Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling

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These Moist Chocolate Cupcakes are only made more delicious by the ganache filling in the middle. They are moist, a little fluffy, a little dense and oh so chocolatey! And they got rave reviews. If there's one thing everyone loves, it's good, moist chocolate cupcakes. It's a necessity. I didn't even like chocolate cupcakes until I finally had a good one. And while I totally love this chocolate cake recipe and have used it time and time again as a cake and cupcakes, I've been wanting to make a chocolate version of my vanilla cupcake for a while and finally decided it was time. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it's all made it one bowl and is so easy to put together. It also uses regular ingredients that you normally have. I'm sometimes asked with the vanilla cupcakes if the … [Read more...]

M&M Basketball Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is covered in peanut butter M&Ms to make a super fun basketball cookie cake that is perfect for all the basketball watching coming up over the next month. One of my least favorite things is doing dishes. There are always so many of them. Dishwashers are a wonderful thing, but then there’s the sorting of the silverware as you take it out of the holder. Not my favorite. Yes, I know I’m sounding very lazy, but it’s the truth. The silverware can sometimes still be wet so then there's drying involved. I mean, really. And the hubs really doesn’t like dishes or emptying the dishwasher. In fact, he purposely avoids it. I finally asked him why he hated it so much the other day and he said it was the silverware sorting. Clearly a solution was needed for both of us. So … [Read more...]

Bananas Foster Layer Cake

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This Bananas Foster Layer Cake is a delicious combination of the wonderful flavors of banana foster. The soft cinnamon cake, the rum fosters sauce, the bananas, the rum fosters icing - it all comes together to make an amazing cake! Well, we had a lovely weekend. One of the things that stuck out in my mind a lot after the blog conference I went to last weekend was that I need to make more time for myself to relax and recharge a bit. Between working full time and all the work that goes into this blog, it's hard. It's so much easier said than done, but I'm making a big effort. First of all, the hubs got his notice that he will officially become a citizen Wednesday morning. YAY!!! We will be submitting his paperwork for his passport later that day. :) Then, the weather here was absolutely beautiful … [Read more...]

Samoa Cookie Cake

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This Samoa Cookie Cake is absolutely to die for! A moist and chewy sugar cookie is topped with chocolate ganache, gooey caramel filled with coconut, then drizzled with chocolate on top! It is soft, moist, gooey and even better than any Samoa Girl Scout cookie you’ve ever had! So if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen several photos of me having a great time out at the Food Blog Forum conference over the weekend. It was hosted at Walt Disney World and it was awesome! Such great info, so inspiring, great people and great fun. I’ll be telling you all about it soon. I left a day early and came over to Daytona Beach, FL - only about an hour from Orlando. My grandmother lives just a few minutes from the Daytona Speedway. She broke her arm back in December, so I came over to see her and help … [Read more...]

Funfetti Birthday Cake Icebox Cake

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This Funfetti Birthday Cake Icebox Cake is full of awesome birthday cake flavor! It has layers of golden birthday cake Oreos, cake batter pudding and cake batter whipped cream. It’s definitely a new favorite! So we found out late last week that the hubs’ citizenship has been approved! Yay! Now we are just waiting to find out when his ceremony date, which I like to call his graduation, will be. Then we can celebrate! We did little celebrating for another reason this weekend. We went to Charlotte to celebrate the birthday of one of the hubs’ college friends. They lived together for about 3 years in college and played college tennis together. Another one of their old teammates was there as well. It was a lot of fun and great to see everyone. What’s funny is that since the hubs and I have been … [Read more...]

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake really is the ultimate in cookie cakes! With three layers and three kinds of cookie, there is something for everyone to love. Speaking of love, I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. We aren't really into doing anything huge these days, seeing as it was our 12th Valentine's Day together. But the hubs dropped a not-so-subtle hint that it'd be nice if I didn't wake up and immediately start baking. So I decided to just not do anything blog related Saturday. I can't remember the last time I was actually at our house, in town, and I didn't at least do something. It was very nice, and yet it's hard for me to totally relax because I think of all the things that need to get done. One day I'm going to figure out how to totally unplug. Despite the super cold … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake

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This Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake starts with a layer of brownie topped with mini Reese's, then topped with a layer of peanut butter mousse, then a layer of chocolate mousse. It is rich, delicious, and yet light because of the mousse. Absolutely to die for! This cake was actually our dessert for Super Bowl Sunday last week. I had something else I was going to share with you today, but I just couldn't wait to give you guys this recipe! I think I mentioned that we had our small group over for the Super Bowl. Well, we had a birthday to celebrate and it was requested that it somehow involve Reese's. This cake is what I came up with. I've decided that I love the requests I get for this particular birthday. Last year, the inspiration was some kind of cannoli dessert and I made this Cannoli … [Read more...]

Chocolate Oreo Cake

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This Chocolate Oreo Cake is to die for! A moist chocolate cake full of Oreo icing! And not just any Oreo icing - it is FULL of crushed up Oreos. An Oreo lover’s dream. So you might remember that last year I mentioned that the hubs and I were going to South Africa, both to visit his family and for me to see the country. Well, we were supposed to go over Thanksgiving and into December, but ended up having to postpone the trip because of a delay with getting the hubs’ citizenship. It has taken a LOT longer than we expected based on some other people’s experiences, but finally the hubs has the final interview and test on Monday! We can’t wait for him to be done with it. Hopefully the finally “ceremony” where he’ll actually receive the citizenship won’t take too long - but of course we aren’t holding … [Read more...]

Banoffee Cupcakes

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I have been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn't wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They are so delicious and so fun - you have to make them! So yesterday, our church wrapped up a great first series for the beginning of the year. It basically turned the New Year's Resolution on its head and instead of asking what you can do to make yourself better, it asked what we could do to make the world better. It was basically all about the idea that if you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Often through doing for others, we grow so much more as people than when we focus on ourselves. Certainly there's nothing wrong with wanting to lose … [Read more...]

Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake

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So if you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of poke cakes. I love how easy they are and how they are soaked with yumminess and guaranteed to be moist for days. This Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake is no exception. A delicious red velvet cake is soaked with a combination of sweetened condensed milk and Nutella and then topped with a Nutella whipped cream! So the other day, the hubs and I were driving home and my car beeped at us to remind us that my one of my tires was still low on air. The beeping had started weeks ago, but we hadn't done anything about it yet. The hubs found a gas station with an air pump thingy (do those have a word?) and proceeded to fill up the tire. Here's the conversation that ensued when he got back in the car: Hubs: "Man, you're tire was really low. Like 10 PSI low. … [Read more...]

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