Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

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! This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is so flavorful! Moist, soft lemon-flavored cake with a huge and glorious almond streusel on top.

I am a huge fan of lemon. Lemon water, lemonade, lemon tea, lemon desserts.

But I really, really loathe savory lemon.

I know I’m weird. It’s not exactly ground-breaking information by this point.

Lemon chicken? Blech. Lemon pasta? NOPE. Squeezing lemon over fish & chips? Um, no.

There’s something about savory + lemon that just doesn’t do it for me. My love for lemon comes from lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon cookies, and lemon muffins. When mixed with sugar (or water), it’s so refreshing and zingy and utterly perfect. In fact, give me a lemon cake or cheesecake and I’d take it over a brownie any day.

That’s why I knew I had to make this Lemon Almond Crumb Cake for you guys because if you’re anything like me, you’re dying to bring a little zing to your life during these cold, wintry doldrums.

So this cake is a different spin on my Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake which I made a few years back. If you haven’t tried that version, it’s a must – but I love it during the breezy fall months personally.

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! The cake itself is a little more dense than the Apple Cinnamon version, but still every bit as flavorful. It’s studded with ribbons of lemon zest which gives it wonderful flavor and a lovely pop of color. Once the cake batter is in the pan, you’ll pile on your lemon almond streusel topping, which is basically what dreams are made of.

The streusel is filled with butter, brown sugar, a little flour, and slivered almonds which offer a great crunch and nuttiness. If almonds ain’t yo thang, try using pecans, walnuts, or even pistachios!

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! Once everything is baked and golden, you’ll drizzle it with a little glaze prepared with confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and a splash of vanilla. Easy, impressive and SO delicious!!

And if you must know, this will be the first thing I bake in my new apartment! (Well, besides the frozen pizza I baked last night, but that totally doesn’t count!)

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
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This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is fantastic! Moist, lemon-zest-studded cake topped with a buttery brown sugar and almond streusel and a lemon glaze.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE STREUSEL:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, melted
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 & ½ cups slivered almonds
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" round springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, prepare your streusel: combine the brown sugar, flour, lemon zest, melted butter, slivered almonds, and pinch salt together until clumps of streusel form. Set aside.
  3. To make the cake: Cream together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice. Beat in the sour cream, flour, baking powder & soda, salt and the lemon zest until a thick batter forms. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Top with all of the streusel. It will seem like a LOT of streusel, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, make the glaze. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cake before cutting into wedges.

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! I know it seems like a lot of ingredients, but I promise you – this crumb cake is beyond worth it!

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! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Perfect for kids and adults alike, this No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is a real winner! A Lucky Charms crust filled with a lusciously light & creamy marshmallow cheesecake. Great for St. Patty’s Day!

So. Online dating.

It is still the worst. 

“Try Tinder,” my friends said. “You’ll love it,” they said. “I’ve met so many cool people on there,” they said.

And who do I get? Hunters, shirtless dudes, and pictures of things you don’t want to know about.

Seriously? Why can’t I get matched with normal people? Are there still semi-normal people in this world? I don’t mean that they can’t be weird in some way, but can we cut it out with the pictures of dudes holding up animals they just killed? #umno

And there are SO many “couples” looking for “play mates” that I just may become a nun. Only half-joking. Mostly serious.

And don’t tell me “that’s just Tinder! Try somewhere else!” HONEY. Do you think I haven’t tried Match, Plenty of Fish, Bumble, OkCupid and eHarmony? I’ve tried them all except for Farmers Only, but I can’t even keep a plant alive and I don’t think fishing is fun so I’m pretty sure I don’t meet their qualifications.

IT’S CRAZY. CRAZINESS EVERYWHERE.

So congratulations if you met your sweetie on a dating site. I truly am happy for you! But your sweetie was literally the only viable option and the rest are lunatics in disguise. At least they make for great stories?

ANYWAY, I have been swiping until my fingers feel numb and no such luck. So it’s back to the drawing board, which means spending my time wisely by eating this No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake. Folks, it’s a divine one! Smooth, creamy, with that gooey, crunchy Lucky Charms crust… HEAVEN!

