oscar the grouch cupcakes

Oscar the Grouch Cupcakes!

Making Oscar the Grouch cupcakes is not only fun and easy, but a great way to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Who doesn’t adore the familiar and lovable character from Sesame Street? I got a couple requests after the Cookie Monster video was posted. Mostly for Elmo, which I am certainly going to share […]

cookie monster cupcakes

Cookie Monster Cupcakes!

A quick video tutorial on how to make the most adorable and fun Cookie Monster Cupcakes! (both mini and regular size) Is there anything better than Cookie Monster? I know I grew up loving that friendly face and loving how he attacked cookies with wild abandon! I may or may not do that myself.  These […]

Banana Cake with Fresh Banana Curd

Homemade Banana Cake with Fresh Banana Curd!

This banana cake is one for the archives… lovely and rich and the perfect combination of naturally sweet and satisfying! At the grocery store the other day I saw that they had big bags of ripe banana’s on sale for .29 a pound. So naturally I bought 20+ pounds. It made perfect sense to me. […]

Fresh Banana Curd

Fresh Homemade Banana Curd

Fresh homemade banana curd is one of the best desserts a banana lover can try! I made this having little expectation. I mean, I like banana and all, but am not obsessed with it or anything. Well, I could safely say that before I made this. Now? Obsessed. It is smooth, utterly decadent and seriously […]

how to pipe a tall fluffy buttercream flower

A tall Ruffle-like flower from buttercream!

How to make a tall fluffy “flower” out of buttercream! I posted this on Instagram the other night. Here was the caption: If someone ever tells you that you put too much frosting on your cupcake, stop talking to them.You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Well. Turns out you guys really […]

How to Pipe a Buttercream Daisy

How to Pipe a Buttercream Daisy

I am in buttercream daisy overload. Learning how to pipe daisy’s from buttercream is not as easy as I would have thought! I started a couple weeks ago by making a buttercream peony. It was fun. And addicting. So I decided now is as good of time as any to start piping all the flowers. […]

Rainbow Cookie Cake

Rainbow Cookie Cake with Rainbow Chip Frosting!

One of the fondest memories of our youth is birthdays. More specifically, the very special birthday cake that mom made for you. One thing I can remember very fondly from my childhood is Rainbow Chip frosting on my yellow cake. There was something so darn amazing about those little rainbow pieces scattered all throughout the frosting! […]

How to Pipe a Buttercream Peony

Buttercream Pink Peony

Peony’s are definitely one of my favorite flowers! It’s a close race between hydrangea and peony, but usually peony wins. I think it’s because they offer up so much variation and color and style. Just so darn stunning! I took my inspiration from this image: This is from Clemson University. The peonies were prepared by Karen […]

chocolate cookie dough sandwich cookies

Chocolate Cookie with Cookie Dough filling~ the ultimate cookie sandwich!

There is just something so exciting about cookie dough. Paired with deep, rich chocolate and you are basically in cookie dough lovers heaven! I was having a craving the other day which is so weird for me! Kidding. My diet is basically satisfying one craving to the next. But anywho, I wanted chocolate and cookie […]

Spring Layer Cake with Pink Buttercream Flowers

Pink Buttercream Flower Cake inspired by HGTV

I still love getting magazines. I know they are supposedly not as popular now that everything is available online, but I love thumbing through a magazine with a cup of good coffee and a comfortable sofa. One of my favorite magazines to get in the mail is HGTV Magazine. And do you know what my […]

pancake muffins {lifehack}

LIFEHACK! Pancake Muffins~ seriously the best!

With a large family breakfast usually goes one of two ways: 1. Make just enough and everyone is happy and full. 2. Make way too much and have lots of leftovers. (or does this happen with every size family??) Well, this sweet “lifehack” is kinda the best find ever. I am still making the same […]

angel food cake with roasted strawberry sauce

Angel Food Cake with Roasted Strawberry Sauce

When you are making homemade Angel Food Cake it’s important to be aware of two things: It uses a lot of eggs. Scratch that. It uses a lot of egg WHITES. Read the recipe before you start. #panfail #cakefail #bakerfail Now, if I could go back in time I would have definitely given MYSELF that […]

ruffle & dot cake

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

I shared this unique cake decorating technique for the first time in my book, Surprise-Inside Cakes. (Quite honestly, developing and sharing brand new frosting techniques is a bit of a passion of mine!) I thought that a little video might help to show you how I do this technique. A few disclaimers: My first couple […]

whipped chocolate buttercream frosting

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cake!

Is there anything better than light, fluffy, rich and flavorful Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? No. The answer is no. I have this recipe on my blog way over here,  but it gets lost next to that beautiful marble cake deliciousness, so I decided to make sure this fantastic recipe got it’s turn in the spotlight. This […]

Spicy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Spicy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie!

This Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Skillet is kicked up a notch when cayenne pepper is added! I am a sucker for anything in a skillet. It’s one of my weaknesses on Pinterest… I will type “skillet” into the search bar and scroll for days. And pin of course. And tell myself that I am […]

homemade funfetti cake mix

Homemade Funfetti Cake! The BEST Yellow Cake with Glorious Sprinkles!

This Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix is the best way to enjoy a sprinkle filled cake! You will find that this is one of the best tasting cakes you will ever have, not to mention fun to look at! This recipe is totally based on my Homemade Yellow Cake recipe except with one fun addition… SPRINKLES! […]

double chocolate loaf cake

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson

Making cake into a loaf is a form of mind trickery for me. I have always associated a ‘loaf’ as somewhat healthy, not awesomely rich and sweet. Like banana or zucchini bread. So after I had made this cake, even knowing every wonderful ingredient I had put into it, I still saw that same only loaf […]

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake MIx - Ditch the box mix!

Life is all about transitions, right? We grow and learn and make better choices when we know better. At least, that’s the hope. While I will not ever judge someone for choosing box mix, I am finding that baking from scratch is something that has become more and more important to me. I will still […]

crumb coats, tables, and video

table with cake onit

there are few things in this life that give me more joy… than a decent crumb coat or a clean table. As every mom and a baker knows, both can be illusive! (Here is a little picture step-by-step on crumb coating) Which leads me to my point today… if I were to start doing more cake […]

strawberry crumb bars in a skillet

Strawberry Crumb Bars in a Skillet

The grocery store has packs of strawberries for $1.99. Granted, they are not organic and strawberries are most definitely on the Dirty Dozen, but I stocked up anyway. (Lifehacker has a great post on how to keep berries fresher longer and simultaneously remove some of the pesticides. And that is enough for the public service announcements […]