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Beyond the Buttercream: Bits and Pieces 6

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1. Good morning, friends! I’m so excited to share that I’ve got new baking videos coming your way very soon! Actually, excited would be quite the understatement. Doing videos is my favorite outlet and I think it’s a million times easier to learn how to do something when you can actually see it. I’ve had a lot of requests for cake decorating, so you can definitely expect that, and there’s going to be cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, all my tips & tricks, and obscene amounts of sprinkles! Obviously!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

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No-bake, beyond easy and full of peanut butter – does it get any better? When you top it all off with chocolate it does! I’m super excited to share of one of my favorite summer treats with you guys, and with temps on the rise, I think we could all use a great no-bake treat. These peanut butter krispie treats are one of those classic recipes I’ve been making even longer than I can remember! They were the recipe you made if you were going to a barbecue, or for a bake sale, and I always remember thinking it was some kind of magic that you could take a few ingredients and turn them into something so divine.

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S’mores Blondies

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The holiday weekend may have passed, but the party is just getting started! S’mores blondies take the classic to a whole new level and that melted chocolate peeking out from under a mountain of toasted marshmallows might have you dreaming up reasons to whip up a batch. I like to call that reason Friday!

And while the melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows are all kinds of “make this now,” the blondies are definitely worth talking about too. Aren’t they always?! I wanted to get that s’mores taste in there, so I added some graham cracker crumbs to the batter and all I can tell you is yes! It’s buttery, brown sugar-y and the graham crumbs toast a little as they bake, imparting this beautiful flavor and dark golden color.

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Red, White and Blue Swirl Cake

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Time to get your red, white and blue on! I am so excited to share this cake with you because it’s basically a party on a plate! It’s one of those desserts that makes you want to throw a party just so you can make it. And even better, it’s actually really easy to make. And those cake crumb “sprinkles” on top? I might be kind of, sort of, completely obsessed!
Okay, so the cake itself is a go-to vanilla bundt cake that is one of those cakes you can doll up and make your own. It’s got a beautiful crumb, just the right amount of sweet and the ingredient that seals the deal is a touch of almond extract. It’s one of those flavors that just kind of floats around tying all together.

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

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Ask and you shall receive, my friends! After posting the Raspberry Lemon Ruffle Cake a few weeks back, the number one question was “Can I turn this into cupcakes?”

In my world cupcakes are always a good idea, like when I think about them, I hear Taylor Swift singing “we never go out of style, we never go out of styyyyle.”

Also, turning that cake into cupcakes meant making THE raspberry buttercream again. Oh, the torture…. (Grabs spoon and calls it a day!)

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The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes

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If you’re wondering what in the world a pink squirrel is, you’re not alone! I’d never heard of it until few weeks ago when I was home for Mother’s Day. We were out to dinner at this little Italian restaurant in the neighborhood all chatting about a million things over stuffed clams and calamari when my grandma starts talking about pink squirrels.

I think it was probably the only moment all of us were silent. “Gram, what’s a pink squirrel?” We didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.

Gram said it was vanilla ice cream, strawberries and vodka in the blender. Then she started talking about how she used to drink them with my nanny. Those two were a great time when they got together. I always remember them with breaking out the blender, the ice cream and the Baileys on Christmas Eve. At least now we know where I get it from ;)

But the pink squirrel was new to me, and the mention of ice cream, strawberries and vodka was music to my ears…

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Beyond the Buttercream: Bits and Pieces 5

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1. Good morning, friends! Can you believe we’re into June already? I feel like I went from living in an igloo for a few months and then poof it was Memorial Day. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more thrilled about summer and I’m so excited to share lots of new summer desserts with you! You can expect some “Balancing the Buttercream” posts this season as well. I have so many fresh summer dinners and apps that I’m itching to share! I also want to thank you for all the feedback on the raspberry lemon ruffle cake! The only thing that makes me happier than baking is when you guys make and share, and love the recipes, so thank you! I also want to thank you for the feedback on the cake decorating videos! I love creating baking videos and I am planning on shooting some new ones soon! There will definitely be cake decorating tutorials along with lots of desserts, and if there’s something you’d like to see, let me know!

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