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“marry me” cookies

I saw these delightful creations on the Cooking Channel website and knew I had to try them.  The official name is, “I want to Marry You Cookies” and they are from the genius mind of Melissa Stadler.

"marry me" cookies!  So good, they will propose!

 

Her recipe includes pretty much every favorite ingredient of mine.  Sugar, (da) brown sugar, oats, chocolate, white chocolate… I get happy just thinking about it.

And she is right, they are downright delicious!  What makes them amazing is her method; she uses one saucepan!  It’s quite inventive.

"marry me" cookies!

 

I think I was impatient and didn’t wait long enough during cooling times, so my cookies are a bit flatter than hers.  In all the pictures I have seen these cookies are puffed up and thick, so I will stress that you should follow the directions better than I did!

I also opted for a good quality semi-sweet chocolate chunk.  It really makes a difference in my opinion, as I love the deep rich cocoa flavor among the sweet (oh so sweet) sugary cookie dough.  You could even go more pure with your chocolate selection, and find something over 60% cacoa.

"marry me" cookies!

 

Then there is that white chocolate.  I love white chocolate with a passion in my soul, and what it brings to this cookie is nothing short of confection perfection.

“marry me” cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter until melted, over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat.
  2. Add the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar and stir until sugars are incorporated and smooth. Chill the mixture for 10 minutes. (Do not skip this step. You can also transfer the mixture to a different bowl so that it is no longer being heated from the pan.)
  3. Remove he cookie dough from the refrigerator and stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon and mix together with a spoon.
  5. Gently fold in the white chocolate chips and chocolate chips.
  6. Chill dough until it is firm enough to be hand rolled, about 30 minutes in the fridge.
  7. Roll by hand into 24 medium-size balls or use a scoop, and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.
  9. While the dough is chilling, heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn golden. (Do not overbake)
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Recipe just barely adapted from Cooking Channel.

"marry me" cookies!

 

Now, since I am already married, I will need to harness to power of these cooking into other notable pursuits.  Maybe convince a husband that my new home office is a little bit higher up on his honey-do list than he previously thought.

Or rewarding some thoughtful and well deserving kids.

 

"will you marry me" cookies!

Or even just for me, as a treat for making it through another week. ;)

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classic chocolate chip and peanut butter chip cookies

Yesterday, three of my boys left.  My husband took our oldest and second oldest (Colton and Parker, respectively) to Canada fishing.  This is an annual trip for him, but the first ever for Parker.  Colton is already a veteran with one year under his belt!

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

As I mom I am torn when these events come up.  As a wife I get it, a hunter and fisherman is who I married.  I know Chad’s passion lies in the great outdoors and that for him, fishing and hunting is soul refreshing.  He is a true hunter/gatherer!  Him leaving for days and weeks at a time to pursue angling dreams is ok with me. (mostly, with five kids it come sometimes get tough alone)  Heck, I love that his passions are so rudimentary in their core.

But as a mom there is something entirely different going on.

Those are my babies, not being babies.

Those are my sweet angels, learning how to forage and survive in remote back country.

My babies, becoming men.

And I just don’t know if my heart can take it.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

My tradition for the annual trip is that I make my Monster Cookies.  This is one of Chad’s favorite cookies, and the rest of the guys on the trip always seem to enjoy them too.  But this year I left the baking down to the very last minute (bad mom), as in I literally had 3 hours to get the cookies prepared, baking, cooled, and packaged for the trip.

So I asked them what flavors they wanted.  Chocolate Chip!  Peanut butter!

Ok.  I can do that.

Granted, I will be baking through a blurry haze with all my mommy-hood blubbering, but whatever.

classic chocolate chip and peanut butter chip cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (I set my convection oven to 325) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Gradually add in flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Remove bowl from mixture and fold in chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  6. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden.
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Recipe slightly adapted from bag of Guittard Chocolate Chips.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie!

