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

Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. This Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is so flavorful, unique and INCREDIBLE! Easy, impressive, and quick to whip up, it’s a must-make!

This Valentine’s Day, I’d like a Valentine. This Valentine’s Day, I’d also like this Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. At least one of those will happen, and it isn’t the real-life male Valentine part.

You guys – online dating is bleak. I don’t know where you guys find your soulmate, because all I see is a literal sea of shirtless bathroom pics, vaping pictures (ugh), and/or dudes that I just know I shouldn’t even entertain. Ladies, you know the dudes I’m talking about.

I talked to a few guys, but found out they had some deal-breakers for me. I feel like every guy I’ve talked to with a modicum of interest has a deal-breaker! And believe me, they are BIG-TIME deal-breakers… not like, he likes the Cowboys or something… (though that would be a deal-breaker enough for my dad and brother).

Sigh.

Anyway, so if you need me on February 14th I’ll be eating my feelings with this cheesecake. Care to join me, fellow singletons?!

So. This cheesecake. It is INSANE.

It’s a riff off of my Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake recipe that I made last year, but this one has a strawberry cheesecake twist that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. Here’s the low-down: First, make your Rice Krispy Treat crust. Just make a batch of Rice Krispy Treats and instead of putting them into a rectangular pan, press them into a greased 9″ springform pan. The springform pan makes releasing the cheesecake SUPER easy! If you don’t have a springform pan, line a 9″ round cake pan with parchment and use the parchment to lift the cheesecake out once it’s done. Your cheesecake crust may be thicker since cake pans aren’t as high up the sides as springform pans are.

Let the crust set for about 30 minutes, then make your filling!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. For the filling, cream together some cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and strawberry jam/preserves until creamy. Fold in marshmallow creme/fluff and Cool Whip, then spread this glorious mixture into the crust and smooth out the top. The hardest part – by far – is waiting for it to set (about 1-2 hours) before cutting into slices. If you want to get fancy, top it off with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. You know, for prosperity or something.

Now whatever you do, make this immediately!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries.

Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
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This Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is AWESOME. Crunchy, crisp, creamy and smooth, it's a unique treat that's sure to please everyone!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 5 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (10 oz) bag miniature marshmallows
  • FOR CHEESECAKE & GARNISH:
  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup seedless strawberry preserves/jam
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and sliced strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease a 9" springform pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together until smooth and bubbly. Pour into a large bowl with the cereal and toss to combine. Pour the coated cereal mixture into the prepared pan and use the bottom of a greased drinking glass to gently press and compact the cereal mixture into the pan and up the sides to create the crust. Let set for 30 minutes.
  3. Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and strawberry preserves until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the marshmallow fluff to combine, and then fold in the Cool Whip until fluffy. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish the cheesecake with additional whipped cream and sliced strawberries, if desired.

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. A crunchy, gooey crust with a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling… this cheesecake may be my new favorite dessert ever!!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Soft, chewy and totally rich, these Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are delightful! Super simple to make and easy to decorate for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday!

I love recipes that can be made holiday-ish or made for everyday consumption.

In the past, I was all about completely unique desserts using seasonal ingredients like Cadbury eggs or the flavor-of-the-moment Oreos. But I realize not everyone has access to those ingredients, which renders basically the whole recipe useless.

So now, I love making what we bloggers call “evergreen content.” This basically means it’s content that never really goes out of style year after year, or even within the seasons. And these Red Velvet Brownies most certainly fit that bill!

These guys have been the bane of my existence, to be frank. I have made like three or four batches of them before finally liking this recipe best. The first one was totally my fault – I goofed and added like 3/4 cup of cocoa powder to the batter, yielding a, well, brownie. No red in sight. The next batch, I added less cocoa but still too much for a red velvet color. And the third one I underbaked, because I still do that, people.

Finally, fourth time being the charm, I nailed it. And I think you’ll agree!

These are so soft, chewy and moist and flavored with all that red velvet goodness. They have just a touch of cocoa powder to give it that oomph without it being a full-on chocolate brownie. And of course, the red color is GORGEOUS! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas… or a random Thursday 🙂

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! But because I can’t leave anything be, I added a cream cheese frosting. (Because duh). It is so creamy, dreamy and smooth and totally drives home the red velvet flavor in these bars.

