Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake

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This Sparkiling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake is no doubt a new favorite - especially for Christmas! The cake is incredibly moist and flavorful and the cranberries add the prefect burst of fruity flavor. The white chocolate icing compliments the cake wonderfully. And the sparkling cranberries on top are beautiful and make it look like is just snowed. If I can’t get a white Christmas down here in the South, I’ll have a sparkling white cake. :) This weekend was crazy busy, but so fun! We finally started turning our “formal living room” into my office. We’d already cleared the room, so this weekend we steam cleaned the carpets and got the main pieces of furniture. I still want to get a few other things and some decorative pieces, but the big stuff is there and I’m ready to get organized! We got the … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Molasses Cream Cheese Icing

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These Gingerbread Cupcakes are some of my moistest cupcakes and they are topped with my new favorite icing. The cupcake is light and fluffy and the icing is a mix of some awesome flavors - caramel, molasses and cream cheese! Yum! So I recently started reading a new book/study. It’s called “Blueprint for Life”. It's about discovering your purpose for your life based on God’s plan for you and creating a plan to achieve it. I’m only a couple chapters in, but so far I love it. I was talking to my mom about it (because we pretty much talk about everything) and she said this one thing that I thought was so true and relevant. Sometimes we look for God’s purpose for us to be some hugely profound thing, and sometimes we are just making too much of it. One of the things the book talks about is that our … [Read more...]

Eggnog Cupcakes

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These Eggnog Cupcakes are full of awesome eggnog flavor! They’ve got eggnog in the cupcake and the icing - yes! You know I like my flavors strong and these cupcakes are no exception. :) So we had a pretty nice, relaxing weekend. Saturday morning we were up way too early, but it was for a good cause. One of the women in our small group works for the fundraising department of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, so we joined in for the Give Thanks Walk. We brought Jessie and she loved the 2 1/2 mile walk and being outside with us. She totally could have gone another 2 1/2 miles. Then there was a food drive at church Sunday and they’ve been collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes, so we went and got food for the food drive and all kinds of things for the boxes. I love doing the OCC boxes. It always … [Read more...]

Rocky Road Cookie Cake

Rocky Road Cookie Cake - a warm, gooey, chocolatey cookie cake full of chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts! So good!

This Rocky Road Cookie Cake is everything you could want out of a cookie cake. It's soft, chewy and oh-so-gooey! A chocolate cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallow fluff, then topped with more chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows, this baby was described by one of my taste testers as "change your life good." Oh yea! So this past Sunday I hosted a baby shower for one of the women in my small group. All of our baby showers (3 now) have been couple showers, so we avoid things like decorating onesies and opt for guessing the price of baby stuff kind of games so that the guys can get into it - at least a little. This past Sunday actually involved some football watching as well, given the time of day on Sunday. Not your usual baby shower, huh? :) It was a great success! The … [Read more...]

Nutella Chocolate Cake

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This Nutella Chocolate Cake is a delicious combination of an incredibly moist chocolate cake and a sweet, delicious Nutella icing, all covered in chocolate ganache. Delish! So I mentioned Monday that I spent the weekend with my cousin who was due with her baby any day. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy last night, less than 48 hours after I left. I would have bet money it was going to be a girl and most of our family agreed. He's definitely a boy though and we can't wait to spoil him! I'm totally bummed I miss the birth though. You may or may not have read this post from September, but if you read it, then you know about the hubs and I's struggle with miscarriage and trying to conceive. I don't know if spending time with my cousin and her husband this weekend is what did it, or if I just am … [Read more...]

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

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Today I'm talking all about vanilla buttercream icing. It's something I feel strongly about and I get some regular questions about it, so I figure why not just chat about it a bit? It's one of the most important things to have a good basic vanilla buttercream, and I do mine a little differently than most. Let's start a by talking a little about how I arrived at my ideal vanilla icing. When I started making cakes about 4 years ago, I started by taking Wilton classes at a Michael's craft store. Taking that class and having to make icing was literally the very first time I'd made icing from scratch. Hard to believe, right? Fact. Wilton's recommended icing used all shortening. It was a very sweet icing, super thick and kind of...oily or something. Shortening can be that way. Not ideal. All … [Read more...]

Caramel Cream Cupcakes

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I have been a fan of Caramel Cream candies for as long as I can remember. Both the caramel and the cream take me to a happy place. These cupcakes do just that as well. With a brown sugar, browned butter cupcake, cream filling and caramel icing, these Caramel Cream Cupcakes are as sweet and delicious as the candy! I love them. :) So over the last week or so, we've be trying out different shades of light blue to finally paint our living room. We've been in our house for about 4 years and it was new when we bought it. We've yet to paint and we are finally getting on it. I'm telling you, picking a paint color is tough! We had little patches of about 8 different shades on one wall and I went back and forth many times. I finally picked a shade and the hubs is painting a wall at a time. He likes … [Read more...]

Anise Licorice Cupcakes

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I sure hope you’re a licorice lover because these cupcakes will rock your socks off! It’s all licorice, all the time with these babies. And aren’t they so cute with the little licorice gummy bear on top? They almost didn’t last long enough to make it on top of the cupcakes. So while not everyone is a licorice fan, our family definitely loves it. I didn’t like it as a kid, but now it’s easily one of my faves. Have you ever had the licorice candy mix? The one with little pieces that are like Good N Plenty, with the red, black and white pieces, and some pieces that are covered in sprinkles? My dad has been a lover of that mix for forever. He used to always have some hiding in his desk drawers in his home office. When I lived at home and had a craving for it, I’d go looking. Sometimes it was trying … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is super moist and a delicious way to eat your pumpkin. I hope you haven't had too much pumpkin yet, because you'll definitely want to try this! So you know how I mentioned almost a month ago that my phone broke and I was almost dying without it? Well I finally got my new one working on Tuesday night. We have phone insurance, but using it was not the most fun process and they sent me the wrong phone the first time. So it's taken a while, but I'm back in business! I finally have all my contacts again! Woohoo! Seriously, what did we do before cell phones? I know I was alive then and I remember not having them, but really - what did we do? Nutty. A co-worker was telling me a while back that his kids actually saw a pay phone recently and had to ask him what … [Read more...]

Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake

This Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake has all the cinnamon deliciousness of a cinnamon roll in cookie form, covered in a sweet vanilla glaze! And since cinnamon rolls are breakfast food, this cookie totally passes for breakfast too. ;) So we all have our things that we are a bit anal about, right? I think I have a few. But the one that the hubs makes fun of pretty much every night is my obsession with our sheets and covers on our bed. For some reason, our fitted sheet won't really ever stay in place. We've even tried different sheets and it's always the same. Every morning, it's moved around and wrinkly underneath me. So before we go to bed, I always fix it. Always. I've even made the hubs get out of bed after he's laid down so that I can fix it. After 5 years, he seems to finally be over being … [Read more...]

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