It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for nearly three and a half years now. I’m still learning and growing with each post, but it’s always nice to look back on older posts and appreciate how far I’ve come. One post that I love/cringe when I see is my Rum Spiked Pecan Pie. This was my first recipe that I posted involving Sailor Jerry Rum and the first recipe… Keep Reading
Baked Goods and Desserts
Last week I cooked up a big batch of my Hearty Jalapeno Chili but instead of pairing it with traditional cornbread muffins I went with some savory Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits instead! I used a self-rising flour and brushed the tops with butter which made for a beautiful buttery flakey crust, but the best part was that nearly every bite had a little piece of salty bacon, gooey melted cheddar,… Keep Reading
Today rum swillers everywhere will be celebrating National Rum Day, but what about those who aren’t big drinkers? Not to worry, I’ve taken care of you too by providing some of my favorite rum spiked goodies for you to enjoy! First up… Sailor Sundae Cupcakes – This one is the mother of all rum spiked goodness! Chocolate rum cake with a chocolate rum ganache filling, topped with rum buttercream frosting,… Keep Reading
If you caught my first Friday Failures post a few days ago then you saw that my first attempt at these didn’t turn out so hot, but attempt #2 was an absolute success! A blend of spices create a rich and flavorful cake while the airy whipped cream frosting makes it feel like a chai spiced latte in cupcake form. And although we still have another month or so left… Keep Reading
When I initially sought out a mango ice cream recipe I thought I would find a much healthier version since it involved fresh fruit.. Boy was I wrong! A lot of these recipes called for large amounts of sugar, heavy cream, and required an ice cream maker to make it happen. Not to be discouraged, I decided to turn back to my own blog for some inspiration. I recently put… Keep Reading
Since we’re nearing the end of May and I STILL haven’t started my garden, I thought I would poke a little fun at myself by making “potted plant” cupcakes instead. Inspired by Martha Stewart’s Potted Chocolate Mint Puddings, I started with a base of moist fluffy chocolate cake, followed by decadent whipped chocolate mint frosting, topped off with crumbled Oreos and fresh mint. This is one ‘plant’ that you won’t… Keep Reading
Last year one of the most popular posts was for the decadently delicious Boozy Brownies with Salted Caramel Rum Sauce! Since then I’ve been trying to think of a way to top them and I realized.. I can’t! They’re just TOO good! Instead I’m giving you guys a variation of the original with these Rum Spiked Red Velvet Swirl Brownies! Spiked with a healthy dose of rum and a cream… Keep Reading
This Wednesday we celebrate Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins’s 104th birthday and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate birthday cake than rum cake! I wanted to keep it simple, but still add a bit of Sailor Jerry flare so I whipped up a rum cake mix from scratch, made cupcakes instead of the traditional bundt cake, and frosted the tops to resemble one of Norman’s most iconic pin ups.. the… Keep Reading
Tis the season to get a little ballsy.. with rum balls that is! My pumpkin spice and chocolate rum balls have been fan favorites for a while now, so for those of you that have already made them, this recipe will be a breeze! Decadent, boozy, and just as delicious as their predecessors, but with a festive gingerbread twist! Be sure to follow the post to the end to see… Keep Reading
It’s a little bit ironic that I’m doing this post today because I feel like I’m missing my OWN brain! Sleep deprivation + copious amounts of coffee = delirium, so bear with me if this post suddenly turns into incoherent dribble. I’ve been dreaming of making these cupcakes since last October so I’m really excited to finally share them with you! I was inspired with the idea after seeing Sprinkle… Keep Reading
A few weeks ago on our camping trip I cooked up some delicious banana s’mores around the campfire (don’t worry, the recipe for those are coming soon!) and it got me thinking of how to incorporate those elements in another form. My sugar-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe was the perfect base for this decadent ice cream concoction and I was surprised at how much it tasted like I was… Keep Reading
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive dessert/drink combo, look no further than these Raspberry Sorbet Champagne Floats! Sweet, tart, light, and refreshing! You can easily substitute strawberries or blackberries for the sorbet for a different flavor. These are perfect for parties or when you’re just having a “Treat Yo Self” kind of moment! Check them out for yourself and see just how easy it is!