 

The kids loved the cookies and I hope every time they eat one they are reminded how much mom loves them.  I have plenty to keep me busy while they are gone, with a 1 year old, a 3 year old and a very precocious 5 year old princess-in-training.

But I sure will miss my babies.

So if someone can send me a large shipment of cheap wine and romantic comedies that would be great.  This is going to be a long week!

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cherry limeade cake

After having recently made these Cherry Limeade Cupcakes, I haven’t stopped thinking about them.  Maybe ‘thinking’ isnt the best world.  More like obsessing.  It is by far one of the best cupcakes I have ever tasted, and now… it’s a cake.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

A simple cake adorned with cherries.  It really is simple too; easy to assemble, easy to bake, easy to decorate and so easy to eat.  As a matter of fact, this is the second Cherry-Limeade Cake I have made in 3 days.

It’s that good.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

As if the cake itself being awesome wasn’t enough, that frosting.

At a very weak moment in my life I may or may not have piped it directly into my mouth.  Like, 13 times.  Give or take.

Cherry Buttercream Frosting!

 

The combination of the tart lime cake and the sweet cherry buttercream is enough to make you weak in the knees.

So just sit down while you eat it ok?

limeade cake with cherry buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
  7. Transfer cakes tin to a wire rack.
  8. Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the each cake.
  9. Let cakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
  10. Frosting
  11. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  12. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency.
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Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

The main difference between the cake and the cupcakes was texture;  I found the cake to be a bit more dense.  I also added an additional tablespoon of lime juice to the cake.

A couple tips for success:

It is important that your ingredients are at room temperature before assembling and baking.

Don’t over mix cake batter!  (Not speaking from experience or anything, ahem.)

Make sure the lime juice is fresh squeezed.

Brush the lime juice onto the cakes while they are still warm.

Cherry Limeade Cake!

 

I absolutely insist that you make this cake immediately.  Well, not immediately immediately, but sometime in the near-soon future.  Of just call your bestie and tell them to make it for you.  Besties are good like that. :)

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Blueberry Lemon Skillet Rolls

I have a brilliant idea.  Drop everything and go make these.  Seriously.  They are simple to do but produce a surprisingly delicious result!

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

I am hard pressed to get the kids a delightful hot breakfast in the summer, but I think that should change.

The nice thing about this uncomplicated recipe is that I can change it up!  Use plain biscuits, use a differnet fruit, make my own glazes… and none of those changes add any more prep time!

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

But for me, this was the winning combination.   Cinnamon roll (hello perfect breakfast food) covered in lemon infused blueberries that playfully burst in a flavor explosion with each bite.  Not to mention the sweet glaze dripping off of every fork full.

The end.

Kidding.

But really.

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

Blueberry Lemon Skillet Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 can cinnamon rolls with icing (should have 8 rolls)
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with butter.
  2. Open cinnamon rolls and separate dough into 8 rolls; set icing aside. Flatten each roll slightly with your hand and arrange rolls in single layer to fill skillet. (My rolls did not fill the entire space of the skillet so the had them mostly in the center.)
  3. In small bowl, mix blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch and then pour on top of rolls.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove lid from the icing container and microwave for about 10 seconds, until it is pourable.
  6. Right out of the oven, drizzle icing over rolls.
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Recipe just barely adapted from Just a Pinch.

If you want to make additional glaze here is an easy recipe:

1 tablespoon butter melted

1 cup powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Stir together butter, 3 teaspoons lemon juice and powdered sugar in small bowl. Stir in more lemon juice if needed, you want the glaze to be smooth and can be drizzled easily.

 

Blueberry & Lemon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Skillet

 

Next on my list of things to do?  Buy another skillet so I can make more of these at once!  With a family of seven, these were gone in 3 minutes flat!

Nest next on my list?  Try these with cinnamon rolls made from scratch!

Next, next next on my list?  Finding that darn list.

