No Bake Eggnog Icebox Cake

This post is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread, but all opinions are my own.This Eggnog Icebox Cake has layers of a light and airy eggnog mouse, Walkers Shortbread, and whipped cream. It's no bake, so it's nice and easy to put together and is perfect for sharing for the holidays!I don't know about you, but we've been indulging in eggnog since it arrived in stores. I'm pretty sure we've been through at least 10 cartons of it already. I'm not even kidding. If you can't tell, we are big eggnog fans. So naturally the idea of eating it in a delicious icebox cake was perfect! :)We are also shortbread fans. The hubs loves dipping shortbread into tea and I love baking with it. So I was obviously excited to work with Walkers Shortbread on incorporating their tasty cookies into this icebox cake. They … [Read more...]

No Bake Sparkling Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

This No Bake Sparkling Cranberry Orange Cheesecake is the perfect holiday dessert. Cranberry and orange really do make the perfect flavor combination. The smooth, creamy orange cheesecake with the sweet but tart cranberries is to die for. If you've never tried these two flavors before, it's a must!Can you believe Thanksgiving is Thursday?! I can't even. My head is so not in that mode yet.Between all the baking for the cookbook and for the blog, I have cake on the brain. I was at the grocery store over the weekend getting baking ingredients (as I do most days) when I realized while walking through the meat department that there were turkeys in the section that normally has the ground beef.Then it hit me.Thursday! Thanksgiving is Thursday! And I need a turkey - like now. It has to thaw for … [Read more...]

BAILEYS™ Frosted Vanilla Cookie Layer Cake

This post is sponsored by BAILEYS™ Coffee Creamers, but all opinions are my own.This BAILEYS™ Frosted Vanilla Cookie Layer Cake is to die for and so fun! With BAILEYS™ Coffee Creamer Frosted Vanilla Cookie in the cake and icing, and crushed up sugar cookies in the filling, it combines two great desserts into one.So as you should know by now, I love my BAILEYS™ Coffee Creamers. They are the best for your morning coffee. I’ve gotten so that I can’t even deal with milk and sugar when I’m traveling. It’s just not the same. My mom even keeps her fridge stocked with it when I’m visiting. She knows what’s up.And it adds the best flavor and moisture to desserts. I’ve used them in this poke cake, cupcakes, coffee cake, and this seriously amazing caramel blended coffee. I’m never disappointed.But … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups

These Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups are the perfect way to start off Christmas flavors on the blog! I hope it's not too early, because I've been dying to share these with you. A soft, chewy gingerbread cookie cup is filled with a brown sugar spiced no bake cheesecake. So good!So yesterday was our sweet Jessie's 5th birthday. For those who don't know, she's a black lab. :) To celebrate her birthday she got extra long walks, a big bone and a couple baked doggie treats. I figure the walks were needed to offset the treats. She wasn't a huge fan of getting her picture taken before she could dig in to the treats, but she managed.We got her when she was about 10 weeks, so it hasn't quite been 5 years yet that we've had her. I wasn't really a dog person before we had her, which is a shocker now … [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

This Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is super soft and chewy. It's basically your new favorite giant cookie - filled with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Get you some!So after being gone this past weekend for an extended weekend, the hubs was ready for me to come home. Apparently without me home it's starts to smell too much like "dude" and it's too quiet. He wanted my girly smell back and the constant sound of the mixer.Come again? You actually missed the sound of the mixer?Plus, it was apparently too dark because nobody was here to open the blinds - ha!And of course in typical hubs fashion, he had a surprise waiting for me at home and he couldn't wait to show me.In typical me fashion, I walked in the house and didn't pick up on it. He told me to … [Read more...]

Baklava Cheesecake

This Baklava Cheesecake is such a fun twist on the traditional Greek dessert. With all the flavors of cinnamon, honey and walnuts, it’s a fun way to mix together two delicious desserts into one!So if you follow on instagram or twitter, you may have noticed that I was at a food blogging conference over the weekend. It was a ton of fun! It was great to see old friends and meet new ones, and of course I always learn so much and leave feeling renewed.Well normally hotel sleeping is all good for me but this weekend I struggled a bit. See I wake up regularly at night to go to the bathroom. At least once, often twice. It’s annoying, but true. Well this weekend that didn’t go so well for me. There was a little piece of wall that you had to walk around to get from the beds to the bathroom and one night … [Read more...]

Big Announcement!

Hey everyone! Big announcement today! It’s a little secret I’ve been holding onto for a while now and DYING to tell you about.Maybe you’ve noticed that I’m posting a little less often, maybe you haven’t. But the reason? I’m writing a COOKBOOK!I know. Crazy! And insanely time consuming (hence the fewer posts on the blog). I’ve been talking and working with a publisher since March. It’s been a long process - in large part because of me. But now it’s official!So what is the book about? Well, what do I love the most? What do you love the most (at least I think so :) )? CAKE!! All kinds of CAKE!!As you know, I’m a cake girl. Always have been, always will be. There was no doubt in my mind that cakes were what I’d want to write a cookbook about.There will be cupcakes, single layer cakes, … [Read more...]

Nutella Fudge Brownies

These Nutella Fudge Brownies are decadent little bars! With a dense brownie on the bottom, Nutella fudge in the middle and chocolate on top, you can't go wrong.Do you ever have those days where you have all these things on your list to get done and you really think you'll actually have time to accomplish them? Like, really. You're sure it'll all get done.Then the end of the day comes along and you didn't even get to half of it?Then you're like, well I need to feel better about all I accomplished so let's add the things that I did that aren't on the list so that I can cross them off too and feel more accomplished.The story of my life. :)So many things. ALL the things! So little time.Fortunately, at the end of a long day of accomplishing many things (thought not ALL the … [Read more...]

Milk Tart

Milk Tart (also known as Melktert) is a traditional South African dessert. The crust is a soft, cakey crust topped with a cinnamon infused milk custard. It is delicious and was one of my favorites that we tried on our trip.Back when the hubs and I went to South Africa in May to visit his family, I naturally tried all the traditional South African foods and desserts I could. Not only do I like to try new foods, but I’d heard the hubs talk about so many favorite foods he had as a kid and I was so curious to experience them with him.I found milk tart to be a very common dessert option. The first night we arrived, we stayed with the hubs’ aunt and uncle and they served on for dessert. I love cinnamon, so naturally I was a fan. We had it at a few other places we stayed too, so I was excited to try a … [Read more...]

Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake

This Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake is a super moist chocolate cake filled with caramel icing, pecans and chocolate ganache. It’s delicious and the perfect cake for today. Today I’m celebrating the life of a blogging friend, Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More, who was taken from this world much too soon just last week. It also just happens to be National Chocolate Day, which is a fitting day for a woman who loved chocolate as much as Joan.Joan is in the middleI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. One of my favorite parts about blogging is the wonderful other bloggers I’ve met and become friends with. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a blog and having the support of others who understand it and become friends is a blessing.Joan is one of the wonderful bloggers I had the … [Read more...]

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