Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe

Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe

Recently I was contacted by KitchenAid to participate in a recipe challenge utilizing our Side-by-Side Counter-Depth refrigerator by creating a springtime no-bake cake. The formal challenge: ELEVATE A NO-BAKE CAKE. PLUS KitchenAid and BlogHer are sponsoring a giveaway too! But let’s talk cakes and challenges first.

Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

Once in a while a great mistake happens. I think the mistakes that happen in the kitchen are the very best. Don’t you? Take this Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe, for example. This recipe began late one night as an attempt to satisfy a craving for caramel blondies. It was too late and I… 

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Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe

This Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe has been dancing around in my head for a while now after enjoying a delectable strawberry cake last spring at a local cafe. This one, made with a fresh strawberry puree mixed into the batter, just beckoned to be covered with a Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe is a fantastic frosting for many baked goods.

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better in my personal opinion. Recently I made a cake (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) that just screamed to be topped with a decadent dark chocolate buttercream. I immediately remembered that unforgettable buttercream atop a cupcake I enjoyed at The Magnolia Bakery in Chicago a couple of years ago. I tried the vanilla and the chocolate. Oh my word. Talk about decadent.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

In the past I’ve paid for ice cream cakes for special occasions, but after the success of this simple, yet decadent and devil-ish Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake, I’ll making them in the future. It really was quite easy. Baking the cake was the most difficult part. Of course, if in a hurry, a store bought cake could certainly be used.

Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting


Recently I was hunting down some old vacation pictures and ran across these cake photos, from July 13, 2011, my husband’s, Randy, birthday. He’s always been a big coconut cake fan. This Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting was my quick, simplified version of a coconut cake. But as I remember, he liked it just the… 

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Mini Apple Pie Recipe and Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas


These Mini Apple Pies are such a fun twist on the regular apple pie. Made in muffin tins using a basic pie crust, filled with your favorite apple filling or apple crisp.

No heat required: No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake


This No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake is super easy too, which is right up my alley. The full photo-tutorial shows you how easy it is. I think the most difficult thing is waiting the 8 hours for it to set in the fridge.

Pistachio Cupcakes Recipe


This Pistachio Cupcake is perfect for green holidays, pastel holidays, and whenever you’re feeling like a pistachio cupcake would hit the spot. Which around here might just be any day of the year.

Praline Cake Squares


This recipe for Praline Cake Squares is one I’ve had marked in my Aunt’s cookbook for a while now. I don’t have any idea where it came from, but sure wish I did because I’d send them a thank you note. Good? It was mighty good, with a light texture, the perfect amount of sweetness, and a delicious praline type topping. This recipe is on my keeper list for sure. Let me put it this way, if I had a restaurant, Praline Cake Squares would be on the dessert menu.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


In case you missed it a few weeks back, this recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, in full photo tutorial form, was posted over at the Tasty Kitchen Blog. This is a cake that you need to plan ahead for, but this Chocolate Hazelnut Cake definitely deserves a place in your plans. Especially if you’re a chocolate fan, or have a chocolate fan to surprise.

Yellow Butter Cake with Malted Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


This is a basic yellow cake topped with a splendid malted chocolate buttercream frosting. Chocolate Malt Frosting? Surely that will help kids everywhere push through one more month of standing in single file?

Sweetheart Cherry Cake from TidyMom


We still have a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day, but why wait until then to begin celebrating the love? Plus, you need to give all the sweet treats you can make for the special day a test run right? So here’s a lovely Sweetheart Cherry Cake from my friend, Cheryl otherwise known as TidyMom…. 

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Spiced Beer Cake with Cherries and Pecans

Spiced Beer Cake with Dried Cherries and Pecans

During the holidays to say there’s an abundance of baked good recipes floating around on the internet is quite the understatement. And, yep, here I go adding another one to the mix. But this recipe for Beer Cake, practically jumped off the page of one of my Aunt Carole’s cookbook begging me to give it a go. So, I had to do it. I just had to.

Meeting Street Cake


Here’s another favorite recipe that I found in one my Aunt’s cookbook. There’s a bunch of good stuff in those cookbooks y’all. It’s called Meeting Street Cake in her cookbook, but you may know it by another name. It’s similar to a cobbler, a buckle or even a Dump Cake.

Grapefruit and Lime Cake with a Citrus Glaze


Fresh citrus scents and colors have been on my list of must haves lately. Must be the ringing in the freshness of Spring. Anyhoo, I’ve been craving a grapefruit cake ever since I saw one in Thomas Keller’s cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home. I made some alterations to the famous Mr. Keller’s, in an attempt to lighten it up a bit, but I don’t think I lightened it up at all. Maybe a tad.

Just what the doctor ordered.


I had to try my own version of the chocolate cakes I’ve seen here and there with either Coke or Dr. Pepper added. And boy am I glad I tried it. This cake? It’s a must do. Rich and moist, and oh, so easy – there’s no excuse not to try it at least once. Just make sure you’ve got a group to bake it for, ’cause it’s dangerous to have leftovers hanging around.