This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it's for a birthday, St. Patrick's Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive!
This past weekend we celebrated Julia's 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. This year we went the simple route and kept the party to just family. Julia had lots of fun playing with her cousins and so long as there was cake she was a happy girl!
As soon as the kids are old enough to have an opinion on what kind of birthday cake they want, I let them decide. When I asked Julia what kind of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday, she said ... [Continue Reading]
The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet!
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Lightly sweetened, tender shortcakes are piled high with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. These berry shortcakes are a fun patriotic twist on the usual strawberry shortcake!
If you're ever lacking for a simply delicious dessert idea, and fresh berries are in season, then berry shortcakes are your answer. A light and tender shortcake biscuit topped with heaps of fresh berries and cream just cannot be beat at this time of year. Not too heavy, but definitely sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, these berry shortcakes are sure to become a favorite of yours.
I've been making this recipe for years, and after trying many different shortcake recipes this is the ... [Continue Reading]
These Snickerdoodle Cupcakes are for the true cinnamon-sugar lover. They are topped with swirls of unbelievably light and fluffy buttercream frosting and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar!
I love a good Snickerdoodle cookie. I think it's the cinnamon-sugar coating that gets me. You too? Then you will love these Snickerdoodle cupcakes. First we have a cinnamon-flavored cupcake, then the lightest, fluffiest frosting ever, and finally a dusting of cinnamon-sugar. Sounds pretty good, right?
The secret to amazingly light and fluffy frosting? Whip it for a long time. Like 15 minutes total. By the time your mixer's done (I always use my stand mixer with the paddle attachment), the frosting will be ... [Continue Reading]
I'm totally addicted to this lemon ricotta cake with almond glaze. It is so moist and bursting with bright lemon flavor!
I just can't stop with this lemon ricotta cake. I've made it three times in a week. Well, partially that was because I was testing the recipe to make sure it was just right before sharing it with you. But really, I think I just wanted to keep eating it!
I have been on a huge lemon kick recently. Luckily my parents have a lemon tree and are always willing to share, because I've been going through lemons like crazy. I wanted this lemon cake to be bursting with bright lemon flavor, and I think I've succeeded. I added plenty of lemon juice and zest to both the cake ... [Continue Reading]
Moist red velvet cupcakes with a hint of cocoa, plus swirls of sweet, tangy cream cheese frosting.
What's your favorite cupcake? I know, such a hard question, right? I'm not sure I could choose just one favorite... if I had to choose I'd say a good vanilla bean cupcake can't be beat, but sometimes I'm in the mood for chocolate, sometimes something fruity... I do enjoy a good red velvet cupcake, although it wouldn't make my list of favorites. I know for many of you it's a favorite, though, so these cupcakes are for you. :)
I made these cupcakes for a surprise baby shower at Brad's office. While I couldn't ask the mom-to-be what kind of cupcakes she wanted, her friends at the office ... [Continue Reading]
Last weekend I did my first baking with fresh cranberries of the season and made these cranberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes. These cheesecakes would be a perfect addition to the dessert table at your holiday party. The bright red cranberry swirl makes them so pretty and festive. The cheesecake cupcakes are individually portioned, so your guests can grab one and continue mingling. Although you will probably find that it is hard to stop at just one!
I love the combination of sweet-tart cranberry and creamy cheesecake, atop a lightly spiced graham cracker crust. While these are adorable in cupcake form, they would also taste delicious as bars if you are in a hurry. To make cranberry swirl ... [Continue Reading]
I haven't had many excuses.. I mean opportunities to make cupcakes lately. Baking a batch of cupcakes just for my family isn't a good idea, because we definitely don't need to eat a dozen cupcakes. We had my parents and brother over for dinner this past weekend so I had a reason to make dessert, and I decided that an afternoon spent baking in the kitchen sounded both relaxing and fun. I pretended I didn't have housecleaning to do, laundry to fold, or papers to grade, and just enjoyed myself.
These cupcakes have three components- a spiced apple cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Have you ever noticed how kids eat cupcakes? They lick off all of the ... [Continue Reading]
What a title! This cake deserves every descriptive word in that title, and it was the perfect cake to celebrate my sweet boy's first birthday.
A few weeks ago William turned one, and we celebrated with a relaxed party at home with family and a few close friends. I thought and thought about a party theme, and nothing seemed quite right, until I settled on a color theme. I kept things simple, with a few colorful decorations and an easy menu of burgers and salads. And of course, cake!
I found this cake recipe just two days before the party, and although it was a new recipe I just knew it would be perfect. The cake was incredibly light and fluffy, and the frosting was sweet and ... [Continue Reading]
We recently celebrated Julia's 4th birthday. I feel like I say this every year, but I can't believe how the time has flown by since she was our tiny baby girl:
Today she is a beautiful, independent four-year-old who loves hugs and kisses, stories and songs at bedtime, doing artwork, pretend play, gardening with Daddy, baking with Mommy, and playing with her baby brother.