And no, I will NOT stop making cereal-crusted cheesecakes. Not unless you tell me to stop. (Pretty please don’t tell me to stop).

If you have kidlets, this would be super fun to make with them! Have them mix together the gooey marshmallows and cereal, or delegate them to pressing the cereal mixture into the pan. They can even sprinkle the cereal marshmallows on top of the finishing product… assuming you don’t eat all of those marshmallows!

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! This recipe does use a bag of cereal marshmallows which I found online at Amazon. If you don’t want to order an entire bag of cereal marshmallows (which… for many reasons, I understand), feel free to sprinkle on extra Lucky Charms cereal OR isolate the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal to sprinkle on top!

Now who wants to dive right in?

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare!

No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake
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This Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is heavenly! A gooey, crunchy, chewy Lucky Charms crust filled with a divine and light marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. A must-make!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR THE CHEESECAKE & TOPPING:
  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows for garnish
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 9" round springform pan and set aside. Meanwhile, pour the Lucky Charms into a large bowl.
  2. Melt the marshmallows, butter and pinch of salt together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour the hot marshmallow mixture evenly over the cereal and toss to coat completely. Pour the coated cereal into the prepared pan and use a greased glass to compact and press the cereal gently into an even layer. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the marshmallow fluff until combined, and then fold in the Cool Whip completely. Spread the marshmallow cheesecake mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows.

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Creamy, sweet, gooey and chewy, this cheesecake is a real winner in the flavor and texture department, and is sure to knock the socks off of adults and kids alike!

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Bailey’s Kentucky Butter Cake

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! Whether or not you’ve tried the original Best Butter Cake, you MUST try this Bailey’s version! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, or anytime you want a delectable cake!

Okay, so I may be a little ahead of myself, already posting a St. Patty’s Day recipe and all. But before you light your pitchforks, hear me out!

Writing these posts requires them to gain proper momentum in the internet world. Meaning, I basically have to make Christmas cookies before Halloween in order for anyone to notice or care by the time Christmas baking comes around. Capiche?

And also? I could not wait to share this cake with you!

This Bailey’s Kentucky Butter Cake is positively divine. It’s a homemade, from-scratch vanilla cake flavored with Bailey’s and LOTS of butter! After baking, the real magic happens: you pour on a homemade Bailey’s butter sauce and let it soak into the cake overnight. Lemme tell you, crazy wizardry basically happens and you’re left with this thick layer of solid gold. And everything’s made with Bailey’s, so of course it’s delicious.

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! Now – you can also make this completely non-alcoholic if you’re worried about that. Simply use Irish Creme coffee creamer throughout the whole recipe and you’ve got yourself a virgin cake! I really like International Delight’s Irish Creme Cafe creamer – not sponsored, but it’s my fave!

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! And one quick tip before we get to business: Make sure to THOROUGHLY grease your pan. Like, a lot a lot. Like, slather that sucker with shortening and dust it with flour until you can’t see the metal beneath anymore. #trust – this cake is a sucker to get out, but I promise that even if it comes out in pieces, it’s SO worth every bite!

Now who’s gonna make me another cake?

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! *adapted from my Butter Cake recipe

Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake
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This buttery, tender Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake has a promising name, and it delivers on the final product! Moist, fluffy and soaked in a delectable Bailey's butter sauce, it's perfect for St. Patty's Day... or anytime!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup Irish Creme coffee creamer
  • ¼ cup Bailey's Irish Liqueur
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • 4 eggs
  • FOR THE BUTTER SAUCE:
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp Bailey's (or to make it non-alcoholic, use the coffee creamer)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally grease and flour a 10 cup Bundt pan. I recommend using a generous layer of shortening and dust it lightly with flour. You really want this well greased!
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Meanwhile, combine the Irish creme coffee creamer and the Bailey's.
  3. Cream the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla and butter extracts, followed by the eggs, one at a time. Add ⅓ of the flour/sugar mixture, beating on low speed. Add in ⅓ of the Bailey's mixture, beating well to incorporate. Repeat with the flour mixture, followed by the Bailey's mixture, until a thick batter forms.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool for about 15 minutes, then poke holes all over the cake using a skewer or cake tester.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients and stir lightly over low heat until bubbly and melted. Pour the butter sauce evenly over the top of the cake, allowing the sauce to seep into the holes of the cake. Cool completely. Using a butter knife, gently run the knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake. Dust with powdered sugar.

