• This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins—complete with a yummy crumble topping! —without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.

    Blueberry Muffin Cake With Crumble Topping

    This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins — complete with a yummy crumble topping! — without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.   Earlier this week, ALDI had a great sale on blueberries. You have to keep your eye on their “Produce Picks” because you can really find some terrific, crazy low deals on fruits and veggies! We like to use blueberries for smoothies and cobblers, but blueberry muffins are a house favorite, too. Rather than go the traditional individual muffin route this time, I decided to keep it super simple and make a blueberry muffin cake with a crumble topping.…

  • Think of this hazelnut pound cake pudding as traditional bread pudding with a modern sweet and velvety twist!

    Hazelnut Pound Cake Pudding

    Think of this hazelnut pound cake pudding as traditional bread pudding with a modern sweet and velvety twist! One of my favorite things to do is take a classic recipe and make a few small tweaks to either expand the flavor or to simplify things. (Most of the time, it’s to simplify.) Bread pudding is a timeless dessert that’s perfect for using up stale, leftover baguette or Italian bread. The ingredients are minimal, and typically can be found as staples in your fridge or pantry: eggs, milk, vanilla, spices. But, the there are two potential problems with bread pudding: 1. The bread pudding can turn out dry. 2. Waiting for…

  • This super easy carrot cake is full of flavor, loaded with spices, and perfect for fall!

    Easy Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    This cream cheese flavor frosting is the icing on the cake (literally) for this super easy carrot cake that’s full of flavor, loaded with spices, and perfect for fall! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury™. The opinions and text are all mine. I make no bones about not being much of a “from scratch” baker. Sure, I can manage alright with cookies and muffins, the occasional zucchini bread, and even pizza dough. Ask me to bake a cake from scratch, though, and I shudder a bit. I’ve had many failed attempts with cakes, resigning myself—no, preferring—to doctor up a box mix instead. My homemade, completely-from-scratch, followed…

  • Raspberry cakes are a simple homemade dessert!

    Raspberry Cakes

    Raspberry cakes with a lime glaze are a perfect not-too-sweet dessert treat! For a few years I was part of a book club group that met just about every month at a girlfriend’s house. It was fabulous! We were all good about actually reading the month’s book (at least most of the time, unless we picked a real snoozer). Yes, really! Our book club wasn’t just a front for drinking wine, despite many side-eye glances and smirks from suspecting spouses. We’d chat about the story, what we loved, what we hated, what surprised us. And the non-reader(s) were fully aware that spoilers were imminent, a risk knowingly accepted by not having…

  • Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

    Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

    Disclosure: As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own! My daughter just turned 9 years old, and one of her presents from us was an inexpensive desktop printer for her computer. She was crazy excited when she saw it, and immediately started printing out pages from the interwebs. (With warnings, of course, that the INK for her new printer doesn’t magically grow on trees.) One of those printouts included a beautiful and lengthy two-page recipe for chocolate cake. MARTHA STEWART’S chocolate cake, no less. The girl has taste, what can I say? Her point of printing it out was to show me exactly…

  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting

    Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

    Is there anything more lovely than strawberry shortcake cupcakes with real whipped cream, fresh strawberries and a hint of lemon? Yesterday I shared a bowl of lovely macerating strawberries: sugar, chopped strawberries and some lemon zest all melded together to create a sweet, fruity yummy-ness complete with a berry-infused syrup. Really, I could have just picked up a spoon and hoovered the whole thing in about 60 seconds flat. But instead I saved them for this recipe as intended. Probably a good idea; my family appreciated that. Being Father’s Day focused on a dessert that my husband would love and strawberry shortcake happens to be one of them. A BIG one. Plus,…

  • Ginger Cake with Cardamom Cream

    I  finally had the opportunity to try the Ginger Cake with Cardamom Cream last night. After the party. The party I  ended up being too sick to attend. Hubs managed to squirrel away save me a slice, which he lovingly brought home complete with enough cream for a healthy dollop on top. Having never make this particular cake before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Initially I was worried when the cooking time illustrated in the recipe I was working off of didn’t match the doneness of my cake, but things ended up fine, with an extra 10 minutes. Click here to see the original recipe for East-West Ginger Cake…

  • Ginger Cake

    Food Challenge: Ginger Cake with Cardamom Cream

    What I’ve learned over the past few days is that it’s hard to come up with good content when you’re sick. SICK. My family just spent a month in the ills, except me. I magically escaped bronchial distress. Until now. Well, until last Friday. Started with a cough, then a fever, then a runny nose, then a new tickly cough (since the original wasn’t nearly interesting enough on its own). Joy! ANYway. The reason for this post is to tout the winner of the January Food Challenge! With 57% of the votes, Ginger Cake with Cardamom Cream won the poll. It was a simple cake to make, aside from the…