Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes

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These Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and full of flavor! With plenty of blueberries spread throughout, you get a wonderful combination of coconut and blueberry in every bite!So you may or may not have noticed my little mess up on Wednesday. I talked about Memorial Day (I've changed it now), but it hasn't actually happened yet. Strange, right?Well, truth is, that was written ahead of time. I am in South Africa (finally!) and scheduled several posts to go up while I'm away. I'd scheduled that post to run after Memorial Day, but then changed it and completely forgot. The sentiment is the same though. We'll be with family Monday and I know it'll be fun. :)Today though, we are going on a safari! Cross your fingers for us that we see lots of animals! We went on our first one last … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake - vanilla cake soaked with orange flavoring, with layers of vanilla and orange creamsicle ice cream! Such a fun twist on the classic popsicle!

This Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake is light, fruity and just like eating an orange creamsicle in ice cream cake form! It's been a long time in the making and I'm so excited to share it with you!I have always been a big fan of the classic orange creamsicle pop. That combination of orange and ice cream is just heavenly. It is and always will be a favorite. Probably in part because it reminds me of being a kid.I've been wanting to make an ice cream cake version of the pop for the longest time. I actually have an ongoing list of things I want to make but haven't quite figured out how I want to do them yet. This cake was on that list for a while.I finally decided to go for it!I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, cut in half, to make the layer of vanilla cake. It's a great, easy, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Poke Cake

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

This Chocolate Poke Cake is out of this world. SO chocolatey! So moist! Amazing. I dare you to try and keep your fork out of it.Poke cakes have quickly become one of my favorite things to make when I'm looking for an easy but delicious cake. I love a beautiful layered cake, but sometimes easy ones are the way to go. And since poke cakes are defined by the holes that are poked into it and filled with flavor, there are so many possibilities.It occurred to me that I didn't have a single chocolate poke cake on the blog and that seemed criminal. Chocolate is a necessity in all things, so I went full out - chocolate all the way. In every bite.I started with a devils food cake. I used a cake mix, but if you have a from scratch recipe you prefer, go for it. Sometimes boxes are a wonderful … [Read more...]

Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes

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These Strawberry Sundae Cupcakes are a moist vanilla cupcake topped with strawberry milkshake icing, then finished off with chocolate ganache, sprinkles and a cherry! Such a fun, delicious cupcake for spring and summer.So this past weekend I had a wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara with a great group of bloggers. Unfortunately my flight home was not so fun. American Airlines cancelled my morning flight before I even made it to the airport. The good part of that was that I got to hang out with my bloggy bestie Julianne for a little longer. The bad part was that the new flight they put me on would've had me leaving LAX at midnight and not getting home until the next day. #notokayI called to change the flight and got a super rude guy on the phone. I was able to get a different flight, but was still … [Read more...]

Raspberry Almond Poke Cake

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This Raspberry Almond Poke Cake is seriously delish! The cake has a wonderful almond flavor and is soaked with sweetened condensed milk and pureed raspberries, which make it a little sweet and a little tart. Then it’s topped of with a lightly almond whipped cream. Light, fruity and fun!Do you ever have an experience where you watch an old movie - one you’ve been watching since you were a kid - and realize so many things about it you never realized before?For example. As a kid, I used to watch Dirty Dancing all.the.time. I’m pretty sure I was like 2 when I started watching it. You might be thinking that’s waaaaay to young to watch that movie, but truthfully the only part I payed any attention to was the dancing. It’s still my favorite part.But now I know that there’s a whole other storyline … [Read more...]

Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella Cupcakes - Nutella in the cupcakes and frosting!

These Nutella Cupcakes are soft, moist and full of Nutella flavor - both in the cupcake and in the frosting. The cupcakes use only one bowl, so they are easy to make. They are finished off with a drizzle of Nutella and a slice of strawberry.We had a beautiful Easter weekend. I hope you did too! We watched my niece play some basketball, my mom came into town and we hung out with the family on Sunday.At my niece's basketball game, she asked me if I was bringing the carrot cake that they love so much for Easter the next day. Total #BadAunt moment. I had completely forgotten about how much they love that carrot cake and was totally unprepared. I'd been thinking so much about what regular food, i.e. not dessert, I was bringing that dessert totally slipped my mind. How does that even happen to me? I … [Read more...]

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

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This Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is so delicious and perfect for spring and summer! The vanilla cake is so soft and light, and the strawberry ice cream is creamy and so strawberry-y! With the beautiful strawberries on top and around the edge to finish it off, I'm in love.Fruit is kind of like nature's art. I mean think about it. Fruit, for the most part, is beautiful. It's so colorful. It comes in so many shapes and sizes. You can file it onto a cake and call it decorated. Beautiful.Plus, it delicious. If there's anything better than outer beauty, it's inner beauty. And inside most fruit, you find sweet delicious-ness. Double the beautiful.I'm poetic, I know.But seriously. I love decorating cakes and sweets with fruit. It's the easiest way to make a beautiful dessert that just screams fun … [Read more...]

Cannoli Icebox Cake

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This Cannoli Icebox Cake is so simple to make. With layers of graham crackers and cannoli filling, it makes a delicious and easy treat!We had a pretty uneventful weekend. It was busy and full of plenty of baking, but not particularly exciting. And yet, sometimes those are the weekends I love the most. The hubs and I enjoyed some nice time together.Our church actually streams the 11 o'clock service online and we decided to stay home and watch church from the comfort of our couch. After the weather has gotten into the 70s lately, it was in the 20s yesterday morning. Instead of braving the cold (we're wimps, I know), I made us a nice warm breakfast and then we watched church.It was really great message - you should totally check it out. It was about how God uses difficult times in our lives to … [Read more...]

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...]

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