Caramel Macchiato Brownies

caramel espresso brownies

This Labor Day weekend ended up being filled with a lot more carbs then I intended! We had a busy few days at work before I headed up to North Carolina. My best friend just had her first baby and I already love her soooo much! Unfortunately, while we celebrated a new life the real reason I was in town is because my grandmother has not been doing well. They recently transferred her to hospice care. It is so hard to see her that way.

Due to the mix of the holiday and stress (and the awesome fall weather!) I was craving everything sweet. These brownies were perfect. They have that glossy crispy top and espresso fudge center. Swirled with caramel for a delicious caramel macchiato flavor.

caramel espresso brownies

Patrick enjoyed his served with extra caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is an awesome treat for celebrating or just because you need a brownie!

caramel espresso brownies

Caramel Macchiato Brownies
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Fudge espresso brownies with caramel swirl.
Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of melted chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of dark cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup of flour
  • 2¼ cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup of salted butter
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp of instant espresso powder
  • ½ cup of caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt the butter and let cool slightly
  3. Mix together the eggs, vanilla bean paste, espresso powder, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder
  4. Add the chocolate and sugar to the butter and mix until smooth
  5. Add into the egg mixture (just make sure the butter has cooled enough so it won't curdle your eggs)
  6. Mix in the flour
  7. Do not over mix
  8. Pour into a greased 9 inch baking dish
  9. Smooth out the batter and drizzle caramel on top
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the batter is no longer jiggly
  11. Let rest for 1 hour before serving

caramel espresso brownies

Enjoy!

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Pies

chocolate mousse pie

As a Rodelle brand ambassador I will be highlighting one of my favorite products. This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

What says Happy Mother’s Day more than chocolate? These mini chocolate mousse pies are layered with dark chocolate ganache, light fluffy chocolate mousse, and fresh whipped cream.

chocolate mousse pie

This dessert comes together so fast! It is great for days when you need a special treat, but do not have a lot of time. These are so light and delicate you won’t even feel super guilty eating them!

You can always make these with pudding from scratch, but I use an organic box mix to save time. I use pastry for the crust, but crushed chocolate wafers would also be delicious.

chocolate mousse pie

I like to shave some chocolate on mine for an extra special touch! You guys know how obsessed I am with the Rodelle extracts.

I used the chocolate extract in my mousse to give it even more deep chocolate flavor. Side note: my walmart now carries Rodelle extracts which is super exciting!

Mini Chocolate Mousse Pies
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Recipe type: Chocolate Mousse Pie
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Mini chocolate mousse pies you won't even feel guilty eating!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of prepared chocolate pudding cooled
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 sheet of pie crust dough
  • 5 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of chocolate extract
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate for shaving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Measure your mini pie tins over the dough sheet and cut a circle just a little bigger than the tin
  3. Use a fork to poke holes in the dough and brush a little heavy whipping cream over the dough
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown
  5. In a microwave safe bowl heat ½ cup of heavy cream just before boiling (I usually do one minute)
  6. Mix in the chocolate chips and let them melt down into a ganache
  7. Pour a little of the ganache into the pie crust just to cover the bottom
  8. In a mixing bowl whip the rest of the whipping cream with the sugar
  9. Divide in half
  10. Gently fold half the whipped cream and chocolate extract into the pudding until light and fluffy
  11. Top the ganache with about ½ a cup to 1 cup of the mousse
  12. Finish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Enjoy!

 

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Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

triple chocolate cheesecake

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.

triple chocolate cheesecake

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.

triple chocolate cheesecake

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.

triple chocolate cheesecake

Rodelle organic cocoa powder is infused into each layer of the cheesecake along side their organic chocolate extract.

triple chocolate cheesecake

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!

triple chocolate cheesecake

Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
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Layers of chocolate and raspberry come together to create a decedent cheesecake.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. spray or grease a spring form pan
  3. pour brownie batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes
  4. in a mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar
  5. add in the extract and eggs
  6. heat the milk just before boiling and pour over 2 cups of chocolate chips, stir to help chips melt completely
  7. add half the box of jello into the batter then the melted chocolate
  8. whip until you don't see any cream cheese chunks
  9. pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan over the brownie batter
  10. bake 35-40 minutes until the top looks set but has a slight jiggle
  11. (it may take a littler longer depending on your oven)
  12. turn off the oven crack the door and let cool
  13. once easy to handle put in the fridge to finish cooling
  14. once completely chilled start making the ganache
  15. 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
  16. drizzle over the cheesecake
  17. 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!

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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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No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream

No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream

Fresh peach season is here! Only one of the best times of the summer for us. Since we live in the peach state there are always peaches at every grocery store, farmers market, fruit stand… everywhere! We love them fresh will whipped cream, in a pie, or in our ice cream! It has been a while since I made a no churn ice cream and I thought there was no better time with peach season here. A saucepan full of caramel later and this no churn peach and caramel ice cream was born!

No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream

I’m going to be honest- Patrick’s son and I thought it would be fun to eat this outside to get the “perfect drippy” picture. The second I snapped the shot we ran back into the air conditioning. I froze the ice cream over night so it was creamy and firm, but it melted in seconds when we stepped onto the patio. Gotta love that Georgia heat!

no churn peach and caramel ice cream

I had a little extra pie crust from another recipe so I crumbled it on top, but you can also crumble a sugar cone for the same crunch. I love how easy this recipe is to make. Patrick’s 6 year old was able to help me. I have been testing a lot of my recipes with the kids to make sure they truly are easy to replicate. Layers of creamy vanilla, frozen fresh peaches, and salty caramel are exactly what I want on a hot day!

No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream

No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Ice Cream, Dessert
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Serves: 10
 
Creamy vanilla ice cream filled with fresh peaches and salty caramel.
Ingredients
  • Ice Cream:
  • 1 pint of whipping cream
  • ½ can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 heaping tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of chopped skinned peaches
  • crumbled pie crust or sugar cones
  • Caramel:
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of whipping cream
Instructions
  1. In a standing mixer pour in all the cream (reserve 3 tbsp for the caramel)
  2. Add in the vanilla, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk
  3. Whip until the cream stands in peaks
  4. Fold in the peaches
  5. Sit in the freezer while you make the caramel
  6. In a small sauce pan heat the butter and brown sugar over medium heat
  7. Allow the mixture to bubble up until a deep caramel brown (about 2 minutes)
  8. Try not to stir during this time
  9. After the 2 minutes sprinkle in the salt
  10. Take off the heat and add the cream whisking quickly
  11. Let the caramel cool
  12. Pour into the ice cream mixture
  13. Use a knife to cut the caramel into the ice cream
  14. Freeze covered over night.
  15. Top with pie crust crumbles and enjoy!

 

Somehow I posted this on #nationalicecreamday  see? meant to be! I seriously hope you go try this recipe this weekend! Don’t forget to #kelliericecakes if you do so I can see your creations!

No Churn Peach and Caramel Ice Cream

 

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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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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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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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… 

tiramisu

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.

tiramisu

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.

tiramisu

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.

tiramisu

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.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

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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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Chocolate cake filled with caramel and nutella frosting. Topped with sugar glass shards and even more caramel.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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