It all started when Bridget (Bake at 350) posted a recipe for Birthday Cake popcorn on her blog, using Birthday Cake m&m’s. I knew I must have them, and was happy to hear that she found them at a CVS pharmacy, one of which is two minutes from my home! I went right away and bought some of the candy:)
The cake batter flavor wasn’t very strong, but I could definitely taste it. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them…
…add them to some scones, some birthday cake scones to be exact! I added a teaspoon (should have added more) of cake batter flavoring, and then some colorful jimmies to make them extra fun and festive!
The Birthday Cake m&m’s are a little larger than the original. Initially I was going to crush them and add them to the batter, but in the end decided against that idea. Next time, I’ll do that, which I think will better distribute the flavor.
My husband loved these, and thought they tasted better than “ordinary” scones:) The crystal sugar on top added just the right amount of sweetness and crunch. I think so too! I hope my daughter liked them; I gave her some for her birthday:)
Birthday Cake Scones
(adapted from Evil Shenanigans) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Line baking sheet with parchment paper
2 cups flour 1/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 cup Birthday Cake m&m’s chocolate candies 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons rainbow jimmies (sprinkles), divided 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon cake batter flavoring 1 egg, beaten Crystal sugar
1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl bowl. 2. Add butter to flour mixture and blend in with fingers until pea size. 3. Mix in Birthday Cake m&m’s. 4. Add the buttermilk and cake batter flavoring. 5. Mix in until liquid is absorbed. 6. Turn dough out onto your work surface and knead just until it all holds together and form into an 8-inch round disk, about 1-inch thick. 9. Cut into 8 wedges. 10. Brush the egg yolk on the tops of the wedges. 11. Sprinkle tops of the scones with the crystal sugar and the remaining sprinkles. 12. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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