chocolate beer cake (adult cake)

The PERFECT Super Bowl Cake~ CHOCOLATE BEER CAKE!

I set off to make the perfect Superbowl Sunday Cake. While I have no intention of even watching the Super Bowl, you know I will embrace any excuse to make a cake. Here is the God’s honest truth: This cake tasted way too much like beer for me. I dismissed it and vowed to perfect […]

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. […]

skinny chocolate cake

Skinny Chocolate Naked Cake with Fresh Fruit!

This cake. I am sorta kinda totally obsessed with it. It’s fabulous for so many reasons! The first being is that… well, the beauty of a Naked Cake.  You can see the fluffy whipped cream and glorious fresh fruit and sweet drizzle of a rich chocolate sauce. The second is that is it low in […]

perfect marble cake and whipped chocolate buttercream

The Perfect Marble Cake with the Perfect Whipped Chocolate Buttercream!

I have been going nuts this week.  For the last three days I have made marble cake after marble cake, trying again and again to achieve the perfect marble.  The perfect ratio of chocolate to yellow.  The perfect looking slice of cake. After three long days of recipes testing and failing it occurred to me […]

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 […]

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

Bourbon Chocolate Tipsy Cake!

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 first and immediate response was YES.  What was the question?  Never mind, I don’t care.  It’s yes. I skimmed over details and facts and words words words to… “recreate […]

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 […]