The Best Cotton Candy Cupcakes

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Calling all cotton candy lovers! The fluffy stuff is now in a moist & tender cupcake! These Cotton Candy Cupcakes taste just like the real deal and are a cinch to make.

Since I was a young little girl, I have always been obsessed with cotton candy and bubblegum flavored anything.

As a tween and teen, I’d beg my grandma to allow me and my best friend, Katrina, to walk up to the local yogurt shop with $5 so we could each get a sky-high snowcone with bubblegum and cotton candy syrup drenching every last ice crystal. We would slurp up the extra syrup until our teeth and tongues were blue and walk home giggling at our gross teeth.

And anytime I went to the California State Fair, I’d always have to get a gigantic bag of cotton candy. Who doesn’t love the stuff? It’s pure sugar! Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for hand-spun desserts.

A couple months ago, I was visiting Utah for a work-related thing and my friend took me to this shop called Orson Gygi. It’s basically a food and baking warehouse with everything. You can buy cake stands, party supplies, and 20lb bags of chocolate chips under one roof. It was basically my version of heaven, and I had only 20 minutes to shop before we were due at a dinner.

I raced down the chocolate and candy-making aisle first and instantly spied some Cotton Candy Flavoring. This stuff isn’t like your average vanilla extract – it is four times more potent than a traditional extract and is used for really powerfully flavored candies and things. But since extracts can get drowned out in a big batch of cupcake batter, I knew it’d be perfect for these Cotton Candy Cupcakes!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! You guys – these cupcakes are serious business. They are INSANELY SWEET, so don’t come back and tell me how sweet they were, ya hear? It’s a cupcake recipe inspired by a dessert that literally has no other ingredient other than pure sugar. What did you expect?

The cupcake itself is so moist and fluffy with a tender crumb and a beautiful swirl of baby blue and baby pink batters. Topped off with a cotton candy buttercream, sanding sugar, and a little cotton candy stick, it’s perfect for baby showers, summer sleepovers, or even a carnival-themed soiree!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Here’s to blue teeth and cotton candy summers!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY!

The Best Cotton Candy Cupcakes
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Cotton Candy Cupcakes: fun, unique cupcakes flavored just like cotton candy!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cotton candy flavoring
  • Pink and blue food coloring
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1 & ½ tsp cotton candy flavoring
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Blue and pink sanding sugar
  • Blue and pink cotton candy
  • Popsicle sticks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 18 paper liners; set aside. Meanwhile, prepare your cake batter: combine the cake mix, egg whites, oil, water, and cotton candy flavoring with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide the batter evenly among two bowls and tint each bowl with your desired shade of blue and pink (I only did one drop of coloring per bowl for a more pastel look).
  2. Evenly distribute the colors among each muffin cup, filling about ¾ full. Don't swirl the batters, just layer them. Swirling the batters together may muddy the colors.
  3. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, cream the butter, cotton candy flavoring and vanilla extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the confectioners' sugar, about one cup at a time, alternating with little streams of the heavy cream until the frosting is light and fluffy. Divide the frosting evenly among two bowls and tint each bowl with blue and pink until your desired shade has been achieved. (Again, I did one drop of each color).
  5. Using a pastry bag fixed with your desired tip, spoon some of the blue frosting down one side of the pastry bag. Spoon some of the pink frosting down the other side of the bag. It's okay if the frosting colors mix toward the tip portion of the bag; it'll just turn purple 🙂
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a sprinkling of blue and pink sanding sugar. To make the cotton candy sticks, rip off a small piece of cotton candy and attach it to the wet end of a popsicle stick (just stick the popsicle stick tip in a little water). Serve immediately with the cotton candy sticks, but keep in mind- cotton candy, once exposed to air, hardens quickly. It's best to make the cotton candy sticks immediately before serving.

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Fluffy, flavorful, true-blue (and pink!) Cotton Candy Cupcakes! Everyone of every age will flip for these fun summery cupcakes!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

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Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Flan is such an underrated dessert! Most people may be intimidated by this Mexican classic, but not anymore! This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines moist, rich chocolate cake and a light and sweet scratch-made flan on top!

I am so excited to be bringing you this recipe today!

Okay, so confession time: I’ve only had flan twice in my life, because generally speaking, I have a thing with texture. The first flan I experienced was only so-so, which gave it a bad rap in my eyes.

