Kit Kat Cake

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Still searching for that speical dessert for New Years Eve?  How about a Kit Kat Cake?  It looks so impressive but it’s actually not difficult to make.  Kids and adults will love it!

Coffee Crumb Cake – New York Style

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With the holidays approaching I always try to keep a coffee cake in my freezer so that I’ll have something to serve when guests arrive.  My favorite is a New York Style coffee crumb cake and this recipe from my friend Danielle at Hugs&CookiesXOXO is sure to delight! It’s easy to make but tastes decadent; a tender cake topped with an amazing, thick crumb topping!

coffee crumb cake recipe

Mississippi Mud Cake

how to make a mississippi mud cake

I am a huge fan of Mississippi Mud Cakes, Brownies, Bars and Pies.  I love anything that has marshmallow cream in it and topped with the decadent Mississippi Mud icing!  When I came across this picture at Taste of Home I just had to make it the same day!  All I can say is “YUM!”

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

how to make an ice cream cake

As a subscriber to Family Circle Magazine I received 2 bonus mini mags that were bursting with terrific dessert recipes like this easy ice cream cake that uses ice cream sandwiches for a snazzy presentation and taste!

Photo & Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Coconut Peach Cake – So Divine!

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If you are looking for a show stopping summer dessert, this coconut peach cake is for you! A bit of work but worth it.  And to make it a bit easier, but still so delicious, you can dress up the cake with coconut that hasn’t been toasted (it will make a gorgeous white cake).

Recipe and photo courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine.

Heavenly Hummingbird Cake

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One of my favorite spring cakes is a Hummingbird Cake.  After trying several recipes – my favorite is the one from Southern Living magazine.  Not surprising, it is one of their most requested cakes of all time.  Moist, flavorful and decked out with a delicious cream cheese frosting – heavenly!

Oh…did I mention that it is extremely easy to make?

Recipe & photo courtesy of Southern Living Magazine.

 

 

Best Christmas Cake

 

christmas cake ideas

To say that your guests will love this cake is an understatement.  I served it and gave it as gifts throughout the 2012 holiday season and I’m already getting requests for it again this year!  For the cake layers I used my recipe for the Best Dark Chocolate but you should feel free to use any cake, from scratch or from a box, as the foundation of this terrific Christmas dessert recipe.

To create the crushed candy canes, I unwrapped a box of them (typically they have 8 to 10 to a box for under $2) and put them in a ziploc bag and used my meat pounder to crush them.  However, you can also use the bottom of a heavy pan, a rolling pin or a food processor.

I used less than 1 bag of Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses® to decorate the top of the cake.

Peppermint Candy Christmas Cake

  • 2 or 3 cake layers* (Diva Entertains Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe, if you’d like)
  • white buttercream frosting, recipe below or prepared frosting
  • 8-10 candy canes, crushed
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses® (you will not use the entire bag), unwrapped
  • Wax paper strip

White Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 (32 oz.) package of powdered sugar (2 lbs)
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6-7 Tbsp. of milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Put powdered sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use handheld electric beaters).  Start on low speed and beat sugar and butter together for 1 minute.  Add  vanilla extract and 4 Tbsp. of milk or heavy cream and turn mixer up to medium high for one minute.  Continue adding liquid, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until you achieve the frosting consistency that you desire (I like mine a bit on the thick and heavy side).

To Assemble and Decorate Cake:

Place one cake layer on plate or cake pedestal.  Place several dollops of frosting on layer and then spread to have a even layer (about 1/4″ thick).  If frosting is difficult to spread, run frosting spreader or knife under hot water and then flick to remove dripping water, then try frosting again.  The heat from the spreader will make the frosting much easier to spread.

Place second layer on top and proceed to frost top and sides with remaining frosting.

Once frosted, take a strip of wax paper (half the width of the side of the cake) and press it against the sides from the middle of the cake to the top so that the top half of the cake is covered.

Using your hands, press the crush candy canes against the lower half of the frosted cake.  When pieces fall on the plate/pedestal below the side, use your frosting spatula to lift and press into cake.

Place Hershey Kisses on the top of the cake in any pattern you’d like.  Press down gently to adhere Kisses to top of cake.

*I like to freeze my cake layers prior to frosting them as it makes them much easier to frost (barely any crumbs).  Once you have put on the desired  amount, remove the wax paper strip. You made need to smooth out the frosting that was hidden. To do so run frosting spreader or knife under hot water and then flick to remove dripping water, then smooth frosting.  The heat from the spreader will create a smooth finish.

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

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I have discovered a new, *sweet* dessert recipe blog that I love, GrandBabyCakes.  Jocelyn, the blogger, has generously allowed Diva Entertains to share her recipes and pictures on our blog – THANK YOU JOCELYN!   I encourage you to visit her site! While there, you can sign up to receive her recipes via email like we did.

This cinnamon roll cake is so darn fabulous!  A delicious version of rolls that is much easier to make!

Fresh Apple Cake with Walnuts

topping for apple cake

This recipe has fast become my autumn ‘go to’ cake.  Bursting with fall flavors (apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel), this fresh apple cake is super moist and so easy to make.  No equipment needed except for a whisk and a spatula!

The topping for the apple cake is a caramel glaze and even though I followed the instructions provided by Better Homes and Garden my glaze did not look the same as in the photo above.  Mine was thinner and immediately was absorbed by the cake but that was not a bad thing.  The glaze added great flavor and added to the moistness of the cake.  I LOVE this easy apple cake!

 

caramel glaze for apple cake

Homemade Pretty Cakes!

It’s time for another edition of DIY Pretty Cakes!  There are such fabulous tutorials out there, and I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve found today!

From Polka Dot Bride, a DIY Rustic Ombre cake!  These are REALLY popular right now, and there’s an entire post telling you how to make a pretty cake!

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From I am Baker, a post chock-full of help – video tutorials, images, and links to MORE tutorials!  Check out this AMAZING Neapolitan Rose Cake!!

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From the Hungry Housewife, how to make an ombre cake… LOVE the look of this one!  Video and step-by-step can be found on her site!  This is way easier than you would think!

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And these are cupcakes, but they are so pretty, I had to share!  From Life Is Sweets, a tutorial for making Flower Bouquet Cupcakes:

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