Raspberry Lemonade Pound Cake

This Raspberry Lemonade Pound Cake is so tender and moist - bursting with juicy, zesty lemon flavor and swirls of tart raspberry ribbons! #ad #krusteaz

This Raspberry Lemonade Pound Cake is so supremely moist and tender with a bright & zesty lemon flavor and a tart raspberry-flavored ribbon swirled throughout!

Summer is in full-swing and I am officially craving all of the lemon desserts! Between lemon bars or lemon icebox cake, I just cannot get enough of the citrus stuff. And I’m not the only one – my lemon desserts are going crazy on my blog lately! Y’all have good taste J

As a brand ambassador for Krusteaz, I was so excited when they sent me their Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix because I hadn’t tried it yet! You guys – I made one in the morning one day and it was gone by nighttime. It was SO fabulous and versatile – I ate the first few slices as-is with the provided glaze, and by night I had cubed up the rest and mixed it with pudding and fresh berries for a little trifle. So dang good!

This Raspberry Lemonade Pound Cake is so tender and moist - bursting with juicy, zesty lemon flavor and swirls of tart raspberry ribbons! #ad #krusteazThis recipe, however, may be my new favorite way to indulge in pound cake: this Raspberry Lemonade Pound Cake is so flavorful and perfect, I have no doubt it’ll be your new fave, too!

The pound cake is ultra tender with a nice, moist crumb and is bursting with delicious Meyer lemon flavor. Then I went and added in a raspberry swirl which takes the pound cake over the top. It couldn’t be easier: simply grind up some freeze-dried raspberries in the blender or food processor and stir the raspberry powder into about ¼ cup of the prepared pound cake batter. Not only will the raspberry powder flavor the pound cake with the sweet and tart flavor of raspberries, but it will turn the swirls a gorgeous magenta color. Win-win!

The result is easily one of the best pound cakes I’ve ever tasted – and I consider myself an aficionado on the subject.

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! These Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine. Buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick, glossy and sweet lemon filling. Finished off with powdered sugar, it’s simple, perfect, and classic.

It took me a long while to perfect these bars, to be honest. There are some things that I can do that are really challenging to others but super simple to me, like learning a new language or pulling off a tutu (truth). But there are other things that are totally brainless that I cannot seem to master, baking potatoes to perfection and a bumpless ponytail, to name a few.

And of course, lemon bars. Before today.

These bars are super easy and come together in minutes! And they’re so buttery, gooey and lemony – essential for any respectable lemon bar!

First, you whip up your shortbread crust. Cut some butter into a mixture of flour and a little sugar. This takes a little bit of time, so ponder your existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth or, you know, thumb through the latest Us Weekly. I’ll let you guess which one I did.

Once the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, press it into a foil-lined and lightly greased 13×9″ baking pan. Bake it off for a few minutes and while it bakes, make your filling (aka, the best part of this existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth).

For the filling, you’ll whisk together some eggs, sugar (lots!), lemon juice, lemon zest, and a teensy bit of flour which helps thicken it and hold the whole shebang together. Whisk it until it’s super smooth, then pour it over the par-baked crust, throw it back into the oven, and bake it up for a good 20 minutes. Once it’s baked & cooled, pop it in the fridge to set for about 2 hours. This gives everything time to settle and form into perfectly cut gooey lemon bars. But if you absolutely can’t wait, just let it come to room temperature after baking before cutting into bars. I won’t tell.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! And yeah. That’s it. Super simple, straightforward, and oh so delicious. Novice bakers and experts alike will appreciate this fantastic, classic recipe. And then we’ll all collectively agree that this is one of the best parts of living on Earth.

Enjoy!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar!

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars
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These Classic, Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine! Buttery shortbread is topped with a gooey, glossy lemon filling that's to-die for. Recipes don't get easier or more delicious than this!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cut into cubes
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 & ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅔ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 5 medium lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting on finished bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter cubes with a pastry blender or two forks until coarse crumbs form. To test if it's done, grab a fistful of the crust dough; if it holds together in one piece, it's done.
  3. Pour the crust into the prepared pan and pat it into an even layer. Bake for approx. 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. While the crust bakes, make your filling. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar together. Whisk it really well so all those clumps of flour are broken up. Alternatively, you may sift the flour into the sugar mixture. Add in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  5. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the center is just about set and only very slightly jiggly. Do not over bake! Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Gooey, supremely lemony and perfect, these bars are a classic for a reason!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Lemon Layer Cake

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration! If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically planning your Mother’s Day menu.

