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 […]

chocolate ooey gooey cake

Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake #chocolate #cake

I just posted the buttery Ooey Gooey Butter Cake a couple days ago.  The recipe was so fascinating to me that I immediately had to make it in chocolate!   While I really enjoyed this chocolatey richness of this dessert, I think “taste wise” the same results can be achieved by simply making brownies or a […]

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake #cake #sweet #butter #dessert #mothersdayideas

I had never tried an ooey gooey butter cake prior to this one.  I have seen them online of course, but never sampled one for myself.   I saw all the “It’s very sweet” warnings and promptly ignored them. I mean, I have made this. And this. And this. I think I can handle sweet. […]

coming up roses (frosting roses of course!)

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake

Events. Questions. Cakes.  Oh my!   For all of the readers in South Dakota, I am having a book signing at Zandbroz in Sioux Falls on May 10th.  I will be there from 1:00-3:00pm.  Looking forward to meeting you!   May 15th – May 17th I will be in Miami for BlogHer Food.  So looking forward […]

easter egg surprise-inside cake

Easter Egg Surprise-Inside Cake!

I have been so inspired by this never ending winter.  Not to make surprise-inside snowflake cakes, but to make flavorful and beautiful cakes that are reminiscent of Spring. And warm weather.  And sunshine.  And warm weather.  And flowers. And warm weather.  We got 14 inches of snow last night.  Please send warm weather. Prep Time: […]

peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting

Peanut Butter Cake with Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting! #peanutbuttercake #cake

Such a fun treat today!   Not only do I get to share an amazing recipe from the new book Sally’s Baking Addition, but I get to give away one copy to a lucky iambaker reader! It is one of those books that you will reach for again and again, and grow to love it […]

boston cream pie surprise inside cake™

Boston Cream Pie Surprise Inside Cake™

When I realized what day today was I immediately started baking. Baking for me is therapeutic.  It helps me to sort out my head and thoughts. I can still remember the moment I heard of the Boston bombings.  Like everyone else, it was shock.  Horror.  Dismay. I grieved for the three precious lives lost and […]

green ombre cake

Green Ombre Layer Cake covered in Green Sprinkles

Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Back in 2010 I made a green ombre cake (although I called it a graduated layer cake because I didnt know the word ombre existed and it was before the trend started).  I have always felt like that cake […]

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cherry Cheesecake with Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookie!

You may have noticed. I know I have.   My blog has turned into a den of gluttony.  A shameful place to gorge on insane amounts of calories.  A sinful stuff fest.  Can it be stuffed into something?  Then I will do it. I feel as if I need to share a behind the scenes […]

blueberry banana banana bread cake with brown butter glaze

Blueberry Banana Banana Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

If you read here you may know this already, but I am a huge fan of banana bread and blueberries.  Like, HUGE.  It would probably be my request for last meal should I ever end up on death row.   And if that should ever happen, please, someone teach my children that its ok to […]

homemade yellow cake mix

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.   There are a couple reasons that I finally ended up in this recipe. #1 Its a […]

gender reveal surprise-inside cake

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

So I have a little announcement for you that I have known about for a few months now.   When I first found out I was freaked out.  I mean… this was big news for our family and I didn’t know if I should smile or run into my closet and eat cake.  (In all […]

My Birthday Cake

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Every year I make myself a birthday cake.  I have absolutely no problem with this as I enjoy making cake, but I do hope that as my kids get older and more confident in the kitchen that they will consider surprising dear-old-mom. This years cake is nothing like I have ever done before.  I have […]

surprise-inside cakes {a sneak peak}

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The time is ticking slowly.  So slowly that I can’t seem to make proper sense of my emotions.  Is it normal to be on pins and needles for days on end?  Is it normal to wake up excited, then nervous and then immediately excited again for something that hasn’t even happened yet? And then, in […]

Heath Bar Cake

Heath Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Vanilla Buttercream

This post is special for a couple reasons.  One, this cake is AH-mazing.  Two, it’s celebrating a very special lady!  Jamie from My Baking Addiction is having a baby! I have been a fan of Jamie’s since the first day I started blogging.  Her photography skills, style and charm are second to none.  I am […]

homemade carrot cake

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Trying to find a real carrot cake recipe is not as easy as you would think.  My Mother-in-Law was having a big birthday party last Sunday and that was her only request.  Real carrot cake.  With real ingredients. I have never been a fan of chunky carrot cake.  Chunky as in… no visible carrot pieces. […]

Countdown Cake Tutorial {surprise inside cake}

New Years Eve Countdown Cake #surpriseinsidecake

Here is the tutorial for the Countdown Cake! My timing could be better, I know.  So I am doing something a bit unorthodox and posting to my blog twice in one day, just in case there are any of you who want to make the countdown cake! Here is a video tutorial on how to […]

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

My little girl turned five this past week.  Five!  In the midst of extensive Christmas baking, I took a break from all this green and red and peppermint and made a perfectly perfect girly girl cake. With Audrey’s help of course!  The last couple years I have let her “design” her cake;  she tells me […]

Red Velvet Cake with Peppermint Whipped Cream

Red Velvet Cake Covered in Rich Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Peppermint Whipped Cream #cake #Christmas

This cake is basically a wintery version of my Chocolate Pumpkin Cake.  I have been wanting to do another version of that cake for a year now, and this seemed like the perfect way to do it. Other than the flavors, I did a couple things different with this cake. First I baked two full […]

vanilla poppyseed cake with raspberry topping

Vanilla Poppyseed Cake with Raspberry Topping #dessertweek #thanksgiving

Its Dessert Week at iambaker!  This week I am sharing five incredible and unique fall desserts that are a perfect alternative to pumpkin pie and would be an ideal addition to any Thanksgiving gathering!   Even though my blog claims, “i am baker”, what I really am is baker-in-training.  There are so many things that […]