Today is National Banana Split Day! Woo hoo, get excited! Personally, I’ve never really been a big fan of banana splits…I mean, if I’m going to have ice cream, I don’t want anything even remotely healthy going on or in it. Give me the sugary, fatty bad stuff all the way. But then I came upon these banana split inspired recipes and OMG I am drooling all over my keyboard. Talk about decadent, over-the-top, gloriously evil, sweet temptation!
Enjoy! And try to keep the drooling to a minimum.
Banana Split Cake
Banana Split Truffles
Banana Split Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Banana Split Ice Cream Cake
Banana Split Cupcakes
Every now and then I like to wander over to Etsy and see what kind of deliciously evil treats people are coming up with in the Edibles section. I love the creativity that goes into some of the sweet confections and it’s inspiring to see how many of these people make a living doing what they love.
These were some dark and decadent desserts that were calling my name and I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you all. Take a couple of minutes and check out these fun shops and most importantly, buy something!
Have a lovely day!
Rocky Road Cookies by cookietown
XXX Rated Dark Chocolate Bliss Brownies by cupcakesinjars
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by thetinykitchen
Artisan Candy Bars by BeesandBeans
Mayan Dark Chocolat Caramel Bars by haveitconfections
Needing some inspiration for breakfast tomorrow morning? Me too! As I was researching some seriously sweet breakfast recipes, I came across so many I couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to share, they all looked so good! So I thought, why not share them all? For me, there is nothing better than actually having time to cook or bake on a Saturday morning and filling your whole house with delicious smells of a homemade breakfast. And since Saturday is usually our “cheat” day around our house, it’s a great time to try one of these not-so-healthy, but oh-so-delicious recipes. Yay!
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
Banana Bread by Whipped
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes by Recipe Girl
Homemade Pop-Tarts by Smitten Kitchen
Apple Cinnamon Buns by What Katie Ate
Monkey Bread by Gimme Some Oven
Chocolate Chip Waffles by Tasty Kitchen
Overnight French Toast Casserole by The Girl Who Ate Everything
Red Velvet Donuts by Taste and Tell
I’ve recently discovered these super short, super adorable videos by Claire Thomas of L.A. who describes herself as “a food writer, photographer, enthusiast, personal chef and all round nerd”. More of them will definitely be showing up every now and then on my blog. She also has her own tasty little blog over at http://thekitchykitchen.blogspot.com/. Go check it out! But watch the video first…and prepare to drool.
Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream from Claire Thomas on Vimeo.
Oh I know what you’re thinking, “here she goes talking about her birthday again, how long can she drag this out, no one cares, yada, yada”. Well as long as I want! I mean, I turned 30 after all. Plus, I thought it would be fun to share some of the gifts I got with you! They are all too cute not to share.
First up, a gift from me, to me. I fell in love with this dainty little vintage tea cup when I was out yard saling a couple weeks ago. I mean, does it not scream “sip something yummy from me with your little pinkie in the air whilst noshing on scones and crumpets”?! Yes, it does.
Second, an adorable serving tray from my friend Stevie. She pretty much has my taste down to a tee. I tried to contain my excitement upon receiving it but I love this thing SO much. It definitely will be showing up on the blog ALOT.
Third, a gift from Sephora. Vanilla Birthday Cake body wash by philosophy. This stuff is amazing. It seriously smells like cake. I could eat it. But I won’t, that would be weird…and possibly toxic.
Fourth, something I had asked for on my birthday wish list that my husband surprised me with by actually ordering it for me…an apron! Cutest thing ever. Will I ever bake in it? Probably not. It’s too cute for that mess. But I do love it so. (And yes, I AM wearing clothes underneath it. Swear.)
Have a wonderful Friday and glorious weekend!
