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
Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
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Serves: 8 slices
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
  • 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
  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
Recipe type: Baking
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Serves: 1 pie
Easy Meringue Topping
  • 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)
  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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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

triple chocolate chip cookies

triple chocolate chip cookies

One of the best parts of only giving myself one cheat day a week is having 6 days to brainstorm these concoctions. I’m now heading into my 4th week of eating clean and I am wishing I had thought to remake these cookies. Triple chocolate chip cookies are now a thing in our house. These cookies measure about 4 1/2 inches wide. They are soft, chewy, and oooooh so chocolatey.

triple chocolate chip cookies

I drizzled dark chocolate and white chocolate on alternating cookies. The kids were skeptical at first. They have a hard time believing there is white chocolate. According to them chocolate is brown and anything white is icing. I say that is fair. The white chocolate drizzle does add a really nice vanilla flavor where the dark chocolate adds enough bitterness to break up the triple chocolate inside the cookie.

triple chocolate chip cookies

I scrolled through dozens of chocolate chip cookie recipes online that were quoted as “the best”. I know everyone has a different idea of what “the best” is. Patrick thinks a cookie that is super chewy and close to cake-like with lots of melty chocolate is the best. I personally love something a little closer to the classic Nestle recipe. Slightly crispy on the outside and very soft in the middle.

triple chocolate chip cookies

These cookies have the slightest crunch on the very outside, but the rest of the cookie is so soft and soooo packed with chocolate. Using dark brown sugar helps give almost a toffee like flavor which is definitely my favorite!

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 12
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 3 cups of chocolate chips- milk, semi sweet, and dark
  • 2 eggs at room temp
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2¼ cups of AP flour
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of water
  1. Cream together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs 1 at a time.
  3. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour into the butter mixture mixing at low speed.
  6. Mix on low until fully incorporated.
  7. Add the in the tbsp of water.
  8. Fold in the chocolate.
  9. Roll 3 tbsp of dough into uniform size dough balls.
  10. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  12. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.
  13. Bake about 5 cookies at a time for 10 minutes or until center has just barely set.

If you are trying to eat healthy- I am so sorry! BUT once you try these triple chocolate chip cookies there is no going back. I know they will be your favorite!

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Classic Tiramisu (Non Alcoholic!)

classic tiramisu

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… 


You can make this in a casserole dish, but I love it in a trifle dish so everyone can see the layers. I started with my whipped cream and marscarpone mixture, a cup of cocoa powder, 4 cups of dark roast coffee brewed and cooled, and 2 boxes of lady fingers. If you cannot find lady fingers you can use cookies, pound cake, anything that will soak up the coffee. Make sure your coffee cools a bit. You are going to be dipping these cakes into the dish and it is so much easier when you aren’t burning your fingers throughout the process.


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!

Classic Tiramisu (Non Alcoholic!)
Recipe type: Dessert
Classic tiramisu minus the alcohol.
  • 2 packs of lady fingers or 1 pound cake
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz of marscarpone cheese
  • 4 cups of dark roast coffee brewed and cooled
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • Chocolate, sprinkles or cookies for decorating
  1. Whip the cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Fold in the marscarpone (if it does not mix all the way through you can whip together on low)
  3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of cocoa on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Dip each lady finger in the coffee and line the dish.
  5. Cover with a thin layer of the cream.
  6. Repeat steps.
  7. Once you get to the last layer of cream decorate the top with remaining cocoa powder.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight or at least 6 hours before the event.
  9. Stays for 3 days.


Serve in front of a Christmas tree to be extra fancy.

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Caramel Chocolate Cake With Nutella Frosting

halloween cake

Halloween treats are my favorite kinds of desserts to make! This Caramel Chocolate Cake is no different. I used a basic chocolate cake batter and elevated it with layers of salted caramel, nutella frosting, and sugar glass shards. I will warn you- these sugar shards were pretty sharp. They taste awesome, but I removed them from the cake before the kids dove in. Just in case.

halloween chocolate cake

You may be wondering what those green splats are on the glass. They were supposed to be spiders… I tried to draw them on while the sugar was setting because I wanted it to look like they were inside the glass. Kind of a big fail. They ran all over creating a slime look. According to Patrick’s son it was really cool, but I still want to try again with the spiders.

The frosting is my favorite chocolate buttercream with a hint of nutella and the bloody topping is salted caramel sauce with a little food coloring.

chocolate cake

I love a cake with surprise filling. I lined the edges of each cake layer with nutella frosting then filled the rest of the space with caramel sauce. It makes for a really moist and flavorful cake!

