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Cocoa Dusted Almonds- Easy and SO Good

Cocoa-dusted-almondsHave you ever tried cocoa dusted almonds?  Oh. My.   I am in love.

They are easy to make and they are better than I expected them to be. You can find a plethora of Cocoa Dusted Almond recipes on Pinterest. I tried a recipe my friend told me over the phone. This was my first attempt so I have nothing to compare it to, nevertheless  I am calling it a success! Here’s how I made them:

About 1 tsp coconut oil
1 1/2 TBSP of unsweetened cocoa poweder
1 1/2 TBSP powdered sugar
1 cup Almonds (mine were salted, which makes them taste even better in my opinion)

Heat the oil on medium then add almonds. Stir them for 1-2 minutes just until they are coated in oil and warm. Put almonds in bowl. Sift cocoa powder and sugar over almonds and stir until they are all covered. Let them cool, then enjoy!

Store them in an air tight container. My friend said they would last for a week or two this way but I don’t think long term storage will be a problem in this house. 🙂

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LEGO Cake ANYONE Can Make

Here it is. The LEGO cake anyone can make. How do I know anyone can make it? Because I made it. If I can, trust me, you can.

I started with a Pillsbury cake mix from the pantry- I am sure I grabbed it on sale at some point.  This was my sweet “helper”.

Ox-Lego-Cake

I was planning to make a 9×13 cake, cut out two rectangles, stack them and make a longer cake. However, I could find neither of my 9×13 pans. I know where I left one after Thanksgiving but the other is probably gone for good…. I had already made the batter and promised the cake so it was time to improvise. I used two square 8×8 pans. LEGOS can be square right?
*Note-there are no baking times for square 8×8 so I just use the round cake times and watched them closely. It was about 32 minutes at 350.

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.46.38 AMThen I cut the tops a little to make them flat and easy to stack. (and maybe to have a small snack)

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Enter my next two easy ingredients.
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So most of you probably know this, but for my fellow non bakers, put a thin layer of icing on one cake then stack the other on top. You can also use the the icing to “glue” two Oreos together and then to the top of the cake.

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Then  icing the cake. I tried making it blue. I may have needed a little more blue food color but I was afraid it would taste odd. SO, when you make your cake you can just do a better job. (It looks a little more grey in this pic then it really is.)

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And there it is! The easiest LEGO cake ever. Hopefully, your icing will look smoother. I tried fixing it after I let it sit in the fridge for a bit. Do not do that. It only makes it worse.

Happy birthday to my 9 year old. Your mom is not a great cake baker, but she loves you very much.

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