The Perfect Combo: Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Cups

So you may be wondering, What does she mean? “The Perfect Combo”? And I would confirm, Yes. The Perfect Combo. You see, strawberries and chocolate are a classic combination and insanely good together. I mean, chocolate covered strawberries are pretty hard to beat. But add that classic flavor combination to another perfect combo, cheesecake and brownies, and you get something out-of-this-world spectacular! So basically, these Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Cups are the ultimate mash-up of perfect combinations: strawberry/chocolate and cheesecake/brownie! (Really, wants not to love? I know you want to click the “read more” button below…)

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A Hawaiian Vacation Staple: Tropical French Toast Bake

Every year I spend one week on one of the many beautiful islands of Hawaii, and every year I make this Tropical French Toast bake! French toast bakes are so versatile and a snap to whip up. This makes it the perfect brunch dish to make on vacation since it requires few ingredients that can be purchased nearly anywhere, and can also be customized to suit your tastes or to suit what’s available in your region. Making this Tropical French Toast Bake always gets me in the Hawaiian mood, but of course each time I make it is slightly different due to what’s available! You can completely customize this recipe, of course, and can make it for any occasion, anytime, anywhere!

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Literally the Best Thing Ever: German Chocolate Cake

So as you can tell from the title, I really like German Chocolate Cake, which shouldn’t surprise you because pretty much everything I make I somehow incorporate coconut into it. But when I say this recipe is “Literally the Best Thing Ever,” believe me. Go make this. Become German (actually, did you know that German Chocolate Cake isn’t even German? Yeah, kind of like French Fries aren’t even French. I’ll explain this later in the post). And by the way, this is my go-to dessert recipe, it isn’t all that complicated and it gives insanely delicious results. So next time you have a birthday party, company coming over, or you just really want to bake a cake, make this.

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Easy As Cake: 4-Ingredient Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

Sometimes you just need some chocolate. And sometimes you just need some cake. And you always need simplicity and effectiveness. And that is  exactly what this 4-Ingredient Chocolate Microwave mug Cake is: a single-serving, easy-to-make cake packed with chocolate and cooked in the microwave. This cake only takes about two minutes to whip up, and is extremely light and fluffy! Because there is no added oil or butter, this cake is slightly healthier, but also slightly less moist. I would recommend topping this mug cake with frosting, ganache, or whipped cream to add back some richness.

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Love is in the Air: Red Velvet French Toast

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what a better way to celebrate than to create the perfect, romantic brunch item: Red Velvet French Toast! This recipe serves one or two people, perfect for an intimate breakfast with the person you love! Of course, you can always double or triple the recipe to serve at a party. A lot of people don’t know this, but the flavor “red velvet” isn’t just vanilla with red food coloring (and no, “red” is not a flavor). “Red velvet” cake is actually a chocolate cake with vanilla, buttermilk, and red food coloring. There are many different accounts on how “red velvet” was created, but my favorite version is that back in the olden days, the cocoa powder turned a red color combined with buttermilk in a cake. This chocolate cake wasn’t brown like we know chocolate cake to be today, but red. Nowadays to recreate that red colored chocolate cake, we add in red dye for that signature bright red look.

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Cuckoo for Coconut: Coconut Chocolate Chip Snack Cake with Coconut Glaze

There is no denying that I have a crush on coconut. Wait. Scratch that. I LOVE coconut. I should probably marry it (except that would be extremely strange). So I did the next best thing. I made a gorgeous Coconut Chocolate Chip Snack Cake with a Coconut Glaze! This cake is extremely moist and bursting with that nutty and creamy coconut flavor (as there is coconut milk and shredded coconut in the batter and flaked coconut on top) and the glaze adds even more coconut flavor! This cake is awesome to make if you have leftover coconut cream from making my Coconut-Lime Piecaken. And to make this deliciously awesome cake even better, it is ridiculously simple and quick to whip up! I think this cake is perfect for brunch, dessert, or snack, so let’s get baking and chowing!

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A Childhood Favorite, Supersized: Giant Ice Cream Sandwich

We all know and love those individually wrapped, single-serving, ice cream sandwiches. You know, those rectangular vanilla ice cream slabs sandwiched with a thin chocolate cake? The perfect combination of vanilla and chocolate is what really made these warm-weathered treats such a staple. But as we grow older, we want to innovate, we want to improve, we want to supersize everything! And that is exactly what I have done: I have taken the ordinary ice cream sandwich and elevated it to extraordinary! With three different flavors of ice cream and such a giant size, it is sure to impress both kids and adults alike!

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