Category Archives: Cakes, Cupcakes, & Frostings

This Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake is free of eggs, gluten, and refined sugar, while still tasting exactly like traditional cheesecake! You neeeeeeeeeeed this easy healthy dessert in your life! I’m SO excited to share it with you today because it is one of my favorites! You are going to love how easily these Healthy No-Bake Cheesecakes come together (hello no-bake!). Plus, they have no refined sugar (just a little honey and a few dates), and they are chock-full of protein and fat, which I’m always trying to get a little more of into my young active children. The texture is perfection, it’s egg-free Continue Reading →

Easy Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are one of my very very favorite dessert recipes – and they only take a total of 20 minutes from start to eating! There are few desserts that I love more than those that combine chocolate plus carbs. I love chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and all things chocolate + butter + sugar + salt. It’s a glorious combination that I adore. This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake recipe is one of my very very favorite dessert recipes, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it with you before. I started making this recipe in 2012 when Continue Reading →

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd! Fall is upon us, and that means that wonderful things like pumpkin, boots, hay rides, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner. With the heat of the summer behind us, we tend to have lots of parties and evening outside. We might roast hot dogs or just spend the evening on the porch swing; but either way, gatherings and groups often mean food! This simple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall because it’s perfect Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

There are few things that I love more than chocolate zucchini cake. I’ve been making this cake for 3 years now and it is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make lots of recipes once and move on (I love trying new things!), but there are a handful that I go back to again and again and again; this is one of those recipes. I took pictures of it last year to share with you and then had a cute little newborn in the middle of the summer and never got it posted. I’m finally sharing this amazing chocolate Continue Reading →

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Baby Graham, also fondly know as Mr. Squishy, turns one this month. Where has the time gone friends?! It seems like just yesterday that I was gigantic and miserably pregnant and now I have a baby trying to walk around the house! I’m so grateful I’m not where I was a year ago; pregnancy is rough. All that work was worth it, though. I managed to create the world’s cutest baby ,and he was well worth all the suffering to get him here. This little lamb is a bright spot in our family. His siblings adore him, and so do Continue Reading →

Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream

Making homemade ice cream in the summer is something that I love to do. I feel like after a full day of working in the garden/playing/swimming/bike riding, then sitting down to a healthy seasonal meal (like anything on the grill + fresh beans and corn from the garden + sun sweet peaches or melon), that dessert just follows naturally. Eating healthy is pretty easy, since so many delicious things are in season. And getting in lots of sunshine and movement is also a natural part of the summer season, so I have no worries about giving my family a homemade treat Continue Reading →

Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream

  It’s day three of whole food dessert week and I have this gorgeous Whole Wheat Honey Cake recipe for you today. Did you see those Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with whole wheat and honey) and those amazing Blueberry Muffin Date Bites? See, eating whole foods doesn’t have to be all vegetables all the time! This cake comes from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. A million years ago my mom picked it up from the library, told me how much she loved it, I proceeded to get it from the library where I was, and we both fell Continue Reading →

Whole Wheat Honey Cake

I’m a huge fan of dense, sweet, moist, and extra thick cakes; add pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice to that combo and I’m sold. This extra thick pumpkin cake is the stuff my dreams are made of! I saw this recipe on my friend Carrian’s site and just knew that I had to make it. The recipe is different from any I’ve seen and I just knew it would be a good one. You mix together butter, sugar, six eggs (six!), pumpkin, evaporated milk, and then throw in a cake mix for good measure. What?! I don’t know Continue Reading →

Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

I’m a big fan of sheet cakes because they are pretty quick and easy to make, they bake quickly, they make a bunch (perfect for our big family dinners, parties, and church functions), and because the cake is thin, you can eat a big old square of it and not even feel bad about it. Today I’m sharing a fabulous recipe for Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing. My love of sheet cake stems from my childhood in Indiana. My grandma made the most fabulous chocolate sheet cake and it’s very nostalgic for me (I just made that Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing

I’m sitting here writing this post the very day it’s going to go live. I’ve had a lot on my mind and in my heart lately and things have been mulling and stewing for a while. You, dear reader, are about to get a little dose of all my thoughts. I’ve been deep in the trenches of motherhood this past while. I’m on 15 straight days of seriously sick kids. Something that isn’t chickenpox but is related to it has gotten a killer grip on my house. The illness lasts super long (like 10-14 days long), it’s slow to spread Continue Reading →

