Cakes

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

This cake! Two layers of moist, dark chocolate cake are covered with creamy peanut butter frosting, ganache, and chopped dark chocolate peanut butter cups. 

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Nutella & Oreo Car Bomb Lasagna

Dessert lasagna is all grown up and ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Nutella and Oreo version incorporating Irish cream and whiskey. Get your Irish on.

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Easy Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake

Love Italian rainbow cookies but don’t want the hassle of making them? Try this easy Italian rainbow cake that looks a tastes just like Italian rainbow cookies. 

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Bob’s mom makes the best Italian rainbow cookies I’ve ever had. What really sells me is that she makes half of them with white chocolate. Even though people argue that it is not real chocolate, white chocolate it is my favorite kind of chocolate. Unfortunately she does not share the recipe. But instead of attempting to come up with my own recipe for these cookies I cheated and made a layer cake version using boxed cake mix. When you can’t have the best, make it easy right? Fake it ’til you make it! I added almond extract, food coloring, and homemade white chocolate frosting to seal the deal. I could have used store bought frosting to make this cake even easier but I wanted white chocolate frosting, not regular chocolate. Feel free to go the store bought route if you’re not into white chocolate or substitute the white for regular chocolate in the recipe if you want to make it yourself.

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One year ago: White Hot Chocolate Pods

Three years ago: Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake
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Eggnog Hot Chocolate Pound Cake

What happens when you mix eggnog and hot chocolate? One amazing cake with two of your favorite winter beverages! Perfect for holiday parties.

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Today is the Friday of the last weekend before Christmas. What are you doing this weekend? If I had to guess many of you will be baking cookies, attending holiday parties, and/or crazy enough to go shopping. I remember the last time I tried going to the mall the weekend before Christmas (and not to buy a present, just retail therapy with a friend and neglected to realize what weekend it was) and it took over an hour to get out of the parking lot. Insanity. Never again. I am however committing to the other two aforementioned tasks this weekend – getting covered in snow-like sugar while baking and then eating party food until my belly resembles Santa’s.

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This pound cake embodies the two best wintry drinks: eggnog and hot chocolate. Both eggnog and hot chocolate mix are used in the making of this pound cake, which results in the perfect pound cake to appear at your next holiday party. It didn’t take long for it to be reduced to crumbs. Spike it with a little bit of rum if you dare.

P.S. Does anyone else see the face in the swirl in the pictures above? It looks like Bugs bunny with his ears slightly chopped off to me.

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Chess Pie

Three years ago: Pecan Fruit Cake
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Speculoos & Pumpkin Spice Oreo Lasagna

Serve lasagna for dessert! This dessert lasagna is made with graham crackers, golden pumpkin Oreos, cream cheese, cool whip, and cookie butter. In other words, delicious.

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After how big of a hit the chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna was last year, it seemed like a no brainer to try it again with another beloved spread – Speculoos aka Biscoff. With the help of some pumpkin spice Oreos, this dessert lasagna disappeared just as quickly as the peanut butter version. I brought it to a chili cook off and there wasn’t a single dollop left by the end of the night – people were scraping up every last bit of it. Basically, if you are looking for a killer make-ahead dessert for an upcoming party then look no further. Pumpkin is totally acceptable after Thanksgiving.

P.S. You can now follow me on Instagram! Oh technology!

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One year ago: Homemade Italian Bread & Garlic Bread

Two years ago: White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Three years ago: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Four years ago: Homemade Applesauce

SPECULOOS & PUMPKIN SPICE OREO LASAGNA

Serves 24

Ingredients:

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup heavy cream

FILLING

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature

1-1/2 cups Biscoff or Speculoos cookie spread

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

15 whole graham crackers

1 (12.2 oz.) box Golden Oreos with Pumpkin Spice Creme

1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

TOPPING

8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

1/4 cup toffee bits

Directions:

  1. For the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the filling: In a medium mixing bowl, whip together cream cheese, cookie spread, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and smooth. Add the thawed whipped topping 8 ounces at a time. Continue to whip until fluffy and light. Set aside.
  3. In a 9 x 13 inch dish place one layer of graham crackers (7-1/2 sheets). Spread 1/3 of the filling mixture over the crackers, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips. Gently press a layer of Oreos into the filling and top with another 1/3 of the filling. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the chocolate chips and top with another layer of crackers followed by the final 1/3 of the filling.
  4. Frost with whipped topping, and sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips and toffee bits. Drizzle with chocolate. Chill for at least 4-6 hours before cutting into 24 squares.

Source: Adapted from my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna.

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Hummingbird Cake

If you enjoy carrot and banana cake you’ll love hummingbird cake. Banana, pineapple, and pecans make a moist fluffy cake topped with cream cheese frosting and even more pecans.

