The Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake! This truly is the BEST Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting I’ve ever had! Moist, fluffy cake flavored with lots of spice topped with a lusciously creamy orange-spiked cream cheese icing.

So it should be no surprise that I am not a carrot cake person.

Never have been, probably never will be.

BUT – that said – I made this for you because I realize that most people do like carrot cake and I have a blatant lack of carrot cake recipes on my site. Probably because my family and I avoid carrot desserts like the plague.

And I have to admit… I REALLY liked this cake. I mean, it was close to feelings of love, for sure… but I don’t want to jump the gun just yet. I’d prefer to let our newfound relationship develop slowly, like a fine wine. Let us become good friends first and then go down the road of love. Ya feel me?

But – I really, really liked this cake. A lot. And I KNOW you will too, especially if you like carrot cake!

Now I know I say I don’t like carrot cake but I have tried it multiple times and I am confident in saying now that this truly is the BEST carrot cake recipe I’ve had. It is so supremely moist and fluffy, studded with carrots, pecans, and pineapple for extra zing and flavor. And the orange-spiked cream cheese frosting is heaven, y’all. The perfect accompaniment to this fabulous cake!

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake! I also know that people have strong opinions about the mix-ins for their carrot cake, to which I say: MIX IN WHATEVER YOU WANT. Prefer walnuts over pecans? Throw them in. Like raisins in your carrot cake slice? Add ’em. Think pineapple is sacrilegious and has no place near your pizza or your cake? Leave it out. This is like a choose-your-own-adventure cake. There is no wrong thing to leave out or mix in.

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake! That said, I did find that this cake was perfect with some crunchy pecans & sweet pineapple. Next time I think I’ll add in some coconut, too! (< And yes, there will be a next time!)

Enjoy!!

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake!

The Best Ever Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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This carrot cake recipe truly is the BEST carrot cake I've ever had and converted me into becoming a carrot cake lover! So supremely moist, fluffy and delicious. Add or omit mix-ins to suit your preference, but this cake has pineapple and pecans which give it ample flavor.
Ingredients
  • One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛th tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (may substitute walnuts)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • (If you want raisins, add ¾ - 1 cup of raisins, optional)
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • One 8-ounce pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 - 3 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Additional chopped pecans for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pineapple and eggs until combined. Whisk in the sugars, oil, and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients until a cohesive batter comes together. Fold in the pecans, carrots, and raisins (if using) until combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until combined and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the orange juice and gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until mixture is light and fluffy, streaming in the heavy cream as needed.
  5. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake and sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans, if using. Store covered in the fridge.

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake packed with juicy pineapple and crunchy pecans and topped with a glorious orange-spiked cream cheese icing. There is nothing better!

This truly is the BEST EVER Carrot Cake! Moist, fluffy, tender spiced cake filled with juicy pineapple, crunchy pecans, fresh carrots and aromatic spices, topped with an orange-spiked cream cheese icing. So perfect, a total crowd-pleasing, impressive cake! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!If you’re on the search party for a fantastic vanilla pound cake recipe, I’ve got you covered. This Best-Ever Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is moist, fluffy, and delectable on its own or topped with freshly whipped cream and berries.

YOU GUYS.

This pound cake is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING, I tell you!

And it’s SO EASY. I promise.

Most of you wouldn’t know, but I have an issue with the 9″ loaf pan.

Growing up, we had glass loaf pans and we also never used them because nobody cooked in my house. I’m certain my mom bought them as an illusion so guests would think she spent weekends gently mixing together banana bread batter before feeding her children with the fruits of her labor.

(Although on second thought, what guest would be rummaging through our kitchen cupboards on a solo mission to find loaf pans? Not even I would do that, and I’m hella weird.)

ANYWAY. Once I started baking, I realized I really don’t like glass loaf pans because they never consistently cooked my banana bread. The bottom would be overcooked and the top would be wonky. It was just this whole thing and I really despised those pans, so I started using disposable foil pans.

Those are a game-changer! First, it’s easy to pawn off your treats because you don’t have to worry about whether or not your friend will hoard your Great Aunt Milly’s precious antique loaf pan for too long, and you can just toss ’em or even wipe them clean and reuse them afterward.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!But then I went out and bought myself a nice light metal loaf pan thinking I would be left with the glass loaf pan curse. I baked this in my new loaf pan, basically putting a voodoo hex on the pound cake before I even put it in the oven because I am cynical.

