Southern Caramel Cake is a tradition in the south and a new favorite of mine since I’ve discovered a shorter way of making it. Although I have been dreading making this cake because it’s not one you can just whip up and call it a day, I was so excited to eat it. There’s nothing quite like it. It doesn’t have frosting but the caramel is clearly the star. I like caramel but homemade caramel and syrups have a particularly fresh taste to them. I’m sure if you wanted to shortcut this cake, you could buy a boxed yellow cake and caramel topping, but please don’t! Your taste buds will thank you for rewarding them with this delightful dessert. The key to making it as flawless as possible is nailing the caramel and having perfect layers. Since you can’t hide the crumbs with a crumb coat after leveling it, flat layers are ideal. There are several tricks to making your cake bake without having a dome top. I chose a cake recipe that I’ve had experiences with baking pretty flat. It is delicious and pairs well with the caramel. Some have suggested baking with parchment paper over the batter but I haven’t tried that method yet. Be sure to give this recipe a try, I’m sure you’ll find a reason […]
Starbucks Banana Nut Bread…. say no more! One of my favorite fast food places to go for breakfast would have to be Starbucks. I can’t turn down a white chocolate mocha with peppermint, a turkey pesto melt, or their banana nut bread. Although banana nut bread is very “cake-like” I give it a pass because it is clearly a bread :). If I could have it my way, I would buy this bread every morning or buy it by the loaf if they actually sold it that way BUT since they don’t, I came up with my own version based on the ingredients listed on their website. I usually use butter and walnuts but couldn’t wait to try it with oil and a combination of walnuts and pecans. Because I am the worst pecan addict EVER, of course, I was all out. Although I was out and the bread pictured is missing what could be the best part of the bread itself, I could not leave it out of the recipe or it wouldn’t be a true copycat. So lets play make believe that we see pecans on the images and all will be good. This bread is super easy to make and is so good. For a fraction of the cost but a lot more to show for […]
These banana cupcakes are so delicious that they will make you want to slap your mama! Well, not really but who knows, you may not be able to contain the urge :). I truly have a weakness for banana desserts (let’s face it, maybe all desserts) and these cupcakes are no different especially when combined with my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. I don’t normally buy bananas because my toddler and I are the only ones in the house that eat them and we feel that they attract unwanted fruit flies but after making a banana pudding and having a few left over, I thought it would be a great idea to make banana cupcakes for my son’s class. Because no one likes an overly energetic toddler, let alone 30 overly energetic toddlers, I thought it would be wise to make mini cupcakes instead of regular ones. Thank God I did because I ate a good 6 before making it to his daycare. Before attempting to make tons of mini cupcakes, be sure to have a least 2 mini cupcake pans. It was no fun making these little boogers having to keep rotating out the baked cupcakes with new liners. Save yourself the time and headache and invest in at least two. I was so excited while making these that […]
Red velvet cake is a delicious southern tradition. It’s a bright red buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa topped with creamy and tangy cream cheese frosting. Definitely a crowd pleaser! What can be more southern than a red velvet cake? No matter where I go, red velvet cake has always been the number one requested dessert. Maybe it’s the sexy red or the buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa taste, either way, it is always a hit! I personally don’t care for chocolate flavored cakes but I LOVE cream cheese frosting so that makes this cake a winner in my book. Traditionally red velvet cake isn’t as bright as many know it to be today. It was originally made without dye and the hint of red was a result of the chemical reaction caused by the ingredients. It was also made with frosting that involved cooking on the stove, but throughout the years, there have been many interpretations. Depending on who you ask, there’s only one way to make a “REAL” red velvet cake. I believe that a red velvet cake should always consist of buttermilk, cocoa, and vinegar but my preferences include pecans and my favorite cream cheese frosting. My husband loves it any way it comes, as long as it’s not store bought or made with […]
Mess free, boneless buffalo chicken bites. Perfect with fries or as a football party appetizer! I don’t entertain nearly as much as I’d like, but these buffalo bites are easy to whip up and are a great alternative to the traditional wing. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t like chicken, not that I was looking or anything. I said that to say this: Chicken is almost, always at any and every party. It’s on the cheaper side and can be prepared in almost anyway imaginable. I thought of this recipe while making Crafty Morning’s 3-Ingredient Orange Chicken Sauce recipe. It was delicious and went well with brown rice and green beans, as does most Asian inspired recipes. While eating it I couldn’t help but think that this would be a nice appetizer at a home football party if it had buffalo sauce on it topped with blue cheese and dipped in ranch dressing. My husband was in love with the idea and couldn’t wait to try it, therefore, I had to hurry and make it that week for dinner. 🙂 It was perfect and mess free. So much better than the messy fingers that come with eating wings! This recipe is definitely one for the book.