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heath brownie dessert pizza

Have you noticed I have been on a dessert pizza kick?  It’s really quite a fun way to enjoy a treat after dinner.  Or before dinner.  Or all day long.

Brownie Pizza with buttercream, ganache and heath candy bars!  Amazing!

 

This dessert pizza was inspired by my Heath Cake.  That cake is da bomb.  (As is using hip terminology from the 90′s.  It just makes me cooler.  Right?)

How to Make a Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

And it really was pretty easy!  I made the brownie, cooled it, then covered it in a little more than a cup of buttercream.  Then whipped up some chocolate ganache (recipe below), and then covered in heath bits.

But just the bits weren’t enough, so I loaded up my five kids and went to the store to buy a huge bag of mini Heath bars.  I have been to the grocery store four times in four days.  With my five kids.  There were a couple moments there when I wanted to “accidentally” walk into the liquor store instead of the grocery store.

But I didn’t.  It’s much more fun to be sober for all this fabulousness.

Just kidding, I am dominating a bottle of wine later tonight.  It’s Friday!

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

Back to the pizza.

It’s good.

It’s sweet.  Brownies with frosting and frosting and then candy bars?  Yes, I think sweet is an appropriate description.  Also, ridiculous, insane and cavity inducing.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

I used my Homemade Brownie Mix recipe for the brownies.  It makes a smaller batch, so is perfect for this recipe as it just perfectly covers a 12-inch round pizza pan.  Bake the brownies for about 18-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

I recommend a 1/2 batch (or even a 1/4 batch!) of this  Basic Buttercream.  I used about 1 1/2 cups on the pizza, and you can use more or less depending on your preference.  I had quite a bit of crumbs in my frosting due to the amazing flaky layer of deliciousness on the brownie.  If you want no crumbs in your buttercream, you can chill the brownie prior to frosting.

The ganache recipe was a little different from my normal, so I will be focusing on that recipe in the post.  I pour the ganache on then spread it evenly over the buttercream with a small offset spatula.

pourable chocolate ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Pour chips into a microwave safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Heat for 30 seconds then remove and stir. Chips should be half melted.
  3. Add in 1 tablespoon heavy cream.
  4. Return to microwave for up to 30 seconds.
  5. Remove and stir until chips are all melted.
  6. This is where you will want to gauge how runny you want the chocolate to be; I added in 2 more tablespoons of heavy cream, one at a time, and stirred after each. I would consider this a "spreadable" consistency, as in it was easily spread over the dessert pizza.
  7. To make it much more pourable, add in 1-2 more tablespoons of heavy cream and stir until incorporated.
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The Heath chips were purchased as were the candy bars.  I did chop the mini Heath bars in half and then sprinkled on top of the pizza.

Heath Brownie Dessert Pizza!

 

So there you have it, a super indulgent and sugary way to enjoy dessert!  Which is basically what my blog is.

I see a new tag line in my future!

Check out my other Dessert Pizza’s!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Dessert Pizza!peanut butter marshmallow dessert pizza

Rustic Blueberry Dessert Pizza!

rustic blueberry dessert pizza

Personal size rainbow fruit pizza!

mini rainbow fruit pizza’s

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peanut butter cookies

This classic cookie is always a treat for kids and adults alike!

Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

I discovered this recipe on allrecipes.com, where it is called “best ever peanut butter cookies ever” and has over 700 reviews.

I think it is named appropriately!

One thing I found interesting is the fact that these cookies do not contain any flour.  I am slightly addicted to gluten and never thought I could get a thick cookie with a great crumb without it… but I was wrong!

The only changes I made were to halve the recipe (that is like the first time I have ever said that, so weird) added brown sugar and increased the vanilla.  I love vanilla!  So basically I am sticking to the original recipe and am thankful to the creator.

And the Creator. Can I get an Amen?

Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

As much as I want to personalize things and make them my own, this is one cookie that I am not willing to mess with. I absolutely adore the iconic criss cross pattern and wouldn’t change it for a million billion dollars.

