Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What screams love more than chocolate and berries? Cheesecake. I vote for cheesecake every time. I decided to take my favorite chocolate cheesecake recipe and add in a little raspberry flavor. Just to make it extra special I included a brownie crust! This triple chocolate raspberry cheesecake is perfect for any day of the week, but extra special for a holiday.
You guys! My life has been insanely busy the past month. Usually I am really good at finding balance, but I’ve honestly been a little overwhelmed. I told you all I started a new job back in November so I’ve been putting a lot of time into working, plus Patrick and I got engaged! So we have been planning the wedding and trying to come up with a lifestyle change for our diets. I ran out and renewed my gym membership. I bought lots of planners to organize my recipes and ideas for kelliericecakes.com! And now we just found out we need to move within the next few months!
So far I’ve been to the gym zero times and my blog ideas end up on post-its in my purse haha! I know I will find my balance again soon. What is really important to me is providing you all quality recipes and content.
Last year I became a brand ambassador for Rodelle Vanilla! They are truly my all time favorite baking brand and I thought there is no better way to kick off February than to post a dessert using two of my most used ingredients.
Ok now just imagine taking a bite and tasting a layer of fudge brownie, a layer of creamy rich chocolate raspberry cheesecake, dark chocolate ganache, and if you are a little extra like me you can make this chocolate whipped cream!
Layers of chocolate and raspberry come together to create a decedent cheesecake.
1 box of fudge brownie mix (follow directions on box to make batter)
3 (8oz) blocks of cream cheese room temperature
½ box of sugar free raspberry jello
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of organic chocolate extract
½ cup of organic cocoa powder
3 eggs room temperature
4 cups of dark chocolate chips
¼ cup of milk
1 cup and 2 tbsp of cream
1 tsp of instant espresso
another ¼ cup of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
spray or grease a spring form pan
pour brownie batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes
in a mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar
add in the extract and eggs
heat the milk just before boiling and pour over 2 cups of chocolate chips, stir to help chips melt completely
add half the box of jello into the batter then the melted chocolate
whip until you don't see any cream cheese chunks
pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan over the brownie batter
bake 35-40 minutes until the top looks set but has a slight jiggle
(it may take a littler longer depending on your oven)
turn off the oven crack the door and let cool
once easy to handle put in the fridge to finish cooling
once completely chilled start making the ganache
in a microwave safe bowl pour 2 tbsp of cream and espresso powder over 2 cups of chocolate and melt in intervals careful not to burn the chocolate
drizzle over the cheesecake
in a chilled bowl whip the cream with sugar and cocoa powder until you have light fluffy whipped cream
You may have noticed the additional whipped cream on top of the chocolate whipped cream… my story is I had a little prepared whipped cream leftover that I just haaaaaaaaad to use up. And I’m sticking to it!
Chocolate ganache cake is one of those desserts you save for a celebration. Layers of moist fudge cake with a hint of espresso, silky chocolate buttercream, and espresso chocolate ganache swirled all over the rest of the cake. Every bite is rich without being overly sweet.
I first made this cake for my cooking demo at Macon Appliance Mart. The day was so packed and fast paced that I completely forgot to take pictures of the cake once it had been sliced. I can’t believe the demo was already 3 weeks ago! You guys have overwhelmed me with support and love!
It is so funny to look back to when LT ( owner of Macon Appliance Mart and my very best friend) and I were 18. We have always had huge dreams and encouraged each other to push ourselves. At the time he was in electronic sales and I was an office manager at a high end boutique. We both knew there were big things in our futures. The best part is I don’t think we have ever been competitive. Just a perfect support system.
Fast forward to 30(ish) and he is a business owner with a beautiful wife (aka my new best friend ha!), two little fur babies, and still gives the best advice. While I took a much different path when I moved away from him to Atlanta, GA to become an interior designer and somehow ended up in his footsteps in Electronic Sales. Currently, I am a sales manager sharing my life with Patrick, his two great kids, and our 4 fur children all while building the Kelliericecakes brand.
All the pictures above were taken at the demo in the Macon Appliance Mart Viking Range Kitchen. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to do what I love while partnering with my best friend!
Since I forgot to take pictures at the event I decided to recreate this cake with a spooky theme!
Yesterday marked the 2 year birthday of kelliericecakes.com! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by here! I am so excited to have found such a perfect outlet for all my food cravings. It is great timing too, because next week I will be at Macon Appliance Mart cooking at our first food demo. Looking back to the day I launched I love seeing how this site and community has grown. I have met so many fantastic people on this journey and learned so much. I can’t wait to see what this new year brings!