Frantically because you’re riddled with anxiety like I am, and planning because it has to be perfect.

Or maybe that’s just me?

Either way, Mother’s Day is coming up and of course you want it to be a special affair for your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, BFF, cousin, your pregnant cat Trixie – whatever and whomever is a mama. Actually, please don’t feed Trixie this cake. But I do recommend giving her extra lovins.

ANYWAY. This Lemon Layer Cake is so simple and comes together super quickly which is great since that means you get ample time to spend with your mama. And the star of this cake is a can of Lucky Leaf’s Premium Lemon Fruit Topping & Filling. This stuff is incredible.

It’s very similar to a lemon curd, but I find it’s just perfect – not too sweet, not too tart, and so easy. Just crack open the can and you’re done. I spread the Lemon Filling thickly on each layer before spreading on a creamy cream cheese filling which also has some of the Lemon Filling inside. Then I finished the entire cake off with a beautiful raspberry border which adds a nice pop of color and because lemon + raspberry = BFF. It’s true.

This recipe calls for a cake mix because I’m all about easy shortcuts, but feel free to make your own scratch-made yellow cake mix and flavor it with some lemon zest and lemon juice for that bright lemon flavor. Either way works!

And of course, make sure you serve the special lady in your life a nice, big slice. She deserves it!

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all you lovely ladies out there!

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration!

Lemon Layer Cake
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This Lemon Layer Cake is fantastic! Two layers of supremely moist lemon cake filled with a creamy whipped cream cheese filling and lemon filling!
Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 3.4 oz box dry instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Premium Lemon Fruit Topping & Filling
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Raspberries for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease 2 9” cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry pudding mix to combine. Portion the batter evenly among the pans and bake as directed on the package, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Once cool, make your filling. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy and light, about 1 minute. Beat in ⅓ of the Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Filling to combine. Fold in the Cool Whip topping and the lemon zest.
  4. Place a cake layer on a pedestal or plate, top side down. Spread the cake with ⅓ of the Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Filling, spreading just about to the edges. Top with ½ of the Cool Whip mixture. Place the remaining cake layer on top, top side down. Spread with the remaining Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Topping and the remaining Cool Whip mixture. Garnish with raspberries.

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration! Bright, sweet, tart and ultra lemon-y, this Lemon Layer Cake will be the star of your Mother’s Day celebrations!

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration!

Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf by visiting their website HERE or connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for recipe ideas & more!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working as a brand ambassador for Lucky Leaf and was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

Fudgy Lemon Brownies

These Fudgy Glazed Lemon Brownies are such an easy recipe! Moist, chewy, fudgy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, you'll love this fun twist on a brownie! Reasons How There Is An Old Woman Who Lives In My Body:

I have debilitating sciatica problems. This usually results in me limping around the house, clutching onto furniture for support and exclaiming, “My hips!” dramatically.

I go to bed at the ripe night-owl time of 8:30pm.

And wake up nice and early at 6am.

(Okay, the last one mostly has to do with the fact that my tiny dog Jack tap-dances on my bladder until I wake up, but if he didn’t, I would probably wake up around the ripe ol’ time of 6:30.)

I like pudding.

I try to avoid exercising as much as possible. See ‘sciatica problems’ and screaming ‘my hips!’.

I would wear muumuus if I could find muumuus.

I’d prefer to stay in on a Friday and Saturday night watching my stories than go out on the town.

And that’s about it. I suppose the old woman who lives in my soul is pretty cool. I don’t mind her – I’m not about that partying lifestyle, and I’m really serious about the muumuus. Maybe that’s why I wear dresses every day – they mimic that muumuu comfort.

These Fudgy Glazed Lemon Brownies are such an easy recipe! Moist, chewy, fudgy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, you'll love this fun twist on a brownie! ANYWHO. Can we talk about my ageless love of these Fudgy Lemon Brownies?! They are phenomenal. Super fudgy, moist, chewy and totally brownie-like but with a glorious, bright & tart lemon twist. And unlike regular brownies, these bad boys have a thick and smooth lemon glaze on top which sends them over the top and outta this world.

Whether you’re a party animal, a night owl, an early bird or an old woman in a 25-year old’s body, you’ll love these!