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! This cake is moist, tender and fluffy and flavored deliciously with that distinctive Irish liqueur flavor! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day, or anytime you have a serious cake craving!

This Bailey's Kentucky Butter Cake is life-changing! Moist, tender, fluffy cake flavored with distinctive Irish Creme and soaked in a Bailey's butter sauce. So easy, very impressive to make and even more delicious than you think! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! Ultra rich, extremely decadent and super chocolaty, this Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake is one for the books!

So as dumb as this sounds, I didn’t realize how much stuff I have to pack for this whole moving-out business.

I have SO much crap.

I’ve been selling a lot of things on eBay and whatnot, and donating a ton of stuff, too. And there’s STILL a ton of crap!

Granted, I have a lot of food props – cake stands, miniature plates, an assortment of tarnished forks, and the like – ALL of which need to be bubble wrapped.

And who knew bubble wrap was so dang expensive!? Clearly I was ill-prepared for this whole moving business.

In between throwing old socks out and carefully wrapping cake stands, I’ve been stuffing my face copiously with this Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake. I know you guys are probably on diets with the whole New Year’s resolution business, and I respect that. That’s why this cake is just under 200 calories a slice. YOU ARE WELCOME.

But those of us who aren’t on diets, you will not be able to tell that this cake is somewhat diet-friendly. I promise you. There’s no dry, crumbly cake in sight and there’s certainly no fakeness, either. It’s all real-deal ingredients, ready for consumption and a lot of moaning at how delicious it is. What can I say? I aim to please.

So this cake recipe was inspired by a new cookbook I picked up recently called Incredibly Decadent Desserts by Deb Wise. It’s from the makers of Cooking Light Magazine, and normally I’m not a big diet person, but the cover (of what appears to be a thick slice of a s’mores concoction) won me over. And once I saw this recipe, the rest was history!

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! This cake is a cross between a brownie, a regular cake, and a molten lava cake in one decadent treat. It has the crackly top that everyone loves from brownies, a fluffy and moist cake texture, and the molten lava sauce built in. It’s truly a one-stop shop kinda dessert. (You’re doubly welcome).

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! And like I said, one piece (the pan yields about 9 pieces or so) clocks in at just about 200 calories, plus 1 Tablespoon of the sauce. Of course, you may want to add low-fat ice cream or froyo on top, but who am I to tell you how to live your life?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bubble wrap ALLTHETHINGS and eat ALLTHECAKE.

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! *adapted from Incredibly Decadent Desserts cookbook

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake
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This Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake is a cross between a brownie, a chocolate cake, and a molten lava cake in ONE decadent dessert!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 & ¼ cups strong HOT black coffee
  • Additional chocolate sauce, vanilla low-fat ice cream or vanilla fro-yo, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8" or 9" square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, ¼ cup of the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl until combined. Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla, stirring until just combined.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Batter will be very thick. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder and the brown sugar together in a small bowl until combined. Sprinkle this mixture liberally over the cake batter, covering it completely. It seems like a lot, but use it all! Then generously pour the hot strong black coffee over the top.
  4. Carefully bake for 23-28 minutes or until the top appears set and the edges are bubbly. Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve, making sure you spoon the sauce (on the bottom) over the top!

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! I guarantee that if you whip this up for your Valentine, they’re going to fall in love with you fast.

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! I’m not even kidding you – this is the BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting ever! Moist, tender, fluffy cake with a delectable frosting you have to try!