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes to celebrate! This pistachio butter cake is definitely going to satisfy any sweet tooth! Airy layers of butter cake with sweet pistachio butter cream and a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache.
You can definitely buy pistachio paste, but making your own is fairly easy. I decorated this cake with some roses I picked up at the farmers market. I have definitely been into simple cake decorating lately. A chocolate or caramel drizzle and fresh flowers will finish any cake!
Pistachios are the perfect compliment to this butter cake. So salty and savory. Sweet and salty is one of my favorite combos so I love the layers of pistachio flavor in the buttercream.
If you have been following my blog/social media for a while you will already know how much I believe in shopping local. Not only is the customer service experience so much better, but you typically find much better product.
I am excited to announce my long time favorite appliance store is partnering up with kelliericecakes.com! We will be doing a live cooking demo in their Viking show kitchen!
I welcome anyone local to stop by! If you aren’t local keep a look out for our instastories to follow along! @kelliericecakes and @maconappliance
The menu is created around those moments when you suddenly have guests come over and you want to look like you have it together. I am creating three easy recipes that will look like you spent all day in the kitchen!
Now on to the Tiramisu Cheesecake!
Two of our favorite desserts are Tiramisu and Cheesecake. Combined the two and wow! You have that creamy cheesecake bite with lots of rich coffee flavor. Seriously, the perfect dessert for coffee lovers. This cake received a unanimous thumbs up from the entire family.
Imagine a graham cracker crust, a layer of coffee dipped lady fingers, smooth vanilla cheesecake, a layer of dark chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Yes please! I will take a slice with my morning coffee…
Recently I had someone ask me “but who makes birthday cakes for the person that always makes everyone else a cake?” The answer is the baker still makes the cake haha! It is my favorite time of year to make cakes because I can get as over the top as I want. The only person I can disappoint is myself.
I made two birthday cakes because my actual birthday was on a Monday and I still wanted a small slice, but we weren’t actually celebrating until the following Saturday. Technically I made three cakes. When I made the orange zest cake we had to travel to North Carolina and somehow the cake flipped during the drive before I could take any pictures. So today I made a second orange zest cake which I fully plan on enjoying after this post!
It is so hard for me to believe I am already 31! I don’t feel like I am in my thirties yet. My life is slowly coming together. I am finally happy with my day time job and Patrick and I are embracing the whole farm to table concept. I really want to incorporate as much fresh whole foods as possible into our diets the older we get. BUT after saying all that… it WAS my birthday week AND I do love food.
For both cakes I did use box mixes to keep it easy, but I added some of my own ingredients to get a real homemade taste. The first cake is a brown butter orange zest cake with vanilla orange buttercream. The second is a coffee fudge cake. It is hard to say which is my favorite. I do love chocolate, but orange cake is a birthday tradition. My mom always made them for me growing up.
One of the BEST parts of these cakes is the sprinkles! Patrick hates sprinkles so I rarely get to use them. But today… today we are using tons of sprinkles just because I can!
Easy Caramel Pineapple Cake. I say easy because the cake part is easy. The cookies and decorating take a little bit more time, but you cake throw together the cake portion very quickly. The caramel and fresh pineapple melt together perfectly with each whipped icing bite. You can definitely use a premade caramel, but I personally love this home made version.
World Market always has my favorite cookie cutters. Last winter I found this perfect pineapple cookie cutter and I have been dying to use it ever since!
The weather has been so gloomy and I knew this would be the perfect time for this bright cake. You don’t have to make the cookies for this recipe, but I just love how they turned out. This icing is definitely sweet, but paired with the mellow cake and fresh fruit I think it worked out well. You can definitely add a little more cream or butter to lower the sugaring taste.
Vanilla cake layered with caramel, fresh pineapple, and whipped caramel icing.
For the cake:
Your favorite vanilla cake recipe or a boxed vanilla mix.
For this recipe I used the Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
⅓ cup of canola oil
1 cup of whole milk
2 tbsps of caramel sauce
For the caramel sauce:
1 stick of salted butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
For the filling:
½ cup of chopped fresh pineapple
For the icing:
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1½ sticks of unsalted butter
⅓ cup of cream
2 tbsps of caramel sauce
For the cookies:
1¾ cups of AP flour
⅛ tsp of baking soda
⅛ tsp of baking powder
1 stick of unsalted butter
⅛ tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
½ cup of sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat.
Add in the brown sugar and stir quickly.
Leave mixture until it begins to bubble.
Lower the heat and add in the cream.
Carefully mix until the caramel comes together.
Set to the side to cool.
Mix together the ingredients for the cake batter.
Pour the cake batter into prepared 6 inch pans I used 2 and had a little left over. You can also use 3 pans or 2 8 inch pans.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
While the cake is baking mix together the cookie dough.