Mouth, prepare to be amazed.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! *adapted from my blondie recipe

4.5 from 2 reviews
Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
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These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are awesome! Soft, chewy, fudgy and moist, they're topped with a decadently smooth cream cheese icing. Yum!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BROWNIES:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce (one bottle) red food coloring
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE ICING:
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Let cool for 5 minutes, then whisk in the brown sugar until combined. Quickly whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda, flour and red food coloring until a soft batter comes together. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  3. Bake for approx. 22-27 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: Beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the powdered sugar until frosting is spreadable and light.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled brownies in an even layer. If using, top with sprinkles. Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours to set.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! I hope you love the Red Velvet Brownies as much as I did! They went FAST in my house!

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is exceptional! A fudgy brownie bottom topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding and topped with chocolate sauce. Decadent, divine, and oh so delicious!

Y’all – I am DONE with my book!

Where’s my flute of champagne?!

I am so so so glad I’m finished, but also kind of sad. I guess it’s like when you’re pregnant and you have the baby. You miss being pregnant, but you’re also like thank god it’s out of me so I can have my body back. Except replace “baby” with “book” and “body” with “life.”

And now I can slightly have my life back again, which means I can dip my feet yet again in the online dating world, or go on a vacation or drink champagne starting at noon daily because I’m done, y’all.

Of course, there’s still editing to do and whatnot, but that’s okay. The bulk of the work is over and for that I’m eternally grateful. Also, I’m never writing 2 books in 1 year again. (Ask me in 2018 and I guarantee I’ll do it again).

So now that the book writing’s over and the holidays have passed, it’s time to start shoving Valentine’s Day in yo faces. (Sorry not sorry!!)

And the perfect way to segue into Valentine’s Day is by giving you the recipe for this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie. Let me just say: it’s awesome!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!I have a recipe very similar to this one in my new book, and my book recipe had me thinking – there are a lot of different flavor combinations here besides the one I used! And because of Valentine’s Day, I figured strawberry was an appropriate choice… and boy, was I right!

First, you bake your brownie. It’s essential to use an 8×8″ pan size pouch of brownie mix here. If you can’t find that, measure out about 2 cups brownie mix and add your ingredients (I’ll post the measurements in the recipe below!!)

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Bake your brownie and let it cool. Then, whip up your strawberry pudding layer. It’s literally strawberry pudding mix + milk. Then fold in some whipped cream (or Cool Whip if you fancy like me) and spread that goodness over the brownie layer.

The hardest part is letting this bad boy refrigerate for a few hours to set and get all purty and fab. But once it’s ready to cut, just try not to face plant it.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie
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This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is FANTASTIC! A fudgy brownie bottom, a fluffy & light strawberry pudding layer and it's topped off with chocolate covered strawberries and fresh whipped cream. So stunning and fabulous!
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 1 8x8" brownie mix pouch (See Note below), plus ingredients on back of pouch
  • 1 3.9 ounce box instant strawberry pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 6 chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Chocolate syrup
  • NOTE: If you cannot find the 8x8" pouch of brownie mix, use 2 cups of a fudge brownie mix and mix in ⅓ cup oil, 2 Tbsp water, and 1 egg)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the deep dish frozen pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet and prick the pie crust all over the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions, or see the note above. Pour the brownie batter into the pie crust and smooth out the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Whisk together the dry pudding mix and milk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ths of the Cool Whip until fluffy and light. Pour the strawberry mixture on top of the brownie layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate the pie for at least 6 hours or until set.
  5. Just before serving, pipe or dollop the remaining Cool Whip around the perimeter of the pie and garnish with the chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate syrup.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Fudgy, sweet, chocolaty and bursting with juicy strawberry flavor, this pie will be your Valentine!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Sorbet Champagne Floats (With Non-Alcoholic Version)

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat! These Sorbet Champagne Floats are a wonderful treat to whip up for your New Year’s festivities! Only 2 ingredients, SUPER easy, customizable & can be made virgin, too!

I can’t even believe that 2017 is almost here.

But I also am like, hurry the hell up because 2016 kind of sucked. Can we all agree?

Sure, there were great parts: my first cookbook, Out of the Box Desserts, was published and became a best-seller. (Thank you! Hugs!!). And, um, Lush had their BOGO sale, so there’s that. And uh… I made these Sorbet Champagne Floats?

Sorry. 2016 was a little dismal. So many wonderful lives lost from the entertainment & arts community, a crazy election, and the list goes on. To say I’m a little excited for 2017 is an understatement!

So if you’re having a NYE party or are going to a NYE party, may I suggest whipping these Sorbet Champagne Floats up? They’ll instantly perk up any party!

These floats could. not. be. easier. I promise! There’s no cooking involved, no real preparation. The hardest part is removing the champagne cork if you have terrible hand-eye coordination like I do. If you aren’t a total dork wielding a champagne weapon, you’ll be fine. Yay for being self-sufficient!

