Archive of ‘Cakes and Pies’ category

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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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…)

Banana Crumb Cake

A lot of people make banana bread when their bananas begin to over-ripen. I love banana bread, but sometimes it can be just a bit boring. So if you’re like me, looking for a bit more of a sweet treat, try this super amazing and delicious banana crumb cake!

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As you can see in this little diagram I have going in the picture above, this banana cake contains apple sauce bits baked right into it, a delicious, buttery crumble topping, and a sweet glaze to top it all off. 

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I’m honestly not sure if banana cake can get better than this.  (more…)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Woohoo! Cupcake Friday! Treat yourself to these delicious treats this weekend. 

red velvet cupcakes.4This is a super amazing red velvet cupcake recipe. They’re soft and spongey, flavorful and delicious. Plus, they’re topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting. This is honestly one of the best, simplest cupcake recipe you can get.  (more…)

Strawberry Dessert Pancake

Looking for an excuse to have breakfast for dinner? Want another sweet twist on the classic pancake? 

Strawberry dessert pancake.3Well then you have to make this recipe. And making a pancake cake is actually a great idea for any type of pancake recipe you have, however I would definitely recommend you try this one. These pancakes aren’t your average. They’re light, sweet, buttery, and just a melt-in-your-mouth kind of delicious. 

Strawberry dessert pancake.2And this strawberry filling truly is a great match for the pancakes as it is also light and sweet.  (more…)

Pumpkin Crumble Cake

Yes, I realize that it’s January and by now many people have grown tired of pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon in all their desserts, but this is a must-have recipe throughout your winter. 

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Plus, with all the terribly cold weather we’ve been getting in the midwest and east coast, lightly spiced desserts like this one really do seem to warm you up. 

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And this has been one of the best coffee cakes I’ve made in a while (though I’m not quite sure this one has topped the Apple Crumble Cake I made this past fall).  (more…)

Spiked Pumpkin Pie

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I know that Thanksgiving has long been over, but pumpkin pie is definitely a wintery treat that can definitely be made all season long. 

pumpkin pie.2If you’ve never made pumpkin pie from scratch, this recipe is definitely a great place to start. It is rich, creamy, and has just a slight kick to it (thanks to the rum).  (more…)

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