How To Bake A Half Vanilla Half Chocolate Sheet Cake!

Hey Sunshine! Sooo I know a lot of Moms opt to home make their kids birthday cakes pretty regularly right? No?! Cant just be my mom! <3 her! I loved my home made cakes, but what do you do if you cant decide a flavor. A lot of people like chocolate, but a large amount also prefer vanilla?! What do you do??? Well I’ll tell ya, you make a half and half cake!!

Making a half and half cake is much simpler than you would think. I tried to look up ways to do this and all I could find was to bake a full chocolate and full white, cut them and piece them together. BUT that doesn’t sound ideal to me. There would be a crease in the middle of the cake, and you waste alota cake that could be ready for party-goers to enjoy. I wanted mine baked together like one you would buy! So that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do today!

I am gonna try to break this down as simple as I possibly can, because this is a very simple process and you will be wondering why you wasnt doing it sooner! No need to buy no fancy gadgets to seperate your cake batter or buy expensive cakes from grocery stores when this involves NO GADGETS! All you need is Cake mix, a sheet pan, and a rolled up dish towel! Yep that’s it!!!

What you will need:

2 different flavor cake mixes (in flavors of your choice of course)

Sheet Cake Pan (I think mine is 11×15 but this will work with any size pan you choose)

Dish towel (mine is a dish drying towel thing! Any dish towel or towel will do.)

Parchment Paper & Baking Spray

Lets Do This!

  1. First you are going to go ahead and prepare BOTH your cake mixes. You need them both to be ready to go because the pouring in the pans is a quick process so it’s best to be prepared.
  2. Line pan with parchment paper & baking spray to keep your cake masterpiece from sticking after it bakes. 
  3. Roll up your dish towel and prop up one side of the pan so it is tilted onto the towel.
  4. Use whichever batter is thickest to pour first. In my situation that is my vanilla, chocolate almost always tends to be runnier. 
  5. QUICKLY remove the towel from under the pan and IMMEDIATELY pour your other cake batter into the other side of the pan before the first mix has a chance to travel across the pan.
  6. Now your cake is ready to bake! That’s how SIMPLE it is to make a half and half sheet cake! AND you can customize it to any flavors you want. Do you boo boo!!

I hope you guys like this super easy tutorial! I mean, it doesnt get any simpler than this!!!!!

 

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How To Make Copy Cat Krispy Kreme Reese’s Donuts!

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Hey Sunshine! This week I have a special surprise for you, Reese’s Donuts!!! I have been seeing pictures of Krispy Kreme’s Reese’s Donuts all over the internet lately, and they are out now exclusively in Australia?!?!??! Soooo I decided hey, I want some of that Reese’s Donut Deliciousness! With no upcoming plans of making a trip to Australia just to get a donut, I decided to take this upon myself and make some!!! Now I have scoured the internet in hopes to find a recipe for these glorious little devils, to no success. Seeing as how I haven’t had this doughnut, and cannot find a recipe for it anywhere-I’m just winging it and making my own version of it in my own way. Join me shall you? Check out my video to see how I made this delicious concoction- or read on below.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 (7gr) Envelope of Yeast
  • 3 Tbsp of Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cups of warm Whole Milk
  • 2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp of Shortening, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (of your choice, semi sweet/white/whatever you want for you topping, i used semisweet)
  • 3/4 heavy whipping cream
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter
  • Reese’s Chips
  • Vegetable oil (to grease bowl)

Lets do this:

We are starting with the dough because it takes HOURS to be ready for the actual donut making, so lets get this thing started we ain’t got all day!….

  1. Take your warm milk & add the extra 1 tsp of sugar and the packet of yeast, Stir them together and let them sit aside for about 5 minutes, you’ll smell it when its done. It will be foamy looking.
  2.  Once this has sat aside for about 5 minutes and got foamy and smelly (lol) Go ahead and put it in your stand mixer bowl. To this add you egg, melted shortening, and melted butter. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Then add your dry ingredients which should be your flour, sugar, and salt. Use the dough hook attachment and mix on low until incorporated, then you are gonna put it on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until dough is no longer really sticky.
  4.  Grease a bowl with vegetable oil and put your dough in it. Flip it and make sure the dough is completely covered in the oil so when it rises it doesn’t get crusty. Cover it in cling wrap and sit aside somewhere for about 2 & 1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Now your dough should have doubled in size, we are going to roll it out (on flour because it will be sticky) and use a circle cookie cutter to cut out the donuts. My cutter was about 3 inches. This will make about 7 or 8 donuts. Cover them again with plastic wrap and set aside to rise again for about 30 minutes. *I used the left over scraps to make little donut bites for me to snack on 😉 *
  6. Once the donuts have risen again, go ahead and fry them babies up. I only done two at a time so the oil would stay hot. I just used a pot of hot vegetable oil and let them fry on each side about a minute. Flip them over and fry on the other side. Once they get golden brown remove them from the oil and put them on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the grease. Repeat for all your donuts *and donut bites you may have made*
  7. While these are cooling down I started making the ganache for the top. This chocolate deliciousness is the simplest part of this entire recipe (and the tastiest). So all you are gonna do is take the heavy cream and put it in a saucepan and bring to a slight boil. Once it comes to a slight boil I pour it into a bowl with the chocolate chips in it. I let it sit in it for a few minutes to really soften and melt the chocolate.
  8. While my chocolate and heavy cream is sitting aside I fill the donuts with you guessed it, Peanut Butter. So I took some Skewers and inserted them into the side of the donut and hollowed it out so there is a pocket for the peanut butter. Then I put my peanut butter in a piping bag along with a piping tip and piped it into the hole I made in the side of the donut with the skewer.
  9. After filling all my donuts I whisked my Chocolate Chip Heavy Cream mixture til it was well blended.
  10. Then I dipped the tops of the donuts down into the chocolate ganache topping.
  11. Finally I topped it off with some Reeses Chips and drizzled some of the ganache on top of that.
  12. Your donut is complete, time to enjoy!

