Brownie Brittle Birthday Cake Icebox Cupcakes

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These Brownie Brittle Birthday Cake Icebox Cupcakes are a light and delicious treat! Plus, they're no bake and super easy to make. And aren't they so darn cute? When I was at the BlogHer Food Conference back in May, I had the pleasure of meeting some folks from Brownie Brittle. I was super pumped, because I hadn’t actually tried it before, but had been wanting to. It is some seriously tasty stuff! I kept grabbing more bags of it to bring home and let the hubs try it. It seriously tastes just like a crisp, chocolatey brownie. But possibly even better, because you can eat it like it’s a chip. Somehow that feels less guilty to me than an actual brownie. :) Plus there are four amazing flavors - chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, toffee and salted caramel. If you haven’t seem them in your grocery … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Swirl Ice Cream Cake

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This Hot Fudge Swirl Ice Cream Cake is a wonderful blend of cake and no churn ice cream! Chocolate and vanilla come together for this classic frozen dessert! Last night I had dinner with my dad and older brother’s family. We got on the subject on birthdays, as my dad’s birthday is Sunday and my nieces’ birthdays are coming up soon. My nieces will be 8 and 10. Naturally, I’m the designated cake maker so I asked them what they were considering for their cakes this year. Last year one had my chocolate cake and the other my carrot cake. The younger one always comes up with the craziest stuff and has requested a red jello mermaid - covered in chocolate icing. I couldn’t help but laugh. :) I think we might be able to talk her out of the icing, but it looks like I’m going to need a mermaid … [Read more...]

Triple Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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These Triple Peanut Butter Cupcakes are absolutely full of peanut butter! A peanut butter cupcake with mini reese's pieces and peanut butter chips mixed in is topped with peanut butter icing. A peanut butter lover's dream cupcake! So I mentioned last Friday that I was going with the hubs and in laws to check out a South African restaurant over the weekend. We ate at Ten Degrees South on Saturday night and were completely transported to South Africa! Ok, so that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it was very nostalgic for them and fun time for me. Not everything on the menu struck me as being super unique and different from things you might find here, but a couple things got them more excited than others for being more unique to South Africa and things they used to eat regularly. We … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

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I am totally in love with this Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake. The moist vanilla cake is made with BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers Cinnamon Dolce and soaked with an amazing butter cinnamon mixture, topped with vanilla icing. I couldn't get enough of it. I got to meet some people from BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers at the BlogHer Food conference in May and I was totally pumped to try their new coffee creamer flavors, both in my coffee and in baking. I love Baileys brand in general. I've always loved their creamers and Baileys liqueur. They've got three tasty new creamer flavors and the one I was most excited to try was the Cinnamon Dolce. I love me some cinnamon! And it was awe-some in my coffee! So when they sent me a few flavors to try, I new the cinnamon one would be the first I'd bake with. It took me … [Read more...]

Best Chocolate Cake

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This Chocolate Cake is seriously the best chocolate cake you’ll ever make. I absolutely love it. So moist and chocolatey! It totally turned me into a chocolate cake lover! And if you saw Monday’s post, then you know another giveaway is happening today to continue my 2 year blogiversary celebration! Today we are giving away a 16 GB Wifi iPad Mini! It's perfect for checking out my blog and following the recipes when you're ready to start baking. :) So be sure to enter below! Of course, if you'd rather, you also have the option of a $300 amazon gift card instead of the iPad Mini. And if you haven’t entered for the KitchenAid Mixer from Monday, be sure to enter here. So back to the chocolate cake. When I said that this cake turned me into a chocolate cake lover, were you wondering if I wasn’t before? … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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These Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes will rock your socks off! They might just be the moistest cupcakes I’ve ever made! The flavors are strong, but the overall cupcake is very light. So light, we were all eating them for breakfast. :) And today is a very exciting day on the blog! It was actually just over a week ago that I hit the two year mark since first hitting publish on this blog, but today we will finally begin to celebrate! I have an awesome KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Mixer giveaway going on starting today, and Wednesday you’ll have to be sure to come back because I’ll have another giveaway! I’ve teamed up with some great friends who are helping me celebrate! Ok, so I’m going to get sappy for a minute. Given that it’s a “blogiversary,” it feels like a great time to look back on the last two … [Read more...]

Smores Cupcakes

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These Smores Cupcakes are the jam! A super moist chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust, topped with a super light and airy marshmallow frosting! If you've been keeping up with Smores Week this week, then you've already seen my Smores Cheesecake and Smores Ice Cream Bars and you know that smores are all the rage this week! A bunch of us bloggers have gotten together to bring copious amounts of smores-inspired treats. To see what everyone else brought today, check out the bottom of the post. I'm sad to see Smores Week end, but I'm pretty pumped to end it with these cupcakes. So yesterday I had my 6 month check up/cleaning at the dentist. I know a lot of people hate the dentist, but I actually don't mind it. I've actually fallen asleep while getting my teeth cleaned before. No joke. And I … [Read more...]

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

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These Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes are a classic flavor combination! I used my favorite chocolate cupcake and topped it with a delicious raspberry icing that uses fresh raspberry puree. Delish! So you know how I mentioned last week that our air conditioning hasn't been up to par lately and we installed fans? Well we finally got someone out to the house yesterday to check things out. The hubs had a break from lessons and was able to be there, which was great. Turns out, we have a leak of the coolant, or whatever it's called, in the air conditioning unit. The good news is that it's still under warranty, so it can be replaced. The bad news is that he couldn't actually find where the leak was coming from and he has to find that before they can do whatever has to be done for the warranty. So … [Read more...]

Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake

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This Strawberry Dulce De Leche Cake is just heavenly! It may seem like an odd combo - until you taste it. It's made with layers of moist vanilla cake filled with dulce de leche, strawberries and vanilla buttercream. Yum! So the hubs was totally cracking me up yesterday morning: Since I started volunteering with the 2 year olds on Sunday mornings, the hubs and I's actual church service attendance has been a bit spotty. For a while we tried to go to the early service and then I stayed for the later one that I volunteered for. But eventually, the hubs took some Sunday morning lessons since that day and time was specifically requested. However a couple months ago, we finally attended service together again and it reminded us how much we enjoy that on our Sunday mornings. The hubs requested that we … [Read more...]

Lemon Cookie Cake

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This Lemon Cookie Cake is soft and chewy and has a lovely light lemon flavor! It’s topped with a lemon buttercream and is the perfect summer-y cookie cake! So summer tv is pretty lousy, am I right? There’s just not much on, with the exception of wonderful guilty pleasures like 'The Bachelorette'. To make up for the lack of interesting things to watch recently, I finally jumped onboard the Downton Abbey train. Hooked, I tell you! I finally finished the fourth season last night. Honestly, I found the end of the fourth season to not be nearly as exciting as the ends of seasons two and three, but certainly less depressing than the end of season three. When the hubs was out of town last weekend, I was constantly at war with myself over whether or not to bake or watch Downton Abbey. Most of the … [Read more...]