The word on the street is that 2011 is the year that pie makes its big comeback and replaces the seemingly untouchable cupcake at the top of the dessert hierarchy. Now I hate to be the one to point this out but we’re more than half-way through the year and I still see cupcakes EVERYWHERE. Pie…not so much. It does seem however, that pie sells are up quite a bit according to this L.A. Times article, so perhaps the trend is just beginning. Either way, I have always loved pie and will be glad to indulge in the craze once it hits full force.
Some of my favorite pies are fruit pies…mostly the ones that my grandma would make when we were young with the fruit from her backyard. My grandparents grew everything from gooseberries to strawberries to onions and green beans. They also had pear and cherry trees. So we’d regularly have Sunday lunch at their house and always had a pie. Gooseberry and cherry were my favorites. I also love chocolate cream pie, coconut cream pie, banana cream pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie…the list goes on. I guess I really don’t discriminate when it comes to dessert–it’s all good!
Check out these pie recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. These are some drool-worthy pictures people…I’m pretty sure I gained five pounds just looking at them!
Have a lovely evening!
Brownie Pecan Pie from Bakerella
Sour Cherry Pie with Almond Crumble from Smitten Kitchen
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Pioneer Woman
Pie Pops from Luxirare
I’ve kind of got ice cream on the brain lately. There is no end in sight to this ridiculous heat and it’s kind of hard not to think about the best ways to stay cool or should I say what to eat to stay cool. And if you’re having an outside birthday party or a wedding right now, you’re probably even more concerned with the best way to keep your guests cool. I have an idea! I came across this blog earlier today and absolutely fell in love with this DIY Ice Cream Parlour from Eat Drink Chic. I know dessert and candy buffets have been around for awhile now and are probably a little played out but I never get tired of seeing the creativity that goes into these beautiful tables. If you’d like to see more photos and find out how to recreate every cute little detail yourself, just click here!
Today is my birthday. 30th to be exact.
Here are a few gifts I would love to get. Aren’t they pretty?
1. KitchenAid Mixer–Raspberry Ice
2. First Barbie Retro Style Apron
3. Juicy Couture Cupcake Necklace
4. Cake Stands (And the desserts on them!)
5. Askinosie White Chocolate Bar (The ONLY white chocolate I like. SO good.)
(Colorful Tiered Stands by Joy’s Hope)
A couple months ago I happened to see a picture on Facebook of a cake stand that one of my friend’s had made. Yes, made. How you ask? She simply glued a candlestick to the bottom of a plate and voila! Cake stand! So naturally I was intrigued as I absolutely love cake stands and would buy them all if I could. And the basic premise seems simple enough: buy cheap, vintage cake plate, glue to cheap vintage candlestick. Well, I set out this weekend to do a little vintage shopping and about two hours into my search I came to the conclusion that I’d rather shell out $30-45 bucks for a brand new one instead of searching through antique store after antique store for something that was kinda, sorta cute and might possibly work even though I’d really like to spray paint it or alter it in some major way. I mean, this is supposed to be easy right? Shop, buy, glue. That’s it! Right???
Well, I might have been in too much of a hurry or just simply didn’t want to take spend the money on “vintage” items (we’re talking at least $3 for a semi-ugly candlestick and another $7-15 for a somewhat decent vintage plate…a look I’ve discovered I’m not that into) but I soon gave up trying my hand at this little DIY craft and decided to just share some links with you all that I found, should you decide to do it and have better luck for materials than I did.
I still think the idea is awesome and want to try it, I just need more time to shop and plan. In the meantime, check out these uber-talented crafty blogs. Let me know if you try it–I’d love to see a picture of what you come up with!
1. Vintage Stands
2. Wooden Tiered Stands
I’ve never wanted to bake with beets until now…
beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.
You can see the recipe for this lovely creation here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
This morning I came across these photos from a July 4th party catered by Sweets Indeed. Their dessert stations are simply amazing! I can’t get over the creativity and cute details that went into every single dessert and table. Definitely gave me some more inspiration for this weekend! Click here to see all the gorgeous photos!
