Dessert, Recipes, Snacks

#Basic Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

Caramel corn has never really been my thing. Whenever I have the store bought stuff it tastes stale and gross. It’s always too sweet or too salty or the popcorn gets stuck in my teeth. But ladies and gentlemen, all of my anti-caramel corn sentiments have changed. Okay, not all of them. I still think […]

Dessert, Recipes, Sauce

Apple Butter

This year for Christmas I decided to try my hand at some homemade treats for the people on my list. I had a hankering for some apple butter, so I found this recipe, doubled it, and doctored it to my liking. I really upped the spice factor from the original recipe. Also, I left the […]

Dessert, Drinks, Recipes

Bourbon Candied Cherries

A Cooking Light (July 2012) recipe I want to try. 1.5 lbs.  fresh bing cherries with stems 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup water 1 cup bourbon or rye whiskey 1. Place the cherries in a medium glass bowl or large jar.  Combine sugar, juice, and 1/4 cup water in a […]

Dessert, Recipes

Caramel Espresso Buttercream

I made this frosting to go on my dark chocolate espresso cupcakes. The recipe does not make as much frosting as I am used to, but it is still enough to lightly (and by “lightly” I mean “not liberally”) frost a batch of cupcakes. It has a very rich, not too sweet taste to it. […]

Dessert, Recipes

My Favorite Chocolate Cake and Frosting

I cannot take any credit for these recipes. I am posting them here so that I don’t have to comb the internet every time I want to make them. This stuff is life-changing. Beatty’s Chocolate Cake Ina Garten’s Recipe   Ingredients Butter, for greasing the pans 1 3/4 cups AP flour, plus more for pans […]

Dessert, Recipes

Orange Dreamsicle Frosting & Dirt Cake

I have baked 3 cakes in the past week, and all for good reason of course! First, I baked an angel food cake with strawberry compote. Then, I baked some funfetti cupcakes with homemade orange dreamsicle frosting. And finally, I made dirt cake! Orange Dreamsicle Frosting: (Servings: 24 cupcakes) 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3/4 […]

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Penzey’s Caramel Frosting

I made this frosting for a fresh banana cake a few months ago, and it was AMAZING. I didn’t alter the recipe. I really have no reason for posting this recipe, aside from the fact that I don’t want to lose it. Caramel Icing: (recipe from Penzey’s Spice Catalog, Spring 2011) 1 Cup butter 1 […]

Dessert, Recipes, Sauce

Vanilla Caramel Sauce

In an effort to lessen my trips to Starbucks and save a few of my bucks, I’ve started making my own iced caramel macchiatos. I grind and cold-brew coffee. I use skim milk. I make caramel sauce. I cheat. I mix vanilla into the caramel sauce because I’m lazy, and it’s delicious. Vanilla Caramel Sauce […]

Dessert, Recipes

Watermelon Basil Mint Sorbet

I love watermelon and basil.  This recipe is fresh, delicious, and highlights the best of those ingredients. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of vodka, not because we love boozing, but instead to prevent the sorbet from freezing solid.  Although, mixing this sorbet into a cocktail isn’t a half-bad idea. Watermelon Basil Mint Sorbet Ingredients: […]