The second flan was at Red Iguana in Salt Lake City, Utah and it was INCREDIBLE. My friend Kalyn ordered a round of flan for the table and while at first I declined (from my prior not-so-fab-flan experience), a friend let me try a bite of hers and I was hooked. It was so delicious.

Ever since trying their heavenly, light-as-a-feather flan, I have been having flan thoughts on my mind. So this cake was a no brainer.

So, if you were like me and were once scorned by flan, give this a try and I promise you’ll be singing its praises in no time.

For everyone else: hi. I made you a Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! It’s perfect for those times when you can’t decide if you want rich, moist chocolate cake, or caramel-soaked vanilla flan. WHY NOT BOTH? I’m basically a magician, and any day, Vegas will be calling me for my own cooking show at the Hard Rock Hotel. I’M WAITING, VEGAS.

The cool thing about this cake is that it does something magical in the oven… by completely flipping the script – literally – going upside down. An acrobatic cake? Well, it is 2017 – what did you expect cakes to do in this new age?

After greasing the pan and pouring in your caramel sauce, you’ll make your chocolate cake batter and spread it all over the caramel sauce layer in the bottom of the Bundt pan (which, would be the top of the pan once flipped). Then you pour your flan liquid all over the chocolate cake layer, so the flan is on the bottom of the pan when flipped. Still with me? Good.

The cake bakes in a water bath which helps contribute to the flan’s silky-smooth texture. And during this baking process, the cake will float to the top of the pan (so, the bottom of the pan once flipped) and the flan will sink to the bottom of the pan (AKA, the top when flipped). PHEW. You with me?

So basically, when you bake and cool the flan and flip it out of the Bundt pan, it’ll look like this in all its mighty glory. Caramel, flan, chocolate cake. IT’S MAGIC.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Two things that make this magical Flan Cake extra special? Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract and Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa. As their newest brand ambassador, I am thrilled to use Rodelle’s products because I love them so much! The flavor is superior, the quality is unprecedented, and the company’s values are awesome. Win, win, win!

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! The flan gets its impeccable flavor from Rodelle’s Pure Vanilla Extract, which imparts such a wonderful, pure, unadulterated vanilla flavor to the dessert. And the Gourmet Baking Cocoa offers such a complex richness since it’s a European Dutch Process cocoa.

Am I making you hungry yet?

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! *cake adapted from Cook’s Country

Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake
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This Chocolate Flan Cake is an impressive dessert, boasting a rich chocolate cake bottom and a fluffy, silky-smooth vanilla flan on top!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup caramel sauce or ice cream topping
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa or other cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FOR THE FLAN:
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 & ½ cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Pour the caramel sauce in the bottom of the Bundt pan evenly. Set aside briefly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until blended. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe medium-size bowl, heat the chopped chocolate bar and butter together on HIGH power for 30 seconds. Stir, then heat again for another 30 seconds or until melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk the sugar into the melted chocolate mixture, and pour the melted chocolate mixture into the stand mixer bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat slowly, then stream in the whole milk. Beat until combined, followed by adding the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Pour the chocolate cake batter into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  4. In a large blender, add the flan ingredients and process for 1 minute or until thin and combined. Pour the flan mixture evenly over the chocolate cake batter in the pan; the pan will be very full. Carefully transfer the Bundt pan to a larger roasting pan and nestle it inside. Pour hot water into the roasting pan until it hits about halfway up the Bundt pan.
  5. Bake for approx. 75-90 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the cake and through the flan comes out clean. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at LEAST 8 hours, preferably overnight. This is MANDATORY.
  6. Just before serving, put the Bundt pan back into the roasting pan and add about 1-2 inches of hot tap water. Let sit in the water for about 1-2 minutes. Take a platter or cake stand and flip it upside down on top of the Bundt pan. Working quickly and carefully, invert the Bundt pan onto the cake stand/platter (whichever you're using) and let set for a second so all the caramel drips onto the flan cake. Remove the Bundt pan.
  7. Serve while cold and store leftovers covered in the fridge. Spoon any extra caramel in the Bundt pan over the top of the flan.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! This Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake would be excellent for a summer potluck or BBQ! The cold, smooth flan atop the moist and fluffy chocolate cake would be extra delish with a scoop of ice cream served with it!