So today is my birthday – yay!

I am a whopping 26 years young. < I hate when people say that because I feel like I am old, not young, and this is why:

  • I go to bed by 9:30pm at the latest
  • I have to take my pills by 6:30pm or else I’ll suffer
  • I eat dinner around 4:30 every night
  • I have bad sciatica problems and often am seen clutching my sides and screaming “my HIPS!”
  • I’m an early riser
  • My knees literally make a crunching sound when I walk. They crack so loudly and crunchily that I can literally feel the crunch in my jowls. (Is that weird? Yes.)
  • I wear shower caps in the bath
  • I like pudding

I’m sure there are more reasons why I feel so damn old, but I can’t think of any, which is probably another reason why I feel old. *sigh*

ANYWAY. Today everyone in my family has to work, so I’m all alone (like every day) and the highlights of my day would be getting a massage in the evening, and buying two books that come out today. In other words, I’m getting CRUNK at 9am at Barnes & Noble.

I’m lame, I know. Don’t rub it in.

But you know what? I’m kind of glad I have a laid-back birthday, because sometimes there’s so much pressure on birthdays having to be these grand, extravagant things. Although I wouldn’t mind Tom Hiddleston taking me out for a drink later. (Call me, Tom).

The good news about all of this? I have CAKE! And I could not have asked for a better cake. Seriously, this stuff is better than a bakery cake. FOR REAL.

The cake recipe itself yields such a rich, decadent cake that’s moist and fluffy in texture with a tender crumb. You could feasibly eat this cake plain, it’s so moist and fabulous, but why would you skip out on fudge frosting?

And the frosting – Y’ALL HOLD ME. It’s so good. I ate a good several spatula-spoonfuls of it before frosting the cake and had to hold myself back from eating the whole bowl. It’s exactly what you need your frosting to be: fudgy, smooth, indulgent goodness.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Combine the two together and you have the world’s greatest cake, in my humble opinion. It really is that good.

Best of all, you can totally make this into a two-layer cake, cupcakes, or a Bundt cake, depending on how you prefer your cakes. I *almost* made this into a Bundt, but decided last minute on the ease of using a 9×13″ rectangular pan. I’ll leave some pan times in the recipe below!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Happy Birthday to me!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! *cake adapted from Hershey’s

The BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting
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This fudgy, outrageously delicious Chocolate Cake may be the BEST Chocolate Cake I've EVER had. Seriously! You've got to try it with this decadent fudge frosting, too.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (I like Rodelle's Organic Cocoa)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup HOT black coffee (make sure it's strong!)
  • FOR FUDGE FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces (1 small box) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Or, if using another pan, spray liberally with cooking spray (such as two 9" rounds, or a Bundt pan, or line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add in the oil, vanilla, buttermilk and eggs and beat on low speed until combined. Gently and slowly pour in the hot coffee until the batter comes together. Batter will be quite thin; this is okay.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the pan or pan(s) or cupcake liners. Bake the 9x13" rectangular pan for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely. (Other pan times will be at the end of this recipe).
  4. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine the cubed butter and chopped chocolate bar. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds, stirring until completely melted and smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and beat it on HIGH speed for 5-7 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy. It's easiest to do this in a stand mixer.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake and smooth out the top. Sprinkle liberally with sprinkles, if using. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set before cutting into slices.
  6. FOR CUPCAKES: Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. FOR BUNDT CAKE: Bake for 55-65 minutes.
  8. FOR TWO 9" ROUND CAKES: Bake for 25-30 minutes.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! This cake is just out of this world, you guys! I hope you love it as much as I do!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Moist, fluffy chocolate cake topped with a sky-high, sweet marshmallow buttercream frosting – these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are a can’t miss recipe for the winter season!

So California is having a week of rain.

And Californians are acting like Y2K is coming. Like, if Mother Nature even gave us one day of snow, we’d probably melt like the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz. 

And there’d probably still be some weirdo wearing cargo shorts and flip flops while it was snowing. (Side note: that irrationally grinds my gears, but I digress).

