Anyone else feel like everything just blurs together when working from home? It’s like groundhog day every day lately and by the time Wednesday or Thursday rolls around I’m in the need of a midweek pick me up. Lately I’ve been reaching for this double chocolate coffee bark to perk me up. We’re talking TWO layers of chocolate, topped with chocolate covered coffee beans. Yeeeah, I know. Amazing, right? The recipe is simple to make and you can store the bark in an airtight container on the counter or at your desk to sneak a piece whenever you need a little extra push during the day.
One thing that most of us, who are stuck in quarantine, happen to be doing right now is baking. (Me included!) But I’m still working a regular 8 hour (and then some) work day from home, and a lot of other people that I know have kids and home school on top of that as well. Baking a long or complicated recipe during the week just isn’t on my to-do list at the moment. But this recipe for banana cream sheet cake is soooo delish and is perfect to make during the week thanks to a boxed cake mix. (I even knocked out a few different steps during my lunch break too!) It has a moist vanilla cake layer, a homemade pastry cream layer, fresh bananas, and homemade whipped cream. It comes together so easily and tastes just like your favorite banana pudding, in cake form!
I also love that it’s only a sheet cake which means no tricky stacking or slipping involved! And if you think that making a whole cake during quarantine is too much, you haven’t tried this baby. It definitely won’t last very long! If you’re a fan of banana cream pie or banana pudding, this recipe is a must try!
This week I’ve been wrapping and shipping out Christmas gifts like a mad women and have been trying to plan out the last details for our Elf on the Shelf. My stepson also notified me that chocolate chip cookies are the ONLY acceptable option to bake for Santa Claus (since they’re his favorite), so I’m on the hunt for the perfect recipe. If you’re still in the mood for some holiday baking, this gingerbread bundt cake recipe should definitely be added to your list. It tastes like how I imagine the holiday season would, if the holiday season had a taste. It’s got all of those warm and spicy notes and the glaze is sooooo good too.
I don’t think there’s ever a bad time of year for ice cream. Sure, the weather cools down and you may not want to be eating a cone outside, but the right scoop of ice cream paired with some warm apple pie or on top of a warm brownie can really hit the spot during the winter months! This chai tea ice cream recipe is easy to make and is the perfect fall treat with all of those spicy chai flavors. (I especially love crumbling up some biscoff cookies to add on top too!) Switch up your normal cup of chai tea and try it in a bowl this year!
I’m officially kitchen-less and it feels so weird! I’m living in that limbo moment of time where I’m still in Salt Lake City, minus a house, and not quite to Charlotte, in a rental. All of my normal cake supplies and baking tools are packed in boxes, sitting in a storage unit, and I’m completely relying on my sister’s house for anything I might have forgotten that I needed during this month. So when it came time to make this peaches and cream cake, I knew I could count on my friend Natalie (and her kitchen tools!) to help me pull it all together. (She’s the person I started this girl’s night with too!) It was also a really good excuse to get together to make one more cake before I head east!
A galette will always be one of those pastry recipes that wows. No matter what ingredients you choose to fill that flakey pastry dough with, it always looks impressive and gorgeous in an unfinished way. But don’t let it’s beauty intimidate you. A galette also happens to be one of the easiest pastries to make! With summer winding down, I’m sharing this easy cherry galette recipe to help you finish off all of those fresh end of summer cherries!
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You may be thinking that it’s a little too early to be posting about funfetti marshmallow ice cream sandwiches already, but spring is right around the corner and I’m allllll about doing as much as I can to start celebrating warmer weather a little early! And what better way to do that, than with ice cream? And not just any ice cream….marshmallow PEEPS® ice cream!
I almost didn’t post this cake. It has flaws and wasn’t up to par with my perfectionist self, then I thought…but it tastes good! It might not look pinterest perfect, but this chocolate stout beer cake with beer frosting still deserves it’s moment. And sometimes, it’s ok to post a project with flaws. I know when I see someone else do it, it makes me feel a little more adequate. I’m not a professional cake maker, and don’t claim to be. But I love making cakes (and eating them!), and this cake is just one more notch in my cake baking experience column.