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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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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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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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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