Cakes

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This carrot cake is the only recipe I have ever used. It is perfectly moist and surrounded by cream cheese frosting, proving it’s relevance beyond Easter.

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Easter may have been yesterday but it’s never too late to share a carrot cake recipe. Especially when it’s my favorite carrot cake recipe and have already managed to go 3.5 years without sharing it with the masses. The original recipe called for just white granulated sugar but I use half white and half brown sugar while also reducing the oil a little bit and find that it is perfectly moist. From there you can mix in walnuts, pecans or raisins if you so desire. But don’t forget the cream cheese frosting! I even added halved baby carrots on top for decoration.

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Three years ago: Peanut Butter, Banana & Nutella Bars
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Rice Krispies Easter Bunny Cake

Looking for an Easter dessert? This cute Easter bunny cake is easily constructed with two round cakes. The best part is that it’s a no-bake cake made out of rice krispies treats.

Rice Krispies Easter Bunny Cake

Baking for the holidays is always a lot of fun. Beyond an excuse to use festive sprinkles, there are so many creative  ideas. Take this cake for example – two round cakes magically transform into this cute little guy. Unfortunately my photo-shoot for this Easter creation was not conducive to great pictures, but the execution is what’s important here. It’s an Easter bunny cake!

First things first, this is a no-bake cake. I made a cake out of rice krispies treats which were formed in cake pans. Using a simple template I cut up one of the cakes into the ears and bowtie to create the bunny. From there all that remained was to frost and decorate! You can use any assortment of candy, sprinkles, and frosting that you prefer. I made the eyes out of leftover cakeball fondant and white and black frosting, the cheeks are pink sprinkles, the nose is more cakeball fondant, the mouth is black frosting, and finally the bowtie consists of a chocolate chip cookie, cakeball fondant and sprinkles. Coconut would also be a great way to make a “fluffy” bunny but I made this cake for a non-coconut lover.

One year ago: Apple Pie
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Rainbow-Surprise Lemon Cake & Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway

Traditionally frosting is the star of cake decorating, but what about the inside? Amanda Rettke proves that it’s the inside that counts with her cookbook, “Surprise-Inside Cakes”.

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When it comes to decorating cakes I am not an expert. Upon receiving the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook by Amanda Rettke (I Am Baker) I was a bit intimidated to go beyond the recipes for different layers of color and/or frosting without any cutting and cake-puzzle-assembling. It is truly impressive how many different interiors she was able to design and execute. But after reading through a few of the more complicated recipes I realized that with the right tools and some patience, paired with her excellent step-by-step photos and directions, I might be able to pull it off.

I really loved the smiley face cake and argyle cake but decided to start out small with one of the easier recipes – the rainbow cake. First I had to decide on a cake flavor. Amanda provides recipes for perfectly level cakes and frostings which can be used to create any of the surprise-inside cakes. However, you could also use your own recipe or even a boxed mix, I won’t tell. If using other recipes you may end up with a domed top which will need to be leveled off, unless of course you know that particular recipe does come out flat. Either way, a cake with these interior designs will look made from scratch no matter what recipe you choose.

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To see if a boxed mix would work, I decided to doctor up a white cake mix to create a lemon cake. (Did you know that rainbows taste like lemons? Well, at least this one does.) The cakes did dome but that was easily solved by slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife. After that I followed Amanda’s detailed instructions for assembling and frosting the cakes. I don’t think I’ve ever frosted such a smooth cake before.

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Upon that beautiful white scene I created my own balloon decorations using the cake-top scraps and leftover frosting. It looks like fondant doesn’t it!? Nope it’s something even better, something I have decided to call cake-ball-fondant! Yup, I am a genius. Instead of forming balls to be dipped in chocolate, roll flat with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Consider your mind blown.

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In order to find out exactly how I colored and assembled this cake you’ll have to read about it in the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook! To assist in keeping a copy into your hands asap I am giving away a copy of this awesome cookbook to one lucky reader. After checking out the recipe use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter.

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One year ago: Baked Eggs with Crispy Hash Brown Crust

Two years ago: Cheesy Cat Treats

Three years ago: Funfetti Cake Batter Smoothie
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Blueberry Blue Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake gets a spring-time makeover with blueberries, blue food coloring and even a blueberry cream cheese frosting. It’ll disappear faster than you can slice it.

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Warning: this is not a joke. I know it’s April’s Fools Day but I truly did make a blueberry blue velvet cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting topped with more blueberries. Why? Because my nephew Luke LOVES blueberries so I made him the bluest and blueberriest cake I could possibly come up with for his birthday last week. He actually had his own personal blue truck shaped blueberry blue velvet cake, but everyone else had to share this cake. It disappeared as fast as I cut it, making me think I baked a magical disappearing cake!

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One year ago: Rainbow Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Three years ago: Baked Funfetti Doughnuts
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Cookie Dough Oreo Cake

By now I am sure all of you are aware of one of the newest additions to the Oreo lineup, cookie dough. Personally I think that homemade versions such as Lindsay’s (Love & Olive Oil) and Tessa’s peanut butter ones (Handle the Heat) would win hands down. For the purposes of this cake however, homemade Oreos were not necessary. Chopped up Cookie Dough Oreos were mixed into the chocolate cake and used as decoration, but the real purpose of this creation was to make a cake that resembled a giant Cookie Dough Oreo covered in frosting. And if I do say so myself, I believe I succeeded.

