Mississppi Mud Pie – Recipe from Baked-Brooklyn, NY

Happy Pi(e) day!  I love with three sweet Math Geeks and they take Pi(e) Day seriously! Below is the recipe for a pretty seriously awesome Mississippi Mud Pie. They’re are many steps to this amazing pie- but they are worth every last minute! Take your time, listen to some music, grab some help to tackle some of the steps, and then EAT YOUR PIE 🙂

Demolished Mississippi Mud Pie

Mississippi Mud Pie


 Step 1 – Cookie Crust

1lb of chocolate sandwich cookies

5tbs of melted butter

Step 2 – Flourless Chocolate Cake Batter

4tbs butter

6 oz. chocolate chopped

2 tbs plus 1 tsp instant espresso powder

1/4 cup strong brew coffee

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

6 large eggs, separated (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

Step 3 – Pudding

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp kosher salt

4 large egg yolks

2 1/2 cups whole milk

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 oz. chocolate chopped

Step 4 – Whipped Cream Topping

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

2 tbsp sugar

chocolate shavings

Step 1 -Crust

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan with no stick spray. Line pan with parchment paper and spray the paper. Smash cookie crumbs and toss with the melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Bake until the crust is dry to the touch about 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Cookie Crust

Step 2 – Flourless Chocolate Cake

Melt Butter and chocolate in heat proof bowl set over simmering water ( not touching). Remove from the heat and whisk until smooth. Let cool. In s small bowl, whisk togethr the espresso powder, coffee, salt, and vanilla. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar on medium high speed until the mixture is light and has almost doubled in volume, about 5 minutes.

Siobhan Double Boiler

Add the chocolate mixture and beat until just combined. Reduce the speed to low, add the coffee mixture, and beat until just combined. In a clean bowl, using the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium high speed until foamy. Gradually raise the speed to high, add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and beat until soft peaks form. Scoop 1 cup of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and gently fold in using a rubber spatula. After about 30 seconds of folding add the remaining egg whites and fold until almost combined. Take care not to over mix. Pour into the partially baked cookie crust. Bake until the cake is set but still jiggles slightly. , 38-42 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. As it cools, cake will deflate in the center and look a bit sunken. Tightly wrap the cake and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or up to overnight).

Step 3 – Pudding

To make the pudding, in a saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and, salt. Add the egg yolks and half of the milk and whisk until combined. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in the rest of the milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly to prevent from burning. Cook for 30 seconds, then strain into a heat proof bowl.


Add the butter, vanilla, and chocolate and whisk until combined. Continue to whisk to cool the mixture slightly. Let the pudding stand for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, 2-3 hours. Stir the chilled pudding to loosen it, then pour on top of the cake, making sure to stay inside the crust. Spread the pudding in an even layer. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4- Whipped Cream Topping

Whip the cream with sugar to medium peaks. Spread the whipped cream over the pudding. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Remove sides of the springform pan and transfer onto Hull’s Happiest Days Designs’ cake plate with dome. Cut the pie and enoy! Oh, yeah and do some math…Keys with dome  and dessert plates

Hull’s Happiest Days Designs Cake Plate, Dome, and Dessert Plates- Skeleton Key Set

xoxo Hull’s Happiest Days Designs






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I’ve got a Secret Message

Secret Message Board

Secret Message Board

I have been busy working on new products for Hull’s Happiest Days Designs. As I mentioned in earlier posts- Valentine’s Day is big around our household- and some of my best designs started out as gifts I created for my family members. Well, the secret message board is just one of those designs. What do you do if you have tween children – who love Valentine’s Day- but are hugely embarassed at getting love notes from their parents? A Secret Message Board of course! On one side of the board – it’s a sweet little wall hanging perfect for any tween’s room. The other side of just one heart however, has a happy message from Mom and Dad. Genius! Now my daughter’s can relish in parental love and approval without losing respect from their friends.

This darling board would be a great wedding, anniversary, or birthday present- for anyone you want to tell a secret. Shhhh… we’ll never tell.

Secret Message Board heart detail

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Wedding Bells in our Future…

Bridal Bouqet Cake Plate and Dome

Hull’s Happiest Days Designs is preparing to offer Wedding Planning! Over the next few months we are readying ourselves to grow and expand into Wedding and Event planning. This progression is a very exciting new offering that dovetails perfectly with Hull’s Happiest Days Designs’ mission: to create art, artifacts, and experiences for people who are celebrating love and other milestone moments. We create – happy to hold on to!

I will keep you in the loop as we get closer to launching this new area. Right now, we are developing new Custom Bridal China Dinnerware Patterns, new cake toppers, new candle holders, luminarias, and other lovely accessories to complete your wedding decor & grace your home for years to come.

Previously, as a theatre director, ( Shawn) I have the opportunity to produce numerous plays, arts festivals, and gallery showings. My artistic and organizational expertise combined with Hull’s Happiest Days Designs meaningful wedding pieces, customer collaboration, and attention to detail is a perfect marriage for the couple who wants a wedding tailored to their vision, their budget, and their love.

We plan to offer wedding & event planning and design in the Greater Philadelphia area. Don’t worry we are not going to stop creating the lovely personalized, and customized gifts and accessories we are known for- we will be expanding our design lines and offering this new service. Sweetheart single dessert plate close up

xo Shawn – Hull’s Happiest Days Designs

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Show em’ you are all HEART!