Lunch Lady Brownies because Love Does

Hello friends! Today’s recipe is for a sweet and tender blueberry coffee cake that comes with a fabulous name – Blueberry Boy Bait. Blueberry Boy Bait first made an appearance in the junior division of a Pillsbury baking contest in 1954. The girl who invented it was only 15 and the recipe won her second place in the contest. She named is for its “habit-forming effect on young men.” How cute is that! They always say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and that girl had it all figured out young! A few weeks ago, my Continue Reading →

Blueberry Boy Bait from Cook’s Country

This cake. You guys. This vanilla sheet cake is so ridiculously easy, but it’s still super delicious. Plus, any food you can add sprinkles to (for example: donuts, ice cream, caramel apples) is going to be good. Am I right? This is another “cheater recipe,” because you start off with a box of cake mix, add some fool-proof homemade icing and a heavy hand of sprinkles, and you have yourself one perfectly semi-homemade dessert that takes about 20 minutes to throw together. I like this vanilla sheet cake recipe all year long because it’s easy and it is really simple Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

Be still my rhubarb loving heart. Strawberry rhubarb pie seems to be just about the only rhubarb dessert most people have eaten and it’s a shame! There’s so much to love about this oddly tart red celery-like food. Today’s recipe for Rhubarb Crumb Bars is a must try. These bars have a dense buttery cake on the bottom, a layer of rhubarb in the middle, and it’s all topped with a perfectly sweet and lightly crunchy crumb. The rhubarb crumb bars are light enough to be served as a coffee cake for breakfast or lunch, but are also sweet enough Continue Reading →

Rhubarb Crumb Bars

I did a shout out a few months ago on my Facebook page asking what you wanted to see more of on the blog and one of the responses I got was “quick and easy cheater desserts” (thanks for the comment DaNae!). Unbeknownst to most of you, I’m a master at “cheater” desserts. I love making things from scratch, but I also know the value of my time and money. It just isn’t necessary to make a from scratch cake when you plan on feeding it to a group of four-year-olds or are taking it to a family reunion where Continue Reading →

Grandma Shoaf’s Quick and Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake

I loved those carrot cake pancakes yesterday so much that I thought a delicious carrot cake recipe roundup would be just the thing for today. The more research I did the more I realized that delightful carrot cake flavor is perfect not just in cake but in all kinds of things like smoothies, cookies, muffins, waffles, and more! Enjoy this fun recipe collection and get inspired by all things carrot cake. 1. Carrot Cake Ice Cream from Cooking on the Front Burner  2. Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Ari’s Menu  3. Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Bran Muffins from One More Cookie Continue Reading →

Carrot Cake Recipe Roundup – so much more than cake!

If the title Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe doesn’t mean much to you, let me explain. Sweet Tooth Fairy is a cupcake shop in Utah (the owner was on Cupcake Wars and won!) and the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes are one of their most delicious (and popular) cupcake flavors ever. You just can’t beat a perfect vanilla cupcake with out of this world vanilla icing. The cupcakes used to be called Vanilla Squared until the shop decided to change the name to honor one of its biggest fans – Stephanie Nielsen from Nie Nie Dialogues. Stephanie Nielsen has an Continue Reading →

Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe

Today I start another round of Feel Great in 8 and I’m so very excited! I had such a great time forming new habits, loosing some weight, and doing something hard last time that I really felt like another go at it would be good for me. So in honor of my giving up sweets for 8 weeks I thought we should celebrate with some sweets and a Kitchen Aid giveaway!!! Ok, Ok, maybe we should have celebrated with a celery giveaway or something, but cupcakes are way more fun. Everyone one needs a vanilla cupcake recipe with chocolate icing Continue Reading →

Vanilla Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Icing and a Kitchen Aid Giveaway

I’ve been teasing you with pictures of this recipe all week long, so I figured I’d better just post it already or we might have a riot on our hands. When I saw Annalise from Completely Delicious post her recipe for Cherry Chip Cake I knew that I had to make it. I just couldn’t get it out of my head! Her pictures are gorgeous and everything she makes is top notch (her quick and easy croissants are one of my favorites!). Pop over to her post and check it our yourself. She’s amazing, and this recipe did not disappoint. I Continue Reading →

Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today’s post is from Erin. She’s my healthy dessert idol! She’s never met a recipe that she couldn’t improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I’m Erin and blog over at Texanerin Continue Reading →

Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

Happy Monday! My mom left this morning after a glorious week of hanging out with our little family to help take care of the new baby. We crafted and enjoyed precious time together. When you live thousands of miles apart, any time together is precious. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipes of hers today in honor of her departure. This cheater gooey pumpkin butter cake is something I can remember her making when I was a kid. I think she first tried the recipe to take to a church activity and when she Continue Reading →

Cheater Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Caramel Apple Cake is something that I’ve been making for years. It’s quick, easy, and is just plain good. I always make it with whole wheat flour too, so when I eat it for breakfast there’s not as much guilt! I’m not the only one who eats cake for breakfast right?! It can’t be that different than a bowl of sugar cereal :) This cake has the texture of a quick bread (like banana or pumpkin) more than a cake. It’s slightly dense, super moist, and those little bits of apple that are baked to tender perfection really make it Continue Reading →

Caramel Apple Cake


I know Mother’s Day is a month away, but you’ve got to plan ahead for this kind of event! I have an awesome pound cake recipe for you today, but that’s not the only exciting part of the post. I have not one, but two America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks to giveaway today. When I was working with ATK for the giveaway we did last month, they asked if I had any other ideas for the future and I sure did. My smart husband bought me a couple of ATK cookbooks two years ago for Mother’s Day. When I have new Continue Reading →

Perfect Pound Cake

A few weeks ago I sent an email over to America’s Test Kitchen to see if we could work on a project together. I was so excited when I got a very positive yes back from them. They wanted to know if I could help promote their Comfort Food Makeovers cookbook. They got a very excited yes in reply! Comfort Food Makeovers is such a clever book that takes your and my favorite classics and popular restaurant dishes and gives them a makeover for the better. The goal was to drop fat and calories without sacrificing flavor, and if anyone could pull Continue Reading →

Lightened Up Chocolate Cupcakes

I shared this fun recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing over at Honey Bear Lane a few weeks ago and thought I’d post it here in case anyone missed it. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! I just can’t get enough of the stuff this time of year. Pumpkin cupcakes with a whipped cinnamon icing should probably make it onto your to-do list for the weekend. Now, I’m not eating sugar until Thanksgiving (you can read my meal plan for tasty healthy eating here), so you enjoy one of these for me, OK? Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing Adapted from Joy of Baking Printable Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing

Easy Halloween treats for a party, you ask? Why yes, I have some of those up my sleeve. These ghosts are super simple and oh so cute. Enjoy and thanks for reading, you guys are great. Easy Ghostly Cupcakes Makes 12-18 cupcakes 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix or from-scratch cake made into cupcakes 1 recipe White Cloud Icing Sprinkles or chocolate chips of eyes Plan on decorating 12-18 cupcakes; if you are making 24 I’d double the icing recipe. Once the cupcakes are cool and the icing is prepared, it’s time decorate. Make eyes by “gluing” small Continue Reading →

Ghostly Cupcakes

My sister is a momma to three little boys which means she is a master of boy birthday parties. She has done some great tractor, dump truck, and character cakes in the past, and this year did not disappoint. Her oldest requested a rocket cake in honor of Mickey Mouse Club House and she went right to work. After seeing the pictures I bugged her to send them to me to post. Thanks Lachelle! Here’s the rocket cake in all its glory, complete with a moon to orbit: She used one cake mix and poured it into a 9x13inch pan and a 5 Continue Reading →

Rocketship Birthday Cake

I had a tough time deciding what to take to the class reunion last week. There were some big contenders on my list and you all helped me narrow down my choices.  I went with cupcakes. I love them, they are relativly easy, and they just look pretty. Here’s the breakdownVanilla VanillaChocolate ChocolateChocolate Peanut ButterI used Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe for the vanilla cake found HERE. They were really good. My only beef was the recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes, but it should have made more like 14. I knew when I was filling the cups that they were too full and Continue Reading →

Party Cupcakes

My husband’s 10 year high school reunion is tomorrow. Seriously, where has the time gone? I know he’s thinking the same thing. We were on different sides of the Mississippi River during high school, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten to know lots of his classmates. One perk of visiting the tiny town he grew up in has been the chance to get to know his friends, who tend to visit home lots, too.Thomas with friends/cousins (2004):Thomas is from the smallest town ever. All of the kids were in the same class every year, because there was only one Continue Reading →

