Toasted Coconut Brown Sugar Thumbprint Cookies

christmas cookies

Wowee that was a mouth full! This chewy brown sugar cookies are rolled in coconut then toasted to perfection before filling the middle with chocolate hazelnut spread. These cookies stayed perfectly soft and chewy for several days after baking! I honestly liked them even better the day after baking. They were delicious warm from the oven, but the brown sugar was so much more prominent the following day.

christmas cookies

If you aren’t a fan of coconut you can easily skip it, but I looooooved toasted coconut! Rodelle launched another cookie campaign this year and I am so excited to be a part of it! A lot of the brand ambassadors came together to bring you Cookies By The Dozen ! Check out the link to see all the other cookie recipes!

Cookie with Rodelle

These are easy to package for gift giving! While the center never truly sets you can layer with parchment paper to avoid a mess. I think they look amazing in cookie tins. I used a healthy amount of Rodelle Vanilla Extract and a sprinkle of the Rodelle Organic Cocoa. These cookies remind me of a super soft chocolate chip cookie, minus the chocolate chips!

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Toasted Coconut Brown Sugar Thumbprint Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 12-18
 
Chewy brown sugar cookies rolled in toasted coconut topped with chocolate hazelnut filling.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 cups of sweet coconut shredded
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • 2¼ cups of flour
  • 1½ sticks of unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp of Rodelle Vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a mixture combined the sugars and butter on medium speed for several minutes until very fluffy
  3. Add in 1 egg and the vanilla extract
  4. Add in the flour, cornstarch and salt until just combined
  5. Roll the dough into uniform balls and place on a baking mat or parchment paper in a pan
  6. In a bowl mix the remaining eggs
  7. In another bowl add the coconut
  8. Dip each dough ball into the egg then the coconut
  9. Place on the baking sheet and freeze for 3-5 minutes
  10. Use your finger or a spoon to make an indention in each dough ball
  11. Bake for 8-10 minutes
  12. Just until the coconut starts to toast do not over bake
  13. Let cool then add a spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread into the indention of each cookie
  14. Sprinkle with cocoa powder

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Don’t forget to check out all the other recipes! Happy baking!

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Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are my all time favorite snack. I love the bakery style muffins with the sugary tops! Big juicy pieces of fruit in every bite make them healthy though… right?

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

When I partnered with Macon Appliance Mart I knew I wanted to incorporate my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. This time I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to give it some fall vibes. I’ve always loved mixing blueberry pie filling with frozen or fresh blueberries for a little extra sweetness! These jumbo muffins will be a breakfast (or snack!) to remember this holiday season!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I’m just going to keep this post short and sweet because these really are just so simple! This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out when we have company. Most of the time we have the ingredients in the pantry and it is super easy to throw them together!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins
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Bakery style jumbo pumpkin blueberry muffins.
Ingredients
  • 1 can of blueberry pie filling (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • 1 stick of soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • ½ cup of milk room temp
  • extra sugar or brown sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl stir the butter and sugar
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla
  4. Mix in the pumpkin
  5. Add the blueberry filling and frozen/fresh blueberries
  6. Mix in the dry ingredients on low - flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt
  7. Finish with the milk and stir lightly until just combined
  8. Pour into jumbo muffin tins
  9. Top with sugar
  10. Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes

Just a few tips to make sure they come out perfect every time!

As you know I was lucky enough to bake these muffins in a Viking Range kitchen. I tried baking them in a convection oven and a regular oven both at 350. The muffins almost doubled in size in the convection oven and were so light and airy. They came out slightly denser in the regular oven, but were super moist. I think the moral of the story is Viking just has awesome ovens, but if you have access to a convection oven definitely try it out!

Room temp ingredients – this always works for me. When ingredients are all the same temperature they just mix together so easy.

Rising the pie filling- I know this part seems strange, but I promise it is important! One you are taking off all that extra sugar and two you are controlling the moisture you are adding into the batter.

Fresh or frozen blueberries? Honestly either work just fine. I personally buy fresh blueberries then freeze them. I want them to hold their shape as long as possible in the muffins.

Final sprinkle of sugar- natural sugar works the best, but I usually use brown sugar just because I always have it on hand.

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I hope you enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Ganache Cake

chocolate ganache cake

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.

chocolate ganache cake

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!

viking range kitchen

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.

viking range kitchen

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!