I used Barefoot Bubbly because I happen to like Barefoot wines quite well, and okay, fine – it was on sale and I like sale wines even more than I like name-brand wines. You can use whatever champagne or sparkling wine you prefer! This would work swimmingly with sparkling rose/pink champagne, cava, or prosecco, too! YOU DO YOU.

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat! Then find some yummy sorbet flavors. I used Roman Raspberry and Blood Orange from the brand Talenti because again, sale. Just make sure it’s a sorbet and not ice cream, because melty cream and champagne don’t sound good together. Personally, I think these floats would be stellar with a lemon or strawberry sorbet, too! (Strawberry sorbet + sparkling rose is BEGGING YOU TO MAKE IT!!)

I topped my floats with fresh fruit that corresponded with the sorbet flavors, but this is totally optional. It just drives home the sorbet flavor and makes it look pretty. Don’t get mad at me and complain these floats are actually 3 ingredients – I promise I can do math. 🙂

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat! TO MAKE THESE “VIRGIN” CHAMPAGNE FLOATS, simply use sparkling juice, such as Martinelli’s brand, or sparkling soda. You can now find amazing flavors for either the sparkling juice or sparkling soda, such as pomegranate, apple, plum, pear, and more. Choose whatever you think will go best with your sorbet flavor.

Scoop out the sorbet into a glass, pop the bubbly, top it off and toss in some fresh fruit. DONE & DONE. You’re welcome!

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Sorbet Champagne Floats (With Non-Alcoholic Version)
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These Sorbet Champagne Floats are incredible! Bubbly, fizzy and packed with fresh fruit sorbet for a fun punch of color and flavor.
Ingredients
  • Cold Champagne (or sparkling rose, prosecco, cava, or any other sparkling wine from any brand of your preference. Here I used Barefoot Bubbly, but Chandon is another stellar brand)
  • Sorbet (any flavor you prefer. I used Roman Raspberry and Blood Orange from the brand Talenti. Strawberry, lemon, or blackberry sorbet would also be amazing).
  • Fresh fruit that corresponds with sorbet flavors, optional
Instructions
  1. Scoop about ¼th - ½ cup of sorbet into each flute or glass. I used a 2-ounce cookie dough scoop to scoop perfectly round balls of sorbet. Top with champagne or sparkling wine of your choice and garnish with fresh fruit. Serve immediately.
  2. TO MAKE THIS NON-ALCOHOLIC: Simply use sparkling juice in place of the champagne. I like Martinelli's!

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat! Easy, fast and impressive, I hope these fabulous Sorbet Champagne Floats make an appearance on your NYE table!

These 2-Ingredient Sorbet Champagne Floats are so easy, impressive, and such a crowd-pleaser! Mix and match your favorite sparkling wine or champagne with fruity sorbet flavors and fresh fruit for a truly custom party treat! 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

Cherry Almond Cupcakes

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box! I am the worst music-listener ever.

First, I listen to the same songs over and over and over. Like, if we still used records, my records would be tore up. Seriously, it’s like the songs are going away tomorrow and I have to listen to them repeatedly in order to preserve them in my memory forever.

Second, I hate finding new music to listen to. It’s one of my least favorite tasks, up there with putting socks on damp feet and emptying the dishwasher. I just feel like, if I find a new artist or album and listen to the whole thing and hate it, it would be a huge waste of time, you know? And right now, my time is money… writing a cookbook is taking up every last second of free-time (and non-free-time), so I just don’t have the energy to seek out a new artist.

But why don’t you play a new album while you’re baking, you ask? Because if I don’t know what to expect, I’m way off my game. I’ll start burning stuff, under-beating batter, and tripping all over myself because of this new ambiance that I’m not used to. It’s like I have to bake to what I know in order to be in my “element.” (Also things in my “element”: a stack of magazines, joggers, and powdered sugar in every crevice).

And third, I always fall victim to the latest hits, anyway. I only had to hear Fifth Harmony’s ‘Worth It’ one time before that song permanently etched itself into my brain. So if it’s catchy, poppy, and plays in Hershey’s commercials, you know I’m guaranteed to listen to it really loud while no one’s home. And maybe imitate the choreography. Maybe.

Anyway, let’s talk about these spectacular Cherry Almond Cupcakes. I happen to love the combination of cherry and almond together – it’s sweet, fruity, and totally delicious. These cupcakes start with a cherry chip cake mix – a flavor I often forget about, admittedly – which gives a great cherry base to these cupcakes. Then the frosting is where the almond comes into play – thick, light, luscious sweet almond flavor. Top it off with a maraschino cherry and voila! Instant happiness.