 

Thank you guys for stopping by checking out how I tried my hand at my own Reeses donuts!! Go Check out the video on Youtube and subscribe to my Channel for future recipes, cakes, crafts, and whatever else sparks my fancy! Thanks guys and check back soon!

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DIY Cross Yard Stake

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Welcome sunshine to my sunny corner of the internet! This DIY may be a little un-traditional for a DIY you see on the internet but it is very near and dear to my heart. August 24th is my Papaws birthday, and to celebrate I have made him a cross with his name on it to put on his grave. He was a proud Hatfield. So without further due, here is how I made this adorable Cross Stake.

*WARNING: Saws are dangerous, please have someone that is experienced with saws do the cutting for you*

Things you will need:

  • Plywood-in thickness of your choice.
  • Electric Sander & Sandpaper
  • Wood Stain -in color of choice
  • Safety glasses, gloves, and ear protection
  • Foam brush
  • Wash cloth
  • Polyurethane
  • Acrylic paint & Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Pencil & Pen
  • Name stencil-you can create this on Microsoft word or paint and just print it out
  • Template for cross –available down below.

I am posting a video explaining to you exactly how I made this cross from start to finish, but just for reference I will sum it up for you right quick.

First you will need the template.

You can find the Template Here: Cross Template!

Now lets Begin:

  1. Lay out the template onto some plywood and trace it out with a pencil.
  2. Cut it out with your Jigsaw. *Please be very careful and cautious as saws are dangerous, wear protective glasses, gloves, and ear protection*
  3. Use your electric sander (or just sandpaper) and sand the cross until its smooth on all sides and edges. Use a scrap piece of sandpaper to smooth any angles or corners you could not get with the electric sander.
  4. Stain the Cross with a washcloth.
  5. Once the stain is dry put your name stencil on the cross and tape it in place with painters tape.
  6. Use a Pen and good pressure to trace the stencil so it indents into the wood.
  7. Remove the stencil and trace your outlines with acrylic paint in color of your choice.
  8. Once this drys apply a top coat of Polyurethane with a foam sponge brush and let it dry!
  9. You’re done!! 🙂 Enjoy!

Check out the video below for a video How to of how I made this!

 

I hope you enjoy this and if you create one go ahead and send me some pictures I would love to see it recreated. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this. I will have a few cakes and wood projects coming up soon *and maybe even a diy here and there* As always, Stay Sunny!

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How to make a Personalized Wooden Door Hanger

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Hey Sunshine! Welcome back, and let me introduce you to my world of wood cutting! This wooden heart sign in particular is one that I have done quite a few times! This is a highly requested item so I’ve made my fair share of them, and today I am going to show you how to do it!!! This is a little more complicated then the projects I usually show because there are so many time consuming details but nothing too hard that you cant handle.

You can find the Template that I used down below, it will print off on 6 sheets of paper which will give you a sign a little over a foot big!

DOWNLOAD MY Heart Template

Check out my Youtube video where I show you exactly what I do and how I do it! Don’t forget to subscribe while you are there! I do wood cutting, crafts, cakes, etc and there are a lot more random sunny things to come!

Thanks for watching guys and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll know when I have new videos out! Stay Sunny!

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DIY Simple Syrup Squeeze Bottle

Hey Sunshine!
This is the EASIEST DIY project you will ever see in your life! It is so easy that the video is only a minute long and it really doesn’t even need explaining!! First off do you know what Simple Syrup is?

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What is Simple Syrup?

Simple Syrup is just a sugar water mixture that you put on your cakes before you ice them to keep them moist and delicious!! You may have heard of this before on ‘How To Cake It’ with Yolanda Gampp! She has instructions on how to make Simple Syrup on her website. She also sells a Simple Syrup Bottle that she has cleverly named “Sir Squeeze A Lot” which is on my wish list! So if you are too lazy to do a DIY bottle-1 why are you here on this post, and 2 go over to Yolanda’s site and buy a pre-made bottle! I myself am on a tight budget and never buy something I can DIY for next to nothing!