Ok, ok, so I would probably change it for like $20 but whatever.

best ever peanut butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I use chunky)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, all all ingredients and stir together until smooth.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Perfect peanut butter cookies!

 

Be sure to head on over to my Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Dessert Pizza where I also used this recipe!

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Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cupcakes

I have been waiting all week long to share these with you!  My favorite, favorite, mostest favoritest everest summertime flavor combination is Neapolitan.  And this one is extra special to me!

 

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

 

This cupcake is adapted from a cake in my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!  I have an entire cake that is a Neapolitan Hi-Hat.  It is a glorious and amazingly delicious and seriously unique HI-HAT CAKE!!

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cake!  from Surprise-Inside Cakes!

 

photo credit Susan Powers from Surprise-Inside Cakes

I love that cake.  Sorry, I can’t help myself.

Back to the cupcake!

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

 

This has got to be one of the greatest cupcakes ever, is that it is a Brownie bottom layer, a Strawberry cake layer, whipped cream (cool whip) piled high, and then semi-sweet chocolate coating.

Um, yeah.  It’s good.

To make the brownies you can use this recipe.

To make the strawberry cake you can use this recipe.  (That recipe is huge, so plan to make a cake from the left over batter)

For the whipped cream you can use this recipe. (substitute vanilla)  You can also use Cool Whip.

Chocolate Shell

Ingredients

  • 11 oz. chocolate chips or finely chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or shortening)

Instructions

  1. Combine chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Transfer to small container with high sides (like a drinking glass, just make sure its wide enough to fit cupcake), and let cool about 15 minutes.
  2. OR
  3. Place chocolate and oil in a tall glass in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If chocolates not all melted, return to the microwave in 15 second increments until chocolate is all melted.
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To assemble the cupcakes you can use the method outlined on this post, Mardi-Gras Hi-Hat Cupcakes.

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

 

Or you can get my book and use the all original from-scratch recipes in it!  I mean, who wouldn’t LOVE that Hi-Hat Cake?

Ok, I will stop.  Sometimes it’s hard to reign in the excitement when you love something, but for you I will try. :)

Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

Did you see all of the other cupcakes I shared this week?

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes!

Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes! Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

s'mores cupcakes! #chocolate #summerdessertsS’mores Cupcakes

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Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Let the summertime fun begin!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

 

This week I am all about baking.  Let me get even more specific:  baking cupcakes.  Wait, I can get even more specific.  Baking summertime flavor cupcakes!

There are a few “flavors” that come to mind when I think about the warmth and fun of summer.  Drinking a refreshing limeade is one of them!

 

Cherry Limeade Cupcake!  Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!

I have to tell you, this cupcake is heavenly.  I adapted it from Sprinkles Key Lime recipe, (very small adaptations!  There is a reason she has a successful cupcake empire!) and am completely smitten.  The crumb is delicate, the texture is soft and the flavor is subtle, yet bold.

Well, that makes no sense.  It’s subtle until you add the secret weapon of flavor!

Right after the cupcakes come out of the oven, brush on some extra lime juice.  I made some with this method and some without and absolutely loved the extra little zing that it gives the final cupcake.

Cherry Limeade Cupcake!  Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!

 

I also made some with lime zest sprinkled over top but did not like that as much.  It was a tad overpowering and didn’t add anything to the cupcake texture-wise.  So a lone cherry it is!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins tins. (This recipe yielded 15 muffins for me.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together room temperature butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs, one at a time and mix until just blended.
  4. Add in vanilla, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and milk and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Remove from mixer then fold in lime zest with spatula.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack.
  8. Use pastry brush to brush remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the top of the cupcake.
  9. Let cupcakes cool completely and dry before topping with cherry frosting.
  10. Frosting
  11. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  12. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency.
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Tips for success:

I bought a jar of cherries and then simply placed them on the cupcakes before serving.  However, I would recommend removing the cherries from the juice and placing on a paper towel prior to placing.   Doing that will ensure that the cherry juice doesn’t drip into the frosting and all over the place.  I only recommend this for appearance sake; if you like the extra cherry juice flavor then ignore.