But it worked! Oh, did it work. This cake is GLORIOUS. And of course, this recipe will work with any pan you have but with likely *slighty* different results. When baking loaves of things (banana bread, pound cake, meatloaf) I really recommend using a lighter metal baking pan as it personally bakes more consistently to me. Dark pans tend to cook faster, and glass pans – well, it depends on what the Farmers Almanac says for that day because glass pans just dumbfound me, y’all.

(Side note: I know that’s going to be on my tombstone. Hayley Parker – Glass Pans Dumbfounded Her)

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!ANYWAY, no matter how ya slice it, you’re going to want to bake this Vanilla Bean Pound Cake. It is so supremely moist and flavorful, with little flecks of vanilla bean swirled throughout in every bite. It’s the perfect thing to snack on straight-up, but it’s also an amazing vehicle for dressing up freshly whipped cream and assorted berries for a lovely dessert, or cube it up and toss it in a trifle.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!What are you waiting for? Find your trusty pan and make it!

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!*adapted from Southern Lady Magazine

The Best Vanilla Bean Pound Cake
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This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake truly is the BEST pound cake I've ever had or made! Moist, buttery, delicious cake with a tender crumb and beautiful flecks of vanilla beans swirled throughout every bite.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped (I recommend Rodelle vanilla beans)
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh whipped cream or whipped topping and berries for serving, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 9" rectangular loaf pan with cooking spray lightly. Place a piece of parchment in the pan and up the sides and spray again. This will make the cake much easier to lift out.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy and pale in color, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla bean seeds to combine, followed by half of the flour.
  3. Mix together the vanilla extract and the heavy cream and pour half into the mixer, beating on low speed until incorporated. Follow with the remaining flour and lastly, the remaining heavy cream mixture until a soft batter has come together. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for approx. 1 hour to 1 hr 15 mins or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist - not wet - crumbs. Cool completely before slicing. NOTE: If you notice halfway through the baking time that the cake is browning too quickly, loosely tent the top of the loaf pan with foil.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!Moist, flavorful, tender pound cake bursting with fresh flecks of aromatic vanilla beans. This pound cake is SO divine!

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Triple Coconut Poke Cake

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year! Attention all coconut lovers! This Triple Coconut Poke Cake will be your new go-to dessert for coconut cravings! Moist, fluffy cake soaked in cream of coconut and topped with a light coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Can we talk a little about cat-calling for a sec?

I promise I won’t go on a feminist tirade about the mental and emotional ramifications of cat-calling or anything – I’ll let you PM me if you want that. BUT. Cat-calling is still a thing?

I didn’t think so, but that’s probably because no guy looks at me walking down the street. No guys look at me period. I think it’s a combination of me perfecting my RBF, the fact that I never wear makeup anymore so I perpetually look haggard and tired in one fell swoop and because I don’t even care anymore about how I dress, which usually means I’m wearing black leggings, a black shirt, and black boots every. single. day.

(Side note: those people who say “leggings aren’t pants” clearly has never been a plus-size woman, mmkay? The whole denim waistband situation that cuts off circulation to my gut is not how I want to spend my day, so leggings it is.)

But anyway, I was walking down the street in the little downtown area of my city when this older dude – maybe 60s? – is approaching me on a reclining bike. He’s wearing neon everything – from his visor to his shoes – and kind of looks like Sammy Hagar if he was a middle class person with a penchant for neon colors.

Anyway, Sammy – as he’s approaching me – shouts as loud as possible, “HEY, GIRL! LOOKIN’ GOOD! I LIKE A GIRL THAT’S HEALTHY!” as he rode by on his contraption. And it was then that I stopped dead in my tracks, looked down at my rotund figure – all 200+ pounds of me – and decided Sammy was clearly on drugs and where can I get the drugs that make me look healthy because I want some.

So then I came home and realized Sammy has been the only dude to hit on me in the last several YEARS. I’m not kidding. Well, okay, I’m lying. There was the elderly man in the antique store who called me “delicious” but I choose to forget about that because frankly, it gives me night terrors.

And then I forgot about the whole situation and ate a piece of cake. As healthy women do.