Love Notes Guest Book hearts with hand built bowl

Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are having a happy day – snuggling up with your sweetie and celebrating LOVE with family and friends! In honor of this day, I am gathering up all our Hull’s Happiest Days Designs’ work that features HEARTS! You may find all these beauties at Hull’s Happiest Days Designs .

Sweetheart single dessert plate close up

Something Sweet


Apple tree fine dessert set for 2

The Family Tree

Story of us Heart

A Love Story

Personalized Heart and Key Bridal Bouquet Charm

Poetry, Your Heart, and Its Key

Happy Valentines Day! xoxo Hull’s Happiest Days Designs


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Sneak Peek into Spring Designs

Lake Platter inside

One of our family dreams is to own a lake house. We used to own the sweetest little cottage in the woods, complete with apple tree, deer, wild turkeys, and a lovely calm lake close by. We had to give it up a couple of years ago, and I have pining ever since …

So our this Spring I am inspired by dreams, moving towards what my heart years for and creating beauty and hope for the future in our work. This sweet little porcelain platter (11″ diameter) is a lovely multi-functional piece- perfect in the kitchen as serve-ware, the dining room on a buffet as a drink tray, or a centerpiece of your tabletop decor to coral candles.

Lake Platter with props

Lake Platter Listing

We will be following up this lovely water color styled abstracted lake and the woods design with mugs, plates, and other dining pieces. This is our first sneak peek. It is completely hand made from my hand rolling out the porcelain with a vintage rolling pin. Hand cutting the slab, joining the pieces with slip, drying, bisque-ing, hand glazing, and twice kiln firing. We’ve also added a sweet little vine and leaf applique to the outside.

Lake Platter side with detail

This lovely piece is food safe, dish washer safe, and meant to loved and used for years to come. Each piece is signed by the artist, and we can personalize the sides with a special date or message as well. Click the link below to take you to Lake platter in our shop.

A little piece of happy to hold onto…

xo Happiest Days Designs


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Crafty Valentine Embroidery

Hugs & Kisses Pink 1

Shower the ones you love with hugs and kisses they can snuggle up to all year through! This easy DIY craft is perfect for husbands, beaus, snuggle buddies, and kids. Hand embroidery is a simple craft that can embellish easy to find blank pillow cases and duvets.

Things you will need:

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Standard Hoop

Fabric you want to embroider (pillow case, cloth napkin, duvet cover, etc.)


Once you have pulled together your supplies- iron your fabric- and using the pencil decide on placement and write (cursive is easier to stitch) the words or phrase onto the fabric. The lines should be light, but clear enough for you to follow. I chose: Hugs & Kisses and xxx ooo – other options work like Love, Hunny Bunny, Handsome, etc.

Then using a simple back split stitch – you begin to write with thread. View the below video for a demonstration:

The more you practice, the easier it gets. It does take some time- especially if your words and designs are large. I’d give yourself at least two weeks to complete this project in your spare time. If you want it ready by Valentine’s Day- I’d start no later than early February.

Once you feel comfortable you can start to experiment with words and simple little details- below is another duvet cover I did- at the foot of our bed.

Love Embroidery Design

Jenny Hart is a well know embroidery artist and teacher. She has written several books and has a website for supplies and embroidery patterns. I started with the book Sublime Stitching- author Jenny Hart and photos Alexandra Grablewski. I love cuddling up with my embroidery hoop, some pretty floss, and a good movie. Definitely a happy day!

xo Happiest Days Designs


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Amish Style Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder on the Stove

Hot soup on a cold day makes me happy! This is perfect Snow Day Soup- easy to make and it makes a bunch! This soup comes Jeff Smith- The Frugal Gourmet

Amish Style Chicken Corn Chowder

Recipe adapted from Jeff Smith- The Frugal Gourmet

1    3-4 lb. Whole Chicken – Cut Up

3   Quarts of Water

1   Onion

2   Bay Leaves

Fresh Parsley

2   Eggs

2   cups of All Purpose Flour

Pinch of Kosher Salt

28 oz. of Frozen Corn

1   14 oz can of Creamed Corn

Extra Salt and Pepper to taste

Put Whole chicken in large pot with 3 quarts of water. Put in the pot 3 sprigs of parsley. About a tablespoon of salt, 2 bay leaves, and black pepper to taste. Bring the pot to a boil and cover. Cook Chicken on the stovetop covered for one hour.

Turn off heat and take off lid. Take out chicken and set aside and cool. Skim fat off the top of the chicken. Good tip- remove fat with a slotted spoon, then take the end piece off a loaf of bread and drag it across the surface of broth. Return broth to a boil.

Lightly beat two eggs and add to flour and salt. Mix it to create a crumbly mixture with pebble shaped flour pieces. To make the the rivels, once broth boils drop handfuls of the flour into the boiling soup. Boil for six minutes.

Take off skin and remove bones from the chicken. Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces.

Once the Rivels/dumplings are boiled add 28 oz. of frozen corn and the can of creamed corn. Stir and add the chicken meat. Allow the mixture to cook about 10 more minutes.

To finish cut up about a 1/4 cup of parsley and add to the finished soup.

Enjoy a mug full of warm, yummy, happy!


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