While these cupcakes are perfect year-round, they would be especially great for Valentine’s Day! Top it with festive sprinkles or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to complete the look.

Enjoy!!

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box!

Cherry Almond Cupcakes
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These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, fruity and utterly delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 box cherry chip cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small box instant dry vanilla pudding mix
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp almond extract (more or less depending on your preferences)
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cavities with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs, pudding mix and maraschino cherry juice with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until combined. Portion evenly among muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  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, beat together the butter, vanilla, and almond extract until creamy. Alternate adding one cup of the powdered sugar and a little of the heavy cream until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes (if piping, you may want to double the frosting batch). Top with a maraschino cherry. Serve!

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box! Sweet, light, and perfect for any day, you’ll love these cupcakes!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year! I’m so excited to bring this Strawberry Shortcake Fluff recipe to you guys today! It’s in partnership with Lucky Leaf – I’m a brand ambassador for them this year and I am so stoked!

Lucky Leaf is all about celebrating everyday, and this fluff is all about that life, too. It comes together in minutes, only needs an hour to chill, and starts off with a can of Lucky Leaf’s Strawberry Premium Fruit Filling & Topping… which happens to be one of my favorite flavors in their line-up.

This idea came to me because my Grandma Pat, whom I lovingly call “Grammie”, always makes fluff salads of some kind for holiday dinners and parties. Her usual staple is a classic fruit cocktail fluff, but sometimes she’ll jazz things up with a mandarin orange fluff or even pistachio fluff.

And if you haven’t been invited to one of Grammie’s parties, or you just haven’t had an older lady make you a fluff salad, it basically consists of fruit (canned, fruit topping, fresh), Cool Whip, and sweetened condensed milk all whisked together, and usually with added ingredients. Today’s fluff salad features strawberry fruit filling & topping, sweetened condensed milk, Cool Whip, miniature marshmallows, and pound cake pieces for that irresistible, unmistakable strawberry shortcake flavor!

Plus, I heard Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching, and this would be a nice alternative to a box of chocolates. Just sayin’.

And if you have kiddos at home, this would be such a fun dessert to make with them! Have them get involved in folding together the ingredients… or sampling every component for quality control 🙂

Either way, you guys have to give this fluff salad a try. (Oh, and bee tee dubs, I have NO idea why it’s called a ‘salad.’ Except that it’s the bestsaladever because it doesn’t have lettuce.)

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year!

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff
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This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad is a delightful no-bake treat that comes together in minutes and tastes fantastic!! Perfect for any day, any time of year!
Ingredients
  • 1 can (21 oz) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling & Topping
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ loaf (about 2 cups) frozen pound cake, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Sprinkles, for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Lucky Leaf Strawberry Fruit Topping, the condensed milk, and the Cool Whip until combined. Fold in the pound cake cubes and the miniature marshmallows.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for about an hour to set up.
  3. Dish it up and serve! Garnish with sprinkles if desired.

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year! Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and stay tuned for more delicious recipes with them! And for more recipes, check out their website!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Lucky Leaf this year. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog!

Soft-Baked Frosted Almond Sugar Cookies

These Soft-Baked Almond Sugar Cookies are irresistibly soft, tender and so easy to make! Keep this recipe for any special occasion when you're craving buttery, sweet almond sugar cookies! You guys – these Soft-Baked Frosted Almond Sugar Cookies. I can’t even.

So Valentine’s Day is coming up – do you have any plans?

I do not. Like, not in the least. I’m not dating anyone, I don’t have any friends, and my only Valentine’s are my dogs and they couldn’t care less about the day.

But I still like to celebrate, even if I’m hopelessly alone. Okay, not hopelessly. More like “forever single.” And in a weird way, I’m kind of okay with that. If my soulmate is out there, he either A) died, or B) probably realized he was gay. And that’s totally cool! I’m perfectly happy being a spinster forever, as long as I can have no less than 10 dogs at any given time…

…and the ability to eat whatever I want without judgment. Or wear sweats to bed instead of cute pajamas.

So this year, if we’re being honest, I’ll probably watch Criminal Minds reruns while spoon-feeding myself Ben & Jerry’s sandwiched between these cookies because you only live once and I don’t have anyone to impress. SCORE.

These Soft-Baked Almond Sugar Cookies are irresistibly soft, tender and so easy to make! Keep this recipe for any special occasion when you're craving buttery, sweet almond sugar cookies! These cookies are so buttery, rich and delicious and have a delicately sweet almond flavor in the dough. The cookies themselves are pillowy soft and tender, creating the perfect base for the vanilla buttercream frosting. These taste a lot like those store-bought Lofthouse cookies but with a sweet almond flavor!