These Fudgy Glazed Lemon Brownies are such an easy recipe! Moist, chewy, fudgy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, you'll love this fun twist on a brownie! *adapted from here

5.0 from 4 reviews
Fudgy Lemon Brownies
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These Glazed Fudgy Lemon Brownies are incredible! Soft, chewy, moist, fudgy and packed with fresh lemon flavor!
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of two lemons
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until combined. Gradually add in the eggs and stir until just barely combined - do not over mix, as this will lead to tougher brownies. Lastly, stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and flour until a soft batter forms.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 22-25 minutes, no more than that, or until the top is set and lightly golden brown. Cool completely.
  4. Once cool, make your glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until a spreadable, pourable glaze is achieved. Pour over the bars and smooth out. Top with lemon zest. Let the glaze set, then cut into squares and serve.

These Fudgy Glazed Lemon Brownies are such an easy recipe! Moist, chewy, fudgy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, you'll love this fun twist on a brownie!

These bars are so good! They almost remind me of lemon shortbread bars but with a fudgy, chewy brownie texture. So phenomenal!

These Fudgy Glazed Lemon Brownies are such an easy recipe! Moist, chewy, fudgy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, you'll love this fun twist on a brownie! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! I’m going back to the basics with this recipe, people.

As I’m getting older (and I know everyone is now collectively rolling their eyes whenever a 25-year old says they’re getting older), I’m finding that I’m starting to feel like I’m becoming who I’m supposed to be. I know that sounds like a terrible Taylor Swift song or a tampon commercial, but truly, I’m becoming my own woman.

For one, my style has slightly changed. I no longer feel the need to wear costume-y clothes, unless they have Peter Pan collars because I’m mildly obsessed with those. I’m also trying out this thing where I go jewelry-less which feels weird since my neck is used to the additional 5 pound weight strapped around it.

I’m also giving less of a hoot about makeup. I used to cringe at the idea of leaving the house without an entire pageant face done up. Now, I couldn’t care less about whether or not the Taco Bell drive-thru teenager notices my chin pimple or if the cute guy in line at Safeway cares that I don’t have any mascara on. Quite simply, because I no longer care.

Don’t take that as me no longer caring about my appearance – I still wear deodorant (you’re welcome) and enjoy dressing up to go to the dollar store on days that end in ‘y’ but I just no longer care about whether or not my eye shadow coordinates with the secondary color scheme of my dress. And you know what? It’s positively liberating.

In fact, I haven’t worn makeup in weeks. And I’m set to travel on two trips this month and I’m not even positive I’ll bring my makeup with me. I’m going rogue, people, and I’m ready for the onslaught of “you look tired” comments that usually tail along when I don’t have my signature cat-eye. BRING IT.

Actually, I don’t even care much about snagging a man anymore, either. In the past I’d get dolled up to go grocery shopping, hopelessly waiting for Mr. Right to stand behind me in line. We’d bat our eyes at one another and as I reached for the conveyor belt barrier, he would too and our hands would touch. And he magically wouldn’t judge the fact that I have 5 pounds of butter in my basket, twelve boxes of cake mix and five packages of Oreos. And then we’d go out for drinks and fall madly in love and laugh in unison when people asked to tell them the story of how we’d met.

And my friends all tell me I should keep at the online dating or pick up some more hobbies so I can go out and meet people. But frankly, I finally feel like I don’t need a man – or anyone – to complete me. And honestly, at this point in my life, I feel like a significant other may just be a burden on my whole rah-rah girl power liberation movement I have going on.

So yeah, I’m 25 and finally feeling like myself. It’s about damn time. I’m going back to the basics in my personal life and in my cooking aesthetic. Don’t worry – my aesthetic of making crazy wonderful desserts out of cake mix and butter are still here to stay. But I do plan on amping up my queue with more homemade recipe staples, too – ones that taste anything but ordinary but have that classic feel. Things like this Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd which, by the way, is so stupidly easy that my dog could probably make it. Normally I don’t like saying things like that because 1) it’s somewhat insulting to my dog, and 2) because there’s always someone out there who won’t achieve the recipe and then I’ll feel bad. But forreals, if you follow the steps (and they are majorly easy to follow), you will have made your own lemon curd from scratch.

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! BOOYAH.

Now let’s get curdin’! (Also, I promise to never say ‘curdin” again).

