RAINBOW cake! So pretty when you cut into it.

My daughter LOVES to bake. Like, daily, she is whipping up something in the kitchen. And of course, it's never anything easy - it's always some super creative complicated adventure that usually turns out delicious. This time was no different - she and her friend created a beautiful Rainbow Cake 5-layers tall. Obviously cutting into it was really fun but the best part was that it actually tasted really good! For this super simple cake that your kid can make, she started with 2 white cake mixes (the box ones) and mixed them up together in a double batch. Then she divided the … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kinsey – Gluten-Free birthday cake w/ fondant & buttercream

Our 10 year old daughter, Kinsey, LOVES to bake. Not only does she love it, she is freaking good at it too. At 10 years old, she can bake all sorts of stuff (cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies), start to finish, completely by herself. Last week our son, Travis, turned the big 1-3. Yes, I have a teenager. Ack! Kinsey decided for part of her gift to him she wanted to bake his birthday cake. She totally nailed this cake. I'm still shocked a 10 year old with little baking experience and pretty much zero decorating experience pulled off this cake. Travis is strictly gluten-free (and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bar Toffee. Delicious easy to make treat for the Holiday season.

I served this Chocolate Bar Toffee to all the shoppers at the Kirkland's Grand Opening Event last week. It was a huge hit and I want to share the recipe with you guys now. (Don't forget to go enter the giveaway for a $100 gift card to Kirkland's!) This Toffee is so stinkin' easy to make. I don't generally enjoy cooking and baking, but I do enjoy delicious food, so when I do bake, it better be an easy recipe that is extra yummy. I have no patience for mediocre recipes. To make this Toffee, you only need 6 ingredients. It is that easy. The only tricky part about the entire recipe is you have … [Read more...]

Dump Cake {recipe}

Have you ever had Dump Cake? It's more like a cobbler than a cake, and is so rich and delicious. It is one of my favorite sweet desserts and is tasty served both warm and cold. Another reason this dessert is such a popular choice at our house is because it is so quick and easy to make. I can keep all the ingredients readily available to whip together for last-minute guests. There is no measuring, no mixing, and no separate bowl to clean up. To make Dump Cake you only need 5 ingredients: Crushed Pineapple, Cherry Pie Filling, Butter Cake mix, a stick of butter, and some chopped … [Read more...]

A plethora of marshmallow pop trifecta

How's that for a title? I kill even myself sometimes. Bada-bing! Um... er... uh... {innocent whistling}... Let's just get on with the post, shall we? Before Valentine's Day two weeks ago, K and I made a bunch of Chocolate Covered Strawberries. {tutorial here} During that chocolate making session we also made another fun treat! And let me tell you, these bad boyz are delicious. Marshmallow Pops! Yup. We took a ball of sugar, dipped it into chocolate sugar, then dipped it again into sugar sprinkles. Do you see a trend here? Sugar dipped in sugar dipped … [Read more...]

Make your own Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a yummy Valentine's treat, but they are pricy! I refuse to pay $5-$10 for four strawberries. Fortunately, years ago I learned how to make my own Chocolate Covered Strawberries. You will be shocked when you realize how easy and inexpensive they are to make. Never pay inflated prices again! First, you want to gear up. You will need fresh strawberries (washed), chocolate, and a cookie sheet with wax paper. I prefer Dolci Frutta which can be found on the baking isle or near the fruit section at your local grocery store. However, you … [Read more...]

Crappy Cones. Literally.

I apologize in advance if you have a sensitive stomach or are easily squeamish. But this was too gross and too awesome not to share. Last month my son T turned 10. For his birthday he wanted me to make Cupcake Cones: T decided he wanted colored cones and chocolate cake and icing. No problem. Everything went as planned and they were actually starting to look pretty cute. Until the icing. Then things went horribly wrong. Do you see what I see? Are you simultaneously laughing and throwing up in your mouth a little? Every cupcake looked like a dog … [Read more...]