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Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake


Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake - Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake – Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

  Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake - Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

Last time I needed an oil change, I called to make an appointment.  So this time when I needed one, I called again.  They told me that they do it on a 1st come, 1st serve basis.  So I asked when was a slow time, and I would have the least wait.  They said 7:30 am when they first open or between 2-3pm.  So I went at 1:45, hoping I would haven’t to wait too long.  90 minutes. They told me it would be 90 minutes.  I had to pick my son up from school, so that was not an option.  The next day, as soon as I dropped my son off at school I went straight there; arriving at 8:45 am.  I was told I was the next car.  Over 90 minutes later I was finally leaving.  Since when does it take so long to change the oil in a car?!?!?

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Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake


Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake – a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Today is my husband’s birthday!  Do you do anything special for birthday’s at your house?  We are going out to dinner to a restaurant of my husband’s choice.  After that we will have his favorite dessert; Cookie Cake.  The rest of the weekend is pretty much whatever he wants to do.  I think we are headed up to the mountains to go snow shoeing on Saturday.  I have a little special outing planned on Sunday, we will see what he thinks.  We are headed to a new place in Denver, I hope he really likes!  I can’t say too much yet, because it is a surprise; and today is the day he will probably actually read my blog.

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Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake


Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake - a great fall coffee cake

Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake - a great fall coffee cake

I hope that you are having a great weekend.  My parents are in town, so we are getting to spend time with them, and my brother.  Considering my brother lives less than an hour away, we don’t really see him that often.  Everyone works, our son has activities, and they live downtown (read small apartment, with no parking), so it doesn’t always work out.  They are in the process of building a house in a suburb of Denver though, so hopefully that means we will get to see them more often.  So when you have a house full of people in the morning, what do you make for breakfast?  Personally, I love something easy and fun, and my son wants something with cinnamon.  So apple pumpkin coffee cake it is!

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Zucchini Chocolate Cake


Zucchini Chocolate Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Zucchini Chocolate Cake - rich and chocolate cake that uses up lots of zucchini

We have made it through the first week of school.  So far the year is off to a good start, I think my 9 year old is going to love 4th grade.  To celebrate the end of a great week, my son is having a friend sleep over tonight.  I guess I better get prepared!  A fun dinner and maybe ice cream sundaes need to happen.  Or maybe that is just what girls do?  Or maybe I am just old, and that is what I remember from being a kid?  Either way, guess I better figure it out quickly!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake


Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

The second week of summer break is coming to a close, and it has been another busy one! My 9 year old had camp from 8-3 every day last week, plus baseball games 2 nights.  This week it was an outdoor survival camp every day, and 2 nights of baseball.  Thanks goodness next week we just have baseball.  I am ready for some more relaxing days.  I think my 9 year old might be too.  As much fun as he has had these last 2 weeks, I think he is ready to just play and be home a little bit.  [Read more…]

Boston Cream Pie


Boston Cream Pie {Dinners, Dishes and Desserts}

Boston Cream Pie {Dinners, Dishes and Desserts}

What a whirlwind the last few days have been.  Miami was HOT!  It was so much fun to finally meet so many of the bloggers I have followed for a long time.  I will give you a fun recap of my trip on Thursday.  In the meantime, I might just sleep until then.  I had to get up at 3:30 am for my flight to Miami, and from then on it was downhill in the sleep department.   I really do not know how people travel for work all the time, and only sleep a few hours a night.  I just can not function that way.

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Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with Grapefruit Glaze


Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with a Grapefruit Glaze | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with a Grapefruit Glaze | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I hope that everyone had a good weekend.  We had a gorgeous Saturday, followed by a cold and windy Sunday.  We thought about going up to the mountains, but with the weather decided to stay home.  It was good to be able to get some stuff around the house done that has been over looked, because we had guests the last two weekends.  The birthday boy suggested we watch a movie and have popcorn on Sunday afternoon.  The movie he picked…..Michael Jackson’s This is It.  The kid is a huge Michael Jackson fan.  Plus with hockey playoffs being on pretty much 24/7 (at least it seems that way to me), our weekend was full.

