Pink Lady Milkshakes

Pink Lady Milkshakes

Pink lady milkshakes made with strawberries, raspberries, malted milk, Greek yogurt and ice cream.

Kind of like a smoothie fell into a milkshake and couldn’t climb it’s way out.

Can you imagine the Pink Ladies from Grease (Rizzo would spike hers) sitting at the malt shop drinking these and wondering out loud what the secret ingredient is giving them that tangy flavor? Back then Greek yogurt wasn’t a big thing the way it is today.

But I wasn’t thinking about all the Pink Ladies when I made this.

Just Sandy.… 

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

What is it about coffee cakes that are so irresistible? Or is it just me?

One minute they can be all there, in their entirety, and a little while later reduced down to a few crumbs? Like someone hid it from you. Or stole it and ran away.

If only that were true. No one wants to admit to eating an entire cake in such an unbelievably short period of time.

Thank goodness there were two other people helping me out because it’s so easy to cut a small piece here and another one there. Basically every time you walk by because you just can’t help yourself.

Until there’s just that one piece left. Which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

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No Bake Cannoli Eclair Cake

No Bake Cannoli Eclair Cake
This no-bake refrigerator cake is the quintessential summer dessert. Cold, sweet and refreshing, it’s easy to assemble and no cooking of any type is required.

It doesn’t taste like an eclair but like a cannoli. Sorry if I fooled you with the name. I’m calling it eclair cake because I fashioned it after one. Eclair cakes are typically made with packaged pudding mix, cool whip, and tubs of frosting.

Like that’s ever going to happen in my kitchen. Not.

Instead of pudding… 

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Cannoli Cream {Filled} Strawberry Bites

Cannoli Strawberries
With each passing year I’m finding reasons to love strawberries more and more. They were never my favorite berry, blueberries hold that spot but thanks to these beauties they’re getting a little competition.

The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles.

They’re easy to make and a luscious treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, parties and showers too!… 

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Pina Colada Banana Bread

Pina Colada Banana Bread

A delectable banana bread teeming with bits of pineapple, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and a touch of rum extract that you can trade out for the real thing. The bread is rich, dense and moist with a sweet glaze to top it off. It’s the next best thing to a pina colada.

Banana bread is one of those old-fashioned, timeless classics that never goes out of style. Just ask Google for a banana bread recipe and you’ll get 28 million of them. It’s constantly being reinvented and everyone seems to love it, even banana haters, like my Dad. … 

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Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

A single layer cake topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with sugar. The sugar forms a crunchy coating over the top of the cake that is delectable with the tartness of the berries.

The cake itself is buttery and moist with a dense crumb that is perfect paired with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s the yogurt that keeps it from drying out and adds great flavor.

Don’t hold back on the berries!… 

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Maple Walnut Cake

Maple Walnut Cake

This buttery, single-layer cake is infused with maple syrup inside and out. The cake is almost completely sweetened with maple syrup, including the rich frosting that is crusted with oodles of chopped walnuts. It’s moist, dense and tender with a nutty crunch. A cake that’s easy to love.

The cake itself is subtly sweet and the frosting even sweeter from both maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar. That’s where the savory walnuts come in to offset some of that cloying sweetness in the frosting so be generous with them.

Like a lot of baked goods this tastes better the day after baking. I don’t know the exact science behind it, or if there is one, but I think the flavors have time to settle in and develop. Like fine wine.

Maple syrup is usually associated with fall and winter but it’s harvested from the end of February to the beginning of April. Native Americans call march “maple syrup month”. It takes a whopping 35 – 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. That’s why it’s expensive.

Maple syrup is all about spring. . . so break it out and bake it up.

This cake is calling your name.

Maple Cake

Maple Walnut Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Maple Walnut Cake

This buttery, single-layer cake is infused with maple syrup inside and out. The cake is almost completely sweetened with maple syrup, including the rich frosting that is crusted with oodles of chopped walnuts. It's moist, dense and tender with a nutty crunch.

Ingredients:

1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
For the frosting:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more if needed
1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment, lightly butter and dust with flour. Tap out excess.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl on medium speed beat the butter, maple syrup and sugar together until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, it might look a little curdled, that's ok.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then the vanilla.
  5. On low speed beat in the flour in three additions, alternating with the sour cream; beat just until combined. Spoon or pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. Cool in pan on wire rack. Once cooled carefully lift out using the parchment.
  7. Make the frosting:
  8. In a large bowl stir the maple syrup and butter together. On low speed beat in the confectioners' one cup at a time. Continue beating on medium speed 5 minutes until fluffy. If it seems too thin add a little more confectioners' sugar.
  9. Refrigerate the frosting 10 - 15 minutes to make for easier frosting. Frost the top of the cake and sprinkle with the nuts pressing them down gently to help them stick.
  10. Store well covered in a cool place up to 5 days.

Notes:

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/maple-walnut-cake/

Walnut Maple Cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Double Crumb Streusel Coffee Cake

A sour cream coffee cake topped with a double layer of cinnamon streusel crumbs and a drizzle of sweet glaze. There’s a ribbon of cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts running through the center and the batter is full of sour cream making for a soft, fluffy and tender crumb.

If you’re a fan of New York style crumb cake then you will love this. It has the same thick layer of crumbs that crumb cake is known and loved for plus so much more with the crunchy filling and glaze to help keep it moist.

A coffee cake is just that, a cake to eat while you sip a cup of steaming-hot, freshly-brewed coffee (or tea or milk, if you’re not of coffee-drinking age). It’s not exactly the moistest of cake. It’s kind of like a peanut butter sandwich, you need something to help wash it down.

It’s the perfect cake for serving to company. Company cake. It’s great for breakfast or brunch too – picture a weekend morning where you laze around and read the paper, snacking on this cake. Maybe even in bed. Oh, cripes, who am I fooling?

This is a cake for anytime. Day or night. Weekend, weekday.

There’s no time like the present.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 9-inch cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

For the Crumb Topping and Filling:
1 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar, divided
1 + 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
coarse salt
1 + 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 + 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, divided
For the Cake:
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
coarse salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 + 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions:

    Make the Topping:
  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, two knives used scissor fashion or rub it into the flour with your fingers until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the Filling:
  3. Mix together the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.
  4. Make the Cake:
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch tube pan with a removable bottom or a 9-inch spring form pan with a small, tall, round oven-safe ramekin in the center (grease it well).
  6. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  7. In a separate large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy 2 – 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
  8. Beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Continue to beat until well combined.
  9. Spoon half the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the batter. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the top and gently spread them evenly over the filling.
  10. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over batter.
  11. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Remove the cake from the pan and place on a cake dish or platter.
  13. Make the Glaze:
  14. Mix together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle it all over the cake letting it drip down the sides. Let it set 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Copyright ©2014 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/double-crumb-cinnamon-streusel-coffee-cake/

Streusel Coffee Cake