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this weekend, head over to Dream A Little Bigger for my latest cupcake concoction, Chocolate Porter Cupcakes with Black Cherry Frosting! Enjoy!
I feel like I shouldn’t even bother adding, “with Rum” to the title because don’t you guys just KNOW there’s always rum in my recipes?! 😉 Anyway, my husband is one of those weirdos (weirdo is a term of endearment) that like their bananas slightly green and I have to have mine with a few freckles on them. Apparently neither one of us wanted anything to do with bananas last… Keep Reading
One of my first recipes on the blog was for chocolate zucchini muffins. The photos are of course atrocious and the recipe needed some tweaking, so here’s my zucchini muffin recipe 2.0! I left out some of the spices from the first one to let the natural flavors shine through, added chocolate chips, and used zucchini straight from my garden. On my first round, I didn’t strain out too much… Keep Reading
Okay so before you click away because you don’t own an ice cream maker, know this.. I don’t either! All you need is frozen bananas, a food processor or blender, and a sweet tooth to make this delicious homemade ice cream. I made up a batch of flourless brownies that ended up not looking so hot after I cut them, so I decided to crumble them and add to the… Keep Reading
If you’re a caramel lover.. consider this recipe tailor made for you! Fluffy vanilla cake, rich caramel buttercream frosting, and topped with fresh baked caramel corn that gives them a satisfying crunch! They’re perfect for birthday parties, movie nights, and any other cupcake making occasion. But who really needs a reason to make them? Get baking!
We all know our dads love to grill so I couldn’t think of a more perfect dessert for Father’s Day than grilled fruit sundaes! You can customize them any way you want and they only take 10 minutes to put together. Let your dad break in the new grill or let him relax today and make one for him!
Last Tuesday I celebrated my two year Blogiversary and I just wanted to say thank you once again to all of you that wished me a happy anniversary and success in the years to come! I wish that I could have cut up a slice of this cake for each and every one of you, but sharing the recipe will have to suffice. A dense and delicious chocolate rum cake,… Keep Reading
After seeing the mint sorbet recipe over at A Beautiful Mess last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the delicious flavor combinations you could do with this! My favorite summer flavors are strawberry and basil (remember those Strawberry Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream from last summer?!) so I knew it would be perfect in sorbet form!
Here in the Pacific Northwest we’re blessed with pretty mild weather, so most houses and apartments don’t have air conditioning. Every summer though, we hit about one week where the temperatures are a little too much to handle and you find yourself sleeping in the bathtub with an ice pack on the back of your neck! To get prepared I’m stocking our freezer with ice cream and popsicles! So far… Keep Reading
I’m a diehard coffee drinker, but I also appreciate a good cup of tea every now and then. One of my favorite flavors has always been raspberry, so I decided to adapt it into cupcake form for a friend’s farewell party last Friday. Black tea steeped in warm milk and fresh raspberries mixed into the batter created a moist and light cake that paired perfectly with the airy sweet buttercream… Keep Reading
A few months ago I made a French Toast and Sausage Breakfast Bake that I adapted into a two layer cake, complete with a layer of candied bacon and whipped cream frosting! This delicious breakfast-meets-dessert concoction makes for a one of a kind dessert!
Over the past week Portland has really lived up to the ‘April Showers’ cliché. Every day I wake up expecting blue skies and 80 degree weather, but sadly, it’s just storm clouds and a chilly breeze. That can’t stop me from capturing a few fruity summer flavors in a cupcake though, right?! Fluffy and tart lemon cake with the sweetness of fresh blueberry frosting is the perfect reminder that sunnier… Keep Reading