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Chocolate Sheet Cake


Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake

I am super excited for this post today.  September marks the 1 year anniversary for the #chocolateparty.  To help celebrate,  Roxana has lots of great stuff up for grabs.  Like seriously, you need to read the bottom of this post and enter the giveaways.  Kind of wish I wasn’t participating this month, so I could enter.

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Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free) #SundaySupper


Chocolate Meringue Cake | @dinnersdishesdessert

Today is the first #SundaySupper event of 2013.  We are starting off with a bang too!  The theme today is recipes that are on our bucket list.  You know, the list of things you always say you want to do….eventually.  I don’t actually have a written down list, but I have some things in the back of my mind that I have always wanted to do.  This is even inspiring me to make that list (on paper), and maybe share it with you later.  Maybe they will actually get made then :)

So for this week I picked a chocolate meringue cake.  I have Pavlova (which is a meringue) on my blog, but to be honest my husband made it.  So I wanted to tackle it myself, and do it up with chocolate, because we all know that is how I do things.  Plus my birthday was on Tuesday, so I wanted to turn it into a cake!

It did take 2 attempts for this to work out.  The first time I followed a different recipe, which I am sure was a good one, but there was melted chocolate involved and it just didn’t work out.  So then I started again, adapted the Pavlova recipe I know works, and went from there.  I used an almond flavored, freshly whipped cream as the “frosting”.  There is almond extract in with the meringue too, and it just pairs perfectly together.  It is sweet, light, fluffy, and the perfect birthday cake!  My 7 year old even asked me yesterday if I could make this again for his birthday.

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Pumpkin Dream Cake #ChristmasWeek


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Pumpkin Dream Cake – Three layer pumpkin cake with a Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting. Gorgeous, and perfect for any Holiday table.

Three layer pumpkin cake with a Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting.  Gorgeous, and perfect for any Holiday table.
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”.

Just look at this cake! This is the first cake recipe I have ever shared on this blog, and I am so excited with how it turned out!  In my family, pumpkin does not stop at Thanksgiving.  We have pumpkin pie at Christmas too.  Plus, with how pretty it is, how could you not have this as part of your Christmas celebration?

Pumpkin Dream Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I actually made this for Thanksgiving, in addition to pumpkin pie.  There were the traditionalist in the room that shunned it because it wasn’t pie, but everyone who tried it, loved it!  The frosting is a Cinnamon Butter Cream, and is just amazing.  You can see the flecks of cinnamon in the frosting, and it adds so much depth to the cake.  The cake itself is a little dense, but still light, and super moist (bad word, I know!).

Pumpkin Dream Cake - three layers of moist pumpkin cake with a cinnamon buttercream frosting

This cake actually comes together very quickly.  The mixer does all the work for you.  Beware the batter is a little thicker than I was used to when baking a cake.  Then as soon as it comes out of the oven you put it in the freezer.  This stops the cooking process, and cools it quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever to frost.  Freezing the cake, made it so easy to get the cake to come cleanly out of the pan.  I will be doing this trick from now on with any cake!  I changed up the frosting from the original cream cheese based, because there was no room in the fridge for a cake.  And also, cream cheese frostings aren’t my favorite.  This cake would be perfect as the center piece of your dessert table this holiday season.

Pumpkin Dream Cake #ChristmasWeek
 
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Pumpkin Cake topped with a Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tblsvanilla
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • Cinnamon Buttercream
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (2 lb) bag powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously butter the bottom and sides of 3 - 8 inch cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and canola oil until combined. Mix in the flour and the milk, alternating between the two, until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Once fully cooked, immediately remove the pans from the oven, and place them in the freezer for 45 minutes. This stops the cooking process, and makes the cake very easy to remove from the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Using an electric mixer beat all of the frosting ingredients together. You can adjust the milk and sugar amounts to get the desired consistency. You want it a little on the thin side, but not so thin that you can drizzle it.
  6. After 45 minutes, remove the pans from the freezer. Remove the cake from the pans, and begin to frost. Spread a layer of frosting between each layer of cake, and then spread along the edges and top.
Notes
Adapted from The Novice Chef