High School Reunion Dessert

If you are an apple cinnamon lover, this cake is for you. It is so moist and sweet. I replaced half of the butter with applesauce and used whole wheat flour and lots of apples to make this cake. It’s practically health food, so there should be no guilt when you eat it for breakfast. The cake by itself is so tasty but the addition of a crumb topping really puts it over the top. The only thing I will change next time is to double the crumb topping; that might add some guilt to the cake-for-breakfast idea, though. Now, Continue Reading →

Apple Crumb Cake

Here is the last of the cupcakes from the dessert auction that I’m going to post. We ran down to visit the in-laws yesterday and will be heading back home tonight. It was so nice last week that I planted my cold weather garden and now it’s snowing! I’m so excited to go home and check on my little plants and seeds. IFA was supposed to get their chicks in this weekend too. I’ve wanted a little brood for years and now it’s going to happen. Fresh eggs here I come. I love life as a country bumkin. Now for Continue Reading →

Classic Chocolate Buttercream Icing for Cupcakes

Holy Wind! It’s so out-of-control windy here. With old drafty single-pane windows on our side of the house it sounds terrible. I was up a lot last night worrying that the barn would fall over and smash everything I have in there or the roof would fly off the house. We have everything to replace the roof but have been waiting for the weather to warm up to get it on. I just kept thinking the roof would blow off and all of our hard work would be ruined. The fun side of the wind is the tumble weeds. They Continue Reading →

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Everyone needs a good general vanilla icing recipe. This is great! It’s perfect on cupcakes, slathered on graham crackers, or in between oatmeal cookies. Mmm…homemade oatmeal pies are the best. I made these cupcakes for a dessert auction at church and they were a huge hit! I made a ton of cupcakes and didn’t feel like I had the time to make all of the cake from scratch. So I spruced up a cake mix (or 3). I found a few recipes on the web and I’m pretty sure the idea comes from the book Hello Cupcake. Using a cake Continue Reading →

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Icing

I have a special surprise for you all this fine Monday! Emily from One Lovely Life is here to charm you with her great writing skills and a stunning recipe. I stumbled upon Emily’s blog 3ish years ago and fell in love. Emily is a fantastic writer and a terrific cook! I’ll be honest, I’m super picky about food blogs that I follow. There are lots that I like, only a few I covet. Emily’s blog is the dream. One day I’ll be as fancy as her. :) When she agreed to guest post, it made my week. Thanks for Continue Reading →

New York Style Cheese Cake by Emily

A few years ago Thomas and I were Webelos leaders and we had a lot of fun learning about the Cub Scout organization. 2010 was the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Birthday. We celebrated in our February Pack Meeting by having a dinner and cake contest, which turned out great. We asked all of the boys who wanted to participate to decorate a Cub Scout-themed cake. All of the entries were voted on and awards were giving. We then ate cake! I love a contest turned dessert. I wanted to bring a cake too, though I didn’t enter the contest. I had a Continue Reading →

Boy Scout Shirt Cake

If you could taste my memory of childhood birthdays, it would taste like white cloud icing. My mom made many Devil’s Food cakes paired with this icing, always topped with a lovely coat of sprinkles. When I think of birthday cake, I think of this recipe. I am always surprised at how many people have never had this icing! I feel as though it’s my gift to humanity to share this recipe. I always get lots of compliments and lots of questions. White cloud icing is one of my favorite frostings to add to cupcakes for a thank you gift or Continue Reading →

White Cloud Icing

I have been so excited about this idea! These cupcakes are so quick and easy and oh so cute! I thought of 3 ways you could use the same idea. Do read on for the details! How to: Flower Cupcakes What you will need: Cupcakes (I just used a box of cake mix…) Icing Peanut butter M&M’s (you could use plain; I just love how fat the PB ones are!) Jet-Puffed HeartMallows (heart-shaped marshmallows) Scissors Knife for spreading incing Ice the cupcakes with your frosting. Cut a bunch of the heart-shaped marshmallows in half (down the center of the heart) with Continue Reading →

How To: He Loves Me! He Loves Me Not. Cupcakes

This easy cake recipes start with a boxed cake mix! I know, I know… even I bust out the cake mix now and again. This is a great way to make a box mix fancy. No one will even know you didn’t start from nothing. Fresh Orange Cake with Orange Vanilla Bean Icing is so good and so easy. I used fresh oranges in this recipe because I bought a whole case. Yes, a huge 72-count case is sitting on my fireplace. It was only $8, they are delicious because they are in season, and who doesn’t need a huge box Continue Reading →

Fresh Orange Cake with Orange Vanilla Bean Icing