Californians can be so dramatic with the slightest of weather shifts. It’s raining for a week. We’re not having a hurricane. We’re in no threat of a tsunami. It’s seriously intermittent showers. I wouldn’t even use the term “downpour.” But natives have a colossal freak-out like it’s acid rain coming from the Gates of Hell.

Hello, Hollywood is in California. Of course we’re dramatic.

But during this non-torrential sprinkle of water falling from the sky, I bet I’m not going to be the only one cozying up by the fire and catching up on novels. I’ve gone a little Amazon-crazy the last few weeks ordering no less than 20 novels (not joking) to read when I’m done writing my book (which is soon! Yay!). I’m also going to use my newfound freedom to bake cupcakes, namely these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream. 

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! These cupcakes are one of my new favorites for a few reasons. One, the cupcake itself is super moist, fluffy, and extra chocolaty. It’s actually made with real hot cocoa powder in it to really ramp up that milky, creamy flavor. And the marshmallow buttercream is kinda sorta to-die for. Light, fluffy, sweet… it’s almost like a cloud sitting atop each cake.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! To really top it off, I sprinkled the tops with chocolate syrup and miniature marshmallow bits, which are teensy freeze-dried marshmallows you can find near the hot cocoa in the store. It just drives home that flavor, and they’re totally adorable to boot!

So whether it’s blizzard-ing, sunny, or kinda-raining, make these cupcakes this week and feel cozy no matter the weather 🙂

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream
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These Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are so perfect! Like little heavenly clouds and wonderful to make during the chilly winter months.
Ingredients
  • FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 & ¼ cups milk
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small instant hot cocoa packet (just the dry mix)
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) box instant dry chocolate pudding mix
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW BUTTERCREAM:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Miniature marshmallow bits and chocolate syrup for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 22 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, hot cocoa packet, and dry pudding mix together with an electric mixer until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Cream together the butter, marshmallow fluff, vanilla and salt together in a stand mixer until combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, alternating with the heavy cream until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with marshmallow bits and the chocolate syrup.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Moist, fluffy cakes topped with a sinfully sweet marshmallow buttercream… these cupcakes can’t be beat!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Buttercream

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery!These Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Buttercream are phenomenal! Moist, fluffy, airy cake flavored with real champagne topped with a luscious pink champagne buttercream frosting. Perfect for any festive occasion!

How was everyone’s Christmas and Hanukkah?

Hopefully you got exactly what you wanted, your great Uncle Ted didn’t embarrass you too much, and everyone got along swimmingly. But since you don’t live in Leave It To Beaver-land, I’m assuming one of those things did or didn’t happen. Hugs.

My Christmas was unusually good. Not that it’s ever bad per se, but everyone got along, no one was physically ill, and I truly think I made the best Christmas dinner yet! My turkey was moist and juicy, my mac & cheese wasn’t too soupy and my sister loved that I made vegetarian sides for her. (And if you’re over here like, wait, she can cook too!?, YES, I actually taught myself how to cook before I taught myself how to bake!)

And of course, there was a plethora of desserts available. Snowball Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Salted Caramel Butter Bars, Sugar Cream Pie and a Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake I whipped up on a whim. Needless to say, no one left hungry.

But now as we finish up the holiday season (hello, New Year!) I wanted to give you guys a couple of awesome New Year’s recipes in case you’re popular and were invited to parties. My invite may have gotten lost in the mail somewhere? I mean, it happens…

These Pink Champagne Cupcakes would be perfect for any festive occasion, but they’re totally perfect for New Year’s! Moist, fluffy, light cakes topped with a scrumptious pink champagne buttercream, a fresh raspberry and some gorgeous sparkling sugar for a beautiful cupcake that tastes as amazing as it looks.

Plus, no one needs to know how EASY they are to whip up! They taste like they came from some fancy schmancy bakery, I promise!

