Apple Cider Cake with Caramel Cream Frosting

Apple Cider Cake with Caramel Cream Frosting

An amazing Apple Cider Cake recipe perfect for fall! This amazing Apple Cider Cake recipe, topped with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect fall dessert! Made in a bundt pan, this fantastic apple cake will be a showstopper for any occasion! I've been craving something cinnamon spicy.  Something sweet, but not overly sugary.  I decided to make my Apple Cider Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting.  However, after making it from my original recipe using apple pie filling, I experienced a disappointing baking fail - only half the cake came out of the pan.  After this happened, I decided to adapt my original recipe to use fresh apples instead of the pie filling.  It was a huge success! My craving was completely satisfied!  The cake is moist, delicious and with the fresh Continue Reading...

Caramel Chunk Fudge Bars and meeting Madge

Caramel Chunk Fudge Bars and meeting Madge

Yesterday I met a lovely lady named Madge.  I was busily running errands, and made a stop at the local grocery store to pick up some groceries.  I made my way out to the car, loaded my groceries, and returned my cart.  After walking back from the cart return area, I noticed an elderly lady walking toward me with her grocery bag in one hand, and cane in the other.  She had a very concerned, almost scared look on her face.  She said hesitantly, "Excuse me, could you help me?  I can't seem to find my car and I'm getting quite tired and a little weak."  It was obvious that she had been walking in the parking lot for a while.  She almost seemed scared.  My initial thought was, 'I need to get going.  I have a million things to do.'  I looked at her and said, "Of course.  I can definitely help Continue Reading...

Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake

Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough! Today is my baby brother Jared's birthday.  He's certainly not a baby anymore - he's in his 20's working on his masters, and following his dream of working on the staff of the Tennessee Volunteers Athletics Department.   I really admire Jared's tenacity and willingness to overcome obstacles in order to get to the next step.  He is goal-driven, smart, and hard-working - he will no doubt go far in life! For Jared's birthday, our Grandma Dona thoughtfully sent him a card with a recipe for her famous chocolate cake.  Grandma Dona is a sweetheart, and like many other grandma's, Continue Reading...

Peach Crisp with Cinnamon Pecan Crumble

Peach Crisp with Cinnamon Pecan Crumble

  It is peak produce season here in Northern Virginia.  To me, this translates to Peach Season!!  Peaches are probably my favorite fruit, but you can only get the really delicious ones in July and August.  When I was at the farmers market a few days ago, I picked up about 6 peaches.  I let them ripen on the counter, and decided I needed to bake up these beauties for one of my favorite Peach Crisp with Cinnamon Pecan Crumble. I pulled out the recipe box, and went with my Great-Grandma Elsie's "crisp" recipe.  Her recipe is for apple crisp, so I had to make a few adjustments for peaches.  None the less, this crisp turned out divine!  To add a little extra crunch to the crumble topping, I added some pecans.  (I do live in the south, after all.  It just seemed right.) Continue Reading...

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

  Chocolate and coconut.  There are few other food combinations that I love more than these.  When I was a kid, my mom would make home made almond joys at Christmas time to put on her Christmas candy tray.  I fell in love.  Ever since then, I have loved Mounds, Almond Joys, and especially any home made cookie, bar, pie or cake that includes chocolate and coconut.  These Chocolate Coconut cupcakes easily make the top of my Chocolate-Coconut list of favorites. A couple days ago I asked my husband if he would like me to bring in cupcakes to his workplace for his 40th birthday.  Not only did he happily agree, but he specifically requested these.  He said these are quite possibly the best thing I've ever baked!!  Given that I bake at least once a week, speaks highly for these yummy Continue Reading...

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

  Harrison and I came back to my home town, Burke, SD to visit my family for a couple weeks.  Unlike last summer, they've had lots of rain and sunshine, which has helped the local crops and gardens grow leaps and bounds.  My dad's strawberry patch is no exception.  I've never seen strawberry plants as full and plentiful as these. Dad has picked several gallons of strawberries so far this summer, filling up their freezer for fall and winter.  Since they have a nice sized rhubarb plant, I thought hmmmm, what could we make with copious amounts of strawberries and rhubarb?  Jam!!!  I raided mom's basement pantry of miscellaneous jars, picked up some jar flats, and pectin at the local grocery store, and pulled out the big pot.  In a couple hours we had several jars of sweet, Continue Reading...

The Ultimate Coconut Cupcake

The Ultimate Coconut Cupcake

This weekend I planned on bringing some cupcakes to a friends house for a BBQ.  Adults and kids alike, everyone loves cupcakes.  I consulted my 5-year-old son as to what type of cupcakes we should bring - his quick reply was "coconut!" I did some searching, and came across a fabulous coconut cake recipe that I adapted for cupcakes. [mpprecipe-recipe:12] Recipe adapted from Broma Bakery: http://www.bromabakery.com/2010/10/best-coconut-cake-in-world.html Here is how I frosted the cupcakes.  It goes much quicker when using a piping bag, and larger tip, especially when this recipe makes nearly 36 cupcakes..  It doesn't have to be perfect (mine never are), because you'll be rolling the wet frosting into the coconut. I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as my family Continue Reading...