Little Blue Truck Smash Cake – Buttercream Transfer Tutorial

In this post I share how I used a buttercream transfer to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake for a friend’s son!

Little Blue Truck Smash Cake - A buttercream transfer tutorial on

I feel very fortunate to have found many friends with infants after our move to Virginia – mainly because it means that from time to time, I get to make smash cakes! I absolutely love making smash cakes for first birthday photo shoots. I think it’s a fun and unique way to mark a first birthday, and the pictures are so cute! Mostly because the babies have no idea what to do with their own cake. When my friend Alesya of Alesya Flynn Photography asked me to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake for her son’s first, I was thrilled! She asked me to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake, inspired by her son’s favorite children’s book.  (more…)

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

This pumpkin chai tiramisu is an easy no-bake autumn dessert with just the right hint of chai tea! 

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu - This unique tiramisu recipe is a great alternative to pumpkin pie for your fall dessert table! No baking required, and easily assembles in under 30 minutes *

I was discussing fall desserts with my baby sister one day and she suggested a pumpkin tiramisu. I loved the idea! The thing is, baby sister doesn’t like coffee, at all, and if I make a dessert she inspired, it should be something she’ll eat. I thought about it a bit, and remembered my pumpkin chai macarons. Drawing inspiration from those flavors, I decided to whip up a delicious pumpkin chai tiramisu!  (more…)

Bacon Brie Mashed Potatoes

Bacon Brie mashed potatoes have all the flavors of a gourmet loaded baked potato with the ease of mashed potatoes!

Bacon Brie Mashed Potatoes - Creamy, indulgent, totally loaded mashed potatoes. * Recipe on

These are, without a doubt, the most indulgent mashed potatoes I have ever served. From time to time, I make cheesy mashed potatoes, or add a bit of bacon, but this recipe felt like a Facebook cooking video come to life. You know, those over-the-top dishes that everyone wants to try after seeing them on social media or Food Network? This is it. I’m a little surprised Guy Fieri didn’t ask if I’d share this on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, except for the part where I’m not a restaurant. Minor detail. But if you’re looking for a loaded mashed potato recipe, this should definitely be a finalist. It’s so creamy, rich, yet balanced, and makes the best cold weather comfort food or rocking holiday side dish.  (more…)

Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake

Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake – Take a night out with friends sharing Guinness and munching on pretzels, and turn it into a cake. Add caramel. Enjoy responsibly. 😉 

Quite possibly the ultimate "man cake" - this Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Cake is everything. * Recipe on

I posted a picture on Instagram a while back of me decorating this cake and I dubbed it the “Ultimate Man Cake” in jest. I mean, it has beer and pretzels, chocolate and caramel, cream cheese frosting… who wouldn’t love this cake? It’s like “bar” bar meets dessert bar. But it really is pretty fancy in terms of beer cake, and I love how the sweet and salty play together to make a really incredible flavor profile. (more…)

Tarragon Chicken Salad

A classic for everything from sandwiches to entertaining, tarragon chicken salad is perfect for the golf course, a lunch box, or served in mini at a holiday soiree. 

Tarragon chicken salad - this easy chicken salad recipe makes a perfect filling for sandwiches, or a great snack served with crackers! *

I’d like to start off by saying how much I love the word soiree. Expect to see it slightly overused as the holidays approach and I delve into serious entertaining mode, even if it’s just entertaining small groups. Tip: Chicken salad is great for entertaining when spread on small baguette rounds or put in toasted phyllo cups. But I didn’t originally create this beautiful dish for entertaining, I made it for lunch.  (more…)

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