16 Dessert Ideas And Recipes That Will Leave Your Inner-Nerd Drooling

16 Dessert Ideas And Recipes That Will Leave Your Inner-Nerd Drooling

The cake is strong with this one.

Whether you're marathoning your favorite show with friends, hosting a movie night or simply in the mood to pig out, baked goods make a great addition to any evening. Seriously, who can resist chocolate?

And if you're into fandoms, we've got some treats for you. These desserts will drive your inner nerd wild.

1. Sorting Hat Cupcakes

These Sorting Hat cupcakes will tell you which Hogwarts house you're in. It just depends on which color M&Ms you find inside!

2. Pokeball Cake Pops

If you've ever tried to catch 'em all, you'll enjoy making these Pokeball cake pops by Rosana Pansino. She came up with these during her segment Nerdy Nummies, and they're absolutely brilliant for Pokemon fans. The best part? You can make any type of Pokeball your heart desires!

3. Lego Marshmallow Pops

Lego marshmallow pops won't take you long at all. They look delicious to chow on right now (seriously, give me some) or to make party favors out of. After all, who didn't love Legos as a kid?

4. Minecraft Rice Krispy Treats

Rosana Pansino shows us how to make these Minecraft Rice Krispy Treats. Shaped like the Creepers in the game, these are basically a gamer's dessert dream come to life.

5. Effie Trinket Cupcakes

Are these Effie Trinket cupcakes not the most hilarious things you've ever laid eyes on? Fictional Food has an arsenal of desserts on its site, but these are among the best. They're perfect for "Hunger Games" fans, and you can change Effie's hair about as often as she does in the films.

6. Spider-Man Candy Apples

If you're like me, you patiently await Autumn so you can get your hands on all the candy and caramel apples you can find. Well, if you're looking to geek things up a bit this year, check out these Spider-Man candy apples. Are your Spidey senses tingling just looking at them? I bet they are.

7. Cauldron Cakes

I find myself dreaming about the Cauldron Cakes from Universal's Wizarding World pretty often. But now you can create Honeydukes desserts in the middle of your own kitchen. Does that mean you live in Diagon Alley? Hm. You decide. And while you do that, make yourself some Cauldron Cakes. They look nearly identical to the "real thing."

8. Dragon Egg Cookies

"Game of Thrones" inspired cookies are perfect for the Targaryens in your life. They do require some fancy stenciling, but do you see the outcome? Totally worth the effort.

9. 1-Up Cupcakes

Inspired by Super Mario, these 1-Up cupcakes are another easy recipe to satisfy your geeky cravings. Of course, they may also make you grow and shrink at rapid rates - but what's dessert without a little risk?

10. Edible Unicorn Horns

If you're into eating straight sugar, these edible unicorn horns will be right up your alley. Why go through all this effort when you can just shove sprinkles in your mouth? Because when given the opportunity, always go with unicorns. Always.

11. Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nerdy Nummies seriously features all the nerdy desserts. These Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches will shield you from the munchies. See what I did there?

12. Hulk Smash Pudding Cups

Hulk Smash Pudding Cups are the best way to alleviate any feelings of being hangry. Bruce Banner can definitely relate to those feels.

13. Hobbit Door Cookies

These Hobbit Door Cookies by SemiSweet Designs are the perfect snacks for second breakfast and elevensies. Merry and Pippin would be proud.

14. Shadowhunter Rune Cupcakes

Whether you're a fan of "The Mortal Instruments" books of Freeform's "Shadowhunters" series, these rune cupcakes will make for a great night baking with your parabatai. Even angel-blooded warriors need cupcake breaks, am I right?

15. Dalek Cupcakes

All my Whovians in the room, raise your hands. What better way to celebrate your fandom than by eating the enemies? These Dalek cupcakes are perfect, especially because you can "EXTERMINATE" while eating them and still feel socially accepted.

16. Wookie Cookies

Most of us will eat Wookie Cookies simply because hey, that rhymes! But if you haven't reached that level of loser yet, I'll let the melty chocolate in the picture implore you.

Cover Image Credit: Rosanna Pansino

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.

6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!

7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

Cover Image Credit: FoodBeast

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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