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In my adult life, I have lived in three different homes and three very different neighborhoods.  In our starter house we live on a street, not really a neighborhood.  We didn’t really know any of our neighbors, with the exception of two.  Our second house, we built with the intentions of staying for a long time.  We had great friends on the other side of the neighborhood and we really liked our neighbors behind us, but most of our neighbors weren’t really interested in socializing.  Then a job transfer required us to uproot back to Kansas City, where we had met, dated, and gotten married, but then left as soon as we got back from our honeymoon.  We moved into a smaller subdivision in a suburb of Kansas City and we have been here about three and half years.  I can’t believe how lucky we are to have found such great neighbors! Which brings me to casino night, every month the ladies of our subdivision get together for game night, which our husbands say is just another excuse for use to get together to drink wine and gossip, just like book club, _______’s birthday, and Oscar night …… (you get the point).  This month the game night theme was CASINO NIGHT.  A few of the husbands played the role of dealers, while we rotated through a black jack table, craps, and roulette.  One of my friends had to be in Philadelphia for work and she was signed up to bring the “sweets”, so my friend that was hosting asked me to sub in for her.  My contribution to game night was caramel corn (since one of my friends is gluten sensitive I had to bring something gluten free), salted caramel mini bundt cakes and boston cream pie mini bundt cakes.

Salted Caramel Mini Bundt Cakes


Cake Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs, room temperature

Preparation for Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease and lightly flour (or I use Baker’s Joy) insides of a mini bundt molds.

3. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

4. Using a mixer beat the butter until creamy.

5. Add the sugar and continue to mix until it becomes light and pale.

6. Next add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract and Greek Yogurt 1/4 cup at a time until it is all mixed in.

7. Next add your flour mixture in small amounts allowing each bit to mix in completely before you add more.

8. After all the ingredients are mixed in spoon the batter with a spatula into the mini bundt molds smoothing it out on top.

9. Bake for 15 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

10. Once the cakes are done let them cool for about 10 minutes before you invert it onto another rack letting it cool completely for about an hour.

Caramel Glaze

1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick of butter
Flaky Sea salt (I use Maldon)
Preparation for Carmel Glaze

1.  Add the butter and sugar together and melt them at the same time while whisking (Medium Heat) .

2. As the butter and sugar start to dissolve add the cream and continue to whisk (Medium to High Heat)

3. Once it starts to froth and bubble take it off the heat while still whisking.

4. Pour this glaze into a glass container or a bowl and set aside.

5. Once the cake has cooled you can pour the caramel over the top. Allow glaze to cool, then prinkle the top with sea salt and serve!

Boston Cream Pie Mini Bundt Cakes


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living Cupcakes, link:http://www.marthastewart.com/346088/boston-cream-pie-cupcakes