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Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookie Bars

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It’s my birthday and I’ll put as much bourbon in the buttercream as I want to. And the cookies, definitely in the cookies! I’m not even going to try to act for one second like I’m not completely smitten with these cookie bars. Chocolate chip cookie bars filled with brown sugar, toasted pecans and bourbon – did I mention that already?! It’s like your favorite chocolate chip cookie you had growing up. You know the one that’s slightly crisp around the edges, soft and chewy in the middle and makes you feel all toasty and cozy and like you’re home – times that by about a million.

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Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Bourbon Glaze

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I returned home from vacation with the best of intentions and renewed energy. I was sad to leave Ireland, but I’m always happy to get home, and by home I mean my kitchen. I was filled with ideas for new desserts inspired by my trip. I had lists up the wazoo. Lists in my head, lists on my phone and lists on paper. And anyone who is anyone knows that lists on paper trump everything.

Old school all the way. That whole crossing things off makes you feel like a superhero. I will even write something on my list that I’ve already done just so I can cross it off.

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Beyond the Buttercream: Bits & Pieces

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1. I’m back! If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebok, you already know that I was in Ireland for a few weeks and I loved every minute of it! The first week we were on a fabulous tour, which allowed me to see so many different places and the second part of the trip was spent in County Mayo to see where my dad is from. Both parts were fantastic and I bakery hopped around that country like a champ. The bakeries there are fantastic and the cakes were incredible! I’ll be doing a few posts on Ireland in the next few weeks so stay tuned!

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Flower Basket Cake

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So I mentioned I’ve been doing a lot of cakes lately and I wanted to share one of my favorites with you. This custom flower basket cake is a special cake I created for my mom on Mother’s Day. My mom is all about flowers and I wanted to make a cake that was full of them! Loads of pretty blooms in bright colors all parked in a little white basket has her name written all over it!

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Classic Banana Bread

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I know I’m usually all about the makeovers, adding my own personal spins and of course, zhushing desserts up, but today it’s all about a classic. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a fresh baked loaf of banana bread and this one takes the cake, pun totally intended :)

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Pineapple Rum Upside-Down Cake

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Pineapple upside-down cake makes me smile! Isn’t it just a happy cake? It’s so retro and cute, and you know I had to zhush it up, right? Well, I put some rum on the guest list and this cake is now ready to party!

Now I have to tell you, while I’ve always liked pineapple upside-down cake, I wasn’t like the president of the pineapple upside-down fan club – until now! Because there is one ingredient in this cake that seals the deal, and I’m not even talking about the rum. Don’t get me wrong, the rum is good. I mean, rum is always good…

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Beyond the Buttercream: Sprinkles & Things

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I’m changing things up today, guys. I have all this stuff that I want to share with you and it usually doesn’t fit into my dessert posts, so here it goes. “Beyond the Buttercream” will cover travel, restaurant reviews, what I’m loving, what I’m reading, probably cake, random life musings and just stuff, like sprinkles.
1. I’ve been doing a LOT of cakes lately like this one I did for my uncle’s wedding a few weeks ago home in NY. I have to tell you, I don’t think there will ever come a day that transporting a cake over 3 hours doesn’t give me epic amounts of anxiety. I transported this on Friday, the 13th in what went from monsoons to downpours the whole drive home. Dramatics aside, it arrived in one piece, they loved it and I will do a post on it when I get some more pics!

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