4th of July Cake Pops

So what’s a girl to do when after she’s made 4th of July whoopie pies and she’s left with a ton of red velvet scraps (not to mention some frosting that didn’t turn out quite right?) Why, make cake pops of course!

In case you’re not familiar with cake pops, they were created by a lovely blogger named Angie over at Bakerella. She’s totally awesome. Anyway. After she invented them, they started cropping up everywhere. 

Anyway, I’d never tried making them before, but they’re a perfect way to use up cake scraps! (more…)

4th of July Whoopie Pies

4th of July Whoopie Pies perfect for a patriotic barbecue!

Do you like whoopie pies?

I have to admit, my experiences with whoopie pies are pretty limited. It’s not a treat that defined my childhood in any way. But people seem to love them, so I decided to figure out what the fuss was about.

Red velvet whoopie pies are nothing new– do a Google image search for them and you’ll get loads of these guys staring you in the face. And while they seem to have been tailored for Valentine’s Day, I thought they’d make for a great 4th of July dessert as well!


Dessert For Dudes: Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Bridget over at Bake at 350 does this thing every June called “Dessert for Dudes.” It’s sort of in honor of Father’s Day, but she does it all month.

I thought it was a cool idea, so I asked Hubs what his favorite dessert was. He doesn’t have one favorite, but he listed off several that he really likes. One of the top ones was carrot cake.

When I thought about it, I couldn’t remember ever having made a carrot cake before.

My friend Emma made a raw carrot cake for her daughter Olive’s first birthday, which had no sugar. I tasted a bit of it and it was delicious. So I decided to try my hand at naturally sweetened carrot cake. (more…)

Mini Blueberry Sage Trifles with Mascarpone Whip

There’s been quite a stir in the food-blogging world the last couple of weeks over an opinion piece posted over on the International Association of Culinary Professionals website, wherein the article writer voiced her disgust that high-profile companies in the culinary business are paying food bloggers (gasp! food bloggers?!) to develop and photograph recipes using and endorsing their products. One of her concerns was that there are no guidelines for how many times the recipes must be tested by us lowly food bloggers (who have a “cooking hobby” and “too much time on [our] hands”) and that we’re faking culinary expertise.

Luckily, there are eloquent bloggers like Julie from Willow Bird Baking who write fabulous, non-inflamatory responses like this one.

In any case, I’ve never been paid by anyone to write a post or develop a recipe. But in the interest of full-disclosure, I’ll tell you that I’ve only made this recipe once. Most recipes I post here are ones I’ve made over and over, or ones I’ve had handed down from my grandma that have been made more times than we can count. But sometimes I just like to show you something I threw together that worked so you can try it, too, or at least be inspired. I hope none of you are confusing me with America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve had no formal training. I just love to cook and share recipes with anyone who wants them. And if you ever try one of my recipes and it doesn’t work for you, I hope you let me know and we can figure it out together. And if you have a great idea for taking any of my recipes up a notch, please tell me that, too!

Ok, let’s get down to business. I really liked this dessert. It’s great for any summer get-togethers you might have coming up. I made it for a mother’s day get-together a few weeks ago. I was inspired by this recipe from My Baking Addiction.


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