Make ’em for yourself. Or for your Valentine. Or for a Monday in February. You won’t be disappointed!

These Soft-Baked Almond Sugar Cookies are irresistibly soft, tender and so easy to make! Keep this recipe for any special occasion when you're craving buttery, sweet almond sugar cookies! *adapted from this Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies recipe

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Soft-Baked Frosted Almond Sugar Cookies
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These soft and tender cookies will soon become a new favorite!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cans vanilla frosting (or use your favorite vanilla buttercream recipe)
  • Pink food coloring
  • Assorted sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, oil, white sugar and powdered sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and almond extracts and the eggs until combined. Lastly, add in the baking soda, cream of tarter, salt and flour and beat slowly until combined. Refrigerate the dough for at LEAST one hour, up to overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough 1-2" apart from one another on the baking sheets and bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until golden and set. Cool on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting them. To make the frosting, stir the desired amount of pink food coloring into the vanilla frosting. Fill a piping bag with a closed star tip and pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cookies; top with assorted sprinkles. Allow frosting to set for about 15 minutes before serving.

These Soft-Baked Almond Sugar Cookies are irresistibly soft, tender and so easy to make! Keep this recipe for any special occasion when you're craving buttery, sweet almond sugar cookies! Buttery, tender, soft and sweet, these cookies will soon become a new favorite! The best part is that they’re a cinch to make and can be made for any occasion!

These Soft-Baked Almond Sugar Cookies are irresistibly soft, tender and so easy to make! Keep this recipe for any special occasion when you're craving buttery, sweet almond sugar cookies! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!It’s no secret that I’ve gained some weight over the years.

And while I’d love to have a body like Gigi Hadid, I know I won’t ever look like that, so I’m okay with how I look. Except when I accidentally surprise myself with selfie mode on my phone’s camera and my face looks like a potato.

But in years past, when I was skinnier and more outgoing, I used to get picked up ALL the time. I couldn’t even go grocery shopping at the butt-crack of dawn without having the Coca Cola stock boy hitting me up while I awkwardly bought Diet Pepsi. (Don’t ask – my dad drinks that crap. I’m a Coke Zero girl all the way).

Now I find myself being left alone all the time… and I love it. I can finally go shopping in peace without people badgering me all the live long day.

It’s like my fatness is a force field that prevents me from being accosted anywhere, radiating leave-me-alone vibes to boys and men everywhere.

This also probably has to do with the fact that when I was slimmer, I also did my full makeup for my 6am grocery trips and dressed cute. Nowadays, you basically have to threaten me with a knife to get my joggers off and real pants put on. And makeup? Honey, I haven’t touched my Urban Decay palette in about 3 months.

So basically, I’m the opposite of sexy. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

Because even without makeup, even with 100 extra pounds on my frame, and even while wearing leggings and sweatshirts, I still have an awesome personality, a great sense of humor, creativity that seeps from every pore, and a cookbook in the works. Does Gigi Hadid even have that? Well, probably, but there’s room for the both of us 🙂

ANYHOO. Let’s talk about the fact that Valentine’s Day is coming up in a month, basically. Are you ready for it?! I will likely spend the duration of the day binge-watching Criminal Minds and wishing Dr. Spencer Reid was here to ignite my imagination and tell me a plethora of fun facts about Valentine’s Day, so I clearly have no plans… except for maybe force-feeding myself these Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs.

The idea came to me when I noticed all the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates at my local Target, and I realized I could stuff these inside of my famous, signature brownie bombs. It’s so easy, and totally comes together quickly. Plus, chocolate boxes are out. Brownie bombs are in. Get with it!!

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!

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Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs
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These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are loaded with chocolate and SO EASY to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 box (about 15 count) of assorted chocolates, or your favorite chocolate candies
  • 1 (13x9") baking pan fudge brownies, baked, cooled and cut into 15 equal pieces (edges removed)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 1 square vanilla CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Take a cut square of brownie and gently flatten it with the heel and palm of your hand. Wrap it around one of the chocolates until it covers it completely, and roll it in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on the baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. Once bombs are firm, melt your chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions. Dip each brownie bomb in the chocolate, coating completely and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bombs. Once chocolate has set, melt the vanilla CandiQuik and place it in a ziploc bag. Seal out the air, snip off a corner and drizzle the white chocolate over the bombs. Allow to set.

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!You could also make these no-bake brownie bombs by using premade or store-bought brownies or brownie bites! Proceed with the recipe as normal.

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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