Caramel Chocolate Cake With Nutella Frosting
Recipe type: Chocolate Cake, Dessert
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Serves: 8
Chocolate cake filled with caramel and nutella frosting. Topped with sugar glass shards and even more caramel.
  • For the cake:
  • ¼ cup of melted salted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of hot coffee ( I used caramel coffee)
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 egg at room temp
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • For the frosting:
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp of nutella
  • 1 stick of room temp butter
  • 2 tbsp of heavy cream
  • For the salted caramel:
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • ¼ cup of cream
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of red food coloring
  • For the glass:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. I added all the ingredients except the coffee to a large bowl and mixed on low until just combined.
  3. Slowly pour in the coffee.
  4. Mix. The batter with be pretty thin.
  5. Pour into three 6in greased pans or two 8 inch greased pans.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until there is no longer a jiggle in the center.
  7. While cakes are cooling prep the frosting.
  8. Mix together the butter and sugar.
  9. Mix in the cocoa.
  10. Add the vanilla and cream.
  11. When you have the desired consistency add in the nutella.
  12. I like my frosting on the thicker side, but still spreads easy.
  13. For the salted caramel:
  14. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and add in the sugar. Bring to a boil.
  15. Turn off the heat and add the cream.
  16. Stir until thickened.
  17. Add food coloring and salt.
  18. For the sugar shards:
  19. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan.
  20. Pour on a baking sheet and allow to cool.
  21. Break into pieces once hard (about 15 minutes)
  22. Pipe a thin line of frosting around the inside cake layers then fill with caramel.
  23. Stack layers then continue to frost until entire cake is covered.
  24. Decorated with sugar shards and drizzle with remaining caramel.

This looks like a ton of steps, but I promise it only took me 2 hours with the cooling times. Probably 45 minutes of active time. It is so worth the time! Feel free to get creative. You can skip the nutella and add extra chocolate if you want! It is definitely the time of year to get creative!


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Hot Fudge Cheesecake

hot fudge cheese cake

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that I usually bypass for a huge piece of chocolate cake. BUT if it is done right it moves to the front of my dessert line up. I like my cheesecake to be creamy and thick. Your fork should slide right through without much effort. This hot fudge cheesecake starts with a thick chocolate graham crust followed by a creamy rich dark chocolate filling then topped with a hot fudge whipped cream and more hot fudge topping.

hot fudge cheesecake

Have you ever had the Godiva chocolate cheesecake from Cheesecake factory? This filling reminds me of that cake. This is sure to fill your every chocolate wish and desire. One slice sends me into a tiny chocolate coma.

hot fudge cheesecake

Hot fudge is pretty much my favorite topping of life. Growing up I worked with my best friends at Dairy Queen all through high school. To this day still one of my favorite jobs. I worked with my best friends, we ate cup fulls of hot fudge sundaes, and all of our high school peers visited us during all of our shifts. Bless our sweet managers. I am sure we drove them nuts. 16 year old girls hopped up on sugar and hormones… Back to those sundaes though. Now at 16 I was very conscious of my eating habits so naturally I skipped the ice cream and I would have cups of hot fudge topped with a huge portion of whipped cream and sprinkles. Whipped cream has less calories because its lighter right ? 16 year old logic at its best.

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Hot Fudge Cheesecake
Recipe type: Desserts
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Serves: 8
Creamy chocolate cheesecake topped with hot fudge and chocolate whipped cream.
  • For the crust:
  • 1½ cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate powder
  • ½ stick of melted butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • For the filling:
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • 3 blocks of 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup of hot fudge
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • For the whipped topping:
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. For the crust:
  3. Mix the melted butter, sugar, chocolate, and graham cracker.
  4. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  5. I used a 6 inch spring form pan. You can use an 8 inch, but I wanted to have thicker slices.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. With a mixer beat the eggs, cream cheese and sugar.
  8. Add in the hot fudge.
  9. Pour on top of the crust.
  10. I am super lazy so I never make a water bath for my cheesecakes. I just put a pan of water on the bottom rack and it usually prevents any cracking. If it does crack it is not a huge deal because we are covering the top with whipped cream.
  11. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The center should be very wobbly still. I turn off the oven and let the cake cool inside the oven for 20 minutes then on the counter until it is completely room temperature.
  12. It is VERY important to cool off completely before putting the the refrigerator. You do not want those hard crystallized sugar bits to appear in your creamy cake.
  13. Cool cheesecake in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  14. To make the topping whip the cream, hot sugar and chocolate powder.
  15. Spread over the top.
  16. Serve with extra hot fudge.


chocolate cheesecake

I hope you make this cheesecake! If you do don’t forget to tag me! #kelliericecakes

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Chocolate Cake Topped With Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting And Filled With Dark Chocolate Ganache

chocolate cake

I can’t stop looking at gum paste flowers. Seriously. They are so creative and beautiful. Some look so realistic I don’t think you can tell a difference at first glance. I really wanted to try creating some roses with gum paste. I bought the Wilton gum paste powder from a craft store, a few different gel food colorings, some powdered sugar and improvised the rest. I saw so many tools to make flowers. I was pretty overwhelmed. I decided to try using what I had at home first before buying any special tools.

