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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and […]

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Happy First Day of Summer!!! What better way to celebrate than with a fun new recipe? No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is amazing for so many reasons. It starts off […]

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet raspberries, and topped with a crunchy, buttery streusel. Can you say YUM?!? All the BEST muffins have a crumb topping in my opinion. Dress them up with your favorite cupcake liners and watch as they bake up high and beautiful. Eat ’em for breakfast, brunch or even a snack! They’re also perfect for gifting. You can drop the first batch off at my house! I’m really good at taste testing.

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, lemon yogurt, vegetable oil, lemon zest, raspberries, and butter.

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins ingredients list #muffins #raspberrymuffins #lemonmuffins #homemademuffins #springbaking #bakerystylemuffins

Watch how easy this is! In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk it all up to combine. Flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt are added to a large bowl. #lemonraspberrymuffins #strueselmuffins #bakerymuffins #muffins #muffinrecipes #homemademuffins

Grab another bowl and add the eggs, yogurt, oil, and lemon zest. Mix well with a whisk until all the ingredients are fully combined. I needed two 6-oz yogurts (the single serving size) to make a full cup. The yogurt adds flavor but also keeps the muffins so moist. Not into lemon? Swap out with raspberry or even plain vanilla yogurt instead. Eggs, yogurt, oil, and lemon zest are mixed together in a second bowl. #muffins #muffinsfromscratch #lemonmuffins #raspberrymuffins #raspberrylemonmuffinsNext add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir until the mixture is just moistened. Then fold in the raspberry pieces. I’ve made this recipe with both fresh and frozen raspberries and both ways are delicious. I thawed the frozen raspberries just enough to get them to break apart for mixing but if your raspberries are holding a lot of water I would suggest defrosting first. Strawberry chunks or even blueberries would be a perfect swap if you wanna shake things up a bit!

The dry ingredients are added to the wet ingredients and mixed to combine. The raspberries are then folded into the mixture. #muffins #homemademuffins #fromscratchmuffins #lemonraspberrystreuselmuffins #springbaking #springrecipes

Line a muffin pan with your prettiest cupcake liners because Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins deserve only the best! Do your cupcake liners ever get splotchy or greasy from baking? This can result from “well-loved” (frequently used) baking pans. The easy fix? Line each cavity of the pan with a thin layer of rice. Any rice will do the trick (white, born, instant, doesn’t matter). The rice in the pan absorbs the excess oil and leaves the liners pretty and grease-free. Divide the muffin batter evenly into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. A cookie scoop helps to keep this job nice and neat and also uniform.

Leamon Raspberry Streusel Muffin batter is scooped into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. #muffins #springbaking #brunchrecipes #springbrunch #easterbrunch #mothersdaybrunch

Don’t you dare forget that yummy streusel topping! It’s my favorite part. Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Full disclosure: I always start by cutting in the butter like a professional but I always finish by mixing it with my hands. I just feel like I have more control plus the heat from my hands warms the butter and makes mixing these ingredients a little bit easier.

Sprinkle a tablespoon of the butter mixture over each muffin and lightly press into the muffin top. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Streusel topping is pressed into the top of each muffin #muffins #streusel #streuseltoppedmuffins #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

Or if you’re like me and just can’t wait to sneak a taste then I’m sure you’re be enjoying a Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffin while it’s still warm. There’s nothing like a lil lovin’ straight from the oven! Have you tried our Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins or Strawberry Crumb Cake Muffins? I told you I’m addicted to that crumb topping!

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Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

May 14, 2020
: 12 muffins
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • FOR THE MUFFINS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup lemon yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk it all up to combine.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl, add the eggs, yogurt, oil, and lemon zest. Mix well with a whisk until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Step 3 Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir until the mixture is just moistened. Fold in the raspberry pieces.
  • Step 4 Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Divide the muffin batter evenly into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.
  • Step 5 Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the butter mixture over each muffin and lightly press into the muffin top.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

Looking for a fun way to use up some overripe bananas? Well friends, let me introduce you to White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles! Truffles are an easy dessert to make because they’re no bake. This delicious version is a combination of Golden Oreos and ripe […]

Rustic Apple Tart

Rustic Apple Tart

Happy Fall Y’all! I wanted to share this quick and easy Rustic Apple Tart with you before you get bombarded with all things pumpkin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this one’s gonna be for team apple. The delicious little Fall dessert starts […]

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…..then you’ll LOVE this cake!!! Pina Colada Cake is moist, delicious, and loaded with the same tropical goodness as the popular summer drink. Now you can sip your favorite drink and eat it too. This tasty bundt cake is flavored with coconut, chunks of pineapple, and a splash of rum, then brushed with a sweet pineapple glaze, smothered in creamy coconut frosting and topped with toasted coconut. Ok you can stop drooling now! This cake is so over the top amazing, your guests will never believe that it’s actually made from a box cake mix. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Here’s all you’ll need: white cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, rum, crushed pineapple, confectioners’ sugar, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and shredded coconut.

