Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

(Seriously – the easiest ever)

Hi guys,  Jamie here!  It’s Birthday Eve for my nearly 10 year old, and I’m getting ready to bake my second Minecraft cake in as many years.   I’m scrolling through images online of Marzipan Steves and meticulously placed fondant pixels – and feeling a little worried this time around.  See, last year I was able to get away with the easiest, most cheater cake in the history of cheater cakes.  This year – I’ll have to do something different, new and not  completely dependent on Hershey bars….

But if you’re looking for an incredibly easy Minecraft Cake, I hope this helps you!

{Please excuse the terrible pictures – I would tell you the long sad tale of how I lost two years of photos except for what’s on my Instagram account – but that is a story no one wants to hear (not even me).}

To make a Minecraft cake that looks like a Creeper – just bake a rectangular cake according to the directions.  Then dye a can of icing green and spread it across the cake.  And lastly, use a few Hershey Bars to create the Creeper’s face.

There’s not really an exact science to this – but I will say it helped to plan my chocolate face out on paper before I started breaking it into sections.  Those Creeper jowels can be a little tricky ;)

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For the Creeper Cupcakes, we thought we were fancy for a quick minute and bought a box of black fondant.  FAIL.

It was difficult to work with, sticky, tasted terrible – and didn’t look half as good as a perfectly delicious Hershey bar would’ve.  So my advice – stick with Hershey – he won’t do you wrong.

The good news is, that both of these are easy enough for your child to help you decorate.  My son was thrilled to be able to decorate the cupcakes for his class all by himself – I’m sure he was proud to tell them all that he’d made the faces :)

 

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Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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These healthy instant pot recipes will make you so glad you have an instant pot to help you out on busy days.  Anything that makes healthy eating a little more manageable is pretty worthwhile in my book!

Just in case you’ve been wondering “what the heck is an instant pot??” – it’s a modernized pressure cooker that takes the work (and time) out of cooking without the difficulty factor that scared many away from old fashioned pressure cookers.  For those of you considering it, here’s how to choose the right instant pot.

Ready to try out some new recipes in YOUR instant pot?  Check these out!

1. Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

2. Tortilla Soup

3. Pressure Cooker Applesauce

4. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

5. Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

6. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

7. Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

8. Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

9. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

10. Simple Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot

Need more ideas?

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And check out our Instant Pot BEST Recipes Pinterest Board  - now with over 80 Instant Pot Recipes you’ll want to try!

More about the Instant Pot:

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

If you struggle to get dinner on the table because of your hectic schedule – the Instant Pot might be a lifesaver for you! 

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos (+ How to Start with Grilled Chicken)

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 Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Jamie here!  I realized the other day that although I make this dish EVERY WEEK (no kidding – we just don’t tire of it) - I’ve never taken the time to give it it’s own recipe post.  Maybe it just seems so simple to me that it doesn’t deserve any fuss – but it’s so vitally important to my weekly menu-plan that I finally had to write about it!

I hope you’ll like it, and after adjusting it to your taste, it becomes a handy staple to fall back on as well :)  Nothing like just walking over and scooping something out of your crock pot right when your whole crew starts complaining of being hungry….

 

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe

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Jamie here!  Any time I find myself with leftover bits and pieces of ham, I wish I knew of a good ham and bean crock pot soup recipe.  Well today was the day –  I decided to experiment with our Easter leftovers, and I’ll tell you that making your way through a 4th bowl in a day is a pretty good measure of success in my book.

I think of ham and beans kind of like the pork version of chicken & dumplings.  They’re both bits of flavorful meat, floating around in a creamy, mushy base.  Which is like, heavenly.  And they both are a little peppery – which I love.  But let me tell you – this is WAY easier to make.

Here’s how:

For starters, you need about 2 Ziploc sandwich baggies of leftover slices and bites of ham. (That’s a precise measurement, right?  Okay, roundabout 2 cups.) You can definitely use a hambone that has lots of good bits and pieces left on it, instead.  (Trim most of the fat off before you use it if you’re going that route.)

Next, pick a bean, any bean.  I used Great Northern this time, but I checked with some expert Southern food cooks I know (wink-wink, Grandma Christine) and Navy beans and Butter beans are both excellent choices as well.  Rinse the beans well and add to the crockpot.

Pour in 6-7 cups of water.  I used 7 because I was looking for it to be a little soupy, but if you want to ladle this over rice or something – you might want less.

Finally, add a small diced onion, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper.  If you’re a fan of pepper like I am, go ahead and treat yourself to a whole teaspoon. ;)

Cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.   If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.

Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe
6 - 8 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Cups of Smoked Ham Pieces (Or a hambone with some ham left on it)
  • 1 lb Bag of Dry Great Northern Beans
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 6-7 cups of water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.
  2. If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.
  3. Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

 

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Adapted from South Your Mouth’s Ham & Beans recipe