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery!First: let it be noted that I HIGHLY recommend you use a quality pink champagne. I’m not saying you have to buy a $50 bottle or anything (but if you’d like to, be my guest!). But I do recommend buying something you’d actually drink. As a rule of thumb, whenever cooking or baking with alcoholic beverages, always buy something you’d drink. If you won’t drink it, don’t cook with it!

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery!That said, I used this FABULOUS sparkling rose from Chandon, which is local to me (in Napa). They make excellent sparkling wines and I loved that this sparkling rose was just perfect in these cupcakes (and being consumed on the side while baking them 🙂 ).

Now, let’s toast to these cupcakes! Hip Hip Hooray!

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery!

Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Buttercream
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These Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Buttercream are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, light cupcakes flavored with champagne topped with an irresistible champagne buttercream frosting. Great for any festive occasion!
Ingredients
  • FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ¾ cup pink champagne (also known as sparkling rose. I used the kind by Chandon Winery, but whatever you prefer will work)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • FOR FROSTING & GARNISH:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp pink champagne
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 drops pink food coloring
  • Fresh raspberries and sprinkles (I used a pink sparkling sugar) for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 16 paper liners; set aside.
  2. Beat the cake mix, champagne, buttermilk, oil, and egg whites together with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until thoroughly combined. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling about ⅔ to ¾ths full.
  3. Bake for approx. 14-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and vanilla until whipped, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. In between additions of powdered sugar, add 1 Tablespoon heavy cream and 1 Tablespoon pink champagne and beat well. After the last powdered sugar addition, beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute until fluffy and light. Beat in the food coloring, if using.
  5. Frost or pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with a fresh raspberry and a sprinkling of sugar and sprinkles, if using. Store airtight in the fridge or at room temperature.
  6. NOTE: if frosting the cupcakes very high like I have in my photos, I suggest doubling the frosting.

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery!Fluffy, airy cupcakes topped with a boozy champagne buttercream… there is nothing better than these!

These PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES with PINK CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM are perfect for any festive occasion! Moist, light and fluffy champagne cupcakes topped with a scrumptious champagne buttercream. Easy, impressive and taste like they came from a fancy bakery! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a fantastic wintertime recipe! Warm, aromatic, moist cake flavored with molasses and spice flavors, topped with a chai whipped cream. Easy, flavorful, fabulous! Gingerbread is such a wonderful flavor for the season, and this Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is no exception! Warm, flavorful, aromatic gingerbread spices mixed with molasses in a moist cake topped with chai whipped cream.

Happy (almost) Christmas and Hanukkah, friends!

Are you excited?

I still can’t believe it’s only a few days away. When I was a kid, it’d seem like December 1st through 24th took FOREVER. The days would drag oooonnnn and ooooonnnnn and I would just close my eyes at night and will the days to fly on by so I could tear open my gifts.

Now I’m like, WAIIIIIIITTTT in a dramatic slow-mo voice because the days go by SO FAST. And there’s SO MUCH TO DO, Y’ALL.

For one, my house is a disaster zone and I’m hosting Christmas dinner. Yes, it’s only my grandma and uncles and they will hardly judge me if I didn’t dust on top of my fridge, but I still don’t need them to know we live like heathens.

I tried emailing a reputable cleaning company and they haven’t called or emailed me back. So I’m sitting by my phone and Inbox, checking it obsessively like they’re a boy I have a crush on and I’m waiting for a text. WHERE ARE YOU, CLEANING LADIES?! COME TO ME!

Second, I am up to my eyeballs in book writing and maintaining this here blog, not to mention being a functioning member of society (taking showers, attempting to look like a human, interacting with my three dogs and family members, etc) and I just realized I haven’t even sent out Christmas cards or made cookies for neighbors like I do every single year. And then I started thinking, will my neighbors think I’m mad at them if I don’t bring them cookies this year like I have EVERY YEAR for the past 6 years?! It’s not you, it’s me!

So now I’m just trying to balance it all, all while stuffing my face silly with this Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream. Can we just talk about this chai whipped cream real quick? It’s kinda sorta fabulous and I need it on everything from this point forward. Imagine it on hot chocolate!!! Can you even?!

