Archive of ‘Cakes and Pies’ category

Almond Honey Cake with Berry Syrup + review of Vibrant Food

I have two great things for you today: an amazing (and healthy!) almond cake recipe along with a review of the cookbook, Vibrant Food by Kimberely Hasselbrink. 

Almond Honey Cake.2

First, let’s talk about this almond cake: it’s a dense cake made with pure almond flour (so it’s gluten-free), lightly sweetened with honey, and made with olive oil. Thought it’s a dense cake, it’s far from heavy; this would still be considered a light dessert. I can assure you that this was an amazing cake because it was finished in my house before the end of breakfast – this only happens when true perfection has been created! Scroll down for the full recipe. 

IMG_5783Onto the book review: 

If you haven’t heard of Vibrant Food, it’s cookbook showcasing the various fruits and vegetables of each season. The book has four main sections, one for each season. Recipes coordinate with the vegetables and fruits that tend to grow during those seasons.  (more…)

Funfetti Cupcakes

Last week, I wrote about how I love making large decadent cakes, but that I don’t often get to make them because they’re normally too big for me and my family to quickly finish (unless we’re celebrating a birthday or inviting guests for dinner). 

Funfetti Cupcakes.1Well, a simple solution to this horrendous predicament is to make decadent cupcakes. Cupcakes can be just as luxurious, tasty, and beautiful as their larger counterparts, the only real difference is that they are manageable. They’re smaller and can be quickly eaten. You can freeze half a batch or just make half a batch. They don’t need to be eaten with a fork and can easily be shared with a friend or a coworker (not that you would actually want to share). 

Funfetti Cupcakes.3

These cupcakes, specifically, are absolutely amazing. They start with a delicious, vanilla-based cake that’s perfectly soft and sweet. They’re topped with an extra creamy cream cheese frosting (that’s made so creamy thanks to a little bit of heavy cream) and decorated with some sprinkles.  (more…)

Super Chocolatey Cake

Birthdays only come once a year (and there’s only a select few that get to celebrate theirs with one of my desserts), but I love making cake. Not just cupcakes, but a huge, decadent and delicious cake. 

Super Chocolatey Cake.5

That’s what this cake was. Three layers of soft, chocolatey amazingness. It’s a spongey, rich cake that’s not at all dense or heavy. 

Super Chocolatey Cake.3

I ended up making this one for a family friend’s graduation party. We showed up towards the end of the party, when most had already left, but this cake was still able to disappear before anyone knew it. People were going back for seconds only to find a licked knife and a plate riddled with crumbs (plus a couple rogue sprinkles).  (more…)

Flan Cupcakes

So, maybe you’re not much of a flan person (it’s ok – I wasn’t for a long time either), but that really shouldn’t turn you away from this recipe! The center of these cupcakes is flan, the base is a vanilla cupcake, and the icing is made with cream cheese. The flan taste is of course present, but also subtle enough for a novice flan-eater.  

Flan Cupcakes.1

Make these when you’re aiming to impress; most people are surprised to find the flan inside and some even wonder how you were able to fill the cakes. The flan turns this simple vanilla cupcakes into something fancier; something worth having seconds (or maybe thirds…). 

Flan Cupcakes.2
(more…)

Shirley Temple Cupcakes

I think most would agree that cupcakes are a great way to start off the week. Even if you don’t plan on making these today, at least you can start planning on how to treat yourself (or perhaps your family and friends) this weekend. 

shirley temple cupcakesToday, I present to you Shirley Temple Cupcakes. Hopefully most of you have had a Shirley Temple drink before, you know, the kind with 7-Up or Sprite, a splash of grenadine, and a cherry on top? When I was younger, this was a drink I could never pass up (and I definitely couldn’t resist asking for extra cherries!). Now, I’ve made the drink into cupcake form and, let me tell you, these are amazing! 

shirley temple cupcakes

Maybe you’ve seen Shirley Temple cupcakes somewhere else on the internet before, but a lot of them just have an overload of food coloring and an underload of classic Shirley Temple flavor. So what makes these different?  (more…)

Fudgy Cookies and Cream Cake

Maybe some of you have noticed, but I don’t have too many layer cake recipes on this site, and it’s mostly because I don’t make layered cakes all that often at my house. Layered cakes tend to be too big and rich for my family to finish them very quickly, so they’re often saved for special occasions, or for when we have dinner guests. fudgy cookies and cream cake.3

A couple weeks ago, I decided to make this cake and it transformed our Sunday night dinner into a special occasion! It is made with a fudgy, perfectly moist cake base, layers of Oreo whipped cream in the center, and coated with a rich, fudge-like frosting. Plus, it’s four layers :) 

fudgy cookies and cream cake.4

This cake was a huge hit because, even though it was a bit rich, I made sure to cut down on the sugar so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming. A lot of times I feel that when I try store-bought cakes they’re just sugar bombs with tons of icing! Even though this is rich, it’s nothing like that. You can enjoy each of the chocolate components without your mouth burning from sugar overload!  (more…)

Strawberry Peach Pie

May is finally upon us and summer isn’t far behind, which means that summer fruit pies will quickly become part of our menus again! 

strawberry peach pie.6

Is it still cold where you live (because in Michigan spring hasn’t quite kicked into full swing yet!)? Not to worry, you can cheat a little bit with this recipe by using some canned peaches. You just drain out any syrup and, once baked, you can hardly tell the difference! I used canned peaches and fresh strawberries; with homemade pie crust, this tasted like quite a fresh pie. 

strawberry peach pie.8Below, you can see a set-by-step tutorial on how to make this pie:  (more…)

Orange Cream Bars

Recipes for lemon bars can be quickly found all over the internet. Most bakers have a lovely lemon bar recipe in their repertoire. And if they don’t, that’s ok because you can even buy lemon bar mixes, just like cake mixes. 

orange cream bars.5

The recipe I am sharing with you here is similar to a lemon bar in various ways (they’re both creamy, citrus-y bars), only this recipe is so much better! 

orange cream bars.7This bar consists of two basic elements: a sugar cookie crust (and topping) and a buttery, orangey filling. Sweet, light, and delicious, you can use the step-by-step tutorial below and taste these for yourself!  (more…)

Mocha Layer Cake

Even though most people love chocolate, some are pretty picky about their chocolate cakes. 

mocha layer cake.5Luckily, with this cake recipe I was able to please everyone who tried it. 

mocha layer cake.4The cake is a bit fudgey without being overly rich. It has a slight coffee flavor to it that’s not overwhelming. It’s sweetened rather lightly, so don’t worry about this being a sugar-bomb! The icing is similarly light and sweet: it’s just heavy whipping cream with a bit of sugar.  (more…)

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Whenever I make snickerdoodle cookies, I am amazed at how many people have actually never had one before. 

snickerdoodle cupcakes.3

By the time I got around to making these snickerdoodle cupcakes, I was pretty certain that this would be the first time for everyone trying them (it was actually even the first time for me). 

snickerdoodle cupcakes.5That being said, I decided that this is definitely a recipe to keep. Just look at that smooth, creamy frosting!!  (more…)

1 2 3 4