope you enjoy!

We'll be in People's Park today with these cupcakes and our amazing sandwich cookies.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In the Works-- Tequila Sunrise Cupcake

We've got great things cooking in the Treatsies kitchen.  You loved the margarita cupcakes so much, we've decided to develop a whole line of drunken cupcakes based on all the drinks you love.  Just because you can't go to the bars in Taichung anymore doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the flavor of your favorite cocktail.

This weekend we've been working on perfecting the tequila sunrise cupcake.  It's sweet and orangalicious with a slight punch of tequila working in the background. It will make you feel like you're on a Mexican beach.  

Tell us what your favorite cocktails are, and we'll create the perfect cupcake for you.  What are you craving today?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling

I had some peanut butter frosting left over from those peanut butter and jelly cupcakes I made last weekend.  I asked my husband what I should do with it.  He suggested I use it as a filling between chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I knew right away it was a great idea, but I had no idea just how good these would be.

There's nothing new here.  These are both recipes you've seen before.  But let me tell you, when I first tasted one of these, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  The combination of the peanut butter filling with these already delicious chewy cookies made me swoon.  I don't know if I've ever eaten a sandwich cookie this good in my life.  I took them into the office and the exclamations of yumminess kept coming all day.

You are definitely going to want to eat about a thousand of these ridiculous treatsies.  Your arteries will not thank you, admittedly, but your taste buds will be endlessly appreciative.  There seriously aren't words strong enough to describe how scrumptious these things are.  You just have to try them for yourself.  We've really outdone ourselves this time.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Margarita Cupcakes

It's cupcake mayhem in the Treatsies kitchen today, and you can try one for free.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when we'll be giving away these gorgeous cupcakes at the Taichung International Food and Music Festival today!

It's hot outside.  And I mean really hot!  Time for a margarita or five.  We're bringing something sweet to the party with these petite margarita drunken cupcakes.  These treatsies are layered with tequila on every level.  That's right.  Tequila in cupcakes.  Tequila in the cake, tequila on the cake, tequila in the frosting.  It's everywhere.  But it's the sweet lime flavor that really makes you want to eat another one.  And each cupcake is topped with a hand-crafted chewy lime candy for an extra punch of flavor.

You're already at a festival.  You might as well combine your drink with your dessert.  Find us today to try our margarita cupcake for free!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

I was literally dancing with delight when I tasted this cupcake.  There were yummy sounds coming from all over the kitchen.  Unbelievably delightful.  These little treatsies start with a base of the moistest vanilla cake filled with a burst of raspberry jam, then generously topped with a thick creamy peanut butter frosting and hit with a bunch of rainbow sprinkles.

This peanut butter frosting has got to be the best I've ever tasted.  It's thick and creamy and perfectly sweet.  You just have to try one to believe it.  Be sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when we'll be at the Taichung International Food and Music Festival to get your free cupcake.  It might be the best thing you eat all day.

Oh, and if you order a batch of these cupcakes for yourself, you can have them filled with your favorite jam flavor.  I promise, it'll be the best PB&J you've ever eaten.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cherry Jam Cookies

Sometimes in Taiwan, baking can be complicated.  You wake up in the morning thinking you'll try a new recipe for blondies.  Easy.  All you have to do is go to a specialty import shop and buy some condensed milk.  But then you get there, and they don't have condensed milk.  But the butter is already out softening on your counter.  What do you do?

Make cherry jam cookies of course.  I'm still trying to find ways to get rid of the cherry jam in my fridge, so these little beauties went into the oven.  They are light and golden with a hint of cherry red peeking through here and there, and the glitter of demerara sugar on the outside adds a bit of crunch.  Underneath the sweetness from the cherries is a punch of heat from ground ginger that warms up your mouth.  These are light and not overly sweet.  They'd be great with tea or coffee.  Luckily they're small because eating just one is nearly impossible.

Order 2 dozen now for $16 or $0.50 each

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

They're enormous and beautiful and loaded with chocolate.  I've never seen such a beautiful chocolate chip cookie.  This recipe starts with 150 grams of melted butter and ends with over 300 grams of chocolate.  Your eyes will pop and your mouth will water.  You have to try one.

The good news?  They're so big you only have to eat one.  The better news?  The second one tastes just as good.  Be sure to have milk on hand.  It's a monster of deliciousness.  No kidding.  They're amazingly big.