Pina Colada Cake ingredients list

Let’s get started! Add the cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum to a large bowl. We used Malibu to give this cake even more delicious pineapple flavor! Beat with a hand mixer for 30 seconds at low speed, then crank it up to medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes. The addition of pudding gives this cake a really nice, thick texture as well as added flavor.

Cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Next drain the pineapple. And when I say drain, I really mean DRAIN. Like we want this stuff to be almost dry. I ran this through a strainer, squeezed even more juice out by hand, and then patted it off with paper towels. You can even bust out the hair dryer if you have to (I’m kidding!!!) But we want it to be D-R-Y!!! Stir the crushed pineapple into cake batter. You’ll need to break it up as you go to make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout.

Crushed pineapple after its been drained, patted dry with a paper towel.

Now it’s time to grease the cake pan. Bundt cakes can be a little intimidating at first, especially if you’re a first timer, but I’m telling you they’re really not that bad. This Faberware pan is pretty amazing!! I’ve never had problems with sticking or removing the cake from the pan. Here’s how I do it! Take a stick of butter and grease the pan. Rub it over every nook and cranny. Then add a handful of flour and roll it around inside the pan to coat all those crevices that you just covered in butter. Shake out any extra flour remaining in the cake pan. I’m telling you this method works like a charm!

Bundt pan being rubbed with a stick of butter.

Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan around the center ring. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I recommend sipping a Pina Colada cocktail while you wait for your Pina Colada Cake to bake because why not? Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. It helps to gently run a butter knife around the edges of the pan before removing.

Bundt cake cooling in the cake pan.

This pineapple glaze is SOOO good I could just drink it right up! In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice to form a glaze.

1 cup of confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice whisked together in a small bowl to make a glaze.

While the cake is still warm, gently brush the glaze over the top to cover. It’s like one big, giant glazed donut!!! The glaze will soak into the cake and drip down onto the plate. Don’t pay any attention to the drips, this part doesn’t have to be perfect. But DO make sure you go all the way and use every last drop of that glaze!!

Warm bundt cake brushed with pineapple glaze.

Now make sure that cake is cooled completely before this next step. If the cake’s not cool this luscious coconut frosting will run right off and we don’t want that! In separate bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut, 1 tablespoon of rum, and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to make this lick your lips delish coconut frosting. Whatever you do, don’t try it. You’ll likely end up eating it right out of the bowl and none of it will make it to the Pina Colada Cake!

Spread the frosting over the cake then top with shredded coconut before it has a chance to set. I toasted the coconut lightly in a a skillet. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes or until coconut turns golden brown. This step is all about personal preference but for me toasted coconut just tastes so dreamy!!!

Cream of coconut, rum, and confectioners' sugar whisked together in a small bowl to make a frosting.

If summer were a dessert, it would be Pina Colada Cake! Cut me off a slice!!

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Pina Colada Cake

August 6, 2019
: 12

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Ingredients
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, glazed
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum to a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer for 30 seconds at low speed, then increase to medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Step 2 Drain the pineapple until almost completely dry. Add to the cake batter and stir, breaking apart as you go, to evenly distribute.
  • Step 3 Prepare the cake pan. Rub with butter, coat with flour, and then shake out any excess flour.
  • Step 4 Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan around the center ring. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Step 5 In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice to form a glaze. Brush the glaze over the warm cake. Cool completely.
  • Step 6 In separate bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut, 1 tablespoon of rum, and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to make coconut frosting. Spread the frosting over the cake then top with shredded coconut before it has a chance to set. Enjoy!
  • Step 7 **To toast coconut, cook on low for 5-10 minutes or until coconut turns golden brown.

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Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

When I think of the Fourth of July, I think of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill, lots of yummy corn on the cob and tasty pasta salads, and of course, a big ole juicy watermelon. Well now you can add Watermelon Cookies […]

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

If you haven’t tried Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats, then you’re doing it wrong! This extraordinary mashup combines two of my most loved goodies, Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. Have you ever asked yourself what happens when Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies collide? […]

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Happy Spring my friends! Nothing says Springtime quite like these gorgeous little Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, don’t ya think? Add a little sunshine to your life with this cute lemony treat. These show stopping cupcakes are a fun spinoff on the classic and very delicious lemon meringue pie. The melt-in-your-mouth homemade meringue topping is piled high on this subtley sweet lemon flavored cupcake. But wait! There’s even a surprise lemon pie filling hidden inside. I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like a lot of steps. But our easy to follow recipe, and a few shortcuts, help to make this one a piece of cake! Or should I say cupcake?

Here’s all you’ll need: lemon cake mix, canola oil, eggs, lemon zest, lemon pie filling, egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes ingredients list.

Let’s just jump right in with a shortcut right out of the gate…a boxed cake mix! Now I’m all about baking from scratch in most situations, but hey, life gets hectic and we can all use a little shortcut every once in awhile, right? Plus we’re going to dress this up a little bit, so I promise no one will know.

