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Sweet Potato Loaf Cake

This Sweet Potato cake is a lot like the Pumpkin Loaf at Starbucks – but better.  Instead of the pumpkin seeds on top, this sweet potato cake is topped with sweet meringue.  The flavor is very similar to pumpkin but instead of having to buy canned pumpkin or go through the huge hassle of roasting a pumpkin you can use sweet potatoes!You still have time to make this sweet potato…

Stout Peanut Butter Brownies

Hubbie’s birthday was this past weekend so I wanted to make something special for him. Even though I’ve craved beautiful fluffy frosting, he is not a huge dessert guy and he likes to keep his desert simple; chocolate chip cookies, brownies, that’s pretty much it. But, he is a craft beer guy and he loves peanut butter so I decided to make something a little special:  dark chocolate stout brownies…

Bourbon Raspberry Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

My brother has a very special birthday this year so I wanted to make him something a little more special.  He is a huge fan of brownies or blondies with frosting on it, so I took the idea of making some type of bar as my starting point.  I’ve been tempted to try making cheesecake for years but always chicken out for cupcakes or something a little less intimidating.  So,…

Banana Bread Cake

I love banana bread, I mean seriouslu, who doesn’t?  It’s one of those perfect treats – a little sweet, slightly gooey, and health-ish.  But this banana bread cake takes banana bread to a new level of dessert.  It’s great after a meal with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream – or just on its own.  So if you’ve got a few bananas that…

Shamrock Cakes

How many of you love McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes?  {not raising my hand}  But I love the commercial and I love the idea of them and I have one frind who LOVES Shamrock Shakes.  So this St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make my own version of a Shamrock Cup Cake. I took the semi-homemade route so it was very simple.  They are so good and just barely green so they…

Pudding Filling for Layer Cake

So it’s become a tradition for me to make my birthday cake. It’s something I look forward to every year and usually spend a lot of time deciding which cake I make.  This year I really wanted a fairly simple white cake with buttercream frosting but I wanted 3 layers.  Since I love buttercream I assumed I would just use the same frosting to cover the cake and in between…

Marshmallows

Every winter I tell myself that I’m going to make homemade marshmallows.  This year after watching Ina Garten make them, I realized they are much easier than I thought and while waiting for my cookie dough to chill, I got started.  They have to sit and set up overnight but they are sure worth it.  The perfect topping for hot cocoa on a cold winter day (I promise it will get cold…

Cookies for Santa

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m in full swing Christmas mode.  Wrapping presents in front of a fire, trimming the tree and baking Christmas cookies.  This year all I wanted were Classic Butter Cookies.  I decided I could make a few different varieties with one basic cookie dough.  I know, I’m so Basic 🙂  So I decided on Almond Bombs, Chocolate dippers with sprinkles or almond sugar dust and jam sandwiches with big fat…

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Here is a super easy Chocoloate Ganache Recipe for decorating cookies or dipping fruit.   Typically ganache is made with heavy cream and maybe some butter, but when making it for a garnish I like to use a lighter version that’s really easy (microwave not double boiler).  If you have leftover, when ganache is nearly solid (cold), it can be rolled to make truffles. My mom used to make them for Christmas…

Salted Caramel Mocha

Last week I had a great week at work, but a few of the days were really tough to get through.  With the sun basically setting before I’ve left my office even though it’s not late, I left one day feeling like a needed a sweet little pick me up.  So I stopped at Starbucks and asked for something just a little sweet and very delicious.  It was delicious and…