Order a batch of 18 for $24 or $1.50 each

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blueberry Corn Muffins

This is no ordinary blueberry muffin.  These fresh ripe blueberries have joined forces with the sweet texture of cornmeal to bring an added interest to your normal everyday muffin.  They're absolutely bursting with flavor.  A perfect Souther summer treat.  You won't be able to eat just one.

Order a dozen now for $6 or $0.50 each

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

These gorgeous treatsies start out with the most tender devil's food cupcake you've ever eaten.  The rich chocolate cake is then filled with a surprising burst of sweet and tart cherry jam.  The smooth sticky chocolate icing and cherry on top will take you back to your childhood.  This cupcake may actually be of the devil.

In case you hadn't heard, the heat has begun to rear it's ugly head here in Taiwan.  The most challenging thing about making these cupcakes was temperature control.  It was 27 degrees in my kitchen at the time of decorating.  Yikes!  Chocolate and butter dislike heat just as much as I do.  But don't let the heat stop you from enjoying a chocolate cherry cupcake.  Just be sure to have some ice cold milk standing by.  You'll need it.

Order 2 dozen now for $16 or $0.80 each

Monday, May 9, 2011

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

It's all happening here at Treatsies.  We're shipping out our first order out today to a fan in Taipei.  Like many of you, Subway cookies just weren't cutting it anymore.  If you're sick of the same old cookie, why not order some of our chewy, delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Made with pure maple syrup, these cookies have a deep warm flavor and the perfect chewy texture, and of course, chocolate.  What could be better?  To order your own batch of these delicious dreams, just drop us an email and have them delivered directly to you.  How can you resist?

Order a batch of 30 now for $15 or $0.50 each

Friday, May 6, 2011

Victoria Sponge Cake

This gorgeous buttery cake is perfect for your summer party.  Light and fruity, it won't weigh you down.  Add a dollop of fresh sweetened whipped cream to make it even more special.

Inspired by my recent trip to England, I absolutely had to give this Victorian treat a try.  It's such a simple cake with such simple ingredients, but the taste is anything but dull.  The sweetness of the rich cake combined with the tartness of the raspberry jam make this cake divine.  And without any heavy frosting, it's wonderfully refreshing on a hot day.  Order one for yourself and enjoy it with friends.  Or take the whole thing to your bedroom with a fork.  No one will know.

Order a cake now for $10 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes

What could be more fun than red velvet cupcakes?  They are almost magical.  Topped with luscious and tangy cream cheese frosting, they are one of the South's most delicious gifts to the world.  Have some delivered to you for your next party, or just because they're awesome.  Delicious.

Order 18 cupcakes now for $30 or $2 each

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cakey Brownies

What else needs to be said?  Brownies!  These particular brownies are rich and cakey and oh so chocolaty.  These brownies require no decoration or adornment.  The indulgent taste is all this treat requires.

They are most definitely the perfect food after a late night out on the town.  Perhaps you should order some for Friday afternoon just to keep around for a weekend emergency.  Kick off your shoes and sink your teeth into these chocoriffic treats.  I suspect you'll find yourself licking the crumbs off the plate.  Don't forget the milk.

Order a batch now for $20

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

We used gorgeous handmade baguette from Finga's in Taichung to make this enticing treat.  Spiked with rum and laced with chocolate chips, this bread pudding is unforgettable.  It's crunchy on top with a warm squishy custard underneath.  You absolutely have to have one.  Send us your requests, and we'll deliver it straight to you.

Order now for $12

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chocolate Banana Muffins

There's something so satisfying about mashing bananas.  I don't know what it is.  Perhaps its the way they go from a chalky looking tube to a slick goo with very little effort.  I feel like I should be on an 80's Nickelodeon show.  Then throw in some cocoa powder to all of that, and you're laughing.  It's divine.

What you end up with on the other side is chocolate banana muffins. They are moist and tender, and rich with chocolaty goodness. They're the perfect quick breakfast.  But really, why put chronological limits on your muffin enjoyment.  They're just as good late at night.  And they have fruit so that makes them healthy, right?  Will these muffins help you avoid cramps?  I don't know.  Will they make you swoon?  For sure.

I'm not a banana fan myself, but friends gobbled them up with delight.  And they made my kitchen smell pretty amazing.  You know you want one.

Order a dozen now for $6