Combine the lemon cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and lemon zest in a large bowl. It’s simple to create lemon zest. Just run the peel of a lemon against a grater. Lemon zest helps to pump up that bright citrusy flavor. Beat with a hand mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Then kick it up to medium speed and continue to mix for another two minutes.

Lemon cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and lemon zest mixed with a hand mixer in a large bowl.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes are most definitely that special occasion that you’ve been saving those pretty paper lined muffin cups for. So line a muffin pan with the cutest paper lined muffin cups you can find, then fill each cup two thirds of the way full with batter.

When baking muffins or cupcakes in paper cups, I always line the bottom of the each cavity in the pan with a little bit of rice. This prevents any residual oil that’s left in the baking pan from seeping up and ruining those beautiful, decorative paper lined muffin cups without interfering with the baking. Just enough rice to cover the bottom of the pan will do the trick! (but this step is not necessary to bake this recipe if you don’t have rice on hand, skip it).

Paper lined muffin cups filled two thirds of the way full with lemon cake batter.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 18-22 minutes. When you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean, no clumps or stickiness, then you know they’re done!

It doesn’t matter what I’m making, when I’m using two baking pans I ALWAYS use the top and middle racks of the oven. It also helps to switch the position of the pans halfway through baking. So the pan that’s on the middle rack gets moved to the top rack and vice versa. This helps to ensure that all the cupcakes bake evenly since the heat in most ovens isn’t consistent throughout. You’ll definitely see an improvement in your baking!

Lemon cupcakes in a muffin pan hot out of the oven.

Meanwhile let’s whip up that lemon pie filling while the cupcakes are baking and cooling. Insert time saving shortcut here!! Store bought lemon pie filling helps to shave a little bit of time from this recipe and gives you more time to finish laundry, enjoy your coffee, and get outdoors and enjoy some of that sunshine. You’re welcome!

You can find lemon filling in the baking aisle. It may say lemon creme filling or just lemon filling on the label and it usually comes in a box or a can. Our box mix required a little bit of prep work, but I promise it was easy peasy  (lemon squeezy).

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, we can add the lemon pie filling. I used a piping bag with a round piping tip, then inserted it into the middle of the cupcake and gently squeezed until the filling reached the top of the cupcake. You can also use a melon baller or a small pairing knife to scoop out the center of the cupcake and then spoon in the filling into the middle. Both methods work just fine, it’s all about what you have on hand.

Lemon pie filling is added to the center of the cupcake with a piping bag.

Now it’s time for that soft and fluffy meringue topping! And this one’s all homemade, no shortcuts here. Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Soft peaks will barely hold their shape. When the beaters are lifted the peaks will flop.

Gradually beat in the sugar, a little bit at a time, at a high speed until the sugar is is dissolved. Continue to beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stiff peaks will stand up straight when the beaters are lifted (see below picture).

Meringue topping beaten until stiff, glossy peaks are formed.

Pipe the meringue topping over the tops of the cupcakes using the piping tip of your choice. You can get fancy with a star tip or keep it simple with a round tip. Whatever tip you use, make sure your topping is piled sky high!

No piping tips, no problem. Spoon the meringue topping over the cupcakes to cover. Be sure to create a heaping mound of meringue deliciousness! The more meringue the better!! It’s easiest if you leave the cupcakes in the pan to complete this step because the topping can be a little sticky at this point.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until the meringue is toasty and golden brown. You’ll want to stay close to the oven and keep an eagle eye watch while they’re baking. Meringue can turn from perfectly golden to completely scorched quicker than you’d think! So pay close attention to those tops.

Meringue topping being piped onto lemon cupcakes.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove to wire racks and finish cooling. Store Lemon Meringue Cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready right NOW!!! If you’re all about timesaving recipes to impress, then you’ll wanna try our Chocolate Overload Cake next!

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

May 21, 2019
: 24 cupcakes
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon flavored cake mix
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup lemon pie filling
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine the lemon cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Switch to medium speed and continue to mix for another two minutes.
  • Step 2 Line a muffin pan with paper lined muffin cups. Fill each cup two thirds of the way full with cake batter. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Step 3 Once cupcakes are cool, pipe filling into the center of each cupcake with a piping bag and a round tip. You can also use a melon baller or a pairing knife to cut a small hole in the center of the cupcake and spoon in the lemon pie filling by hand.
  • Step 4 Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, a little bit at a time, at a high speed until the sugar is is dissolved. Continue to beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  • Step 5 Pipe the meringue topping over the tops of the cupcakes using the piping tip of your choice. Or use a spoon to mound up heaps of meringue topping to cover the cupcakes.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown. Keep a close, watchful eye on the topping. Meringue can burn quickly.
  • Step 7 Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove to wire racks and finish cooling. Store Lemon Meringue Cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Enjoy!

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No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie

If you’re a dessert lover with less than fabulous baking skills then you’re in luck! This next recipe is for YOU!!! Black Forest Ice Cream Pie is a no bake, easy to prepare frozen dessert you’ll find yourself making again and again…..and again. This creamy, […]