A classic sandwich in dessert form, you won’t believe the inspiration story behind these peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.
Let’s take a step back in time, darlings, all the way back to high school (for me). High school was a fun experience. I had a wonderful group of friends, played sports, was in band, all the typical “high school” things. The only thing I didn’t do was date, which now that I look back was a good thing. So when it came time to go to prom, I went with my girlfriends, and my “date” was my friend Sean whom I’ve known since 2nd grade. (more…)
In this post I share how I used a buttercream transfer to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake for a friend’s son!
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…)
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. 😉
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…)
When you want to bring a little touch of happy hour to work, while still making something everyone can enjoy, blueberry mojito cupcakes are the answer!
This is another recipe inspired by my little patio garden! So, I have a mint plant I have kept alive for 2 years now, even through winter. It is a survivor, along with my chives. BUT, it’s been growing quite well this summer and when the Godfather sees it, he says, “I should make mojitos“. But that hasn’t happened much this summer. He did make me a fabulous sauce I’ll be sharing later though. The point is, the plant inspires us to create, and one day after the Godfather mused about mojitos (before going to work), I decided mojito cupcakes sounded more fun. Cupcakes are most definitely more acceptable before 8:30 in the morning. They’re frosted muffins, practically, right? (more…)
Summer tea time calls for a mango bundt cake loaded with fresh pieces of mango. Not too sweet and easy to make, this was made for lazy afternoons and iced tea.
I’ve been into mango flavors this summer, specifically, a mango iced tea I tried at a local restaurant, which inspired me to buy mangoes at the store with no real plan. So why not make a cake? I was inspired by a Miami Mango Cake listed in one of my cookbooks, but that wasn’t the recipe I wanted to make. First of all, it had a ton of fall flavors, and I just can’t see combining fall spices with mango for a summer cake. Second, it was a frosted cake, and I wanted the mango flavor to really shine. Finally, I was making a ton of iced tea and wanted a good snack cake to serve with. So, mango bundt cake was really my only option, right? (more…)