Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

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This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! With layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers all topped with chocolate sauce, you will be in a chocolate coma after eating it. :) So you know what I don’t love? Jeans shopping. If I want to feel not so hot about myself, jeans shopping will surely do it. That must be why I usually wear my jeans until they start to have holes in them before I’m willing to go shopping for them again. I did a little jeans shopping on Sunday and Monday and the experience was as expected. I tried on mountains of jeans and barely found some that actually fit. Seriously, why is it that every. single. pair. fits differently. I could try on the same size of jeans but because they're different styles they’d all fit differently. Some big, … [Read more...]

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

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This Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake is a tasty combination of chocolate cake and strawberry and vanilla ice cream. It's reminiscent of the neapolitan ice cream sandwiches I ate as a kid and I didn't want to stop eating it. It's been a while since I've posted an ice cream cake. I figured it was time to fix that. After making my Neapolitan Millionaire Cake and being reminded of how tasty the flavor combination is, it seemed like the perfect new version to make. So on Friday night, a totally awful thing happened. My phone died. I dropped it and it cracked and it wouldn't turn on again. It was lost forever and along with all my info and ability to connect with the world. Ok, so that might be extreme, but I felt naked and disconnected. I'm so used to having everything right at my fingertips, it … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

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This Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is a perfect mix of moist chocolate cake and smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake. The combination of flavors and textures is delicious - even better than I expected! I think chocolate and pumpkin is my new favorite flavor combo. So after our trip, it has been good to be back in the gym the last couple of days. I hadn't worked out for almost a week, and I have absolutely no control when on vacay, so it has been much needed. The only problem is that I'm a bit sore. Not from the gym, but from the trip. My niece was really into doing handstands while were there and it reminded me not only of my younger self, but of my cheerleading days. I cheered competitively for 8 years and it had me missing it. So I made the brilliant decision to get up and do handstands … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Layer Cake

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This Caramel Apple Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar cake soaked with caramel sauce and cinnamon apples. And without a need to ice the cake (it's naked!), it's so easy to put together! It's also amazingly good and my second recipe for Apple Week! If you missed my first Apple Week recipe, check out my Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake here. And be sure to check out Julianne's recipe for today too - Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream! This cake is based on this recipe for a Salted Caramel Cake. I made it a while ago and it was HUGE hit! I thought it'd be perfect with apples and I've been wanting to make this fun new version ever since. This cake looks complicated, but there's actually just a number of steps involved. The main three phases are making the cake layers, the caramel sauce and the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Coconut Cake

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This Chocolate Coconut Cake was a huge hit! The chocolate cake is my favorite chocolate cake - it's moist for days and super chocolatey. And the coconut icing and toasted coconut is full of flavor and compliments the cake perfectly. If you saw my "Let's Chill" post from Labor Day, this is the cake with a slice missing that was sitting in the cake carrier with ice packs taped to it. :) I took it to the tailgate for the WVU vs. Alabama football game that weekend. It's not necessarily football food, but I was tasked with bringing sweets and since I'd made this, it was one of the things I brought. Despite not being inherently football food, it ended up being a big hit. Like I said, it's crazy moist and full of flavor. If you like chocolate and coconut together you will definitely love this cake! … [Read more...]

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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These Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting are a classic combination! The cupcake is moist and fluffy and the chocolate frosting is chocolate at it’s best! Plus, you only have to use one bowl! I made these for a birthday last week in our small group. This is the birthday girl’s favorite flavor combo. :) Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a white and yellow cake? Well there's a little difference in the color of the cake, which is a result of a difference in the eggs. In a white cake, it's only egg whites that are used. In a yellow cake, you'll have more egg yolks than egg whites. The yolks will give a little denser cake than a white cake, but it can also be moister. So the greatest thing happened Monday night while my parents were still in town from the weekend. You might have … [Read more...]

Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake

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This Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake is a totally decadent treat! Layers of brownies and eggless funfetti cake batter cookie dough are topped with a delicious chocolate ganache - and of course plenty of sprinkles! Get your big glass of milk ready! So in marriage, one of the things we have to learn to do is share. Problem is, sometimes sharing isn’t easy. And sometimes sharing means someone else loses - as in loses something. As is loses the nail clippers that you both share. And sometimes that seems to happen over and over and over. When that happens, there’s only one thing to do. Not share any longer. :) After going through countless nail clippers, we finally argued (jokingly) the other day about who keeps losing them. And of course we blame each other. And of … [Read more...]

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...]

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