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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Recipe type: Baking, Dessert
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Moist chocolate cake with a hint of espresso, silky chocolate buttercream, rich espresso ganache.
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup of AP flour
  • ¾ cup of high quality cocoa powder ( I used Rodelle Organic Cocoa Powder)
  • 1½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water plus 1 pack of instant espresso
  • Buttercream:
  • 1 stick of soft butter
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla or chocolate extract
  • ¼ cup of cream
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • Ganache:
  • 4 oz of chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup of cream
  • 1 tsp of instant espresso or coffee extract
  • Optional:
  • Sugar cookies, spooky candy, marshmallow, oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray three 6 inch pans or two 8 inch pans to prep
  3. In a large mixing boil add the sugar, eggs, oil, extract.
  4. Mix together the remaining dry ingredients and add in mixing slowly.
  5. Pour in the espresso water very very slowly.
  6. If using a mixer you may need to scrap the bottom and sides to fully incorporate all the dry ingredients.
  7. Batter will be thin.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until set.
  9. For the buttercream:
  10. Mix the butter and 1 cup of sugar
  11. Add the extract and cocoa powder
  12. Alternate the remaining sugar and cream until desired consistancy
  13. Should be thicker than whipped cream, but easy to spread
  14. For the ganache:
  15. Pour the espresso, chocolate and cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth.
  16. After the layers have cooled
  17. Level them off with a knife and spread buttercream in between layers
  18. Spread a very thin layer of butter cream over the cake to crumb coat
  19. Leave in the freezer or fridge for 15 minutes to set
  20. Spread cooled ganache over the cake. (important to cool or your cake will melt all over)
  21. For the decorating:
  22. I made a tombstone and men out of sugar cookie dough
  23. I pulsed oreos into a "dirt"
  24. For the marshmallows I melted 2 cups and just pulled pieces with my fingers (warning!!! very messy!!!!)
  25. I used remaining cake pieces for form a grave
  26. Be creative! Or just eat as is!

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Enjoy!!!!! And don’t forget to check out Macon Appliance Mart if you are in the Western North Carolina area!

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Pistachio Butter Cake (Happy 2nd Birthday KellieRiceCakes.com!)

pistachio butter cake

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!

pistachio butter cake

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.

pistachio butter cake

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.

pistachio butter cake

Pistachio Butter Cake (Happy 2nd Birthday KellieRiceCakes.com!)
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Airy butter cake with a sweet pistachio butter cream and dark chocolate drizzle.
Ingredients
  • For the cake
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 stick butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the pistachio paste
  • ¼ cup of pistachios
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • For the buttercream
  • 4 cups of powered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of pistachio paste
  • 1 tsp of mint food coloring
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 sticks of soft butter
  • For the ganche
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt
  3. Mix lightly
  4. Add the butter, oil, vanilla, milk
  5. Turn the mixer on low
  6. Add the eggs one at a time
  7. Mix until dry ingredients are combined
  8. Pour into greased pans ( I used 3 6in pans, you can also use 2 8in pans)
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until tops are set and lightly browned
  10. For the paste
  11. In a food processor pulse the pistachios and water until a thick paste forms
  12. For the frosting
  13. Mix the sugar, vanilla, butter, and pistachio paste until whipped
  14. Add in the cream a little at a time until you get the desired consistency
  15. For the chocolate ganche
  16. Heat cream in a sauce pan until the cream slightly bubbles around the edge
  17. Pull off the heat and add in the chocolate
  18. Stir until completely melted
  19. After the cakes have cooled, spread the icing over each layer.
  20. Stack layers and drizzle with chocolate

butter pistachio cake

Thank you for all of kind comments and support! Here is to another great year!

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Tiramisu Cheesecake and Big News!

tiramisu cheesecake

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!

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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!

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.

tiramisu cheesecake

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…

tiramisu cheesecake

Tiramisu Cheesecake and Big News!
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Graham cracker crust layered with coffee dipped lady fingers, creamy vanilla cheesecake, and dark chocolate ganache!
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces of cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of strong coffee
  • 1 package of lady fingers
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup of whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and graham cracker crumbs
  3. Pack into the bottom of an 8 in spring form pan
  4. Bake for 5 minutes then let cool
  5. Mix together the sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla
  6. Add the eggs one at a time
  7. Mix in the sour cream
  8. Dip lady fingers into the coffee and layer over the graham cracker crust
  9. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the lady fingers
  10. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top
  11. Bake for 20 minutes at 400*
  12. Lower the heat to 325 and continue to bake until the top is slightly browned and the cake only jiggles slightly
  13. Let cool to room temp before placing the the fridge
  14. For the ganache:
  15. Pour the chocolate and cream into a bowl and microwave 30 seconds at a time until the cream slightly bubbles
  16. Stir until thick and smooth
  17. Pour over the cheesecake and let set until completely chilled
  18. * Since I covered the cheesecake in ganache I wasn't too worried about cracking. You can make a traditional water bath for the cheesecake to bake in if you want a perfectly smooth top.

