Saturday, April 24, 2010

There's a new canoe in town

Do you have a “trademark” food that you make?

I do.

No really, I do.

I CAN cook.

Just not the whole, here is some dried corn, an orange and some parsley—make me dinner thing.

I am fully aware that the only reason they want me at church functions or attend any event at my home or invite me for dinner and tell to bring dessert is because of these:


But in case you are tempted to

call them this:




These morsels of marshmallow injected manna are:



you heard me….C.A.N.O.E.Cupcakes

And making them is apparently one of my few redeemable skills.

Other people store wheat and make life sustaining bread from it.


What makes me smile {even more than a sugared canoe overdose induced coma}

is the thought of how they came up with the name.

Someone looked at this:


And said, “Oh, look a twinkie pan”

And someone else said, “Don’t be ridiculous, that’s a canoe cake pan.”

I would like to hang out with that person.

In case anyone would like to be the dessert star of their social circle—here is a link to the store I bought it from:


Tell them Lisa, from Montana sent you—I swear they’ll treat you like a celebrity.

Sunday addendum:

(Don't say I didn't warn you)

Cream Canoe Recipes

Cake Ingredients:

1 yellow cake mix (I like Pillsbury-why, thank you for asking)

2 eggs

2 cups milk

1 lg pkg instant vanilla pudding

Cake Instructions:

Mix cake mix, eggs, milk and pudding together. Fill canoe wells and bake according to the cupcake directions on the cake box. Allow the canoe cakes to cool completely.

The VERY best Cream Filling:

2 tsps very hot water

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups of marshmallow creme (7 oz jar)

1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla


1. Combine the salt with the water in a small bowl and stir until salt is dissolved. Let cool.

2. COmbine the marshmallow creme, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl and mix with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy.

3. Combine the salt solution to the filling mixture. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

The OTHER filling:

1 cup milk

5 TBSP flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter

2 tsps vanilla

Mix milk and flour together in a saucepan. Boil until mixture is thick. Cool. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Okay--now for the disclaimers and the reiteration of the fact that I know next to nothing about cooking. No Pioneer Woman here, my lovelies. I AM trying to limit the high fructose and trans fats in our diet but when it comes to playing with canoes, I am of the opinion that, if you have issues--don't make them. Don't leave shore without your paddle either--but that's a whole different post.

These are the few cooking related things that I have learned/noticed/thrown entire pans away about.

1-yes, you can use your favorite homemade cake mix but you have to still change out the liquids and oil for the pudding and milk if you want that"celebrity look alike" taste.

2-I have only made the Best filling. It tasted fantastic, so I never tried the other. I'm industrious that way.

3- You can use any flavor cake mix and pudding combinations. I tried pistachio pudding and yellow cake mix for St Pat's Day. Discovered that green canoes are not very appetizing. But maybe thats just us.

4- Don't let them cool in the pan very long--sticky issues. But, on the other hand--lots of taste testing opportunities, so I guess its a personal choice.

I think thats about it. Glad we had this time together. Come over anytime--I'll be glad to make you some. (I say that with the perfect knowledge that you will never find me here in my garage in the middle of the forest in the middle of nowhere Montana--but please--don't let that stop you)


Cheeseboy said...

FINALLY! a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Lisa! And it did not disappoint. Canoe cakes sound tasty. I'll take that life affirming skill over bread making any day.

Cynthia said...

Yeah! You updated! And such a great post. I'd be the bell of the ball if I made these! How amazing!

Sue said...

No way! You seriously make your own twinkies?! My husband would be in heaven!!!


onlymehere said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We must buy store bought Twinkies and we must by them from stores my husband sells them too, lol!! Seriously, my husband is a Wonder Bread/Hostess salesman! Now throw away that pan and go out and buy a box today, lol!

Mikki said...

I personally don't like twinkies, so I'm very relieved to see these are not in the same genre!! Canoe cakes, yummy!!!
Seriously, if they're homemade, they've got to be WAY better than that storebought junk!

tammy said...

And the recipe is where?

If we ever have to live off our food storage, I think being able to have desserts is a must.

Jess said...

That has diabetic coma, whether you're a diabetic or not, written all over it- mmmm. where did you learn this exceptionally marketable skill from? and yes- recipe please?

Cherie said...

Ok this is awesome - I would make them Chocolate or at least fill them with chocolate!! YUM!

annie said...

You are forgetting that I do know exactly what mountain you like on in the middle of nowhere.... :o) When I make it down/over/there would you please make some of these for me? :o) I'll be your best friend..... thanks.

Garden of Egan said...

I think that those look slightly delicious!
I think I will put off the diet until next Monday.

LKP said...

ha ha ha ha!
i LOVE this post, only too much!
with the new allergies i'm learning to live with, twinkies are something i'm missing. and apparently since CANOES are soooooo much more superior to the aforementioned fairy cakes, now i'm REALLY hurting!!!! but they look wonderful. =)
as for toes, i know what you mean. it took me a long time before i'd let anyone NEAR my feet, and that was my husband. salon for a pedicure? fughetta 'bout it! then i bit the bullet & spent my first pedicure with my eyes covered hoping to not see any grimaces. my lady said my feet were fine and that she HAD seen worse, WAAAAAAY in fungus worse. no joke. little mini-mushroom looking fungus!!!!! SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
after that i felt much, much better. =)

Karen Sue said...

I think maybe I'll be over. I painted yesterday and I ache in all my old body places and I think these would have healing power in them!!

Nance said...

Yum... I haven't had a Twinkie in forever.

...Laura... said...

That canoe pan looks really tempting! I totally want to try this some time. Thanks for sharing- I'm putting this in my file for later :)

kado! said...

that is such a COOL pan!

MiMi said...

Oh man. Good way to tease the fat chick with those canoe thingies! ME being the fat chick! YUM!!!!

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Pedaling said...

mmm- i'm gonna give it a try.
i love the hostess kind-
have you ever tried 'em frozen?