Earl Grey Lavender Coffee Cake

Earl Grey Lavender Coffee Cake

But enough about those troubles, let’s talk about this Earl Grey Lavender Coffee Cake! I have seen numerous recipes in the past that have been Earl Grey flavored and I have always been so curious about them. I decided to pair two tea flavors - earl grey and lavender- in order to create a unique and light coffee cake. The trick to getting these flavors infused into the cake is to steep them in warmed milk for 1 hour, after which you will strain. I was a bit skeptical that this would be able to sufficiently transfer the tea flavors to the batter, but boy was I wrong! This coffee cake is popping with earl grey and lavender flavors. The citrus undertones of the earl grey and the floral flavorings of lavender make this coffee cake…

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Triple Berry Almond Olive Oil Cake

Triple Berry Almond Olive Oil Cake

Personally I am new to the olive oil cake game, and after this cake, I am bummed that it took me so long to get on board! If you haven’t tried an olive oil cake yet, you may be thinking that that olive oil in a cake sounds odd. But it’s not! It is a complete game changer. The olive oil has a distant flavor with a slight spicy aftertaste and bitterness, which is well balanced with the sweetness of the cake. The cake is extremely moist in texture thanks to its use of oil instead of butter. Imbedded within the cake are the raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You can even top the cake with more berries for decor! The best part about this dessert is that it is easy to make and can be made ahead of time. For best results and flavor, I recommend using a high quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.

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Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a little different than most cheesecakes thanks to its addition of mascarpone. If you don’t know what mascarpone is - don’t worry, you aren’t alone! It is essentially an Italian cream cheese. It is one of the main ingredients in the cream portion of tiramisu (which if you like tiramisu, check out this recipe!). When compared to American cream cheese, it has a more buttery taste (which is no surprise since it has a higher butter content than cream cheese), which leads to a richer, creamer texture. In this cheesecake we are using equal quantities of cream cheese and mascarpone, and guys let me tell you - it will simply melt in your mouth. I didn’t add too much additional flavoring to the cheesecake itself because I wanted the cheeses to shine and not get overshadowed. However, I did add some fun extra flavoring to the crust. Rather than a simple graham cracker crust, this cheesecake has ground almonds mixed in with the graham crackers!

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Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp

Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp

Now that we are back home, I am so excited that I can stay inside and be cozy on this overcast, freezing day, instead of feeling the need to get out and explore a new city. Today calls for a warm treat, and this Cozy Winter Fruit Crisp is exactly what I need. This dessert is filled with pears and apples and topped with a walnut oat streusel. This recipe is gluten free and uses minimal amounts of added sugars. Seasoned with maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, and cloves truly makes this the perfect winter treat! Top with some vanilla ice cream to add some additional flavoring and sweetness!

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No Bake Reese's Tart

No Bake Reese's Tart

In this season of pies, here’s a super easy to make tart. A Reese’s Tart, to be exact. Personally Reese’s cups are one of my favorite candies, right behind peanut butter M&M’s (see a pattern here...lol). I mean, you can’t go wrong with the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, am I right?? So the fact that this tart tastes just like a Reese’s Cup is a major win in my book. The base is a simple Oreo crust, which is topped with a whipped peanut butter and chocolate ganache layers. This dessert recipe is no-bake, which means that as your oven is full with dinner entrees and side dishes for your holiday gatherings or with all of your holiday baking, this dessert won’t require an oven space…

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Savory Mint Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Cupcakes with Savory Mint Chocolate Icing

Alright, so CUPCAKES! Surprisingly this is the first time that I have made cupcakes for my blog. Naturally I wanted to something special, so I went with my favorite holiday flavor combo - chocolate and mint. The cupcake is a classic chocolate cupcake. It has a rich and moist consistency, and the flavor is enhanced thanks to my favorite chocolate cake “secret” ingredient - fresh coffee! It is topped with a savory mint chocolate icing. The mint flavoring comes from fresh mint leaves, so it has an authentic taste to it. The savory mint is well balanced by the sweetness of the powdered sugar and creaminess of the butter…

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Orange Cardamom Coffee Cake

Orange Cardamom Coffee Cake

I have now come to realize that orange cardamom is my new favorite fall flavor. The orange’s fresh citrus taste beautifully balances the cardamom’s sense of warmth and richness. The cake has a streusel center, which is like a little surprise of sweetness! This cake works great for a brunch or as a dessert. The recipe is easy to make, and will serve a large group of people…

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Mini Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cakes

Mini Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cakes

The lemon and blueberry are such a  classic flavoring pair, and are so light and refreshing in taste. The cakes are super moist, thanks to the Greek yogurt inside. Despite being made in mini loaf pans, I am calling these cakes because they are much too sweet to be called bread! (Though I wouldn’t mind calling them bread so that I can pass them off as an acceptable breakfast item!). There are two different toppings for these cakes, both used to enhance the citrus lemon flavoring. The first is a lemon syrup that is poured over the top and inside the cake via poked holes. The second is a lemon powdered sugar glaze, which could be poured over or drizzled on in a fun pattern…