tiramisu cheesecake

Make at your own risk! This is very hard to resist! :p

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Rodelle Double Chocolate Muffins

For ages Patrick has been telling me one of his favorite breakfast pastries are double chocolate chip muffins. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to come up with my own version! These muffins are so light and fluffy. Packed with chocolate, but some how not too sweet. While they were meant to be an easy breakfast treat they have turned into Patrick’s favorite after dinner snack. These muffins are the perfect snacking size!

Rodelle Double Chocolate Muffins

I love serving mine warm with a little bit of butter tucked into the middle. I bet these would also be fantastic with a little warmed almond butter drizzled over the top! I made these jumbo size because there is nothing more satisfying to me then walking into a bakery and seeing those jumbo muffins in their breakfast glory!

Rodelle Double Chocolate Muffins

Rodelle is one of my favorite baking brands! To get that deep chocolate flavor without being too sweet I used Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa and Rodelle Vanilla Paste.  I reached out to them recently because I live in a huge city and we have easy access to some of their baking ingredients, but I know all my friends in North Carolina order their Rodelle online. While this is not a sponsored post, they were nice enough to send me a few ingredients to test out for my readers!

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

I sprinkled the tops of the muffins with some jumbo chocolate chips just to make sure the chocolate bits did not get lost. I’ve always been a blueberry fan myself, but these may have just changed my mind!

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Double chocolate chip muffins packed with ooey gooey chocolate flavor without being too sweet.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 2 cups of full fat unflavored greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of Rodelle Vanilla Paste
  • 3 egg yolks (you can switch for 2 whole eggs, but the yolks provide a richer chocolate flavor)
  • 1½ cups of chocolate chips
  • Extra chocolate bits or sugar for the tops
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl add in all the dry ingredients
  3. Stir to incorporate the dry ingredients
  4. Add in the wet ingredients and mix on low until everything is combined
  5. The batter will be thick (like a brownie batter)
  6. Fill a jumbo muffin tin ¾ of the way then top with extra chocolate or finishing sugar
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the muffins slightly rise and no longer jiggle
  8. If you poke the top with a tooth pick if should come out clean

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you love chocolate this is definitely the recipe for you! If you try out this recipe please tag me @kelliericecakes so I can see your recreation!

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Easy Caramel Pineapple Cake

easy caramel pineapple cake

easy caramel pineapple cake

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.

easy caramel pineapple cake

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!

easy caramel pineapple cake

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.

easy caramel pineapple cake

Easy Caramel Pineapple Cake
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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
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Serves: 8 slices
 
Vanilla cake layered with caramel, fresh pineapple, and whipped caramel icing.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • Your favorite vanilla cake recipe or a boxed vanilla mix.
  • For this recipe I used the Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 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:
  • 1 egg
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add in the brown sugar and stir quickly.
  4. Leave mixture until it begins to bubble.
  5. Lower the heat and add in the cream.
  6. Carefully mix until the caramel comes together.
  7. Set to the side to cool.
  8. Mix together the ingredients for the cake batter.
  9. 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.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  11. While the cake is baking mix together the cookie dough.
  12. In the mixture cream the butter and sugar.
  13. Add in the egg and vanilla.
  14. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  15. The dough will come together quickly.
  16. Spread a little powdered sugar on a clean area and add the dough.
  17. With a rolling pin roll out the dough to about an inch thick.
  18. Cut out the pineapples and place on a lined baking sheet.
  19. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until the sides look slightly golden brown.
  20. While the cookies cool wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap.
  21. Freeze while you make the frosting.
  22. This keeps the layers from drying out and keeps the crumbs in place.
  23. For the icing:
  24. Whip the butter and caramel.
  25. Add in the powdered sugar.
  26. Mix in the vanilla.
  27. Slowly add in the cream and any food colorings.
  28. 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.
  29. Take the cake layers out and line each inside layer with the icing as a barrier.
  30. Pour over a little caramel.
  31. Top with pineapples.
  32. Stacks the layers and ice the cake.
  33. 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.

easy caramel pineapple cake

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you decide to recreate don’t forget to tag me!

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Easy Meringue Topping

easy meringue topping

easy meringue topping

Meringue has always been one of those things that intimidated me in the kitchen. I never had a desire to even attempt making a meringue for my pies because I felt like it was sooooo high maintenance. Last week I was testing new recipes and I really wanted a topping that would stand on its own. So I attempted a meringue.