If you want extra extra lime juice flavor you can poke holes into your cupcakes with a toothpick before brushing on lime juice.

I used a 1E tip from Bakery Crafts to pipe the frosting onto these cupcakes.

Cherry Limeade Cupcake!  Delicate lime cupcake with sweet Maraschino cherry frosting!

 

I completely adore these simple and fun cupcakes and hope you will too!

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If you love creative and beautiful creations (dang I am humble, huh?) , be sure to get my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!

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homemade yellow cake mix

Did you know I bake lots of cakes?  Like, lots and lots of lots of cakes?  I had a homemade white cake recipe that I love, but have been on the search for a good yellow cake recipe.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

There are a couple reasons that I finally ended up in this recipe.

#1 Its a one-bowl recipe.

#2 It uses whole eggs, not 8 egg yolks.

Oh, and one more.

Its yummy.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

homemade yellow cake mix

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Measure flour into quart size mason jar.
  2. Add sugar on top, then baking powder, then salt. Place lid on jar. (My ingredients JUST fit)
  3. When ready to prepare cake batter:
  4. Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  6. Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  7. Pour batter into prepare pans. Bake at 350. For 9-inch pans its 20-25 minutes. For cupcakes start checking around 15 minutes. Cool before frosting.
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Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

 

Making a homemade cake mix is so cheap and easy and the best of all worlds when it happens to be super delicious.

I couldn’t help but pair it with a rich chocolate buttercream, as that is my favorite combination.  (What is your favorite frosting with yellow cake?)

If you want to give this for a gift (I would LOVE this as a gift!) simply print out the ‘wet’ ingredients and the directions and attach to the jar.  Be sure to add some instructions though.  Something like, “After cake is cooled call me and I will be right over.”

Or something like that. :)

Here is the Homemade White Cake Mix we love!

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The Perfect Chocolate Cake

It occurred to me that there are three things I have not done.

1. Updated the Best Chocolate Cake recipe.

2. Shared the perfect Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

3. Made a Chocolate Rose Cake.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Well, I will remedy those three issues all in one post!

I have made no less than 56, 743 rose cakes in the last 2 years and NOT ONE has been all chocolate!

What to the what?  Insanity.

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake and Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream

This best ever chocolate cake recipe was originally published on my blog in 2010 and is from The Barefoot Contessa who adapted it from Hershey’s.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (I use decaf)

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  4. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  5. (I prepared my cakes in two 8in round cake pans then divided each layer after they had cooled to create four layers)
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The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) at room temp.
  • 7½ cups powdered sugar (or one 2lb bag)
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. ***THIS RECIPE IS FOR A CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM ROSE CAKE. You may need to halve this recipe if you are not making buttercream roses!***
  2. Place room temperature butter and vanilla into a stand mixer and beat at medium-high for about three minutes. You want it to appear lighter and fluffier.
  3. While butter is in mixer add powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt to a bowl and mix with a whisk. (sift)
  4. With mixer off, add in one cup of the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture. Turn mixer on to low and then slowly add in remaining powdered sugar mixture, one cup at a time.
  5. With mixer still on low, add in milk. Turn mixer to medium high and blend for at least two minutes.
  6. Frosting will appear very light, but it will darken as it sets.
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Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life.

 

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 This is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I have ever had the pleasure of eating.  Its moist and fudgey but still has a light cake crumb.  Its got a depth of flavor (which I would attribute to the coffee) and a distinct rich deep chocolate essence.

If you are planing on making a chocolate rose cake as well, here are some posts to help you along.

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Next time you want the Perfect Chocolate Cake, you simply must make this one.

You won’t be sorry!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe!

Once you get your chocolate fix be sure to try the Perfect White Cake!