For more information on Rodelle, be sure to visit their website, and check the #madewithrodelle hashtag on social media accounts to get tips, recipes, and more!

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the newest brand ambassador for Rodelle. All opinions are 100% my own and I was compensated for this post. Thank you to the brands that help keep my website afloat! 

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd! This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is made for serious banana pudding lovers! Moist, fluffy yellow cake filled with banana pudding, sliced bananas, and a freshly whipped cream. Garnished with crushed Nilla Wafers and bananas for a perfect, summery treat!

You guys – not even kidding you, but this may be one of my favorite cake recipes I’ve posted!

This cake is kinda sorta OUT. OF. CONTROL. And I am so happy with it!

The weather’s been so strange here in Sacramento as of late. Some days, it’s perfect – 70s and sunny with a little breeze, and I think about upping my lease for forever. Other days, it’s in the 100s and hotter than Satan’s armpit and I’m booking one-way flights to Seattle to live forever.

Either way, I’m still looking for a fun, easy, summery dessert to have after dinner… and lunch 🙂

Enter: this Banana Pudding Poke Cake. It consists of an easy yellow cake base, poked all over and drizzled with banana pudding. The freshly whipped cream on top is kinda the perfect accoutrement. All I need in life from this point forward is this cake. Mark my words, Single Men Who Are Trying To Date Me!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd! This cake is simple because it doctors up cake and pudding mixes to make something extraordinary and oh so divine. No one will know this moist, supremely fluffy, deliciously creamy cake was made with a box of cake mix – I promise. And if they do know, they won’t care because it. is. the. BOMB.

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd! So without further adieu, my friends – eat this cake STAT.

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
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This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is so sinfully rich and delicious! The creamy banana pudding filling & layer is SO GOOD. Everyone will be begging for seconds!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • FOR THE PUDDING FILLING:
  • 2 (3.4 oz) boxes instant banana pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • About 3-4 large bananas, sliced into coins
  • FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 1 & ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely crushed Nilla Wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool for about 30 minutes.
  2. Poke holes all over the cake with the end of a wooden spoon or using a skewer or fork. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the pudding mixes and cold milk until combined. Pour the banana pudding mixture evenly over the holes in the cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Place the sliced banana coins evenly over the top of the pudding layer on the cake. To make the whipped cream, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the whipping cream and confectioners' sugar on HIGH speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  4. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the crushed Nilla Wafers. Garnish with additional bananas just before serving. Store covered in the fridge, up to 2 days.

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd! That cold, creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding filling is to-die for, people! I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE this easy cake recipe!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake: an easy yet impressive cake recipe featuring a moist and fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy, silky-smooth banana pudding, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream! Perfect for spring and summertime and it feeds a crowd! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Unicorn Rainbow Cheesecake Bars

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! How fun are these Unicorn Cheesecake Bars!? Perfect for summertime, the latest unicorn craze, birthday parties, or for the unique person in your life!

Okay, so I’m totally (officially) hopping on the unicorn bandwagon with these cheesecake bars. Don’t blame me, blame society.

I totally understand the unicorn craze. It all started (for me) back in the 90’s when I was obsessed with procuring EVERY LAST PIECE OF LISA FRANK PARAPHERNALIA I could get my grubby child hands on. The colors! The magic! The stars! The fairies! The unicorns! I was a girl possessed.

The 90s were kind of the off-set of the unicorn craze, don’t you think? I mean, we had GEL BODY GLITTER, Y’ALL. That is no accident. Gel body glitter was laying the groundwork for a unicorn craze in 20 years. THANK YOU, BONNE BELL.

Plus, who doesn’t love stuff that’s glittery and magical and rainbow? People who hate life don’t like that stuff, so miserable people, this recipe isn’t for you. Also, people who don’t like food coloring probably won’t like these. MORE FOR ME.

But for everyone else, these bars are actually super easy to make and only look intimidating. I guarantee once you make them, you’ll be the star of every party you take them to. I also think when you show up to said parties with Unicorn Cheesecake Bars that you have a boombox on one shoulder and butterfly clips in your hair (yes, even you dudes). Also, I require that the boombox be playing “Genie in a Bottle” because THE 1990s WAS THE BEST DECADE. NO DISCUSSION.

Now, who wants to make some unicorn magic?