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a fantastic wintertime recipe! Warm, aromatic, moist cake flavored with molasses and spice flavors, topped with a chai whipped cream. Easy, flavorful, fabulous! I would have posted this cake recipe sooner, but to be honest, I’d forgotten about it in the midst of trying not to scream my head off/decking the halls/listening to Jingle Bells on repeat, etc. But good thing gingerbread is kind of awesome enough to enjoy all winter, so come January, remember this recipe and make it!

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a fantastic wintertime recipe! Warm, aromatic, moist cake flavored with molasses and spice flavors, topped with a chai whipped cream. Easy, flavorful, fabulous! *adapted from here

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream
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This Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a wonderful wintertime recipe! Moist, fluffy cake flavored with warm, aromatic molasses and gingerbread spices, topped with a spicy whipped cream you'll want to eat straight from the bowl!
Ingredients
  • FOR CAKE:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • FOR CHAI WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9" springform pan with cooking spray; place a parchment round in the bottom of the pan and spray the parchment. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the molasses and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl, mixing well. Stream in half of the milk, mixing well to blend in. Add in the remaining dry ingredients, beating well, followed by the rest of the milk, beating to combine.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 27-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. To make the chai whipped cream, beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar together on HIGH speed for about 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add in the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves and beat until incorporated.
  6. Serve the cake with the chai whipped cream on top!

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a fantastic wintertime recipe! Warm, aromatic, moist cake flavored with molasses and spice flavors, topped with a chai whipped cream. Easy, flavorful, fabulous! Moist, fluffy, molasses-flavored cake topped with the most delicious and flavorful whipped cream you can imagine. You’ll love this wintry recipe!

Gingerbread Molasses Cake with Chai Whipped Cream is a fantastic wintertime recipe! Warm, aromatic, moist cake flavored with molasses and spice flavors, topped with a chai whipped cream. Easy, flavorful, fabulous! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Everyone’s had banana bread, but have you had Gingerbread Banana Bread?! Banana bread meets gingerbread in this awesome hybrid recipe, topped with a luscious cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast – why choose?!

Okay, so I’m going to be posting all this week because Christmas is imminent and I want to make sure you guys all have a chance to make these awesome Christmas recipes I keep churning out. So if you were one of those people who prefer one post a week, I’m sorry, but I’m about to overload your ish. #notsorry

SO. You know how some people eat cilantro and all they taste is soap?

I am not that person. I love cilantro. It courses through my veins. It’s my life blood. I would put it on everything savory if I could.

But I, unfortunately, have that genetic defect with ginger.

Whenever ginger is in my mouth’s presence, I instantly taste soap. Or perfume.

I long for the days when I can utilize ginger’s super powers. I have stomach problems regularly, and I know how good ginger is for upset stomachs. Ginger’s good for muscle pain, which I have often since I sit at a desk or am bending down to get pans all day long. Ginger fights cancer like a little ninja root badass. Ginger helps you lose weight, ginger will fight terrorism, ginger will save the world.

Ginger, ginger, ginger! < my Brady Bunch impression of Jan

But all I taste is… soapy perfume. Blech.

But maybe because I’m weird, sometimes I can bypass the perfumey taste if it’s masked with other spices, like in this bread. However, if you love and are BFFs with ginger (show off), you can totally ramp up the ginger flavor. I GET IT, OKAY?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! For me, however, this bread is just perfect. Just the right amount of spice in one moist, fluffy cake-bread topped with a lusciously smooth cream cheese icing. There is nothing better, I tell you!

Your mouth’s presence is about to be graced with greatness. Are you ready?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both!

