Vote for November’s Featured Recipe NOW!

It’s about that time again, geeks. Time to vote! And no, I don’t mean casting a ballot for the lesser of two evils to run a country or some equally depressing thing; I’m talking about voting for November’s Featured Recipe on Skill Up Skillet! Are you feeling some Legend of Zelda? I’m feeling some Legend of Zelda.

Like last time, I’m giving you three choices: Chocolate Peanut Butter Deku Nuts, Deku Shield Brownies, or Bombchu Lemon Bars. They all sound pretty amazing, right? Voting will be held starting today through the month of October. You can vote once a week, so make it count, yeah? Tell all your friends! Try to rig the vote! I want to see as many votes cast as possible.

Whaaaaat?! You can’t wait for Zelda treats? Well, you could always check out my Triforce Stained Sugar Glass or Strawberry Soup Health Potion

STAY TUNED FOR A MONTH-LONG NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY COLLABORATION WITH NICHOLE OF CUPPAGEEK!

Cheers,

Leisel

Remember, cooking IRL doesn’t have to be a Feat of Strength!

Stop The Presses: The Blogger Recognition Award!

Yes, I’m fully aware you came here today expecting a Pocky cake. Since The Boy’s birthday isn’t until Saturday he didn’t want me to make him his cake yet. I couldn’t complain; I spent most of Wednesday driving around to three different doctor appointments and ended up with a migraine. In lieu of cake, here’s some more Poké Ball Candy Piñatas:

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From L to R: Great Ball, Master Ball, Ultra Ball. If you enjoy living and wish to attempt this, decorate with icing only. Candy Melts on top of more Candy Melts are the devil.

Expect an over-the-top Pocky cake on Saturday. Fear not, today’s not a total wash-out! I’ve been nominated for my fourth award! Feast your eyes upon the Blogger Recognition Award:

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I was nominated at the end of August by blogger Yen of Little Calico’s Journal. Thanks, Yen! Yen writes book reviews, poetry… a little bit of everything, really. I love her writing style. Stop by for a visit, maybe you’ll like her too. I swore I’d get around to writing this eventually; now seemed like a good time. Ready? Let’s go.

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Poké Ball Candy Piñatas

I don’t know about you but I’ve been on a big Pokémon kick lately. Also, I’ve been beyond-inundated with work lately (as I’m sure you’ve noticed with my late posts) and needed something fun. What could be easier or more fun than making Poké Ball Candy Piñatas? This recipe (if you can even call it that) is as easy as it gets: Candy shell, decoration, filling. Best of all, no actual cooking required! If you’d like, you could even get creative and use decorating icing to create other types of Poké Balls: Great, Ultra, Master… have fun with it! These would be perfect party favors at any Pokémon-themed birthday party or event.

Just… don’t throw these at people. Or animals. Or anything living, really. Non-gaming violence is bad, mmkay?

I decided to fill my piñatas with a playful combination of Nerds candies and Everlasting Gobstoppers, with a few of my favorite Gym Badges and The Boy’s Pikachu Amiibo. Because Pikachu, that’s why. You either love Pikachu or you’re lying.

Ready to catch your first Pokémon? Let’s go.

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How to Gain Free Exposure for Your Blog: Reblogging

Need some extra exposure for your blog? Who doesn’t! Go see Danny over at Dream Big Dream Often for a little hand up. Cheers!

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2Today as is my usual routine on Meet and Greet weekends, I will be reblogging posts.  Please leave the link to your post in the comments and I will review for family-friendly content and then reblog.

If you leave a link please reblog this post as a “thank you” to Dream Big.  It is appreciated!

Hope everyone has a great Friday.

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September’s Featured Recipe: Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise

You spoke; we listened! September’s Featured Recipe is Mrs. Cartman’s Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise! Recently, Skill Up Skillet received a donation to the Bakeware Fund. Part of this donation went towards purchasing a small deep fryer which was used to make the donuts used in today’s recipe. Thanks for your donation!

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Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: This recipe is pure diabetes on a plate. Expect one plate to feed 3-4 adults!

As you may have noticed, there’s no poll for October’s Featured Recipe. “But why, Leisel? Don’t you care about your readers?” You bet your ass I do. That’s why this October Skill Up Skillet will be collaborating with CuppaGeek throughout the month of October to throw a smashing Nightmare Before Christmas Tea Party! Details to come, but it’s sure to be a fun-filled month of “What in Zeus’ name did we get ourselves into?”

I digress. South Park. Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise. Ready? Let’s go.

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Birthday pt. 2: Portal Cake is Not a Lie!