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! This recipe starts with a usual cheesecake recipe: graham cracker crust, creamy vanilla cheesecake. Toss together some graham cracker crumbs, a little suga’, and some butter until moistened. Press it into a foil-lined 9×13″ rectangular pan and bake it for a tad. While you bake it, whip up your cheesecake.

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! The cheesecake is just cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. The sour cream is mandatory and no, there’s no substitution for greatness. I mean, I guess you could use Greek yogurt if you’re trying to be healthy, but I don’t think unicorns eat healthfully. They eat confetti, which last time I checked probably has the same nutritional value as these bars. Just sayin’.

Once the cheesecake is whipped up, you’ll divide it among 4 bowls. Tint each bowl a different color. I went with pastels because they seem the most unicorn-ish to me, but bright colors would be fab! It’s a glorified horse; I don’t think it cares about your color choices.

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! Then plop (yes, that is the technical term) the colors at random on top of the crust. I alternated the colors so I didn’t have one giant blob of pink somewhere; I wanted everything to be scattered which gives it more of that rainbow marbled look. Once you’ve covered the crust with cheesecake batter, gently swirl the colors with a butter knife. Don’t swirl too much, though, as it may begin to muddy the colors some (this is especially true if you use brighter colors like orange and blue).

Bake it up and you get thisssssss.

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! Shine on, you crazy unicorns!

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd!

Unicorn Rainbow Cheesecake Bars
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These Unicorn Cheesecake Bars are SO MUCH FUN! After eating rainbow cheesecake, you'll never want to go back to plain cheesecake again!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
  • 3 (8 ounce) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream (full fat only)
  • Gel food colors: I used purple, yellow, pink, and a mint color, but any colors will work
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until combined and moistened. Pour the crust mixture into the prepared pan and gently pat down in an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. While the crust bakes, prepare your cheesecake filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides if needed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, followed by the sour cream. Beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds until creamy and smooth.
  4. Distribute the cheesecake batter evenly among four small bowls. Tint each bowl a different color - I made my colors pastel, but you can do brights! Drop spoonfuls of different colored batters around the pan, covering the bottom crust. I alternated with different colors so you don't have a huge portion in just one color; I wanted it more marbled and rainbow. Once all the batter is in the prepared pan, take a butter knife and gently swirl the colors together. Don't swirl too much, though; it may muddy the colors if you're using especially bright colors like orange and blue.
  5. Bake for approx. 35-45 minutes or until the top is just about set. It shouldn't be sloshing around in the pan. Cool to room temperature, then pop in the fridge for at least 4 hours or until sufficiently set and chilled.
  6. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkles!

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! Magical, beautiful, mystical cheesecake bars… made easy!

UNICORN Rainbow Cheesecake Bars are so much FUN and SO EASY to make - promise! Buttery graham cracker crust topped with a super light, fluffy and creamy vanilla rainbow cheesecake. A stunning, show-stopping dessert that feeds a crowd! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Best Fresh Strawberry Pie

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!

This is – hands down – the Best Fresh Strawberry Pie I’ve ever made or tasted before! A buttery, flaky pie crust filled to the brim with bright, juicy red strawberries and a sinfully sweet strawberry glaze. Whipped cream on top is mandatory!

Does anyone else watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise?

I am newly hooked on it, after watching Nick Viall’s season and cursing my way through the whole Corinne situation. And now, I’m loving Rachel’s season so far! She has a good pick of guys, that’s for sure. (Uh, minus the Whaboom/Whack-A-Mole/Wazzzup guy. He’s a little… medicated. Or rather, needs to be medicated).

It got me thinking: maybe should try out to be the next Bachelorette? I mean, can you imagine? The first plus-size, heavily tattooed, glasses-wearing person. I SMELL SOMETHING GROUND-BREAKING HERE. ABC producers, call me.

But then I wondered: what would our dates be? Please tell me the ABC producers come up with that stuff, because if it were up to me, we’d be bowling or going to Disneyland for every date. And actually, you can probably tell a lot about someone if they endure Disneyland with you. Screaming children, pushy stroller people, tourists galore, musty Pirates smell…

ACTUALLY THAT’S A GREAT IDEA.