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Simple Syrup Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Water
  • 1 part Granulated Sugar

*You can choose however much you want to make, I usually do 1/2 cup at a time because I don’t make ridiculously huge cakes!

Directions:

I put 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it starts a rolling boil I remove it from heat and let it cool completely. Then I just pour it into my DIY Simple Syrup Bottle using a funnel and then drizzle on my cooled cakes as I’m about to ice and decorate them.

ON TO THE BOTTLE!

All you need is:

  • A small water bottle.(You can use a full size but I definitely prefer a small one, Mine is around 10 oz).
  • & A Needle!

LETS DO IT:

  1. Clean out your bottle and take the original label off of it. (Optional: You can add your own cute personalized label for it, I may do that eventually. Its not a necessity though).
  2. Use the Needle to poke between 5-9 holes randomly throughout the lid. *Be careful please*
  3. Fill bottle with Simple Syrup using a funnel. Put the lid back on, and you have your own Simple Syrup Squeeze Bottle!

Thanks for stopping by guys & I hope you enjoy this quick Simple Video showing how I made this super quick and easy Squeeze bottle for next to nothing! Subscribe to My Youtube Channel for more DIY’s to come, Stay Sunny!

 

(I by no means mean to disrespect Yolanda in any way, If you want to go buy her bottle I fully encourage it because I love Yolanda and if I could, I’d go get one myself! This is just a more budget friendly alternative for us cheapskate DIY-ers)

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How to Make a Number 8 Batman Cake!

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Hello Sunshine! Got a little guy that loves Batman? Well this cake is pretty simple and any mom can pull it off. It of course does not have to be a number 8, Keep in mind you can look on Pinterest for plenty of references of how to make a cake shaped like any number you desire by using regular round or rectangular pans. So no matter the age of your little man, maybe this will give you an idea on where to start. Again let me repeat I am not a professional cake decorator or baker in any way. This is just a hobby I like to do for fun, along with crafting (which you will see some of that too). So I hope you enjoy the making of this Batman cake!

Watch my Video Tutorial below or my on Youtube Channel!

 

You will Need:

Two 9×2 Inch cakes! (In whatever flavor your heart desires)

Yellow Buttercream

Black Fondant

Yellow Fondant

Simple Syrup (optional)

Shortening (or powdered sugar) *to grease surface*

Batman symbol template (which you can find by googling “Batman symbol template” on Google Images)

Star Template (I made mine on paint but you can also search “Star Template” on Google Images)

Alphabet cookie cutter set

Round Cookie Cutter (If you are making an 8)

Scissors

Exacto Knife

Off-set Spatula & Cake Scraper

Cake Board

Cup of Water & Paint Brush

Rolling Pin

Fondant Smoother

I know that looks like a lot of things to have but I guarantee you that you have most of them around your house! So let me try and break this down for you right quick!

  1. Bake two 9×2 inch cakes! I colored mine Black with Wilton Gel Food Coloring (so when you cut into it, it would be black and yellow)
  2. I cut these cakes in half just so there wouldn’t be so much cake and not much buttercream. I used a circle cookie cutter and cut a circle out of the center of both layers. I repeated this for the 2nd 9″ cake also.
  3. I filled the middle of the cake with simple syrup & then buttercream, assembled it back together, another layer of simple syrup and crumb coated it. Then I let it chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes and done the final crumb coat on it. Smooth out the final crumb coat the best you can. Again repeat all of these steps for both 9″ cakes. (*If you do not know what simple syrup is you definitely need to check out How to Cake it with Yolanda Gamp!
  4. Next I grease my counter and knead some black fondant. Roll it out with a greased rolling pin and carefully lay it on the cake. Then I smooth it out until the entire cake is covered and smooth. Trim any excess Fondant from the bottom of the cake.
  5. Now its time to assemble the cake on the cake board it will stay on, So I moved the cakes over to the board, smooth out any imperfections I put in it while moving it, and fit the cakes together to make an 8. Now we will start to see the cake come together.
  6. Next I took my Batman and Star template and cut them out with Scissors and an Exacto knife.
  7. Roll out Yellow Fondant and using the stencils & cookie cutters cut out stars, the Batman belt & Buckle (along with the bat for the symbol) and the name.
  8. Roll out black Fondant and using the stencil cut out the buckle outline for the belt.
  9. Now using water and a paint brush apply your fondant decorations on your cake to your liking. You can watch my video to see how I done it.
  10. Finally, take some of the yellow buttercream and a piping bag with a star tip. Then I trimmed out the bottom outline of the cake with this yellow buttercream to give it a finished look. And you are done! Sounds a lot harder then it is.

 

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