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 […]

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 […]

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcake with Whipped Buttercream!

Did you have a favorite treat from the ice cream man? Whenever I would hear that music playing in our neighborhood I would start to dream of just one thing. Orange creamsicle. Making a cupcake with those flavors in mind seemed like a good idea. It ended up being a great idea. And I don’t […]

Pink Cherry Cake with Fudge Frosting {Sweetapolita Bakebook}

Pink Cherry Cake with Glossy Fudge Frosting

I have been waiting this book for a long, long time.  The amazing Rosie, the powerhouse of talent behind Sweetapolita, is the Queen of Baking in my mind. She wears so many hats; baker, decorator, photographer, stylist, writer, etc. and wears them all beautifully. Her book, The Sweetapolita Bakebook is nothing short of stunning. I […]

Eight Amazing Brownie Recipes

Amazing Brownie Recipes

Brownies are the ultimate dessert if you ask me. Right out of the oven, chilled, covered in ice cream, stuffed with all sorts of glorious concoctions. They are perfect no matter how you eat them! Here are 8 that I can’t get enough of: 1 Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies 2 Frosted Rainbow Chip […]

soft chocolate chip cookies

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Does the world need a new Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe? Probably not. So it’s a good thing I didn’t create I! For this recipe I was actually looking for the best chocolate chip cookie dough, (which it is!) but then was blown away when the cookie baked up. It was so light and so […]

simple sugar cookies with buttercream

Simple Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles!

Making sugar cookies is one of those therapeutic things that seems to get me back ‘on center’. In a chaotic and stressful and demanding world, there is something so satisfying about the simple combination of flour, butter and sugar. I was just playing around and came up with this recipe. See, I have my Best Sugar […]

Oreo Cheesecake Cake

Oreo Cheesecake Cake

Having an obsession with cheesecake cakes is not a good thing. I mean, it’s fine if you run 24 miles a day and can work off the calories. And it’s fine if you can dedicate hours in the kitchen to baking and assembling it. But it’s not fine if you are home alone with two […]

Five Ways to Eat Homemade Brownies

Homemade Brownie Pie!

Five fun and easy ways to jazz up the most amazing Homemade Brownies! Brownie Parfait 1 recipe homemade brownie 2 cups chopped strawberries 2 cups whipped cream Prepare brownies in 9×13 inch pan, bake according to directions and allow to cool.  Invert pan onto a clean solid work surface and cut up brownies into 2-inch […]

Spring Cheesecake Cake (raspberry, lemon & orange)

Spring Cake! Raspberry, Lemon and Orange Cheesecake in a Moist White Cake!

Come on get happy! Spring is starting to happen here in Minnesota (and hopefully most places!) and I can’t help but be inspired by the light, joyful, and refreshing feeling it brings. This cake is a reflection of my favorite flavors of spring with Raspberry, Lemon and Orange cheesecake nestled between two lovely layers of […]

homemade marshmallows dipped in chocolate

Easter Inspired Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows!

Making your own marshmallows is one of those things that everyone simply must do at least once. The flavor and texture of a from-scratch marshmallow is second-to-none. Add some rich chocolate ganache and colorful candy melts and you now have a really really fun way to enjoy these tasty treats!   Printhomemade marshmallows Ingredients2 envelopes […]

White Chocolate Crispy Marshmallow Bark

White Chocolate Krispy Marshmallow Bark!

We got some snow! Which them slowly blew away in the wind. But at least there were some moments of winter fun here in Minnesota, and not just the bitter cold. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining! (well, maybe just a little) I just think winter should be winter. Cold, snow and cool […]

Root Beer Cheesecake Cake

Root Beer Cheesecake Cake!

So, this whole “cheesecake cake” thing is kinda taking over my blog. My Snickers Cheesecake Cake is now the most requested recipe I have. And I have a lot! Let me talk to you a little bit about this one. It is a Root Beer Cheesecake. Surrounded by two layers of Cream Cake. Covered in […]

One Bowl Pink Velvet Cake

Pink Velvet Cake with Whipped Buttercream!

I think most cakes that call themselves “velvet” contain baking soda, buttermilk, and vinegar. This cake contains none of those. But it is pink. So please indulge a but of  “descriptive” recipe labeling. I truly believe that the texture of the smooth crumb is enough to grab that “velvet” name and run with it! After making some pink […]

whipped vanilla buttercream

Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream!

Happy mistakes. Today I made a happy, happy mistake. I walked away from my stand mixer while making buttercream. I walked over to my computer to check an ingredient and got sucked into a facebook rabbit hole of opinions and drama and insanity. Please tell me I am not the only one who does this?! […]

how to make mini chocolate curls

How to Make Mini-Chocolate Curls!

I recently shared my Birthday Cake for 2015, which was covered in hundreds of little pink chocolate curls. Here is a quick and simple tutorial on how you can make these as well! For these little guys it’s all about the process. Here is what I do: 1 bag candy melts. (I love Bakerella’s new […]

cinnamon shortbread bars

Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache!

Shortbread, when done right, is one of the my favorite ways to end a meal. The way that a light sweet cookie is infused with a crispy buttery crumb speaks right to my carb loving heart. Top it with the perfect ganache and my eyes are rolling towards the heavens. It’s perfection. The fabulous recipe just happens […]

snickers cheesecake cake

Snickers Cheesecake Cake!

“MOM STOP!!!” “What? What is it?” “IT’S SPILLING EVERYWHERE!” Yes, it most definitely is. But I could not help myself. It was magical, that spilling forth of sugary sweet rich chocolate ganache and Snickers® frosting. Yes, I said Snickers® frosting. Poured on a cake. A cake with a Snickers® cheesecake inside. Sandwiched between layers of […]

red velvet fudge recipe

Red Velvet Fudge Recipe

I already have one red velvet fudge recipe on my site, and while it is delicious, it is completely different from this recipe. (and I can proudly say that both of these recipes are original!) This one is easier (much, much easier). Plus it’s got real red velvet flavor, real ingredients, and is real pure […]

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake!

We have discussed these Gooey Butter Cakes before. They are, well, sweet. Actually sweet is an understatement. They are seriously sweet. I am not kidding, every time I try one my teeth actually hurt. This is the one dessert (ever) that I have said, “One bite is enough.” I mean, granted it’s like a super […]