I haven’t done a lot of non-dessert recipe posts on my blog–as a matter of fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever done any! But, I saw these pictures from Vogue Girl that someone had shared on Facebook and I knew that I just HAD to put them on my blog. I love everything about these pictures from the chandeliers to the tables to the way the models are posed…and of course the desserts! Just beautiful. I plan to be doing more posts like these in the future…not necessarily a recipe, but always dessert-related.
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did. Have a lovely evening!
This is the wedding cake I should have had. I am in love with it. Not that I could have afforded it, but one can dream.
This masterpiece was done by a little chocolate shop called ChoccyWoccyDooDah that describe themselves as an “art and design focused chocolaterie” and wow, is that the truth! Their cakes are unique and fun and maybe even a tad bit odd, but beautiful nonetheless! It looks like they focus a lot on cakes but also offer truffles, popcorn and marshmallow “lollies” and in fact have a “bar du chocolate” where one can indulge in almost every form of chocolate known to man, all served by a chocolista, of course!
Unfortunately, I won’t be dropping by anytime soon to give an unofficial review of the place since they’re located in the UK but I can drool from afar.
Check out all their amazing creations here!
Since Valentine’s Day is only four short days away, I thought I’d throw out a few more ideas just in case you’re still stumped on what to make, bake or buy for that special someone. And even if you loathe Valentine’s Day with a passion, these can still be inspiration for another celebration! So, to start things off right, I’d like to begin with more from Amy Atlas. She’s just put up an awesome v-day spread on her blog and I urge you to go check it out IMMEDIATELY. Part I and Part II. It will make you happy.
You might even start liking Valentine’s Day. She’s that good.
Next, I absolutely LOVE these cards by MadeByGirl. You’ll find a lot of unique, fun stuff that is relatively inexpensive and earth friendly. She also has prints and posters that are definitely worth checking out.
Finally, I came across this adorable Sweetheart Cupcake on allrecipes.com and had to share the recipe! It’s so simple and fun! And feel free to go a bit more gourmet if you’d like and make a cake from scratch.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 egg whites
- 8 drops red food coloring
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
- Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.
- Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink. Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside.
- Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.
- Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.
- Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.]
Ok, now you have no excuses! Ditch the red roses and box of chocolates and go for something a little more creative this Sunday!
There’s nothing I like better than color coordinated food…especially if it’s dessert! Who knew that cupcakes, candies, cookies, macaroons and marshmallows could be so very lovely? Apparently, Amy Atlas did.
This past Thursday night I had the opportunity to donate my baking skills to a New Year’s Eve benefit for a very good cause (more on that in a bit). Since I had about two and a half days to pull everything together, I basically went into super-adrenaline mode and baked like a mad woman from sun-up till waayyyy after sundown ignoring any and all distractions including my computer, my phone (hopefully I still have friends) and my very, very sick husband. Poor husband. Lucky for me he didn’t mind passing out on the sofa every night while I was up to my elbows in sugar and flour. By the time Thursday rolled around, I thought I might not get everything done and was literally frosting things up to the minute I had to go set-up. But I triumphed! And I must say, I think it turned out quite lovely and tasty. I even managed to color coordinate with the event–black and white!
The menu was vast and varied and included these delicious selections (Oh, and did I mention everything made was “mini”? That adds time exponentially!): Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Soft Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Chai Cheesecakes, Chocolate Dipped Homemade Vanilla Marshmallow Pops, White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, White Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream, Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate and Oreo Buttercream, Raspberry Fudge Tassies with Almond Buttercream, Homemade Vanilla Marshmallow “Stars”, Chocolate Covered Cherries and Cappuccino Truffles. Whew!
Overall, the dessert buffet and the benefit was a success! All proceeds from the night when to a great organization, Pearl Alliance, dedicated to freeing young women and children that are enslaved in the human trafficking industry. It’s hard to believe that a horrible injustice such as this one even exists in the world we live in today–it not only exists, but is thriving. Check out their website for more information and see what you can do to help!