Like this week’s relay race, you can have a Disneyland version. Obstacles include: Leap-frogging and/or javelining over a series of slow-moving strollers, pinning the right Mickey hat on the right kid, who can clean up a spilled Dole Whip the fastest, best end-of-roller-coaster-camera picture, most churros consumed in one sitting, who doesn’t toss their cookies on a broken and out-of-control Teacup… I’m sensing a really good date idea here, ABC! (Seriously, call me).

Also, are there requirements to being a Bachelorette? Like, is it required that we all have Michelle Obama-status arms like Rachel? Or that we all wear itty-bitty shorts a la JoJo? Can I spontaneously break out in song and dance? Am I allowed to wear tutus and Doc Martens?

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!Anyway, while I ponder my new life as a wannabe Bachelorette, I made myself (and you, duh) some Fresh Strawberry Pie to consume. It is BANANAS, y’all. (Er, well, BERRIES*).

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This pie is filled to the absolute brim with fresh, juicy, red strawberries and coated in a sweet and simple strawberry glaze which sweetens the pie a little but also helps keep it together and cut evenly. I chose to serve my strawberry pie in a classic pastry crust (which is pre-baked), but if you want to keep this entirely no-bake, use a graham cracker crust. Or, OOH! Maybe an Oreo cookie crust? GIRL YASS.

Whatever you do, make this pie and vote for your new fave Bachelorette (AKA me).

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!

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The Best Fresh Strawberry Pie
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This Fresh Strawberry Pie is loaded with bright, juicy strawberries and a sweet and simple glaze. So perfect for summertime!
Ingredients
  • One frozen 9" deep dish pie crust
  • One (6 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 & ½ cups water
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • For garnish: sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the frozen pie crust onto a cookie sheet, which will make it easier to remove from the oven. Prick holes all over the pie crust bottom and sides with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the gelatin, sugar, and cornstarch until combined. Add in the water and lemon zest, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for one minute exactly, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and bring the mixture to room temperature.
  3. Place all the berries into the pie crust shell. Pour the glaze evenly over the berries. Refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours. Serve with freshly whipped cream or whipped topping.

*adapted from Southern Dishes and Desserts magazine

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This pie is so flavorful with a hint of freshness from the lemon zest and filled with bountiful, beautiful berries! No summer cookout will be complete without this pie!

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Calling all ambrosia lovers! This No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is absolutely DIVINE. A cool & creamy cheesecake filled with fruit cocktail for a classic ambrosia flavor with a twist!

So confession: when I was making this pie, my family all rolled their eyes.

“Ambrosia is kind of… well, an oldie-timey recipe,” they said gently. “Like, only older people eat it,” they added. “I don’t think it’ll do well on your site.”

But because I’m an Aquarian I was like, thanks but no thanks for your opinion, I’m going rogue and making it anyway. Then I threw up a deuce and dropped an invisible mic while they all stared at me and wondered when the guys in white come to take me to an institution.

Growing up, we always had every holiday meal at my Grammie Pat’s house. And every. single. time. she made ambrosia. I didn’t know it as “ambrosia” though – just fruit salad, as Grammie called it. It wasn’t until I was older and received a kid’s cookbook that called it “ambrosia” and I was forever hooked on this fancy name for a not-so-fancy dish.

Sometimes Grammie would switch things up and make a mandarin orange ambrosia, or a pistachio one. Those admittedly weren’t my fave because they lacked the best part of an ambrosia: THE CHERRIES. DUH.

This pie has ALL the classic flavors of ambrosia into one unique pie that’s sure to please a crowd… and not just the more mature crowd, I promise!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Filled with fruit cocktail (with extra cherries, obvi), mandarin oranges, and pineapple, it’s creamy, cool, light & fluffy… and NO-BAKE which rocks since it’s warming up outside. I know ambrosia typically has marshmallows (at least Grammie Pat’s does!), but because I had already stuffed the insides of this cheesecake pie with fruit, I added the marshmallow creme to the whipped cream on top – oh yes I did. *invisible mic drop*

The result? Pure heaven. Grammie approves.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake!