In the mixture cream the butter and sugar.
Add in the egg and vanilla.
Mix in the dry ingredients.
The dough will come together quickly.
Spread a little powdered sugar on a clean area and add the dough.
With a rolling pin roll out the dough to about an inch thick.
Cut out the pineapples and place on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until the sides look slightly golden brown.
While the cookies cool wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap.
Freeze while you make the frosting.
This keeps the layers from drying out and keeps the crumbs in place.
For the icing:
Whip the butter and caramel.
Add in the powdered sugar.
Mix in the vanilla.
Slowly add in the cream and any food colorings.
I used the wilton yellow food coloring for the enter icing then kept a small part to the side and added a little wilton blue to make a bright green icing.
Take the cake layers out and line each inside layer with the icing as a barrier.
Pour over a little caramel.
Top with pineapples.
Stacks the layers and ice the cake.
Decorate the cake and cookies and assemble.
Yes this cake takes a while to decorate, but the cake itself can be made quickly and is quite delicious. I know this will be one of my go to recipes this summer. I like this cake served slightly chilled because it keeps the pineapple tasting nice and fresh. You can keep it in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you decide to recreate don’t forget to tag me!
Why German Chocolate Celebration Cake? This cake is made for celebrating! You start with four 6 inch fudge cake layers, caramel coconut filling, a whipped chocolate frosting, chocolate ganache, caramel, and all the trimmings.
I topped everything with a little toasted coconut, a bag of almond joy mix, homemade fudge donuts, and homemade chocolate bark. You can top this with anything. I think next time I may try for a chocolate mocha cake next time.
These cake layers are so moist and really hold up well during decorating. This is a very time consuming design so I recommend baking the cake layers the day before and wrapping them with plastic wrap. If you keep them in the freezer it will help keep the crumbs at bay as well as retain the moisture.
One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is all the fun desserts. Even after all my brainstorming I still came up with mostly chocolate covered things… I can’t help it! We are a chocolate household. This Chocolate Ganache Cake came just in time!
I knew I wanted something rich with a subtle coffee flavor. First came this extra moist chocolate cake. Not overly sweet. Then a light and creamy cheesecake filling. Dyed pink of course to be extra festive! Then came the whipped ganache.
If you want to skip down to the ganache recipe and eat it straight out of the bowl – that is perfectly ok with me! This whipped ganache is everything I dream of when putting together recipes. It has that really rich chocolate flavor, but the texture is so light and fluffy.
The entire cake is covered with the whipped ganache then topped with a thick dark chocolate ganache. I used a straight spatula to “ombre” the two together. The result is sooooooo good! I’m not going to lie to you. This cake is very time consuming, but I promise it is worth it!
With 2016 coming to a close I wanted to make a fresh citrus cake. I have tons of white chocolate left from my holiday baking so I made some whipped white chocolate buttercream. Usually dark chocolate is my go to, but I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone. This cake is light and sweet. Perfect for bringing in the new year with some champagne or sparkling grape juice!
This year has been so amazing. I had a lot of great new recipe creations and just as many failures, but I learned so much. Sharing recipes and stories with all of you has been so much fun! Patrick got me a new kitchen aid mixer over the holiday and I have been in the kitchen non stop! Next year is going to be packed full with new recipes!
Sprinkles and edible glitter will definitely be making a big appearance in the upcoming months. Cake decorating has never been my strength. My plans are to try out a lot of new techniques. I love watching videos on different icings or cupcake fillings. If you ever need to get sucked into the Youtube world try looking at Scranline’s channel. He has the most creative sweets I have ever seen!
Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts. It is not too sweet. So light and fluffy. And flavors that are out of this world. Think layers of cocoa, dainty sponge cake dipped in a dark roasted coffee, and whipped mascarpone cream. This dish always makes me think of Christmas. The original recipe calls for wine and coffee liquor, but I was having a game night with children present so I wanted mine to be alcohol free. I may do another version later on with a mint chocolate baileys. Pardon me as I drool all over my keyboard thinking about it…
Starting off the layers I sprinkled a hefty tablespoon of cocoa over the bottom of my dish. This makes it a lot easier to scoop out later on.
Then I dip my lady fingers one at a time into the coffee mixture. Be careful not to completely submerge the cake. Just the bottom should be soaked. Then I layer the bottom of the dish. This part does not have to look perfect. Once everything sits you will never see the difference in the layers.
Then take your marscarpone cream and cover the cakes. Repeat until your dish is full or you run out of cakes! The last layers should be the cream topped with more cocoa powder. You can decorate with chocolate curls or little gingerbread men. Anything festive!