Making a Comeback: Carrot Peach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’M BAA-AACK!!! OMG, guys, I am so, so, so sorry for not posting in like a WHOLE YEAR. (Like what is wrong with me???) There is truly no excuse for me being so inactive, but imma try anyway. You see, when I started this blog two years ago, balancing it with school was super easy, but this past year of school was way more difficult and time consuming than the year before, and I just couldn’t find the time to ever work on my blog (and if I did have time, I honestly didn’t want to work on my blog because that would entail more writing and sitting at a computer typing…) BUT, now that it’s summer, I got some time! So here I am. Me again. Oh, and you may have noticed from the title, I’m “making a comeback.” And this phrase doesn’t just pertain to me; it also refers to Carrot Cake’s comeback. You see, there’s a lot of stigma surrounding carrot cake. Everyone thinks it’s just some gross old people food and don’t forget the basic principal of a carrot cake – vegetables in cake??? Ew, gross. But that’s where you’re wrong my friend…

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Move Over, Nutella: No-Machine Cookie Butter Ice Cream

For a while, Nutella was the star. But Nutella’s time in the spotlight has been diminishing (although I’ll always love you the same, Nutella). We’ve all kown it was coming. Yes. I’m talking about Cookie Butter basically taking Nutella’s ever growing kingdom of fans and converting them to be on Cookie Butter’s side. Cookie Butter, you are evil. But anyway enough with some crazy story of mine, time to make ice cream for you! What could be a better combo than cookie butter and ice cream? I mean, you’ve got an ice cream that is packed with the speculoos cookie flavor, that warm, cinnamony, spicy cookie that everyone loves. And, this recipe only contains 5 ingredients and takes basically no time to whip up (it’s no-machine!).

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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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My Life is Finally Complete: Cream Cheese Swirl Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Oh Carrot Cake. One of my many loves. I could consume you all day, any day. And that’s exactly why I found a way to incorporate carrot cake into breakfast. So rejoice! Today is a day of grand celebration! Let them eat cake! But seriously, this Cream Cheese Swirl Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is to die for (except if you died, you wouldn’t be able to eat it, so don’t die). It is all the flavors you love about your traditional carrot cake updated into a new format of coffee cake. In the batter, I love not just adding carrots but also throwing in heafty doses of nuts (walnuts, pecans, and almonds all work spectacularly) and coconut. Instead of the cream cheese frosting, there is a cream cheese swirl that makes this decadent breakfast cake taste like a cheesecake. And like all coffee cakes, of course it is topped off with that ubiquitous streusel!

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Bananas for Bananas: Banana Bread Coffee Cake

There are many food hybrids. The piecaken, cronut, cookie shot, waffle taco, cinnamon roll pancakes, wonut, just to name a few. But one food hybrid that I’ve never seen is a combination of banana bread and coffee cake. So I decided to make a new trend. And here-in lies the top-secret recipe to Banana Broffee Break. Yeah… That’s a really bad name. So if any of you have any good name suggestions to this banana bread-coffee cake hybrid, let me know in the comments below! Let’s get baking!

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Chocolate Rebel: Chocolate Fried Chicken

Chocolate isn’t just for dessert anymore. Chocolate can add depth of flavor, a hint of bitterness, and an extra somethin’-somethin’ to any savory dish when applied correctly. So why not combine two of the most extraordinary foods into one? This, ladies and gentlemen, is a match made in Heaven. Say “hello” to Chocolate and Fried Chicken’s baby, and don’t plan on saying “bye” anytime soon!

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Tis the Season: Completely Customizable Gingerbread Houses

Oh how I love Christmas and the holidays! Weeks of relaxation and happiness, filled with warm spices, the smell of pine, Christmas music, and holiday cheer. We have recently decked out our Christmas tree, strung with colorful lights, filled with many homemade ornaments, and topped with an angel. This year I decided to try something new, something festive, something fun. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is creating gingerbread houses. Oh, and not those lame gingerbread houses made from graham crackers, oh no. And not just one, but eight. That’s right: I decided to throw a gingerbread house making party, full of real gingerbread, fondant, royal icing, and candies galore.

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