The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year when it comes to cooking. So many yummy treats, hearty dinners, and cooking large meals for my extended family. I just recently, after years of wanting, got my very own Kitchen Aid Mixer and I was SO excited to make something amazingly delicious with it and my husband requested something with lemon in it. So I got to thinking about a recipe I’ve used before for a Super Moist Lemon Bundt Cake. This cake is oh so moist and light, but decadent once you add a cream cheese icing on top. Hungry yet? Let’s get started! Continue reading
Cheesecake is one of those foods that is so simple to make yet puts a smile on your face with every bite. This Oreo Cheesecake is no different. I got the inspiration for this recipe while grocery shopping. I look at everything in the grocery store as a recipe and as soon as I saw Oreo’s sitting on the shelf the first thing that popped in my head was cheesecake. Naturally!
Whipping up the Oreo Cheesecake was so easy and yes I did snack on a few cookies during the process – don’t judge me! I did have to keep reassuring myself the destruction of the Oreo’s was for a good cause – my belly! By the way, smashing Oreo cookies into itty bitty crumbs is surprisingly therapeutic. Sure you can use a food processor but I prefer my handy dandy meat tenderizer.
Since this was my first time making an Oreo Cheesecake I decided to play it safe and Google it. I found a recipe here and decided to play off of that. It was hard to wait an entire day to try the finished product, but let me tell ya – it was well worth it! You’ll never look at Oreo’s the same after tasting the Oreo Cheesecake. I know I’m crushing Oreo’s and freezing the crumbs from here on out!
Okay, okay – I’ll shut up and give you the recipe 🙂
What’s your favorite thing about summer? If the words carnivals, fairs or festivals were in your answer then you’re going to love what I have for you today. Today is the beginning of the Carnival Foods at Home series that I’ll be sharing all summer long. To kick it off I’ve taken a nostalgic carnival treat and given it new life in the form of bundt cake.
There are so many great things about bundt cake, but my all time favorite is icing/frosting them. You don’t have to make it perfect or even pretty for that matter. You can simply dump whatever bit of ooey gooey goodness you choose over it. In this case that ooey gooey goodness is in the form of homemade caramel. I dumped it on the plate and let it sit overnight to soak into the cake and give it that out of this world flavor I hoped for.
You’d think something this amazing would be difficult to make. In all reality this is so simple, even the caramel is flawless if you use a thermometer (or have experience making caramel already.) Of course you don’t need to dump the caramel like I did, but I wanted it to thicken and harden a bit on the cake to give it that candy like coating. You know, like on a caramel apple – where you bite through it to get that bite of crisp sweet magic waiting beyond that caramel coating.
Okay, so I know you’re mouth is probably watering enough by now and you’re ready for the recipe. Here ya go! I adapted the cake recipe from Martha Stewarts Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake.
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How long did you wait for the weather to finally warm up? We’re still having a few chilly days here but there’s no denying Spring has sprung! I don’t know about you but when I feel the sun on my skin and see and smell those familiar Spring feature I get a bit giddy inside. It’s my absolute favorite season ever and the perfect time for some of my favorite things: Pina Colada Cake and Strawberry Daiquiri’s.
Today was absolutely beautiful so I decided to head up to Sam’s Club. I enjoy shopping there and love stocking up on stuff I need. While I was in the ice cream section I saw something that stood out and was screaming my name; a Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack with Caribbean Mix, Pina Colada, Strawberry & Strawberry Cream bars. After further investigation I noticed the Chunks O’ Fruti bars were 100% natural – no artificial ingredients in here. They’re vegan and gluten free as well as kosher certified. There are no colors or high fructose corn syrup added either. What’s not to love?! (See more of my shopping trip, and more mouth watering pics in my Google+ Album)
The Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack was an inspiration for this Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada cake. The flavors, especially the pina colada, were exactly what I needed. Not only are these bars the perfect ingredient, they’re the perfect healthy snack for kids and grown ups. Let me just say they are absolutely delicious alone! The chunks of fruit are just what I want in a fruit snack. Here are my recipes, if you make them I’d love to know what you think!
Did I mention fruit is the first thing listed on the ingredients. That means there is more fruit than any other ingredient in these bars, and that’s how it should be.
1 Strawberry Fruti Bar (slightly softened, but not defrosted)
1 tablespoon Bacardi Light
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
Combine all of the ingredients in a metal bowl or cup and use an immersion blender to mix. Pour into a serving glass, garnish with a lime slice and halved strawberry.
The addition of the coconut milk is a key step since the cake will be dry without it. If you close your eyes while eating a slice, it’s almost like being in the tropics, sipping on a real pina colada – paradise!
You’ll find Chunks O’ Fruti variety pack with Caribbean Mix in the freezer section at participating Sam’s Club. This is definitely a snack to have in your freezer for Spring and Summer. Whether you’re looking for the perfect recipe ingredient or just a way to please the kids without the artificial junk.
I absolutely love the packaging of the Fruti Bars. The box is large, it does contain 16 bars afterall. But there are 4 inner boxes that let me arrange them however they will best fit in my freezer! Be sure to head to Sam’s Club on 5/13 for a fun (and yummy) Fruti and yogurt demo. I’m thinking parfait – how about you?!