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 […]

2 ingredient decorative chocolate bark~ easy and delicious!

Chocolate Bark with amazing patterns on the back!! SO easy to do!

My friend Joan and I were scrolling through Instagram together (because don’t all friends do this?) and happened upon one of my favorite people ever, Manuela from Passion for Baking. She had a brilliant idea of using silicone fondant mats for her chocolate bark!  I am not kidding you, that very day I put her […]

chocolate dipped ice cream cone cucpakes

Chocolate Dipped Cupcake Ice Cream Cone with Sprinkles!

My little girl has a birthday in a few days which makes her a December birthday.  Ah the December birthday’s.  Those folks who get birthday gifts wrapped in red and green paper and who can’t have a proper party because people’s scheduled are so booked. I try my very hardest to make sure Audrey’s birthday has nothing to […]

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 […]

butterscotch peanut butter bark

Butterscotch Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Chocolate Bark!

I am in love with this flavor combination.  I have made the Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cake and the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Butterscotch Pizza. This is one of the best ‘chocolate’ barks I have had, and the fact that it never stays around longer than a day in our house is another good indicator of its […]

neapolitan dipped marshmallows

Neapolitan Dipped Marshmallows!

I wanted to make a super fast, easy and yummy dessert.  For some reason I thought, chocolate & caramel dipped marshmallows!  So I googled that, found a recipe and got started. Well.  After an hour of dealing with caramel and dipping marshmallows and it pooling weird and the not setting enough to dip in chocolate […]

chocolate caramel ginger cookies

Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies!

Let’s talk ginger. Not the hair (although that would be fun too because I happened to have given birth to ginger baby).  The vegetable.  Or as most refer to it, the herb or spice. Are you a fan? After seeing this recipe you will be, in one form or another.  Of this I am confident. […]

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 […]

creamy cookie dough frosting

Creamy Cookie Dough Frosting (No Egg!)

UPDATE:  You can see my TV segment here! Today I am preparing some cakes for live TV.  And, as I often do when faced with what to make for the live segments, I decided to make something new. Because we all know that you should experiment and do something different when you are going to […]

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 […]

chocolate pistachio and ginger tart

Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!

Every now and then, I feel like acting as if I am classy. (Be advised, it took everything in me to not write classy with a k.  Just a testament to the fact that classy, I am not.)   Not through what I wear or say or do, but with cuisine. More specifically, dessert. My […]

The Easiest Chocolate cupcakes

The EASIEST Chocolate Cupcake! (that just happens to be vegan!)

I was in a pinch.  Ever since our chickens started laying eggs, I vowed to never buy eggs again. (It’s not for vanity reasons or anything, it’s just that our eggs are so delicious and naturally organic and wonderful, all other eggs pale in comparison.  Literally.) I found myself without any eggs but needed to […]

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 […]

pumpkin spice puppy chow

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

I love puppy chow.  Muddy buddy’s.  Chum.  Trash.  It has a different name for every area of the country it seems.  Here in Minnesota it is puppy chow.  And it is DElicious. And easy.  Four ingredients. Ten minutes. And you are in white chocolate covered Chex Mix® heaven. Printpumpkin spice puppy chow Ingredients1 box Cinnamon Chex® […]

brownie cookie dough pie

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

Stop judging me. Ok, nevermind.  Judge away.  This dessert is… well… ridiculously awesome.   Let me tell you how this came about. I was craving brownie batter.  I know, I know, gross. Raw egg, yuck.  But I am one of those weirdo’s who does not have a problem with raw egg nor do I have a […]

gluten free fudgy brownies

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

One of my favorite things to do is bake.  I love getting into the kitchen, getting out bowls and measuring spoons, opening the pantry door and standing before the sugars, flours and baking ingredients.  There is a nervous, almost giddy excitement about it that brings me to a calm, comfortable, happy place in my often […]

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies on a Stick

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

I am out at the Minnesota State Fair today.  Did you know that: “It is the largest state fair in the US by average daily attendance. It is also the 2nd largest state fair in the US by total attendance, trailing only the State Fair of Texas, which generally runs twice as long as the Minnesota State Fair.” […]

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 […]

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Um, have you noticed?  I am putting zucchini in everything.  I can’t say I am sorry though, because everything I am making is so darn delicious!!   This one is a favorite so far, as it is over-the-top chocolatey.  Everything is rich and creamy and moist and amazing.  It’s pretty much the best cupcake to […]