Difficulty4Oi. My apologies for the late post. Though it is Friday, I can attest that the cake is not a lie! As promised, I created an epic Portal Cake for this year’s birthday festivities (read: I spent all day making this cake and NOTHING ELSE). This classic Portal Cake recipe is chock full of decadent dark chocolate, sweet cherries, and creamy homemade whipped cream frosting. That’s right; it’s a black forest cake! Sounds too good to be true, right? Not so. A little elbow grease and a lot of patience will give you the cake of your dreams.

Yes, I see the scary Four Skillet rating up there. It’s not horrifically challenging, but it does take time and effort to make the frosting. And have you ever shaved a bar of baking chocolate with a vegetable peeler? It’s kind of a tedious and messy pain in the ass.

Alas, it’s worth it. It’s so, so worth it. Ready? Let’s go.

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Birthday pt. 1: Q&A

Because I got an unacceptably late start on today’s cake, you’re getting the Q&A sesh now. So, hi. I’m Leisel, creator of the geeky food blog Skill Up Skillet, and today I am 26 years old. In last week’s post I gave you, Probably Impatient Reader, the opportunity to ask me questions about gaming, baking, blogging, whatever. Some of the questions are surprising, to say the least! So while I’m waiting on the first part of the whipped cream frosting to cool, let’s do this.

Obligatory Birthday Selfie, or Something Like That.

Yes, that is a skull print dress. No, I do not care what you think about my skull print dress.
Yes, that is a skull print dress. No, I do not care what you think about my skull print dress.

Q: What is your all time favorite video game? (From anything Atari, PC to XboxONE)

A: That’s almost impossibly hard to answer. Can we do a top 5? Is that a thing? In no particular order: Skyrim (PS/PC), Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega), World of Warcraft (PC), Hearthstone (PC/mobile), and Twisted Metal 3 (PS). I don’t do XBox, personally.

Q: What is your favorite dish that is NOT related to or in your blog? (yet)

A: My all time favorite food would be sushi. Just about any kind, really. I rarely meet seafood I don’t like. Not too keen on the giant caviar rolls, though – too salty! A close second would be tiramisu.

Q: What is your favorite or least favorite sleeping position?

A: I prefer to sleep on my side, slightly curled, back-to-back with The Boy. I hate sleeping on my back.

Q: How do you decide which ingredients and method you will use in each recipe? I mean, how do you decide between marshmallows or cake for a minion?

A: Sometimes it’s pretty self explanatory (like an actual omelette for the Omelette du Fromage or working off the IndieBox recipe card for the World’s Best Enchiladas). Other times try to take what feels right and work with it. I like to refer to the process as “Organic Steps”. Like, Ryuk (the shinigami) from Death Note loves apples, so Death Note Apples were an easy evolution of this idea. It’s harder to explain the ones that seem to come from left field but I do a lot of daydreaming and a little research a la Google. Sometimes Pinterest is useful, but for the most part I just don’t get it. The Boy and I also collaborate on what will and what won’t work. That’s prevented a few catastrophes.

There are those few fan requests, too, like Half-Life Headcrab Crab Cakes and Toad Bombe Cakes.

The Minion Trifle was an ever changing idea from the start. It was going to be one giant trifle because it was going to a party but the marshmallow eyes were a last minute hunch. They were originally going to be made from white Candy Melts on the side of the dish, but they looked small and awkward. I also considered cutting the marshmallows in half and sticking them in the yellow part of the trifle but ultimately ruled it out because I didn’t want anything to make them look messy. In the end I just decorated two marshmallows and plunked them on top. It just felt right, y’know? Whew.

Q: When you make these recipes how easy is it to substitute certain ingredients? Like say I’m not a yellow cake fan, could I substitute it for say red velvet with out worrying about it turning out properly?

A: Sometimes there can be a bit of leeway with ingredients; other times, no. If you check out the comments for the HP Snitches, there was a lot of substitution conversation due to lack of availability for certain ingredients. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. All it takes is a little research and human ingenuity. I’m not touching that red velvet/ yellow cake substitution idea, though. Unfortunately, some things just aren’t going to work and in this case color’s too much of a factor. You could substitute white cake and add yellow coloring, though.

Q: Though this isn’t so much a question as it is a request: mention one lil’ confession on your birthday post!

A: 70% of what you see here is me having no clue whatsoever, but doing it anyway. Crab cakes? Well, I know how to reheat fish sticks. Fondant? How hard can it be? Chocolate and candy designs? That’s what sandwich bags and molds are for, right? It’s been a blast learning new things and I’m excited for what I have planned for the future.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have whipped cream frosting to put together! See you in the next post.