Pumpkin Bourbon Cupcakes with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting!

Fall is here, hooray! This cupcake turns the season of Fall into an edible treat– with its luscious pumpkin, cozy bourbon, warm spices, and sugared-and-spices pecans. MmMmM Taste of DC took place this past weekend, and I wanted to come up with a unique, seasonal treat to bring. This cupcake hit and exceed the mark….

Blueberry Chocolate Pecan Mascarpone Cake w/ Goat Cheese Frosting!

I’m so excited that we’re coming into blueberry season! Ever tried a chocolate covered blueberry? They’re delicious. These cupcakes were inspired by happy hour foods. To me, classic happy hour is cheese and crackers, grapes, nuts, and, well, there would always need to be chocolate incorporated somewhere. All paired with some great wine. I realized…

Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake with Creme de Cacao Mascarpone Whipped Cream

It’s winter. It’s cold. You’re probably snuggled up inside more than usual. What could add to your cozy experience? How about a decadent, warm chocolaty dessert with a boozy whipped cream? Add on some ice cream, some berries, and boom, you’re set. I participate in a monthly Improv Cooking Challenge, hosted by Lesa of Edesia’s…

Boozin’ Brownies: Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon!

Do you like chocolate? Beer? Bourbon? Bacon? Ever wonder what would happen if you put them all together?! Well, I was curious. City Tap House in Washington, DC had a baking-with beer competition. It was a Terrapin Wake-n-Bake competition; everyone had to use to original wake-n-bake beer in their baked entry. After some experimenting and brainstorming,…

Improv Cooking Challenge: Ebony & Ivory = Black & White Cheesecake!

  Creamy, chocolaty, cheesecake…mmm…. This month’s cooking challenge from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker: making something Ebony and Ivory, aka anything black/brown & white. I thought about trying to make a savory dish, but then I thought of these. No questions, had to do it. The tricky part? I gave up chocolate for lent…

Baileys Espresso Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Crust!

Oh my yum. Oreos, Baileys, espresso, cheesecake….what’s not to love?! Creamy, chocolatey/mocha, smooth cheesecake, and fairly easy too! You can see the layers a little bit in the picture above. It starts with an oreo crust– simple combination of oreo crumbs and melted butter. Then, there is a layer of espresso cheesecake batter, a layer of…

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting!

Looking for a tasty, unique treat? Try these out! Chocolate? Check. Mocha? Check. Booze? Check! Chocolate espresso cupcakes with homemade Irish cream frosting, topped with a chocolate covered espresso bean!! I made these for my friend’s birthday. They were definitely a celebratory hit! I made the Irish cream for the frosting, which is a cheap…

Bourbon Apple Pie & Apple Cake & Apple Crisp!

Thanksgiving is the best. A time for family, friends, good conversations, and, well, giving thanks. What’s even better is when you get to celebrate those things multiple times! Let’s back up: It all started in October with Apple Day: We went apple picking. Then, we cooked a bunch o’ apple-y things, like pork with apples,…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes!

Do you like chocolate chip cookies? How about cookie dough? Frosting? Well, here’s a new treat for you! Cookie Cakes!! It’s really just a giant chocolate chip cookie. I made 3 six-inch round cakes– 2 for friends’ birthdays, and one for a friend who got a new job. The 6-inch cakes fit perfectly in a…

Luscious Lemon Cupcakes!

It’s summertime. You need a lighter, but satisfying dessert. The sun is shining. mmmm lemon sounds good. What do you make? How about some luscious lemon cupcakes with cream cheese lemon coconut frosting! Yes, please. The cake is super moist and it has the perfect hint of lemon. The cream cheese frosting is divine, with…

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes!

Chocolate? Vanilla? Can’t decide? ANSWER: Cookies ‘n’ Cream!! The perfect balance of chocolaty and vanillay goodness. See? 😀 It’s a vanilla cake studded with crushed cookies n cream cookies (I used Trader Joe’s Joe Joes) frosted with swirled chocolate and vanilla buttercreams! mmmmmmmmmmm The inside looks like this! Want some? Let’s bake! Cookies n Cream…