skinny chocolate raspberry cake

Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Buttercream!

I will only eat a skinny cake if it tastes like it is a fat cake. Because if I am eating cake, I want a good cake.  I think it’s safe to say that bad cake makes unicorns and newborn babies cry. Unicorns and newborn babies are sensitive to these things, of this I know. […]

breakfast donut ball coffee cake recipe

Coffee Breakfast Cake! A layer coffee cake covered in donut balls covered in glaze!

This decadent breakfast cake made from classic coffee cake recipe and donut balls is a indulgent and beautiful way to start any day! Not really sure why I did this, but I can’t say I am ashamed. I mean, I know it’s wrong. Here it is January and everyone is making green smoothies and eating […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Patriotic Cake {surprise inside cake}

Red White and Blue Surprise-Inside Cake! #usa

So I do this thing with cakes where I hide surprises on the inside.  I have been doing it for about 4 years now.  I even wrote a whole book about it. It’s kinda my thing. I can’t help but love this cake.  I am so excited by this new way to share a surprise-inside […]

the last first birthday cake

Surprise-Inside First Birthday Cake!

Last Saturday was a bittersweet day.   My sweet baby Olivia turned one. I sat in the chair and watched her play with a wonderful contraption that grandma had bought her, full of bells and whistles and shiny moving parts that can keep a little one entertained for hours. She moved the pieces with her […]

How to Make a Ruffle Cake

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… in four minutes flat. I shared this image awhile back.   Many of you asked for a tutorial on the chocolate ruffle cake and here it is.  However, I must mention something.  I sorta got a crazy idea and it ended up not going as planned so this tutorial is going to be a […]

frilly cake {a tutorial}

Frilly Cake Decorating: Full tutorial from

I had no idea what to call this cake… and after much thought frilly cake to mind.  I thought “frilly” seem to vague, so I looked it up in the thesaurus, hoping to find a better word.  But then, listed right below the synonyms for frilly were the antonyms.  And they were: plain, simple, unadorned, […]

Candy Corn Cake

Candy Corn Cake

This cake is completely inspired by candy corn.  But not the  regular candy corn, Brach’s Indian Corn. Have you seen this type of candy corn?  With the chocolate on the bottom?  I found it to be the perfect cake inspiration! (picture below) But I went wrong on this cake.  I was in a hurry.  A […]

How to Build a Layer Cake

How to Build and Decorate a Layer Cake

One of the most common emails I get is “Can you do a tutorial on how to make a layer cake?” And while I am no expert, I would love to share the tips and tricks that I use!   This is the SUPER FAST and EASY version. Use a good recipe.  This can be […]

Homemade Sprinkles

homemade sprinkles

I made homemade sprinkles a year ago but never shared my recipe or directions. Hopefully you can forgive me? These are seriously the easiest homemade sprinkles out there and are so flexible in terms of use! Let me tell you why they are so awesome: It’s three ingredients. It can be made in whatever quantity I want. […]

July 4th Cake

I have made a flag cake before.  It was ok.  But I wanted to kick it up a notch.  Make something really wild that no one* had done before. *There is a reason no one had done it.  Its crazy.  I decided to make a cake that was twenty five layers. Um.  Why would one […]

We Party Like Rock Stars. Rocks Stars in their 80’s That Is.

This weekend has been SOOOOOO much fun! There is just nothing better then good food and good friends… did I mention good food? Yes.  Yes I did. cream cheese covered in finely diced onion, bbq sauce, chopped tomatoes, cheddar and fresh bacon bits peppered bacon wrapped jalapeno's stuffed with cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes […]

Halloween Petit Fours

I have never worked with fondant before. But I kinda liked it. I am rolling out fondant for ‘petit fours’. If you clicked on the link above you saw that I chose the easy version and used Oreo Cakesters. Now that I have a little experience under my belt, (not to mention a few Oreo […]

A Halloween Cake You Can Bring To Church {Surprise Inside Cake!}

I wanted to make a fun Halloween cake this year… but I couldn’t figure out what to do. I don’t like skulls. (except when they are protecting that gelatinous mush that is my brain) I don’t like spiders.  Anywhere.  Ever. I don’t like ghosts and goblins and witches and all things spooky. What does that […]