This Triple Coconut Poke Cake is what coconut dreams are made of. The cake itself is a cinch – whip it up with some coconut cream pudding mix and coconut milk in the batter for a subtle, coconutty flavor. Once it’s baked, poke holes all over the top and get out your aggressions, then slather on a mixture of cream of coconut (more on that in a sec) and condensed milk. Frost that pretty with some fresh coconut whipped cream and top with toasted coconut for good measure. Done & done.

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year! *So about that cream of coconut. It’s not coconut milk, y’all. It’s CREAM of COCONUT. There is a difference! Coconut milk is quite runny, like standard cow’s milk. Cream of Coconut is thick, almost like a paste. If we’re being honest, you could very well use coconut milk in the filling, but it would be runnier and not as much of a concentrated coconut flavor. Cream of Coconut tends to be stronger and thicker, almost resulting in a pudding-like filling texture in the cake which is so lovely! (Also – you can find it on the international/Asian foods aisle in most grocery stores. Just check the labels as many stores readily stock more coconut milk brands than cream of coconut brands).

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year! Whatever you do, make this cake! And then listen to some Sammy Hagar, I suppose.

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year!

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This Triple Coconut Poke Cake has TRIPLE the coconut flavor and is so easy to make!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE & FILLING:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk or water
  • One 3.4 oz box instant dry coconut cream pudding mix
  • One 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup Cream of Coconut
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp coconut extract (depending on how strong you'd like it. I recommend starting with 1 tsp)
  • 1 & ½ cups toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, coconut milk/water, coconut extract and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer, beating until well mixed, about 2 minutes. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Using a skewer or a wooden spoon handle, poke holes all over the surface of the cake. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and cream of coconut until blended. Pour the mixture over the top of the cake, allowing it to seep into the holes. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Just before serving, beat the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and coconut extract together with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. Spread the whipped cream over the cake in an even layer and top with the toasted coconut. Store covered in the fridge, up to 3 days.

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year! Moist, fluffy, creamy and irresistibly coconutty! Any coconut lover will flip for this cake!

This TRIPLE COCONUT POKE CAKE is a coconut lover's dream come true! A moist, fluffy coconut cake soaked in cream of coconut & condensed milk and topped with a light & creamy whipped cream. So easy to prepare, a wonderful crowd-pleaser and great any time of year! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are as tasty as they are festive! Fluffy & moist lemon cupcakes topped with the most amazing coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut.

You guys.

Normally I’m a cake girl through-and-through. I really couldn’t care less for frosting. It’s usually overly sweet – sickening almost – and piled on so high that I can basically feel my teeth falling out.

As a kid, I’d get a slice of birthday cake at a friend’s party and use the fork to scrape allllll the icing off to one side of the plate. I’d then get a new fork (since the first was tainted with frosting, obvi) and eat the bare cake, handing the frosting remnants to my mom, who happily ate straight buttercream.

Clearly I didn’t inherit that gene.

But this frosting – this wonderfully sweet and nutty and creamy frosting – is to-die for. No joke.

I could not. stop. eating. the frosting.

The frosting is the same frosting I made a trillion years ago for my Triple Coconut Cupcakes. It’s light and creamy and fluffy and just totally perfect. And it’s made with a surprise ingredient: coconut instant pudding mix!

If you can’t find the pudding mix, simply make a coconut whipped cream frosting, but I really think the pudding adds a wonderful extra dose of coconut flavor, and makes the frosting extra creamy & smooth. Try it my way just once – I have a feeling you won’t go back 🙂

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!In fact, I gave these cupcakes to my sweetie pie downstairs neighbor who declared these the BEST cupcakes she’s ever had. Just sayin’!

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!The frosting sits atop a buttery, zesty lemon cupcake that’s moist and has a lovely, tender crumb. It’s bright and fruity from the fresh lemon zest swirled throughout and makes for a great tart contrast to the sweet & nutty frosting. And of course, the whole thing is dredged in toasted coconut because toasted coconut = life.

Now I don’t know about you, but I need a cupcake.

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!

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Lemon Coconut Cupcakes
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These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and so dang delicious! The creamy coconut frosting is TO DIE FOR!!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT dry lemon pudding mix
  • Zest of one lemon
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT dry coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese (about ½ of a tub)
  • 2 cups whipped topping or fresh whipped cream
  • About 2 cups toasted coconut for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 16-18 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cake mix, water, lemon juice, oil, eggs, lemon pudding mix and lemon zest together with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the 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. While the cupcakes bake, make the frosting: Whisk together the coconut cream pudding mix, the milk, and the powdered sugar together until thickened, about 2 minutes. Beat in the coconut extract and whipped cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream/topping. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until set.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and cover the frosting with the toasted coconut. Store in the fridge, covered.