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I can’t lie. I am pretty impressed with the way this rose turned out. It was extremely time consuming, but not necessarily hard. I think over time it will become second nature. Now this is not a tutorial on how to make these roses. Once I really get the hand of it and know exactly what tools are needed I will definitely share. For now I decided to share this amazing cake recipe. All my favorite things in one sweet cake slice.

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CLICK HERE for my favorite chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Cake Topped With Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting And Filled With Dark Chocolate Ganache
Recipe type: Baking
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Mocha cream cheese frosting with dark chocolate layers.
  • For the frosting:
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 4 tbsps of softened butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • For the ganache filling:
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  1. For the frosting:
  2. Mix together the cream cheese and butter.
  3. Add in the vanilla and espresso powder.
  4. Slowly pour in the powdered sugar.
  5. Finish off with heavy cream.
  6. Add more or less sugar depending on how creamy you want your frosting. I left mine on the stiff side so I could pipe it on the cake.
  7. For the ganache:
  8. Heat the cream in a sauce pan on medium low.
  9. When the cream begins to bubble remove from heat and add chocolate.
  10. Mix until thickened.
  11. Let cool before using.
  12. Assembly:
  13. After your cake layers have cooled (don't forget to click the link for my favorite chocolate cake!) add the ganache to the middle of the cake. Place in the fridge until ganache has set and slightly hardened. Frost the cake with your cream cheese mixture. I used my left over frosting to pipe an edge around my cake.

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I recommend keeping this cake cool until you are ready to eat. The ganache will melt in your mouth like a truffle!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Cheese Cakes


Easter is coming. Soon. Every year I try to make a big complex dessert, but this year I am staying simple. These layered cheesecakes require no baking, short stove top time, and come together in minutes.

Something about homemade pudding is so  comforting. The flavor is so much richer than if you used an instant pudding pack. It takes a little longer, but the result is definitely worth it.

The cheesecake layer is no bake and it is so easy. It is basically the same combo I make for my cinnamon roll danish filling. Sweet, tart, and light.

The cookies you can use what you have on hand, store bought, or these. They just give the best crust especially if you make these the day before.

chocolate chip cookie cheese cake

I recommend only filling your cups 3/4 of the way and using whipped cream. It is going to make it more of a single serving. I filled these cups to the brim for the picture and honest they were about 2.5 servings.

Easter dessert

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Cheese Cakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
Layers of creamy cheesecake, smooth dark chocolate pudding and salty chocolate chip cookie.
  • For the pudding:
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of milk (whole preferably)
  • 1 tsp of unsalted butter
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 8 ounces of low fat cream cheese - room temp
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • For the cookie crust:
  • 2 large chocolate chip cookies
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • For the topping:
  • Whipped cream
  • Extra Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. In a cool pan mix the cornstarch, salt and sugar.
  2. Add in the milk and vanilla and whisk until everything is combined.
  3. You should not be able to see cornstarch chunks.
  4. Put the pan over medium heat.
  5. Add in the egg yolks.
  6. Keep whisking until everything is mixed.
  7. Add in the chocolate. (I like the unsweet baking bars)
  8. Whisk consistently until the mixture thickens and starts bubbling.
  9. This will take 10-15 minutes.
  10. It will seem extremely liquid-y then suddenly very thick.
  11. Turn down to low heat and keep stirring.
  12. The chocolate should be melted and evenly mixed.
  13. Take off the heat and let cool.
  14. Be sure you stir every few minutes while it cools to keep the skin from forming,
  15. For the cheesecake:
  16. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  17. Add the milk as needed.
  18. It should be just slightly looser than the pudding.
  19. For the crust-
  20. Break the cookies into crumbs.
  21. (I just put the cookies in a bag and roll it with my dough roller until all pieces are broken up)
  22. Melt the butter and add to the mixture.
  23. Add the salt.
  24. Pack 1-2 tbsps into each cup
  25. Assembly:
  26. Once the pudding has cooled (it can be warm, but not hot. you don't want to break the glass)
  27. add to the cups over the cookie crust.
  28. I would start with 2 tbsps
  29. Repeat with cheesecake mixture.
  30. Keep layering until you have the desired amount.
  31. Make sure the cheesecake is the final layer on top to prevent the pudding skin.
  32. Top with whipped cream and cookie crumbs.
  33. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Best when cooled over night.