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I made this cake for my step-mom’s birthday. It consists of super moist layers of chocolate cake with bits of Cookie Dough Oreo which are sandwiched around a layer of cookie dough filling, then swaddled in cookie dough frosting and topped with chocolate chips and more Cookie Dough Oreos. There’s some serious cookie-on-cookie action going on here. If you’re feeling really ballsy, serve it up with a scoop of Cookie Dough Oreo ice cream. I stuck with plain vanilla.

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One year ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Three years ago: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
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Southern Caramel Cake

Ten days from now I will pack up the apartment at which I have lived for the past 4.5 years. Currently I have a whopping 8 boxes packed, which means there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. And what better way to start the festivities than baking a cake! That’s productive and a good use of time, right?

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The only caramel cake I have ever had was from Kroger and was quite delicious. Since then I have been meaning to make a homemade version and was finally inspired when Beth told me that she had been dreaming about caramel cake – although that was right before we left for the winter break so I didn’t make it until now. While baking it I texted her saying I was going to make her day tomorrow, since I was going to be bringing it by the lab the next day. She said it tasted just like her Great Aunt Sally’s from when she was a kid! Winner.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna

Get your stretchy-fat pants on because just looking at this dessert may cause weight gain. It’s a dessert lasagna using chocolate graham crackers for the “noodles”, cream cheese-peanut butter-whipped cream filling, and chocolate as the sauce. Between the layers and on top there are also chopped Reese’s cups and peanuts. I did use reduced fat cream cheese and light cool whip to make myself feel slightly better when the inevitable face plant into a second serving occurred.

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This incredible, decadent dessert is worthy of today’s event – Ohio State playing Clemson in the Orange bowl! Admittedly I am still a bit bitter about losing to Michigan State and therefore losing the shot at the National Championship Game. But that will never stop me from getting excited to watch some college football and indulging in the gloriousness that is this dessert.

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One year ago: Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet

Two years ago: Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

Three years ago: Spinach Tomato Tortellini
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…

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In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?

You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.

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One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Three years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Roulade

Have you ever made a roulade aka cake roll? This right here is my very first. I bought a cake roll pan a couple years ago with the intention of making one, but never got around to it until now. I figured it would be a great way to celebrate not only PB+Choc Saturday but National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. The soft, thin chocolate cake gets wrapped around a fluffy peanut butter filling and then covered in a chocolate glaze. The glaze is really what sealed the deal because it made the roll look so pretty and perfect (and masked a couple minor cracks that occurred).

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But I didn’t use just any old peanut butter, I used PB Crave’s Cookie Nookie cookie dough flavored peanut butter. Which meant I had to top it off with eggless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls, obviously. So it’s chocolate, peanut butter, AND cookie dough all rolled up into one dessert! Hopefully I won’t be induced into a desert coma while watching Ohio State play Illinois today. After today there are only 2 games left before the Big Ten Championship game and then on the Bowl Games. Which means PB+Choc Saturdays are winding down. But rest assured that the desserts will show no slack, made evident by today’s recipe.

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a huge giveaway in honor of not only Peanut Butter Lover’s Month but also my 3rd blogiversary! Giveaway ends Monday, click HERE for the post on which to enter.

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One year ago: Tortellini with Guiltless Pumpkin Alfredo

Two years ago: Butternut Squash Lasagna

Three years ago: Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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Guest Post: Spiced Peach Cake by Becca Bakes

You would think that after sending off a 172 page document to my committee that all I’d have to do for the week leading up to my defense is study. But oh wait there’s the powerpoint presentation to prepare! Thankfully I give presentations on my research at least once a year so I have old slides to pull from, but it’s still yet another thing to do before I can take a moment to relax. Honestly there will be no relaxing until after 4pm on Monday, September 23rd.

Guest posting today is Becca from Becca Bakes. She wins pb-loving hearts with her chocolate peanut butter pretzel fudge, inspires others to be daring bakers with a tutorial on how to make a checkerboard cake, and gets creative by making pop tarts with a ravioli press. She even has her own line of cookie mixes! But the thing I enjoy most is her honesty. Recently she posted a recipe for a shoofly pie – not because it’s a recipe she thinks you should make, but in fact warns you not to make it unless you are a huge lover of molasses. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to post a recipe disappointment of my own.

One year ago: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter Sauce

Two years ago: Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets

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Hello! My name is Becca and I will be stepping in for today’s blog entry so Erin can maintain sanity and produce an awesome dissertation. You go girl! I’m going to honor your hard work with the only way I know how – cake.

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I recently moved to New England from Florida where they have these weird things called “seasons”. No longer is the weather hot, kind of hot, or really freaking hot. Here in Boston you can actually smell the air changing from summer to fall. The weather is in transition and you find yourself taking on and off a light jacket all day because you can’t quite decide. I wanted this cake to reflect this period of the year and I think it does a very good job. The peach is an obvious homage to summertime where the juicy stone fruits can be found in everything from ice cream to pie. The cake itself is a subtle nod at fall with a strong flavor of cardamom, followed by compliments of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. These spices are often found in pumpkin pie, apple cider, and everything pretty much every fall food you’ve ever loved. This best-of-both-worlds cake is perfect for when you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to let go of summer or if you’re excited for fall.

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