Red Velvet Cake

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! On a day like today, I’m going to reference the words of one of my favorite actresses, Emma Stone: “you’re a human being, and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.” And she’s right! Even out of all the fancy layer cakes, red velvet is definitely my flavor of choice and what’s even more exciting is that it’s a Paula Deen recipe, which means it must be utterly delicious! Continue reading

Chocolate Ganache Stout Cake

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Surprise!…Here’s a full-sugar, chocolate-coated dessert to enjoy: an incredibly tall and delicious Chocolate Ganache Stout Cake! I recently started incorporating liquor in some of my desserts, like in a Butter Rum Cake (recipe coming soon!) and this very tasty chocolate cake. (Don’t worry–the alcohol cooks off.) Using stout in this cake adds a richer, deeper dimension to the chocolate without making it seem too heavy. Continue reading

5-Layer Ferrero Rocher Nutella Dream Cake

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Happy, happy birthday to my amazing sister! Because I bake for every holiday, birthday, or even just  Sunday night family dinners, my sister required that her birthday cake top them all. My first thought was an elaborate bright pink cake, but I had already covered that with my Pink Chocolate Ombre Cake, so I moved onto the next thought: a Ferrero Rocher layer cake! (Keep in mind that I had just tasted Nutella for the first time quite recently, so its decadent and addicting amazing-ness had just dug a special place in my heart! ) Continue reading

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

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These are the wisest words I’ve ever heard: “Ice cream is happiness condensed.”-Jessi Lane Adams

For my grandma’s birthday, she requested a dessert from her two favorite sweet categories, chocolate and ice cream, so what else was I to do but make a delicious chocolate ice cream cake?! I usually don’t even let my family keep Oreos in the house because I would eat them all within seconds, but I thought this a fitting occasion to make an exception! To me, the only thing better than Oreos themselves is an Oreo dessert…a tall, dark, and handsome chocolate cake doesn’t stand a chance against an Oreo cookie or cupcake, and certainly not an Oreo Ice Cream Cake! (I learned this after making my  Oreo Chocolate Layer Cake!)  Continue reading

German Chocolate Cake

Obsessive-ness runs in my family; my dad has a strict punctuality requirement, my mom swears by post-its and agendas, and my sister combines all of the above. Thanks to them, I have a lot in common with Guy Pearce, who claims that his “problem is [that he’s] an addictive personality“, for I too “can’t have one cup of coffee… or just one piece of chocolate cake.” Being slightly compulsive certainly has its benefits and its drawbacks, but because I’m an all-or-nothing person, at least I can fully commit myself to any undertaking. And, since I’m also a Taurus, I’m even more resolute; there’s no stopping me once I’ve set my mind on something! Thus, here’s the dessert of the week: a fantastic German Chocolate Cake! Continue reading

Chocolate Ombre Layer Cake

Yet again, my sister desperately asked me to bake a cake for her school project. Her assignment was to create a business and her’s was a bakery, so of course she just needed to bring a cake to school the next day. She requested either a pink or chocolate cake, but she was certainly not expecting something as grand as this amazing ombre layer cake! I’ve always loved the ombre affect, but when it recently became popular in the baking world, the beautiful gradient layers always intimidated me, for they seemed so complicated! But, it was actually pretty simple! The amazing vanilla cake was light and fluffy–a must–and the frosting was a perfect chocolate-y flavor! Combine all of that with the amazing decoration, and this cake is truly incredible! Feast your eyes on this moist, rich, delectable cake and enjoy!!

Recipe: Pink Ombre Layer Cake

***NOTE: Please excuse my camera; the actual cake was colored gorgeous layers of pink, but for some annoying reason, they photographed as orange.

Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecakes (Guest Post)

(Photo by Brooke B.  Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake.)

I’d like to introduce Brooke, the Sweet Prima Donna, a healthy dessert blogger. Our collaboration to bake the world’s best cheesecakes produced fantastic results! I baked classic New York Cheesecake and Brooke created fabulous Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cups, the perfect fun-sized dessert for individual servings! Enjoy Brooke’s recipe below!

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Hello lovelies!

I’m Brooke B. from The Sweet Prima Donna.  The Sweet Prima Donna is a website dedicated to serving you up recipes for all your favorite desserts made skinny and or healthier.  I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy life to the fullest, and that includes being able to indulge in the foods we love!  I hope with my recipes you are able to do so without the guilt.  I always say, “Life is short, eat dessert first!”, and I’m an honest believer in this!

I want to thank Carissa so much for allowing me to take over her blog today!  We are both very excited about our baking collaboration and have been working hard to get ready to share with you all!  Carissa informed me that she was going to share a New York Style Cheesecake with my friends on the Sweet Prima Donna Blog, which got my wheels turning.  I hadn’t really thought much about making a cheesecake, but I’d seen some pretty delicious recipes floating around for cheesecake.  The one that caught my eye above all was an Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake, holy yum!  Right then and there I knew that was the recipe I was going to try to make skinny, I mean oreo, cookie dough, and cheesecake all in one place… there was no way that that wasn’t a scale tipper, ahah.

For the cheesecake base I used the recipe from Gina’s Skinny Recipes, which was a fabulous, easy to make cheesecake recipe.  I also like the fact that it used greek yogurt, which gave them some extra protein, plus cream cheese has quite a lot of protein, so these cheesecake cups have quite a good amount of protein for being a dessert food!   Her recipe called for a vanilla wafer as the crust, but I subbed the wafer for a reduced fat oreo.  I then used my recipe for skinny chocolate chip cookies for the dough, and made it egg free so it was safe to eat raw by subbing an egg white for vinegar and baking soda.

These babies are out of this world.  I’m not the biggest cheesecake fan to be honest.  I’m the type of person that has to be craving a good old fashioned slice of cheesecake, but these kept me coming back to the plate for more.  If the fact that I ate four the night I made these didn’t sell you on how good they are, or the fact that my sister and her friends pleaded for more, maybe this picture will do the job:

Skinny Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake!

(Photo by Brooke B.  Oreo Cookie Dough Cheesecake.)

Servings- 12

Calories- 170 per cheesecake cup

Fat- 7g

Protein- 4.6 g – pretty good for a treat, don’t you think? (:

Ingredients:

Cheesecake BaseRecipe adapted from Gina’s Skinnytaste

Cookie Dough RecipeRecipe adapted from my recipe for skinny chocolate chip cookies

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350.

2. Line cupcake tin with liners.  Place an oreo in the bottom of each liner.

3.  Beat cream cheese, sugar, stevia, and vanilla until smooth in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat in yogurt, egg whites, and flour gradually.  Be sure NOT to overbeat.

4.  Pour an even amount of batter into each cupcake liner until halfway full.

5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until center is set (Mine took exactly 20 minutes).  Cool to room temperature

6.  While the cheesecakes are cooling make cookie dough.  To begin combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

7. Combine sugar, stevia, and butter in a large bowl of an electric mixer, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

8.  Add in vanilla and baking soda/vinegar mix and beat for another minute.

9.  Add in flour & chocolate chips, mix just until combined.  If the dough is dry add in fat free milk, rice milk, or soymilk by the tsp.  (I used 1 tbsp all together)

10.  Once the cheesecakes are cooled spoon the cookie dough on top of each cheesecake, about 1/2 tbsp a piece.  Place in fridge to let the cookie dough set, and the cheesecake to cool further.

11.  Open the fridge and gobble them all up!

My tummy is growling thinking about these… maybe another batch will be in order tonight.(;  Hopefully you are feeling the same as well!  Enjoy & thank you again for letting me join you all today!