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!Lemony, zesty cupcakes topped with that heavenly coconut pudding frosting… this recipe is a must-make for springtime!

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous! Have a super sweet Tuesday!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is a chocoholic’s DREAM!! Moist, fluffy, rich and deep chocolate Bundt cake with a sinfully delectable chocolate ganache glaze. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

I realized something recently: I need a love guru.

Are there people out there who are love guru specialists? How does one become a love guru? Is there like some kind of test you have to take to become one, or do you just get numbers given to you left & right? Do you have to be a Brazilian model? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.

But yet… I need one. Because I’m a little rusty in the love & dating department.

I used to be so suave. I had the moves and I was about 60 pounds lighter. But now I’m like a fat clunky dork and can’t get a date to save my life. I thought I had my first date in 3 years (!!!) a month or so ago, but once I showed up, I realized it most definitely was not a date. It was a socially-awkward dude doing his homework while I talked. And he talked about how much he thought a certain A-list actor was good looking while I sat there picking at my straw in the tea I’d purchased and cursed the gods above yet again because I don’t look like Ryan Gosling. BLAST.

And now? I am a master communicator. I talk with guys on dating apps all the time. And then I ask them out, because it’s a DATING APP AND ARE WE ONLY GOING TO TALK ON TINDER FOR THE REST OF OUR EVER-LOVING LIVES OR ACTUALLY GET A DRINK? And they say, “oh yeah, maybe next weekend” and then next weekend rolls around and I ask again, and they say “oh yeah I forgot. Maybe next weekend!” and then we NEVER hang out because my friends convinced me those guys must have girlfriends or wives.

 

So this is where the love guru would come in: they’d weed through potential dates, select the best options, and then they’d tell me when to abort, like when a guy uses too many emojis for it to be okay, or when they only want someone to kind of talk to/flirt with but never meet. WHERE ARE YOU, LOVE GURU?

Anyway, while I’m over here getting lonely and old, I made you a cake! Specifically, a Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze. And OH MY GOSH IT IS SO GOOD.

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! This cake is so supremely moist, fluffy, tender and totally bursting with rich, deep, complex chocolate flavor. Before you roll your eyes at my descriptors, LISTEN, OKAY. The Guinness stout totally amps up the chocolate flavor, yielding a very rich depth. If a regular chocolate cake’s level is like a 5, this elevates it to like a 10. It really brings out the complexity of the cocoa and really emphasizes that richness. You don’t really taste the stout at all; it’s just a wonderful vehicle to deliver that pure, unadulterated chocolate flavor.

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! And of course, chocolate ganache glazes are necessary because MORE CHOCOLATE.

A little birdie told me this cake would be great for St. Patty’s Day comin’ up. Just sayin’!

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! *adapted from King Arthur Flour’s recipe

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Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache
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This Chocolate Guinness Bundt Cake is a chocoholic's dream come true! The stout beer really elevates the chocolate flavor, bringing a complexity to this cake. This isn't your ordinary chocolate cake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup full-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup stout beer (such as Guinness, or you may use a porter)
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips (you may substitute with semi-sweet)
  • ½ cup hot heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray, preferably the kind with flour in it. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and cocoa powder until combined; mixture may be a little lumpy. Beat in the sugar until combined, followed by the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat in the sour cream, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add in one cup of the flour, mixing well, followed by ½ cup of the stout beer. Repeat, beating on low speed, until combined and smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before inverting on a wire rack.
  4. In a medium bowl, pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Let set for about 5 minutes, then gently stir until smooth and glossy. Pour the ganache evenly over the cake and let set, about 10 minutes, before cutting into slices.

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! Moist, fluffy, tender and buttery with a rich, complex chocolate flavor and a glossy & decadent ganache glaze… This is one cake recipe on this blog you do not want to miss!

This Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake with Chocolate Ganache is one of the BEST cakes I've EVER made! Moist, fluffy, tender cake with a rich, complex and deep chocolate flavor thanks to the stout beer. The ganache glaze sets it over the top! Easy to make and even easier to eat! This cake is a real crowd-pleaser! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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!

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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

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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

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