No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie
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This Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is entirely no-bake and SO delicious! Perfect for spring and summertime, it's a fun twist on the original potluck dish.
Ingredients
  • One (9" round) prepared graham cracker or Nilla wafer crust
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can fruit cocktail, chopped & drained
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped & drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, chopped & drained
  • 4 oz crushed pineapple, drained (1/2 of an 8 ounce can)
  • ½ tub of Cool Whip, thawed (half of an 8-ounce tub)
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW WHIPPED CREAM:
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • Additional cherries, shredded coconut, pecans, or marshmallows for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Beat in the chopped fruit cocktail, chopped maraschino cherries, chopped mandarin oranges, and drained pineapple until combined, about 20 seconds. Lastly, fold in the whipped topping until combined.
  2. Spread the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set before serving.
  3. Before serving, make your marshmallow whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow creme and beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe the marshmallow whipped cream on top of the pie and garnish with additional fruit, nuts, marshmallows, if using. Store in the fridge.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! I love that this cheesecake pie is totally customizable! If you don’t like certain fruits in fruit cocktail, make your own blend! If your classic ambrosia had pecans, add those! It’s super easy and guaranteed to please!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Want more fruity desserts? Try these! 

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd!Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!Best Banana Pudding Pie

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars (Kuchen)

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! These Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars are so festive and fun any time of year, but especially for Memorial Day and Fourth of July! Similar to kuchen with swirls of cherries and blueberries!

I cannot believe it, but I went swimming for the first time in 10 years yesterday.

What brought on this monumental occasion? The fact that Sacramento hit 100 degrees already.

Meanwhile, I have friends in Minnesota who said it’s 46 and freezing there. So. Wanna trade me, Minneapolites?

A little back story real quick…

In junior high and high school, I used to dye my hair crazy rainbow colors. I had a new color about every month or two and it required severe bleaching of my entire head of hair every single time. Miraculously, my hair never felt damaged or fell out, even though my mom threatened that’d happen. (Still wasn’t worried; I was actually kinda excited for the possibility of wigs).

And because some of these dye jobs cost me (and my mom) quite a pretty penny, I never wanted to ruin my beautiful kaleidoscopic hair by dunking it in chlorine. So I spent summers avoiding the pool completely, because I found that once I waded in the pool without going under, I was more tempted to get my whole head wet, too. And dingy chlorine hair on pretty pastel pinks or vibrant purples was no bueno.

So even though my Grammie lived two doors down from us and had her very own (gorgeous) pool, I stayed away as if it were contaminated and preferred to cool down in an air-conditioned house.

But now that I live in an apartment complex and I have to pay for my own A/C *cries*, I wanted another way to cool down… so I took to the complex pool when no one was in it. It was nothing short of amazing, and I didn’t even go underwater (I’m platinum blonde now and not about to look like I dipped my hair in sewer water, thanks).

And now, if you need me, I’ll be lounging in the shade by the pool (if I’m not physically in the pool) for the rest of summertime. You know, with this attitude, I may actually enjoy the summer now… but don’t quote me yet 🙂

Since summer’s approaching, we’ve gotta start thinking backyard BBQs, pool parties, and the like. And with that (and Memorial Day/Fourth of July coming up), I figured these Red, White, and Blueberry Pie Bars were PERFECT to kick off the unofficial start of summah!

These bars are similar to cherry kuchen, which has a cakier texture than a pie-texture. These bars are a little more on the cakey side, but they’re still moist and chewy and delicious. They’re swirled with cherry and blueberry pie fillings and topped with a sweet lemony glaze.

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Oh, and they’re delicious and feed a crowd. WIN.

(Psst: they also taste great by the pool)

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! *adapted from Taste of Home

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Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars (Kuchen)
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These Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars combine the flavors of cherry and blueberry pie in one unique, hand-held bar! Great for feeding a crowd!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • One (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
  • ½ of a 21 oz can blueberry pie filling (see Note below for what to do with the rest!)
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt until creamy & fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the extracts. Lastly, beat in the flour. The dough will be VERY sticky.
  3. Spread 3 cups of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the cherry pie filling evenly. Dot the cherry pie surface with the blueberry pie filling and gently swirl together with the back of a spoon. Drop the remaining dough by the teaspoonfuls over the top of the fillings.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-37 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool completely in the pan.
  5. For the glaze, mix the confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, and lemon juice together until pourable. Pour over the tops of the bars before cutting into squares.
  6. NOTE: Use the remaining pie filling in the following ways (or eat it with a spoon!): blend into a milkshake (try vanilla ice cream with graham crackers), fold it in with Cool Whip or fresh whipped cream for a mousse, top an ice cream sundae with it, make mini pies with it, or swirl it into homemade ice cream!

