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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World’s Best: Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I’ve had my fair share of coffee cakes. And I am 100% sure that this is the best coffee cake I’ve ever made or ever eaten. So you know this has got to be serious. Just imagine this for a second: an equal ratio of fluffy, moist lemony cake with bursting blueberries, lemony cream cheese filling, and buttery, crunchy, streusel coated with a tart lemon glaze. I mean, it really can’t get much better than that.

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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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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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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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Pumpkin Spice Obsessed: Single-Serving Pumpkin Spice Microwave Cheesecake

Pumpkin spice. That’s probably the first thing I would think of if you said “fall.” Seriously, America is pumpkin spice crazy (and I am proud to admit that I am too)! Pumpkin spice everything, from the quintessential latte, to the humble bagel, to the sweet little donut, and to any and every cookie around. Pumpkin spice has contaminated everything (and yes, go to the store; I repeat: everything), and I couldn’t be happier!  But I’m going off topic. So let me swerve back on track.

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The Ultimate Birthday Treat: Death-By-Oreo Cupcakes

I have this thing I do. Basically, I bake a whole lot of sweets when it’s a birthday for any single one of my friends. Everyone gets a treat and celebrates the birthday girl’s special day together. But what’s kind of weird is I have a document that has my friend’s and family’s names on it filled with desserts that someday I want to make for that specific person based on their tastes and personalities. So when I’m surfing Pinterest, I jot down any dessert recipes that seem like a good fit for a specific friend or family member. I know that seems like a lot of work and is slightly creepy, but I find it really fun. Plus, I love to be organized, and this is a great way to organize recipes! So this specific friend’s favorite dessert is chocolate cake and she has this thing with Oreos, so what could be better for her birthday than Death-By-Oreo Cupcakes? Let’s get baking!

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