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! *slightly adapted from here

Easy Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd
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This Microwave Lemon Curd is SO easy to make and tastes AMAZING. Serve it with pancakes & waffles, on top of scones or muffins, layered between cake, filled in cupcakes, or by the spoonful!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (and don't you dare try to substitute it!)
  • 3 large lemons, zested
Instructions
  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and eggs, whisking together until combined. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 1-minute intervals, stirring well after each round, for a total of about 6-7 minutes, or until the curd coats the back of a metal spoon and thickens.
  3. Place a fine mesh sieve or strainer over a clean bowl - preferably one with a spout. Pour the curd through the sieve or strainer and gently use a spoon or spatula to stir the curd through the sieve. Discard the large pieces of curd, lemon seeds, zest, and whatever else will not fit through the sieve.
  4. Pour the curd evenly into 2-4 mason jars with lids. Seal the lids and let set at room temperature for about 1 hour to cool down, then refrigerate until chilled. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  5. To serve, spread it on pancakes, waffles, French toast, muffins, scones, pound cake, angel food cake, in between cake layers, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into cheesecake batter, spread on toast, as a filling for thumbprint cookies... or by the spoonful!

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! This curd tastes HEAVENLY. Smooth, creamy, with bright, fresh, tart lemon flavor. To serve, spread it on waffles, pancakes, French toast, muffins, scones, pound cake (as pictured), angel food cake, sandwiched between layers of cake, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into cheesecake batter, spread onto toast, as a filling for thumbprint cookies or tarts, and of course, by the spoonful (aka, my favorite method).

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert! Usually I’m not a big fan of spring, but I’ve come around to it this year.

For one, we’ve been blessed with wonderful weather here in California. I love the rain, so I’m welcoming El Nino with open arms. But on the days when it isn’t raining, it’s perfectly sunny and not too warm, not too cool. If it could be like this forever, I’d never leave!

I think my change of heart has to do with the fact that I found an allergy medication that works. Oh, how I love thee, antihistamines.

That, and I have about a bajillion sun dresses that I need to wear ASAP.

Okay, fine. That, and I love spring flavors. There’s something so refreshingly light and tasty about lemon and blueberries – besides the fact that they pair so beautifully together! Lemon just adds the right amount of tartness to any dessert recipe, and the blueberries bring such amazing sweetness and color. Together, this duo is killing it at this whole spring thing!

And that flavor combination is the inspiration for this gorg Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake. I mean… no words, people. I need an excuse to bring this to a springtime brunch or soiree because it’s the perfect sidekick to any party or get-together!

This cheesecake is so supremely creamy and dreamy, and it’s loaded with tart lemon flavor that adds such a wonderful brightness and lightness. Just before it’s baked, I swirled in some of Lucky Leaf’s Blueberry Fruit Topping, which adds tremendous flavor and a lovely purple-y blue swirl. Then I baked it until it was just about golden and set. I’m a brand ambassador this year for Lucky Leaf and I love their products and know you’ll love them, too.

Once it has time to chill in the fridge, it’s eating time! Just before serving, I highly recommend topping it with a healthy helping of more Lucky Leaf Blueberry Fruit Topping. Have you had the stuff? It’s just divine. Fruity, sweet and sublime. I eat fruit topping on just about anything I can, from pancakes & waffles to cake slices and cheesecake.

Lastly, I serve it up with a dollop of whipped cream and a lemon wedge in case someone wants to impart more of that juicy, bright lemon flavor. Either way you slice it, you’ve got one helluva yummy cheesecake on your hands!

So rejoice in the spring season with me and make this cheesecake!

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
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This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is phenomenal! Tart, sweet and bursting with juicy lemon and blueberries, it's so easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Premium Blueberry Fruit Topping & Filling, divided
  • 1 graham cracker crust
  • Whipped cream and lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the graham cracker crust onto a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add in the sour cream and lemon zest and beat to combine.
  3. Pour the cheesecake into the graham crust. Top with 5-6 heaping dollops (about 2-3 Tbsp or so) of blueberry fruit topping onto the cheesecake in a circular pattern. Using a clean butter knife, swirl the blueberry fruit topping into the cheesecake.
  4. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set - if it wiggles a little, that's okay. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Just before serving, top the slices with more blueberry fruit topping and garnish with whipped cream and a lemon wedge.

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert! Creamy, light, lusciously smooth and bursting with fresh lemon and blueberry flavors, you’ll love this fabulous cheesecake!

Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working as a blog ambassador for Lucky Leaf. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog business afloat! 

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Now this is the ultimate Friday treat.

I’m alllll about finding ways to indulge. This is probably the number one reason why none of my diets work.

I find reasons to indulge for everything. It’s Monday, let me eat the fries. I surpassed X amount of page views, so I’ll have an ice cream sundae. I survived today; bring on the chips.

This is also probably the number one reason why I’ve gained weight… but I digress. We need not talk about weight in the summertime. It’s sacrilegious, like wearing double denim or dressing up dogs in tutus.

