Imagine my excitement when I discovered this wonderful gadget that makes the task of filling the mini-dessert glasses ever so much easier! Here it is . . . Ta da!
It's called a cupcake pen and it's designed to hold batter that can be then injected directly into the cupcake liners with minimal mess . . .
Note to my blogging buddy, Celine: YOU NEED ONE OF THESE! Celine bakes all the time and her specialty is cupcakes and muffins. Celine, I'm telling you, you will love this! I bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but I've seen them in other stores as well. And, in addition to working really well with cupcakes (especially mini-cupcakes), it's also excellent for pudding/custard shots!
Tonight I tried a quick variation: Chocolate/chocolate chip/pistachio pudding shots. I used instant Jell-O pudding, and, unless you are a pudding snob (er, that would be me, unfortunately . . . ) these are a fun, tasty dessert that will look pretty stunning on a dessert table. The pudding is not as good as my home-made custard, but they are pretty good. Let me put it to you another way . . . they did not last long in the refrigerator . . .
Start out with chocolate pudding. Once you make the pudding, following the package directions, pour it in the cupcake pen and refrigerate for about 10 minutes . . . The cupcake pen even has a lid . . . isn't that cool?
Fill the shot glasses about ½ full with chocolate pudding . . .
Add a layer of Nestlé's mini-chocolate chips . . .
Then add a layer of pistachio pudding . . .
Aren't they cute? Here's another shot . . .
Imagine the possibilities . . . And I love the concept of mini-desserts. I've never liked large servings of dessert. I'd rather have a just a little bit of sweetness. If I want more, I can always go back for seconds, but this way, there's no waste, and no guilt.
I wish all my friends a peaceful, prosperous, healthy new year. Thank you for letting me into your homes, and for teaching me so much! See you in 2013!