Inside-out Carrot Cake Loaf (cream cheese filled carrot cake)

Inside out carrot cake

Several years ago, I posted a recipe for my favorite Carrot Cake.  This is a wonderful “special occasion cake” – but I don’t make it very often because it’s a lot of work to bake layers, fill, frost, and decorate.  Every now and then, I feel like eating carrot cake – but I just don’t [...]

Easy Peach Dump Cake

Easy Peach Dump Cake

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Individual Mini Peach Pies” and promised I would soon post a recipe for “Peach Dump Cake” – which you can use any leftover fruit and juice/syrup (from the can) to make.  Dump cake tastes kind of like a hybrid of cake, cobbler, and pudding.  Texture wise, [...]

Earl Grey Tea Leaf Cake

Earl Grey Tea Pound Cake

The headline news this morning was, “San Diego’s weather forecast for Friday: A month’s worth of rain, all in one day.”  Whaaaaaat?  That’s the kind of weather that makes you want to stay home and sip a hot cup of tea while watching TV with your cat.  Extra points if you have some cake to [...]

Pistachio Pudding Cake (Moist Pudding Cake Recipe made with Boxed Cake Mix)

Pistachio Pudding Cake - made from boxed cake mix, a can of soda, and a box of instant pudding mix!

  If you don’t have a lot of time to make a cake from scratch, but want to have a soft and super-moist cake with a homemade flavor and texture – try my recipe for Pudding Cake!  It starts with a base of boxed cake mix with two secret ingredients: 1) a can of soda, [...]

Cake Batter Fudge aka “Birthday Cake Fudge” (No bake recipe, made with boxed cake mix)

cake batter fudge1

In my free time, I like to go through the “food & drink” section of Pinterest, and drool all over the delicious looking photos.  Making the rounds around Pinterest… I’ve seen several links for versions of “Cake Batter Fudge”.  After seeing the pictures of Cake Batter Fudge over and over… I couldn’t take it anymore, [...]

Coconut Lime Bundt Cake

Coconut Lime Bundt Cake

More than fifteen years ago, when I was fresh out of school and working at my first “real” job… I had a routine where I would spend every Sunday afternoon with my aunt who lived nearby.  We would go out to lunch, go shopping, walk around… I really miss those special Sundays!  One summer, we [...]

Baking 101: The basics of baking (Tips for successful baking)

Baking 101:  Tips for successful baking

When I was learning how to bake, I made A LOT of mistakes.  Neither of my parents had ever baked anything… and I had no one to show me the right way to do things.  So I just did things… a lot… over and over until I got it right.  In the process, I have [...]

What to do with leftover cake or cake crumbs

10 things to do with leftover cake crumbs

Awhile back, I spent the day trying to figure out the Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake recipe.  After baking three loaves in a row, making changes here and there… I think I came pretty close.  The first loaf… was just ok.  The second… better, but still not exactly what I wanted.  The third… score!  That was [...]

How to Make a Large Red Velvet Sheet Cake (Disney Lilo & Stitch Birthday Cake)

Red Velvet Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Lilo and Stitch Hawaiian Birthday Cake)

For my brother’s birthday, his wife threw him a Hawaiian themed party to celebrate.  He requested a red velvet birthday cake, which of course, being such a nice sister – I made for him.  To go along with the Hawaiian theme, I decided to decorate it with Cartoon frosting transfers of Stitch, the lovable trouble-making alien from Disney’s [...]

Iced Lemon Pound Cake (Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake Copycat Recipe)

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

There are quite a few “Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake” recipes circulating around the internet these days…  Judging from the ingredients, most of these are made from boxed cake mix (with no butter) or are just basic pound cake recipes with a bit of lemon juice thrown in.  I wanted something that would be closer [...]