butterscotch peanut butter snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Snickerdoodle!

I hope I have stressed to you the simple joy and delight that is beautifully expressed in the relationship between peanut butter and butterscotch.  I have made it into a cake, a dessert pizza, a chocolate bark, and now a snickerdoodle. Why? It’s fun. It’s pretty. People love it. Because it works. I used peanut […]

spice cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

Confession time:  I don’t like eggnog. But if I was going to partake in eggnog this Christmas season, there was only one way that seemed acceptable. In buttercream. Because buttercream. #da So I made up some Spice Cupcakes.  Because cupcakes. Then I made up some eggnog buttercream. I was scared.  I mean… was it going to […]

chocolate peppermint cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake!

Peppermint in December is it. Chocolate is good any time of year, but when paired with the refreshingly cool tones of peppermint, my heads spins a little.  I love taking a breath right after a bite of this cake; the rich chocolate flavor lingers, but the air traveling down my windpipe seems to be coated […]

christmas tree cookie stacks (and a giveaway!)

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack!

Isn’t baking in December some of the most fun baking there is?  I have a few theories on why this is. 1. For the US folks, this is typically one of the cooler months, so being in a cozy kitchen with an oven full of delectable cookies and treats warms the soul as well as […]

french apple-cranberry pie

French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

Confession: This pie sounded amazing for one reason. It had ‘French’ in the title. As far as I know it is just like any other apple-cranberry pie.  But is says french, so it sounds more sophisticated and delightful.  Like, if I eat a piece I will be magically transformed into a tall & skinny well dressed […]

swedish sticky cake {kladdkaka}

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}

Having friends over is a something that I need to do more often. There is not many things I enjoy more than good food, good friends, and great chocolate desserts. One of my favorite people to dine with is Brenda from a farmgirls dabbles.  Brenda is a great friend and who just so happens to […]

chocolate caramel ginger cookies

Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies!

Let’s talk ginger. Not the hair (although that would be fun too because I happened to have given birth to ginger baby).  The vegetable.  Or as most refer to it, the herb or spice. Are you a fan? After seeing this recipe you will be, in one form or another.  Of this I am confident. […]

Naked Cakes and Live TV

Naked Fruit Cake!

One of the perks of living in MN is Twin Cities Live.  It is a local show that is nationally recognized for the talent and quality of programming.  I am slightly biased because I happen to adore one of the hosts (well both actually!!) , Elizabeth Ries.  But even if I didn’t know her, I […]

bourbon chocolate tipsy cake (and a contest)

Bourbon Chocolate Tipsy Cake!

Today’s post has me in quite an unusual state!  I am a bit flustered and embarrassed and confused.  But there is cake involved so it will all be alright. I was recently asked to participate in a baking challenge with Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.  Since this is not a question I get often, my […]

christmas cookie sandwiches with wondra

Holiday Sugar Cookies!

As a baker there are two things that I value greatly: 1. Time 2. Quality ingredients Sometimes, as much as it pains me, I have to set certain recipes off to the side because of the time involved.  This is never a fun choice because we all know that the care put into a recipe is […]

chocolate pistachio and ginger tart

Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!

Every now and then, I feel like acting as if I am classy. (Be advised, it took everything in me to not write classy with a k.  Just a testament to the fact that classy, I am not.)   Not through what I wear or say or do, but with cuisine. More specifically, dessert. My […]

The Easiest Chocolate cupcakes

The EASIEST Chocolate Cupcake! (that just happens to be vegan!)

I was in a pinch.  Ever since our chickens started laying eggs, I vowed to never buy eggs again. (It’s not for vanity reasons or anything, it’s just that our eggs are so delicious and naturally organic and wonderful, all other eggs pale in comparison.  Literally.) I found myself without any eggs but needed to […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe with Chocolate Crust!

This is such a classic and great tasting dessert, I am ashamed I never shared it on my blog until now! The recipe I am sharing is a “copykat” recipe, in that it is reminiscent of the Cheesecake Factory’s® scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake. While I love eating it there, making it at home has it’s benefits […]

caramel cake with apple cider whipped cream

Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting and Apple Cinnamon Whipped Cream!

This cake. It’s… well.   It’s one of the best tasting cakes I have ever had the privilege of making. But here is the thing… I am going to share TWO recipes for this cake.  The reason being is that when I made it from scratch I used Rose’s Caramel Cake.  I made it and […]

Puppy Chow surprise-inside cake

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

I love this cake. Every little thing about it.  From the amazing chocolate flavor to the chocolate sprinkles to the glorious surprise waiting inside. Delicious. Beautiful. (in my opinion!) and Easy. Let’s get to it! After assembling the layers of this cake I covered it in a thin coat of buttercream.  I used about 1 […]

candy corn cupcakes

Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

This post is sponsored by McCormicks. What’s for dessert?  Cupcakes.  Glorious dual-toned, frosting piled high, covered in an obscene sweet glaze decadent cupcakes. Imagine if you are in grade school, and have been sitting in class all morning.  The tick-tock of the clock is constant, and you are full of energy, waiting so impatiently for […]

peanut butter chocolate chip coffee cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!

This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast.  It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting. But it has coffee in it.  So I make it in the morning loving that I have a very […]

spumoni cake

Spumoni Rosette Cake!

Kinda.  I mean, in all honesty this cake was inspired from some ice cream I saw at the grocery store.  But when I saw it the first thing I thought was… Neapolitan Cake.  I need to make this “spumoni” into my Neapolitan Cake! So I did.  I mean, kinda.  I got the colors right… but […]

first came the chicken, then the cake

Rooster

There has been quite a bit of drama around our sweet chickens, but none like this. Today I found our very first egg!  After many long months of caring for and nurturing our chickens, we finally have a real honest-to-goodness egg. To be honest, I had forgotten all about this part. The chickens have found […]