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Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing
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This Gingerbread Banana Bread is fantastic! Moist, tender bread flavored with gingerbread spices and molasses and topped with a smooth & creamy cream cheese icing.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (I used plain, but vanilla works!)
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3-4 tsp ground ginger (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT dry vanilla pudding mix
  • FOR ICING:
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray. I recommend using a metal or disposable loaf pan as I find glass ones usually cook at different times. If you only have glass, that's okay, but your bread may take less time. Place the pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the softened butter and brown sugar with a spatula until combined. Mix in the eggs and yogurt, mixing well. Add in the banana, vanilla and molasses until blended. Mix in the spices, flour, baking soda, and salt until a thick but lumpy batter forms. Fold in the pudding mix (just the dry mix). Batter should be lumpy and do NOT overmix the batter, which leads to tough bread. Just make sure it's just about combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth out the top. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes, then tent the pan with foil and bake for another 25-35 minutes, checking at the 25 minute mark and adding time if needed. Bread will be done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Beat in the heavy cream to combine, then the powdered sugar until a soft, thick icing forms.
  5. Spread the icing on top of the bread and let set, about 10 minutes, before cutting into slices.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Spicy & sweet – this bread is loaded with traditional gingerbread flavors like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and molasses – but is mixed with sweet and tropical bananas for a fun twist on a classic breakfast staple! Done up with cream cheese icing, this bread feels more dessert-like and decadent, but hey, a perfectly acceptable breakfast, too.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! If you’re looking for a show-stopping Thanksgiving or Christmas Day brunch item, look no further! This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake can be made in advance and offers a tender, moist cake with juicy cranberries and crunchy walnut streusel.

I cannot even believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

How did this happen? Wasn’t my birthday (January 24) a few weeks ago? I could have sworn I was just in Portland a week or so ago (April). And now red and green everything is being shoved in my face and I’m already hearing Taylor Swift renditions of Christmas carols. WAIT UP, WORLD. I’M STILL IN EARLY 2016.

So, I suppose this begs the question: What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Every year, I beg and kick and scream to make Thanksgiving dinner because there’s something so lovely and Norman Rockwell-y about tying on an apron, chopping veggies for stuffing and basting a glorious bird all day long. Also, I’m a control freak and like to be in charge of how things are prepared. #bossy

But every year, my grandma also kicks and screams about making Thanksgiving dinner, and since she’s a grandma and has seen like, wars and stuff, I usually let her cook the dinner but insist on bringing sides… Coincidentally, all the sides I like to eat. But as usual, she always persists that she wants to make all of it but I draw the line at desserts. My grandma – bless her – is NOT a baker by any means, and ahem, I kinda sorta have a best-selling cookbook about DESSERT so it’s kinda mandatory that I bring dessert.

Even though she still buys a frozen pie. *facepalm* Where’s the wine?

So this year, as usual, I am delegated with the task of making desserts. And of course, since I am a control freak/the world’s most indecisive person, I will make no less than 4 different pies, and probably cookies, brownies/bars, and/or a cake. Because I like having options, okay!?

But since I also don’t have any other kitchen tasks and can make all my desserts ahead of time, I’m going to surprise my family (well, unless they read this) with this Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake again.

This cake is based off of my Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake (which you absolutely NEED to make!) but made with bright, zippy cranberries and crunchy walnuts in the inch-thick brown sugar streusel, then topped with a light orange glaze.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! It only looks complicated because it’s kinda sorta gorgeous. But I assure you, this couldn’t be simpler: you literally let the pan do the work for you! And the star of the show today is the springform pan. It’s essential for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, a tall-sided 9″ round cake pan should work.

Now get to feasting!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake
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This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake is so impressive and surprisingly easy to make! A real showstopper for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUMB:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FOR CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" round sprinform pan with cooking spray. Place a 9" parchment round in the bottom of the pan, then grease the parchment. Set aside.
  2. For the cake batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and sour cream; beat well. Lastly, add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. To make the streusel/crumb: In a large bowl, toss together the crumb ingredients until moistened and large crumbs form. Liberally drop crumb mixture over the cake batter, covering it completely. There will seem like a LOT of crumb, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cake, then release the cake from the pan and cut into slices.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Juicy, bright cranberries. Crunchy, buttery walnut streusel. Is there anything better?!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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