Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

I had planned on doing my usual with this and taking pictures along the way, but… me being a crazy, stressed out, busy me over the last several days managed to forget that was the plan until the cake was baked, iced and served out onto plates.

I’ve only done this one a few times, but we all really love it. It is very similar to banana bread, but just a little lighter in texture and just a touch sweeter, because… cake.

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Halve Some Cherries

Again, I was denied my fun and my cake skills as BG requested a super simple box mix with store bought icing cake with no theme. No fun for me, but it was her birthday and is what she wanted, so it is what she got.

The upside is that I didn’t have to spend days working on it like I usually do when I’ve been given a challenge. I pretty much had this one baked and decorated in an evening. It has been a while since I’ve done one this simple. I will use box mixes, but almost never use anything other than homemade icing unless it is for my cream cheese cupcakes, so doing this one was really strange for me.

Cherry Chip Cake
Cherry Chip Cake

Cherry chip cake with cherry icing. It was stupidly sweet, but she was thrilled and that is all that mattered.

The older they get, the less fun they allow me to have. I think I’m just going to say screw it and come up with a cake idea I like and just make it for the hell of it just so I can play.

Cherry Chip Cake - Lit
Cherry Chip Cake – Lit – Photo credit goes to MC as I was doing the lighting.

 

Repost… Death By Chocolate

I’m reposting this as this is, again, what MC has asked for and what I spent my evening working on putting together. No real creativity required, but it is still, and probably always will be, a family favorite. I did not take the time to make the individuals and just did this in a large 9 x 13 pan because I’m serving Hubby’s sister and dad this time and the individuals are just a ton of work that I didn’t have time for today.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake Pops

This is only the second time I’ve made this specific recipe, though I’ve played with cake balls for a while trying to get the ratios and chocolate correct. I know I’ve done something different as the first batch of these I ever did came out perfect, but this time, my outer chocolate layer never quite got as solid as it is supposed to. That said, they were still really good. Continue reading “Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake Pops”

Pumpkin Cupcakes

This is probably my second most requested cupcake. Years ago, my SIL brought some pumpkin cupcakes to Thanksgiving and I fell in love. It surprised me since I am NOT a pumpkin fan. I spent some time after that trying to figure out what I thought went in them and then digging around for recipes that sounded close. When I finally found one and tried it, it was just a bit too much. Too much pumpkin, too many spices. One of the things I loved about the ones my SIL brought were the fact that all of the flavors were on the lighter side and subtle, balancing each other out rather than competing against each other. Continue reading “Pumpkin Cupcakes”

Today’s Labor

Hubby’s work always does a bake sale where employee’s or their spouses can bring baked goods in and then buy stuff other people made. The proceeds go to sponsor a couple of families for the holidays. This is one of my favorite things to participate in because I get to go all out. Baking. Decorating. Coming up with cool ways to package it all. I love it because I get to play in lots of my different creative arenas. Continue reading “Today’s Labor”

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

This is a repost from a while ago, but since this is what I’m working on today, I thought I would share it again. Thanks to a bet Hubby made (and lost) with a co-worker, I’m in kitchen mode. Not that I’m complaining. I get to eat the goodies as well.

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Strawberry Limeade Cake

Since I posted the ordeal of making this whole project in the last post, I won’t go into those details here.  Suffice it to say, this didn’t turn out pretty because of those problems and because of that, I don’t have a great finished product image, but I will share what I have. Continue reading “Strawberry Limeade Cake”

Baked Mac’N’Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of those things that most everyone loves.  One of my grandmothers used to make a baked version that was so different than any other I’ve had, before or since, and was a staple at every big family meal that was one of everyone’s favorite.  Continue reading “Baked Mac’N’Cheese”

Pulled BBQ Chicken

This isn’t a recipe I’ve made very many times.  In fact, I couldn’t find the one I used the last time, so I dug around and found a couple that sounded close and then modified it to what I thought I remembered.  It came out pretty close to what I think I had the last time, but I may tweak it a bit next time with a bit more kick potentially. Continue reading “Pulled BBQ Chicken”

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

One of the things I’ve done over the last several years is try and move more towards eating all or nearly all whole grains.  I’ve tried a few different recipes for a really good bread and so far, this one is probably my favorite.  I have another that I use if I’m making rolls.  This one is the one I use when I want big slices of soft bread. Continue reading “Honey Whole Wheat Bread”

Rivel Soup

This is a family favorite that was inspired by something my Mother In Law used to make.  Sadly, I never got the chance to have her show me how she made hers so I had to go off of what I knew from eating it and come up with my own version.  It is a very simple cream based soup that takes very little time and is easily modified. Continue reading “Rivel Soup”