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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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Strawberry Rhubarb Creamsicles

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There’s so many things I love about summer that if I listed them all we’d probably be here till next week! The long sunshine filled days, road trips, the way it smells after an epic downpour, bbqs, freckles, because let’s face it, some of us are bronze challenged, and of course, ice cream. Ice cream seems to be the one constant no matter how old we are.

When I was about 8, summer meant going outside to play and running in the house screaming “Moooooom” as soon as I heard the ice cream truck turn the corner. By the time I hit 13, it meant riding my bike to the park and getting to stop for ice cream along the way. Fast forward to present day, and I’m pretty blissful armed with a vanilla soft serve cone topped with a million sprinkles and a walk across the high line.

And now we all know that my life has always revolved around food.

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Top 10 Summer Desserts

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Who’s ready for the official, unofficial start to summer? I’m always pretty pumped about Memorial Day weekend and after this past winter, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy about it! It’s time to get on board with ice cream sandwiches, boozy milkshakes and the best no-bake peanut butter pie in town! And I kind of think that after all the snow we had, it should be mandatory to eat all the ice cream we possibly can this summer. Deal?
So I put together my favorite summer sweets for you guys. It was no easy task, but I finally narrowed it down! These are the desserts I make and share throughout the summer, and I hope you will too!

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Raspberry Lemon Ruffle Cake

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When I think Mother’s Day, I think pretty, bright and fabulous! I wanted to create a cake that was all that and then some because mom deserves the best! Bright Spring flavors, comforting and makes you smile pretty much sums up this raspberry lemon layer cake!

This is one of those cakes where I don’t even know where to begin because every element has me swooning! From the incredibly light cake layers to the bright lemon curd, bordering on make you pucker material, to that buttercream! That hot pink raspberry buttercream is bursting with flavor and it doesn’t have one single drop of food coloring in it! Completely and totally smitten, my friends!

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