When I asked Julia what kind of birthday party she wanted, right away she said a butterfly party. There are so many cute ideas that go along with a butterfly party theme, and it was lots of fun planning and getting ready for the party.
To make the invitations, I bought some pink and purple cardstock at Michael's, ... [Continue Reading]
Are you one to make New Year's resolutions? I like to look at the new year as an opportunity to reflect on goals that I have for myself, rather than making strict resolutions. This year, when I think about what I'd like to accomplish, the theme is consistency. I'd like to consistently exercise at least 3 (well preferably 5 but I'm trying to be realistic :) ) times each week. I'd like to be more consistent with devoting time to this blog and posting regularly. Most importantly, I want to remember to enjoy each day, because although the individual moments of the day have their ups and downs, we need to cherish the time we spend with family and friends.
What do I not plan to do once 2013 is ... [Continue Reading]
I made this lemon pound cake about two months ago, and I'm finally getting around to sharing it with you! After editing the photos just now, I'm really wishing I had a slice to nibble on as I type this. While the time to enjoy summer berries is coming to an end, this pound cake is delicious all on it's own. Drizzled with both a sweet syrup and a glaze, how could it not be?
If you happen to have lemons on hand, you likely have all of the ingredients that you need to make this lemon cake. I always have Greek yogurt in my fridge, so I subbed that for the sour cream called for in the original recipe and it worked wonderfully. Pound cakes like this one are great because you feel like you're ... [Continue Reading]
I've survived the first three weeks of school, and my return to work after my maternity leave. I'm enjoying getting to know my new group of third graders, and there is something to be said for quiet mornings of getting ready while my two kiddos are still sleeping (even though it means the alarm goes off at 4:45a.m. on workdays). The beginning of a new school year is always super busy, so I haven't had much time for baking lately. Plus, those early morning wake-ups (in addition to a middle-of-the-night baby feeding most nights) have left me tired, so I've been using weekends to catch up on sleep, as much as the kids, household tasks, and schoolwork will allow, at least.
This weekend, I ... [Continue Reading]
This pound cake was my first baking project after William was born. I could not wait to get back into the kitchen, especially since I wasn't able to enjoy sweets while pregnant (and therefore didn't bake much). The other day, William was fed and napping and I was feeling up to it, so I made this ricotta orange pound cake.
I've enjoyed a couple of slices of this cake with a morning cup of coffee, but it's actually more of a dessert treat than a breakfast treat. It's incredibly rich and buttery, with a delicious orange flavor. The cake would make a great dessert topped with some fresh strawberries. I'd recommend macerating the strawberries to bring out their juices, by sprinkling them ... [Continue Reading]
We recently celebrated Julia's 3rd birthday. I cannot believe my baby is 3, and she's definitely not a baby anymore. She's her own little person, who loves to sing, color and cut, blow bubbles, and help her mommy with "jobs," especially in the kitchen.
Julia's favorite character right now is Curious George so we had a Curious George party to celebrate her birthday. Since I'm seven months pregnant and trying to take it easy, I kept the party simple this year. I incorporated the George theme in the party color scheme, table decorations, cupcake toppers, party hats, and a few other simple goodies for the kids. The menu included veggies, chips, and dip, make-your-own sandwiches, and salads. And ... [Continue Reading]
Coffee lover that I am, I was so excited to try these Vanilla Latte Cupcakes. Coffee-flavored cupcakes are topped with a Vanilla Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Yum. I especially loved the flavor of the cupcakes themselves, and would have no problem eating them without frosting. The frosting and coffee bean garnish do make for a really pretty presentation, though, don't they?
This was the first time I've tried making a Swiss Meringue Buttercream, and it was a success. I had read about this type of frosting many times, and was interested to see how it differed from a regular buttercream frosting. Swiss Meringue Buttercream does take more time to make, but isn't really all that ... [Continue Reading]
I had a special reason for wanting to bake some blueberry cupcakes, so when Brad came home from the grocery store with fresh blueberries I knew it was meant to be. Although we're in the middle of winter, the blueberries were delicious and just perfect in these cupcakes.
The cupcakes themselves are not overly sweet, and are almost more like a muffin than a cupcake. And the cream cheese frosting (oh how I love cream cheese frosting!) is sweet and tangy, and is just right with the cupcakes.
One year ago: Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin
Makes 24 cupcakes (can be halved to yield 12 cupcakes)
For the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose ... [Continue Reading]
If you love Oreo cookies, then these are the cupcakes for you. To start, half of an Oreo is hidden at the bottom of the cupcake. Then, chopped Oreo pieces are mixed into a delicious cupcake base. Finally, the cupcakes are topped with Oreo whipped cream and half of an Oreo cookie. These cupcakes are definitely indulgent, but I'm sure you won't have any trouble finding friends to share them with!
One year ago: Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style
Oreo Cookie Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room ... [Continue Reading]