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 […]

Cheesy Skillet Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Baked Bread

Cheesy Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Baked Rolls!

Sometimes a recipe comes along that calls out to me. “Amanda, make me. You NEED me. Your life won’t be complete until you have me…” This is that recipe. I have made it more than once.  I mean, #da. Once you introduce a cheesy gooey fabulous recipe like this into your life, how can you […]

homemade brownies with peanut butter butterscotch ganache

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocoalte Ganache covered these Decadent Brownies!

My obsession with peanut butter & butterscotch has been well documented. It’s like the dream team to me.  Move over jelly, peanut butter has a new BFF. Adding peanut butter and butterscotch to ganache seemed like a good idea because clearly I look to add it to all the foods. All the cakes.  All the […]

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. […]

peanut butter brownie caramelitas

Carmel Brownies with Peanut Butter!

Not really sure I can call these carmelita’s, but if not I am hoping the carmelita police is busy pursuing other more serious offenders. I kinda love the name ‘brownie carmelita’ and want to keep it so please don’t tell me if it is completely being used out of context. But you can see why […]

old fashioned monster cookies

Old Fashioned Monster Cookies!

These Old Fashioned Monster Cookie recipe is inspired by a love of eating. I wish I had some awesome story about how my grandma made them in 1942, but yeah. It was just me tinkering away in my kitchen and putting together what I envisioned an old fashioned cookie would be like. Seems like that […]

banana muffins with vanilla glaze

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze

On a dark and bitterly cold morning, where the only light that filters through the darkness is the soft blue light of an auto-set coffee maker and the only sound I hear is the hum of the furnace, I feel compelled to fill the void. As I brew my first cup I think of the little […]

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 […]

spanish hot chocolate

Spanish Hot Cocoa~ a decadent experience!

This cocoa is not for the faint of heart.  It is real chocolate, it is thick, it is rich, and it is amazing.  Amazing in a new and exciting way.  I had to get my head about the fact that I was not going to be drinking chocolate and sugar flavored water with crunchy mini […]

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 […]

strawberry lemon cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream!

It’s January 2nd (my mom’s birthday, Happy Birthday Mom!) and I am craving summer.  Not for the reasons you may imagine, mind you.  But the flavors.  The light, warm, refreshing flavors of summer. As much as I love the comforting aroma’s of pumpkin and spice, or the biting coolness of mint, or even the rich […]

peanut butter reese’s cheesecake {in a jar}

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

One of my favorite blogs is The Slow Roasted Italian.  Donna & Chad do a fantastic job of sharing exactly the kind of foods I want to eat! They shared an Extreme Reese’s Peanut Butter No-Bake Pie that I have been eyeing for over a year.  I finally made it and loved it, but then […]

ombre birthday smoothie

Ombre Pancakes!

My sweet little Audrey turns 6 today, and I can’t say that I am ready for it.  I mean.  I am ready for it.  Cake is made, party is planned, people invited…   but she is getting so big.  So grown.  Turning into the girl and eventually woman she is destined to be. My heart bursts […]

butterscotch peanut butter snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Snickerdoodle!

I hope I have stressed to you the simple joy and delight that is beautifully expressed in the relationship between peanut butter and butterscotch.  I have made it into a cake, a dessert pizza, a chocolate bark, and now a snickerdoodle. Why? It’s fun. It’s pretty. People love it. Because it works. I used peanut […]

spice cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

Confession time:  I don’t like eggnog. But if I was going to partake in eggnog this Christmas season, there was only one way that seemed acceptable. In buttercream. Because buttercream. #da So I made up some Spice Cupcakes.  Because cupcakes. Then I made up some eggnog buttercream. I was scared.  I mean… was it going to […]

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 […]

christmas tree cookie stacks (and a giveaway!)

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack!

Isn’t baking in December some of the most fun baking there is?  I have a few theories on why this is. 1. For the US folks, this is typically one of the cooler months, so being in a cozy kitchen with an oven full of delectable cookies and treats warms the soul as well as […]

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 […]

french apple-cranberry pie

French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

Confession: This pie sounded amazing for one reason. It had ‘French’ in the title. As far as I know it is just like any other apple-cranberry pie.  But is says french, so it sounds more sophisticated and delightful.  Like, if I eat a piece I will be magically transformed into a tall & skinny well dressed […]