Beyond the Buttercream: Bits & Pieces 8

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Good morning, friends! Can you believe it’s the middle of June already? This means lots of no-bake desserts, new boozy milkshakes in the works, and cakes upon cakes upon cakes! I’ve got a new strawberry shortcake inspired cake coming your way soon that I’m quite smitten with, and I hope you will be too! You can expect some new “Balancing the Buttercream” posts this season as well. I have so many fresh summer dinners and apps that I’m itching to share for summer entertaining! But before we dive into all these new summer sweets and dishes, we need to catch up!

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Top Desserts To Kick Off Summer

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Let’s go! Bring on the beach days, road trips, lobster rolls, fruity umbrella drinks and vacation! The unofficial official start to summer is here and my biggest concern at the moment is how many events I have coming up that I can make the Boozy Black Forest cupcakes for.

Priorities!

And then there’s the Bailey’s cheesecake pops and the pink squirrel milkshakes! How many reasons can I come up with to make a batch of those gems? Pool parties, girls’ night, just because night, dinner – oh, the possibilities! Can you tell the blender is ready to go?

I’ve rounded up my top desserts to kick off summer and I just love this time of year because while you’ll definitely want to pin the no-bake dreamboats for the next few months, right now (with the exception of this weekend) it’s still cool enough to jack that oven and roast ALL the fruit!

Seriously, roasted strawberry boozy milkshakes now!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake

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Are you guys ready for the big holiday weekend? What better way to kick off the official unofficial start to summer than with cake, and even better, a no-bake one! I’m beyond excited about this cake and this post for so many reasons!

First, we’re talking about cake and as far as I’m concerned cake is always cause for celebration, especially when it’s this good – look at those layers! Second, I’ve been itching to make an icebox cake and this no-bake raspberry cheesecake icebox cake is definitely reason to celebrate! And because you should definitely be showing up with your fancy pants icebox cake in style this summer, there’s a sweet bakeware and cookware giveaway from my friends at Farberware!

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Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies

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Once upon a time there was a girl in a far away pastry land who made this magical raspberry buttercream.

The end.

You guys, my love for this raspberry buttercream is strong, which is why when I received a reader request for whoopie pies, I knew what had to be done. I will find any excuse! Devil’s food whoopie pies filled with swirls of the raspberry buttercream, topped with a dollop of silky, smooth chocolate ganache, and dolled up with raspberry sprinkles! Pretty and filled with substance – I’m all about it!

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One Pot Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice

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Easy, cheesy and ready in under 30 minutes? Count me in! It’s finally starting to feel like Spring around here and I think a little balancing the buttercream is in order. Cozy comfort food that’s easy to put together and consists of real ingredients is always a win, and this one pot cheesy chicken and broccoli rice checks every. single. box. It’s satisfying, yet light, and you know what makes the whole situation even better? A sweet new cookware set to whip it up!

Not only are we talking about this delicious chicken dish that’s sure to become a regular at your dinner table, but there’s also a sweet giveaway. I’m teaming up with my friends at Farberware to gift one reader with a 15-Piece Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Cookware Set in this gorgeous champagne color! The cookware set has it all, and I’m obsessed with the champagne color – it’s so elegant!

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Strawberry Crisp Bars

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Happy Friday, friends! Big plans this weekend? You may just want to make some adjustments! I’ve got Spring in bar form right here and I’ve got a feeling these strawberry crisp bars are not going to take too much convincing! My favorite brown sugar shortbread topped with beautiful strawberries, which might’ve been getting cozy with some Grand Marnier, all tucked under a blanket of crisp topping. Who’s bringing the ice cream?

I think you guys are well aware that I love turning my favorite desserts into bars. First there was apple crisp bars, which then turned into apple crisp cheesecake bars (OMG!) and then there was the dreamy strawberry rhubarb cheesecake bars. I love them all, but I think I have a new favorite! Strawberries are already beautiful right now and as soon as I got my hands on some, I knew I wanted to make a simple dessert that really highlighted them.

Something buttery and jammy and kind of sticky and bursting with strawberry flavor – I think we got it!

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Mini Lemon Blueberry Loaves

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Why are mini desserts SO cute? Maybe it’s the fact that me, I mean we, convince ourselves it’s okay to eat twice the amount and think we did ourselves some sort of huge favor… Maybe it’s the cute factor?

Yeah, probably the first one.

Whatever the reason, I love them, especially these little loaves of lemon blueberry goodness. Tender little quick breads filled with lemon zest and juicy blueberries, baked up to golden perfection and drizzled with lemon glaze. They’re like a little burst of sunshine and with Spring taking its sweet time to show up, I’ll take sunshine in any form. Plus, these little loaves are one of those treats that are even better the next day – how is that possible?

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