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Peach Raspberry Galette

Peach Raspberry Galette

Back to school time also corresponds to nearing the end of peach season. But before that season passed, I squeezed in this Peach Raspberry Galette. A galette, or crostata, is a freeform pastry, or as I like to describe it, it is a flat pie. They are easy to make, and have a beautiful presentation. Making the dough can be the difficult component to the recipe, but if you have a food processor, it is significantly easier. If you don’t though, don’t worry, I don’t either (because girl doesn’t have any more space in her tiny kitchen) and I was still able to make it by hand without issues. After rolling out the dough into a large circle, you will top the middle with the fruit, fold up the sides, and then toss it in the oven. And that's it! The galette crust is flaky, while the inside is filled with sweetness from ripe peaches and raspberries. To balance out some of the sweetness, the fruit is tossed in a dash of cardamom, which adds a level of richness and depth to the dessert. This summer dessert pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream, or you can keep it simple with a dusting of powdered sugar!

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Lazy Girl Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lazy Girl Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Last Thursday was the official start of summer, and to kick off the season our sweet friends hosted a “retro-BBQ” for our small group. We spent the evening in their backyard, under café lighting, eating burgers and tots from old fashioned burger baskets, and enjoying some root beer floats. It is times like these when I am really excited for the day when Alex and I can buy a house, with a backyard of our own to enjoy. But in the meantime we will be enjoying lots of BBQing in our apartment complex’s beautiful courtyard. In addition to summer BBQs, these are the things that I am most excited for during…

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Mint Ice Cream and Brownie Layer Cake

Mint Ice Cream and Brownie Layer Cake

I’ve got another summer dessert for you all today! Well technically I would gladly eat “summer desserts” all year round (thanks to my giant sweet tooth), but the frozen aspect of this cake reallyyyyy makes it perfect for summer. This cake is very special to me. The recipe entered my life during…

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Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Angel Food Cake

Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Angel Food Cake

We recently had some very important visitors stay with us – Alex’s parents. The last time they were here they were helping Alex move in and we all went to his white coat ceremony, so it was fun to show them what our home looks like now and show off some of our favorite places around the twin cities. For anyone the comes to visit us, we always take them to…

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Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today was one of those days where I found myself going down the YouTube rabbit hole. It all started with watching Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, which omg was amazing. And that turned into watching various documentaries/interviews with Beyoncé and Jay Z, to finding behind the scene clips from various Beyoncé music videos. And suddenly I realized...

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A Cozy Kitchen's Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

A Cozy Kitchen's Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Yesterday morning I woke up next to a 26 year old! It would have been more exciting had that time not been 4 AM. *insert fussy face here* One of the caveats of working as a hospital RN is that each year the hospital can give you a max of 3 "mandatories". Mandatories are - don't come in, and if you want to get paid for the day you have to use PTO time. Because of the inevitable politics associated, there are a lot of union rules surrounding these mandatories...

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Apple Galette

How is it November already?? You know the saying, “the days are long, but the years are short?” Well it feels like the days are short, and the years are shorter. Granted I don’t have any kids waking me up at all hours of the night, so maybe I can’t apply this phrase to my life. These past weeks have been filled with work, work, and more work. And the time that I do have off seems to be gone in the blink of an eye. Today is my one day off in this 7 day week, and the accumulation of the emotional stress from the past couple weeks seems to have caught up with me this morning – I slept into until....

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Pear Upside Down Cake

Lately I have been having a difficult time being content with the present. I’m continually looking forward to the things yet to come, whether it be our upcoming vacation this summer, moving back west if all goes well with Alex’s residency placement, potentially fulfilling my dream of moving to Italy short-term to immerse ourselves in Italian culture, language, and cuisine, or maybe at some point...

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Gingerbread Meringue Pie

Gingerbread Meringue Pie

My affinity towards ginger has continued to evolve over the years, but in a rollercoaster fashion. I grew up loving my mom’s ginger molasses cookies that she would make during her holiday baking every year, making sure to stash a couple extra before she gave them away to friends and family. But a couple years ago I tried a tiny portion of store bought candy crystallized ginger from a friend, and it took me half an hour to eat that thing simply because I was trying to...

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Lemon Raspberry Monkey Bread

Lemon Raspberry Monkey Bread

Monkey bread, an item that has been a family tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. It was the breakfast item that my friends and I from elementary school to high school would quickly dig into after a sleepover.  It was the dessert after a team dinner with my high school tennis team. It was the breakfast that my entire family would enjoy while opening presents on Christmas morning. And it was the breakfast that my mother would make for me when I came home during school breaks. While I love...

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