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Festive, perfect for picnics or BBQs and delicious, these pie bars are sure to win everyone over!

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake From Scratch

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! This is the easiest and tastiest Homemade Funfetti Cake recipe you’ll try! Supremely moist, soft and fluffy, it’s studded with lots of colorful sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting.

It’s Friday! It’s Friday!

(Although if you’re like me, you don’t need me to remind you – you’ve had it counting down since last Sunday) 🙂

I love Fridays because they’re my days off, and I also love this one in particular because I have every intention of sitting by the pool, reading a stack of magazines, and drinking cucumber mint limeade that I found at Costco.

Score.

Yesterday I spent my day at the spa. Truth be told, I had kind of a hellish week and sometimes spa days are totally necessary for survival. Like, I think if I went one more day without a deep tissue massage, my back would have seized and I would have spent my weekend lying in the fetal position on the carpet. Which, not surprisingly is how I spend some weekends after I’ve been drinking. #YOLO

So yes: back to Operation Pool Day. I’m stoked. If you need me, you better bring me a sandwich and the latest Us Weekly. Will only reply for food.

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! So I’m going to leave you in good hands with this phenomenal Homemade Funfetti Cake. I’d been wanting to make a homemade funfetti cake from scratch and tried a few recipes before finding that this one was, well, the One. This recipe is supremely moist, soft, and fluffy and has a great crumb texture. You know how some homemade cakes are drier? This one is far from it!

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! And of course, it’s topped with a homemade creamy buttercream frosting, because that’s really the only way to do funfetti cake, amirightoramiright?

Cheers to the weekend!

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! *adapted from The Big Book of Cakes cookbook

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Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake From Scratch
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This Homemade Funfetti Cake is a dream! Supremely moist, soft, and fluffy with a tender crumb and filled with sprinkles! See the directions below for cooking times for different sized pans.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 & ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 & ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup rainbow jimmies
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 & ½ - 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional rainbow sprinkles for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray. (Likewise, you may also grease 2 (9") round pans.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in the butter and cream until just combined. Add in the milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and eggs slowly until a smooth batter forms. Fold in the sprinkles.
  3. Bake in the rectangular pan for 30-40 minutes or in the 2 round pans for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Cream the butter and vanilla extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with the heavy whipping cream until a soft, spreadable frosting is achieved. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake and top with the remaining sprinkles. Store cake covered, either at room temp or in the fridge.

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! I love how tender, sweet and delicious this homemade cake is! You’ll never want boxed Funfetti again! 🙂

This Homemade Funfetti Cake from scratch is so delicious! Moist, soft, fluffy with a tender crumb, this homemade vanilla cake is studded with sprinkles and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting! Great for feeding a crowd or just because! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

German Chocolate Cookie Cups

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are petite in size but mighty in flavor! Chocolate chip cookie cups are filled to the brim with homemade coconut pecan frosting with a drizzle of chocolate on top. Divine!

 

So it’s only been in recent times that I’ve tried and liked German Chocolate flavors.

It started when I was in a college class called “Food & Culture” which basically consisted of us learning about different cultures by trying said cultures’ food. So basically, if you were doing your assignment on China and didn’t bring Chinese food, you’d fail. Otherwise, you literally sat around eating different foods from different cultures and got an A+.

I loved college.

I represented Germany because – not to brag or anything – but I’m like, 1/8th German and wanted to ~connect to my roots~ or whatever. So basically I talked about German food, brought in braunschweiger (liver pate that my grandma used to feed me on saltine crackers) and… German chocolate cake.

… which is NOT German at all. Sigh.

But I got an A, so who really cares? But before I can finish, let me publicly apologize to the country of Germany by saying, I’m sorry I misrepresented your country with the wrong cake. I’ll do better. xo, Hayley

However, that fateful day launched my love affair with German chocolate cake, and I think I know why: it’s that FROSTING. That glorious, gooey coconut pecan frosting that tops the cake and makes me weak in the knees. That frosting is what was the basis for these German Chocolate Cookie Cups!

Originally, I wanted to make a chocolate cookie cup, but mine turned out dry and crumbly which is a no bueno anytime you are dealing with desserts. After brainstorming, I figured chocolate chip cookie dough would work just as well because it has chocolate, and because cookies topped with frosting are life-changing. So chocolate chip cookies it was!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! The frosting is homemade because really, there’s no substitutions. If you wanted you could use the canned version – I won’t judge – but the homemade kind is just lightyears ahead in the flavor department. Whatever’s your prerogative, baby.