Hummingbird Cake

Over the weekend a certain family member of mine celebrated a birthday – my dad turned 70 on Sunday! We threw him party filled with all of his golf, softball, pickleball, shenanigan, etc. friends and had all kinds of things to eat such as my dad’s cook-off winning chili, corn spoon bread, sweet and sour meatballs, cocktail weenies, buffalo chicken dip, sausage cheese bread, and spinach dip. Of course no 70th birthday is complete without scads of desserts! We had potica, pineapple angel food cake, three different kinds of brownies (turtle, hot chocolate, peanut butter), and last but not least, hummingbird birthday cake!

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The birthday boy requested this cake and even had a recipe saved for it. If you’ve never had hummingbird cake, it is like a fluffy version of banana bread with not only banana but also crushed pineapple, pecans, and cinnamon. It’s topped by the best kind of frosting on earth, cream cheese frosting, and then garnished with even more pecans. Basically it is a cake stuffed with some of my dad’s favorite things: fruit and nuts. After he quickly blew out the candles in one breath (and I sadly didn’t have my flash on and ended up with a blurry photo – below is staged), I made sure to slice him a piece with the most nuts on top!

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One year ago: Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Mini Cakes

Two years ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta

Four years ago: Caramel Apple Pie
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Pumpkin & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

While Lauren is away enjoying her new little man, I am guest posting on her blog Keep it Sweet. Hop on over for the recipe for this pumpkin and crystallized ginger ice cream treat! CLICK HERE!

PUMPKIN & GINGER ICE CREAM SANDWICH COOKIE CAKE

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Source: Ice cream adapted from my No-Churn Chocolate Almond Ice Cream. Cookie Cake adapted from my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake.
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Reese’s Oreo Chocolate Cake with Funfetti Cookie Dough Filling

Ever have trouble deciding on your favorite kind of cake? Combine them all in one with Reese’s, Oreos, Funfetti, and cookie dough.

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Remember when I told you how most of my friends (and myself) are turning 30 in the next 12 months? Well today marks my friend Maggie’s 30th birthday! Last year she made the wild request for her birthday dessert to include cheesecake, cookie dough, funfetti and Oreos and you better believe I delivered with what I dubbed birthday explosion mini cheesecakes. This year however she was a bit stumped as last years dessert topped anything should could have ever imagined. She did finally challenge me by requesting the same combination plus Reese’s peanut butter cups. It took me lots of brainstorming to finally decide on what to make.

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This cake should be named “All of Maggie’s Favorite Things”. It is a chocolate cake with chopped Reese’s and Oreos mixed in, Funfetti cookie dough filling, chocolate ganache, Funfetti frosting, and more Reese’s and Oreos on top. Now that’s a birthday cake! I fear for her 31st birthday. We may need to regress to simpler ideas.

What is your ideal birthday dessert?

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One year ago: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Two years ago: Mini Pink Ombre Sugar Cookie Cake
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

This perfectly chewy peanut butter cookie cake is a crowd pleaser. With chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate frosting how could it not be?

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It’s finally here! The first game of the Ohio State Buckeyes football season. I cannot help but be excited even though we are missing our star QB. After all, teams are made of more than one person. However the game I am most interested in today is Wisconsin vs LSU. Go Big 10! But since I don’t find badgers to be an appetizing dessert, I decided to stick with the buckeye peanut butter and chocolate theme. Which means today is the first PB+Choc Saturday of the season!

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Regardless of your allegiances you can still enjoy a peanut butter and chocolate dessert. This cookie cake is a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream. Peanut butter cookie dough with chopped Reese’s cups, and topped with chocolate frosting. And it happens to be perfectly chewy which is how all cookie-things should be, in my opinion.

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In other news, I am off to Gatlinburg this weekend with Bob, Christina, and Dave whom are in town visiting! I scouted out all the free/random things to do this weekend and it may contain things such as hiking, BYOB/lawn chair blues/rock/folk concerts, fireworks, salt and pepper shaker museum, hillbilly golf, and maybe some outlet shopping.

One year ago: S’mores Macarons

Three years ago: Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers
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S’mores Lasagna for One

Don’t worry about sharing with this s’mores lasagna for one. Made with layers of graham cracker, chocolate sweetened Greek yogurt, and graham crackers.

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Happy National S’mores Day! Today is yet another fun food holiday that landed on a Sunday which means this dangerous little guy comes to you in single serving size.

The idea for this came from my chocolate peanut butter cup lasagna which was a huge hit. This s’mores version is a tiny bit healthier being made with Greek yogurt that has been sweetened slightly with cocoa powder and powdered sugar. The rest isn’t quite as healthy with marshmallow creme, graham crackers, mini marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle.

If made for a crowd this would great presented in a tall clear glass, better defining the layers. But since I know you’re just going to eat this while standing over the kitchen counter there’s no need to get all fancy.

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Three years ago: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich with Au Jus
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