Let me know if you try this recipe! Tag me #kelliericecakes

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New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember the show What Not To Wear? I used to be obsessed with watching Stacy London and Clinton Kelly surprising regular people and updating their wardrobe. After the show ended and Clinton Kelly moved to the Chew I was convinced that he could do no wrong. He knows fashion and now he is in the world of food. My two favorite things.

When the first season aired I remember my mom emailing me about a chocolate chip cookie show down hosted by Clinton. I scoffed, convinced I knew the perfect recipe and there is no way this long complicated recipe was better. A few weeks later I visited her and she had rows of these huge chocolate chunk masterpieces cooling on the counter. Overflowing with melting chocolate and sprinkled with fat flakes of sea salt. It was my every cookie dream.

I am sure I have referenced Home Alone 2 before? When he is in the hotel with the chocolate cookies the size of his head? These are those cookies. So perfectly dense and chewy with layers of chocolate and salt. If you have the time there truly is no better cookie.

new york times

I will link the original recipe here. Listed below is my version. Same concept, but tweaked to my taste buds.

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Dessesrt, Cookies
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Serves: 12
Oversized chewy dense chocolate chunk cookies topped with sea salt.
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp of cake flour
  • 1½ cups of bread flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 2 sticks and 1 tsp of unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups of light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1¼ pounds of chocolate - chopped bittersweet, dark chocolate chunks and semi sweet chips (even white chocolate if you please)
  1. Mix the butter and sugars until pale.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Whip in the eggs until mixed, do not over mix.
  4. Add in the mixture of dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon).
  5. Once combined hand fold the chocolate in.
  6. Form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350.
  9. Form the balls of dough.
  10. Roughly 2 tbsps each.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  12. Do not over bake.
  13. Pull out when the edges are golden brown.
  14. The middle will continue to cook on the pan.
  15. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Seriously, if you have the time try these. There is nothing like them. Perfect bakery style cookies.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Dark Chocolate Frosting

german chocolate cupcake

German chocolate means different things to different people. It blows my mind how many weirdos people do not like coconut! I look everything about coconut. The smell, taste, and texture! BUT for those of you who do not like or cannot eat coconut I made German chocolate cupcakes minus the coconut.

These cupcakes were created by an American with the name German. They are a very sweet fluffy chocolate cupcake. I typically go for a dense fudge-y cupcake, but today I wanted to lighten up since I was going to cover them in a rich dark chocolate.

chocolate cupcake

I attempted to film a quick icing tutorial. It will be live with this post. Be warned: Filming alone while trying to keep all the important steps in focus is way more difficult than I imagined. I have a remote for my camera, but the only indication that you are filming is a quick blue flash. If you miss it then you have no idea if you are recording. I tried running back and forth to make sure I was recording, but somehow I still missed an important clip. When I was actually spiraling the icing over the cupcakes.  I will keep practicing and I promise to have a full tutorial in the future!

Click here for the dark chocolate icing tutorial!

German Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Dark Chocolate Frosting
Recipe type: Baking, Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
Sweet chocolate cupcakes perfect for a heavy icing. This is the German chocolate recipe for anyone that does not want coconut in their cupcake.
  • 4 oz of BAKERS SWEET chocolate (one full bar or 4 oz of milk chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup of strong brewed coffee
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks (1 cup of butter) melted and cooled (unsalted)
  • ½ cup of butter milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and set out your cupcake tins greased or with liners.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for one minute.
  3. You can add a tsp of milk while you microwave to keep from burning.
  4. Set the chocolate to the side to slightly cool.
  5. Mix together the sugar, eggs and butter.
  6. Add in the chocolate.
  7. Just make sure the chocolate is not hot enough to cook your eggs.
  8. Mix in the vanilla.
  9. Add in the coffee.
  10. Mix in the flour, salt and baking soda. Do not over mix.
  11. Add in the buttermilk.
  12. Your batter will be liquidy.
  13. Pour into baking tins.
  14. Do not over bake. Pull them out of the oven as soon as your testing tooth pick comes out clean.

 I hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day (or any day) treat!


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