But sometimes, it’s just SO DAMN HOT outside and the only thing you can do is cry and hope your tears offer some kind of chill to your burning-up face… like how it’s been here in Sacramento the past few days. A couple days ago, it was 100 degrees. ONE FREAKIN’ HUNDRED. Not cool, Mother Nature. You’re kind of a B.

And I think my family and I were so heat-confused that we didn’t turn on our AC for awhile because of it. We were so unbearably hot and sweaty, but we couldn’t turn on the AC because that’d be admitting defeat that summer is officially here in Northern California. *cries* But eventually, we caved and turned it on because you can only threaten wearing only a bikini for so long, and no one – I mean nobody – wants to see that.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!But there’s something good about summertime, and that’s frosty treats. My family and I stock-pile the freezer with popsicles, ice cream bars, lots of ice and frozen fruit and fruit juices to make slushies and smoothies on a whim. That’s precisely how I came up with these Copycat Frozen Lemonades after trying it at Chick-Fil-A. They’re creamy, dreamy, sweet, tart and totally refreshing.

Admit it. You totally want one.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!*adapted from my Orange Julius recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade
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Just like from the fast food chain, this Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonade is to-die for! Refreshing, freezy-cool and creamy, it's the perfect summertime drink.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups lemonade, homemade or prepared
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large blender.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute, stopping to stir the Cool Whip around if needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve! Garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Can you hear the angels singing? This recipe is totally the bees knees! I love how creamy it is and the tartness from the lemonade concentrate gives it a frosty-vibe. It’s amazing!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Gluten Free & VEGAN Lemon Poppyseed Cake

This moist and zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake is vegan and gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it due to its huge, bright flavor and amazing texture.This cake is insanity, y’all.

I know I say everything is ‘insanity.’ Consider me at a loss for spiffy adjectives. I’m spent.

BUT. I can assure you that repeated adjectives aside, this cake rocks. It’s light and tender, has a nice, moist crumb, and packs a seriously divine lemony punch with nutty, crisp poppyseeds swirled throughout. Then it’s topped with this liquid gold lemon glaze that’s ahhhmaaaazing. And? It’s completely gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan.

You’re welcome.

I’m convinced the only thing it’s missing is a pair of wings, because this cake is on another level of heaven and it’s an angel for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or those just looking to avoid gluten and dairy.

This moist and zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake is vegan and gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it due to its huge, bright flavor and amazing texture.So yeah. This amazing cake. You need it.

Don’t like lemon? (Who are you, you monster.) Feel free to use lime, orange, or even grapefruit to flavor this citrusy cake. But I prefer the sweetness and subtle tartness of lemon and plus, lemon + poppyseeds = BFFs. They told me so. They also told me to tell you that your face called. It’s missing cake.

Get it.

This moist and zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake is vegan and gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it due to its huge, bright flavor and amazing texture.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Gluten Free & VEGAN Lemon Poppyseed Cake
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This light and flavorful cake is gluten-free and vegan, but you wouldn't know it with its moist, tender crumb and juicy, lemon flavor!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Bob's Red Mill GF Vanilla Cake Mix
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup water, at room temperature
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 Tbsp poppyseeds
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • Juice of one lemon (about ¼ cup)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • About 2 cups powdered sugar (ensure it's gluten-free)
  • Raspberries, lemon slices for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally grease a round 9" cake pan with vegetable-oil cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, applesauce, oil, water, juice and zest and beat with a hand mixer for about 1 minute or until combined. Fold in the poppyseeds. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before gently turning over onto a wire rack set over wax paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth and pourable. You don't want it super thin, like water, but more syrupy and thicker, so adjust with more lemon juice or powdered sugar if needed. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and spread it out to the edges so the entire cake is covered. Serve garnished with raspberries and lemon slices, if desired. Serve immediately or store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day.

This moist and zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake is vegan and gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it due to its huge, bright flavor and amazing texture.This cake gets its base mix from Bob’s Red Mill, the leading manufacturer of gluten-free and dairy-free baking mixes made from only the finest ingredients. This cake is moist, tender and absolutely delicious thanks to this easy-to-use gluten free cake mix and from the zest of those freshly-squeezed lemons. I also love the nutty crunch of the poppyseed!

For more info on Bob’s Red Mill, be sure to check out their website!

This moist and zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake is vegan and gluten-free, but you wouldn't know it due to its huge, bright flavor and amazing texture.

Have a super sweet Sunday!

xo, Hayley

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