Scrumptious Saturday

Grab a spoon or straw! It’s National Peppermint Latte day!  This is by far the easiest latte recipe ever! The best of all, you can make the kiddos a copy cat and use hot cocoa instead! This is bound to kick off your Christmas spirit!

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots (3 ounces) of hot coffee
  • ¾ cup (a little over a 1/2 cup) of skim milk or milk of choice
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • whipped cream (for garnish)

Steam milk in a hot pan until bubbles form, be careful not to allow to simmer or it will burn. Add in peppermint extract and stir. Brew coffee while allowing milk to cool a little. Fill cup with flavored milk and then add coffee straight down the center.

**Do the same if making hot cocoa, only add the cocoa powder first, pour in milk and stir.

Top with whipped cream and either crushed peppermint pieces or a mini candy cane to the brim of the cup.

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Scrumptious Saturday

Grab Your Forks! It’s National Cake Day!!! Here’s a great recipe for you to try with the kiddos today! Just in case you’re not over the Fall, but excited about Christmas.

Quick and Easy Black Cherry Chocolate Cake 

ingredients

  • 1 2-layer-size package dark chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 2 10 – ounce jars black cherry spreadable fruit or preserves
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch, brandy or cherry juice
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls
  • Add a tsp of cinnamon or instant espresso for a little spicy flavor
  • Thinly slice mint leaves can also had a bit of holiday cheer

directions

  1. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Cool thoroughly on a wire rack. 
  2. To serve, in a small bowl, stir together spreadable fruit and the kirsch. Cut cake into squares. Top with whipped cream and spreadable fruit mixture. Garnish with chocolate curls, melted chocolate or chocolate sauce. Serve immediately or chill for no more than 1 hour.
  3. (Follow the directions for cupcakes to make individual desserts)

Fun Facts: 

  1. The famous saying, ‘let them eat cake’, was attributed to Marie Antoniette upon learning that her people had no bread, but the saying was probably much older.
  2. The ‘cakewalk’ dance originated in African American communities in the Southern United States and was originally a competition in graceful walking, with cake awarded as a prize.