Not only was it just as easy as making my standard whipped cream, but it stood up for perfect. Plus those browned edges look delicious.

You can definitely use fresh eggs, but I had just picked up some pasteurized egg whites and they turned out great.

easy meringue topping

If you use fresh eggs I do think the mix with firm up a little easier. My meringue was very delicate, but still had a great flavor and was able to keep the shape I formed.

Easy Meringue Topping
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Easy Meringue Topping
Ingredients
  • 6 egg whites or 1 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • ⅛ tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • (Here you can add any extract or color you want)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wipe down a standing mixer with a little dab of distilled vinegar.
  3. Pour the egg whites into the mixture and let sit for about 10 minutes until room temp.
  4. Start whipping the egg whites on a medium speed.
  5. Add in the salt and vanilla.
  6. As you see peaks beginning to form add in the sugar.
  7. You want to whip the mix long enough that the sugar dissolves.
  8. Once the mix is thick and you can pull a spoonful up and it stands on its own you can pour onto your pie. (About 10 minutes)
  9. I piled mine on top of the pile then made peaks with the back of a spoon.
  10. Bake for a few minutes until lightly browned.

easy meringue topping

I topped this one with a little chocolate cookie crumble. I promise you this really is an easy meringue topping. The only extra step from whipped cream is browning the edges.

I hope you enjoy!

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German Chocolate Celebration Cake

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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.

German Chocolate

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.

german chocolate cake

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.

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Celebration Cake
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German Chocolate Cake perfect for celebrating!
Ingredients
  • For the dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • ¾ cup of dark cocoa
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • For the wet ingredients:
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • ⅓ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of melted cooled butter
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of hot coffee or water
  • 1 cup of buttermilk room temp
  • For the coconut filling:
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of melted and cooled dark chocolate (70% melted so nicely)
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients and set to the side.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients and slowly pour into the dry ingredients.
  4. I like to pour the dry ingredients into a mixer and pour the wet ingredients in while mixing on low.
  5. You can use three 8 inch pans or four 6 inch pans.
  6. Prepare the pans with cooking spray or butter.
  7. Bake the layers for 20-25 minutes or until the centers are set.
  8. Let the layers cool before wrapping and setting in the freezer.
  9. For the frosting:
  10. Whip the butter and sugar then add in the cocoa powder.
  11. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate and continue to whip.
  12. Add the vanilla and cream and turn up the mixer slightly.
  13. The frosting should be thick and smooth.
  14. For the filling:
  15. Over medium heat toast the coconut until slightly golden. Set to the side.
  16. Over medium high heat melt the butter and add the brown sugar.
  17. Whisk until thick and bubbly.
  18. Lower the heat and slowly add in the cream.
  19. Whisk until incorporated.
  20. Turn to low and add in the coconut.
  21. To assemble:
  22. Spread the coconut filling on each layer then spread a thin coat of frosting over the stacked layers.
  23. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
  24. Use the remaining frosting to finish icing the cake.
  25. Decorate any way you like.
  26. I used caramel and ganache to drizzle over the top and finished with the remaining coconut.

 

german chocolate cake

I’m really excited to try and take my cakes to the next level! Next time you have something to celebrate try out this German Chocolate Celebration Cake! I hope you enjoy!

 

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Merlot Brownies with Merlot Ganache and Sea Salt

 

red wine brownies

Every Valentine’s Day I sit and contemplate- wine or brownies? I picked up some of my favorite red wine from Trader Joes and I knew I wanted to do a Merlot infused ganache.

red wine brownies

Once I started throwing together the brownie batter I drizzled a little more Merlot into the batter. The result was sooo good. The wine brings out the richness in the chocolate while keeping them so fudgey and moist.

These are honestly even better the next day. Enjoy them with a little cocoa whipped cream or on their own!

Merlot Brownies with Merlot Ganache and Sea Salt
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Serves: 8
 
Merlot Infused Brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of Merlot
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ½ cup of AP flour
  • For the ganache
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of Merlot
  • Finish with sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Add the eggs.
  4. Add in the baking soda and flour.
  5. Lightly mix until incorporated.
  6. Pour in the Merlot and stir until you have an even batter.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until center is set.
  8. For the ganache-
  9. Heat the cream in the microwave for about 40 seconds on high.
  10. Add the vanilla and chocolate.
  11. Mix until the chocolate starts to melt.
  12. Add the Merlot and whisk until smooth.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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