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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buckeye cake and the biscoff book!

Buckeye Cake from The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook!

TODAY IS A BIG DAY! My dear, sweet, loving, kind, wonderful, amazing, beautiful friend Katrina has a book coming out today!  I have been waiting for it for a long, long time.  Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. Katrina wrote the beautiful new book The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook. (go get […]

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 […]

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 […]

Logo Surprise-Inside Cake

McCormick Logo Surprise-Inside Cake!

I have been partnering with McCormick for a few years now. It is a match made in heaven! I get to use amazing quality products and share delicious and creative recipes and they… um… they… well. I am starting to think that I got the better end of this partnership. Don’t tell them I love my […]

happy birthday! {naked cake}

A Naked Cake in honor of all the September Birthdays!

Did you know that September 16th is the most popular birthday??  In honor of everyone who is lucky enough to celebrate this awesome day as well as all the September birthdays, I am sharing a fun “naked” cake! Calm down now, this is a G rated post.  A naked cake simply refers to the fact […]

homemade spice cake mix

Homemade Spice Cake Mix

The Homemade Yellow Cake Mix, White Cake Mix and Homemade Brownie Mix on my site are so popular, I deciding that adding to the selection needed to be at the top of my list of things to do.  (Don’t worry, chocolate is next.  I am still experimenting! You will read why below.) I have quite a […]

Zucchini Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Zucchini Layer Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting!

There is something utterly refreshing about walking out to the garden and choosing a vegetable that I can turn into a cake.   So often when I think about cake and baking I think sugar, sweet, over-the-top decadence. Sometimes, however, it is nice to enjoy the beauty of a layer cake while still using wholesome and […]

birthday celebration (with LOTS of desserts!)

Zucchini Chocolate Cake!

This past weekend was a busy one, with lots of food, fun and desserts of course!   My little guy is turning eight in about a week and my sweet niece turned nine last Friday!  We are also celebrating one year in our home as well as a long and beautiful summer.  School time is right […]

blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream

Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s to the garden I go! And come back with loads of zucchini.  And then bake with it.  It’s in my blood people.   Finding new ways to use all the zucchini has proved to be much more fun than I thought!  I mean, eating cake everyday isn’t such a bad gig in […]

White Zucchini Cake

White Zucchini Cake

It is full-on zucchini season here, and I have no less than (and not even kidding) 50 zucchini’s to use up.  That is a tease and a warning, all wrapped up into one. I decided to try and re-do my white zucchini cake with yellow zucchini, then cover it in gobs of chocolate frosting of […]

cherry limeade cake

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.   A simple cake adorned with cherries.  It really is simple too; easy to […]

ring cake ~ surprise-inside cake

Easy Ring Pop Cake!

I had so much fun hanging out with Elizabeth and the crew from Twin Cities Live.  They are such a classy group of talented individuals, I always feel at home and totally comfortable there! But before we see that I just want to show you one of my favorite Surprise-Inside Cakes! Can you guess what […]

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 […]

Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Bundt Surprise-Inside Cake on MacKenzie-Childs Cake Stand

I have probably made three bundt cakes in my life, and I totally plan on rectifying that this year.  I declare 2014 the YEAR OF THE BUNDT! My bundt cakes will be overly a-bundt-ant. Ha, ha, see what I did there??   This is simply a vanilla bundt cake with vanilla glaze.  Well, maybe there […]