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! Once the cookie cups bake up nice and cup-like, drop in some of that gooey, fabulous frosting. I finished my cookie cups with a pecan halve and a drizzle of chocolate because, duh.

Get yourself educated in these flavorful little dudes!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent!

German Chocolate Cookie Cups
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These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are so petite in size but mighty in flavor! The homemade coconut pecan frosting is out of this world!!
Ingredients
  • One (24-count) pkg refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • Additional pecan halves
  • Chocolate for drizzling (chocolate wafers melted, chocolate syrup drizzled, etc)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray. Place one cookie dough ball into each muffin cavity and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the centers appear set and the edges are golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes, then using the handle of a wooden spoon, make small indentations in the middle of each cookie cup. Cool completely.
  2. While cookies cool, make your frosting. Combine the evaporated milk, granulated sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter, and vanilla extract over medium heat until the butter melts. Bring the mixture to a small boil and stir constantly for 10-12 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped pecans and coconut. Cool the frosting for about 30 minutes.
  3. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the frosting into and on top of each cookie cup. Press a pecan half on top and drizzle with melted chocolate.

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! That gooey, buttery frosting is just to-die for, and the crispy, chewy cookie cup is the perfect vessel to enjoy it on!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd! These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are quite fantastic, if you ask me! A zesty lemon base topped with an outrageously gooey raspberry filling… So wonderful for summertime!

Sorry I’ve been MIA as of late! A lot of personal stuff has been going on (nothing unfortunate, thankfully!) and I needed a break after my Salt Lake City trip in which I learned how to make Facebook food videos. It was so helpful and informative, but man, I felt my brain start to slosh around up there after grueling 8-hour days of learning video editing software.

Also, I picked up a new hobby which has taken ALL OF MY TIME. Okay, I guess it was just for a present I made for my Mom’s birthday today (HBD, Mom!!) but it soon became my full-time job and I spent most of my days hunched over it, perfecting every last detail so it’d be perfect for her 50th birthday today. I’ll show ya a pic soon!

ANYWAY, I’m back with a vengeance and ready to spring into summertime recipes, so to speak. First up: these Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars, and boy, are they amazing!

Gooey bars are not new on this blog – I have so many variations and quite honestly, bars are one of my favorite things to make because it’s SO EASY. Line your pan, fill it up, bake, and then lift the finished product out of the pan. Clean-up’s a breeze and everything can be portioned out based on how many you need. Bars are a life-saver!

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd! But I wanted a super fun flavor I hadn’t made before, and that’s where this Raspberry Lemonade flavor came into play. Raspberries are so refreshing, and there’s nothing more summery than a tall iced glass of lemonade, so combining the two seemed like the perfect match made in dessert heaven.

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd! The filling is made with freeze-dried raspberries, which you can usually find on the nuts/dried fruit aisle at many grocery stores. Instead of making a fresh raspberry puree, which requires straining and cheesecloth and other things I do not have time for, freeze-dried raspberries offer that pure raspberry flavor and that color punch that’s so gorgeous. Combined with other delicious ingredients like confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, eggs, butter, and some lemon juice, it makes for a bright and zippy filling to these summery bars!

And dare I say, they’re perfect for a birthday… or a random Tuesday 🙂

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd!

Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars
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These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are so refreshing and perfect for the upcoming summer months!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BASE:
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • Zest of one lemon
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (1 oz) box raspberry gelatin
  • 1 (1.25 oz) pkg freeze-dried raspberries, pulverized into a fine dust
  • 1 (16 oz) box confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, melted butter, and lemon zest together until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the baking pan and set aside briefly.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the raspberry gelatin and the freeze-dried raspberry powder. Beat in the confectioners' sugar until well blended, and lastly, beat in the melted butter and lemon juice. Mixture should be smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the lemon cake base in the pan and bake for approx. 37-45 minutes or until the center is just about set (if it jiggles slightly, that's okay - the mixture will continue to cook as it cools down). Bring to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd! I love how fresh the freeze-dried raspberry filling is with a brightness from the lemon. And of course, that magenta color is so gorgeous!

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd! Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

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