• Cake,  Layer Cake

    Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake

    I recently posted about how Pineapple Upside Down Cake was always on the table for Mother’s Day, since it was one of my Grandma’s favorites. For Father’s Day, we always had strawberry shortcake for my Grandpa. The shortcakes consisted of those little yellow cakes you can buy in packages at the grocery store, chopped strawberries (mixed with a bit of sugar), and Cool Whip. (In my case, an *obscene* amount of Cool Whip.) This Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake is my nod to those strawberry shortcakes that are engrained in my memory as a Father’s Day tradition.

  • Cake,  Mini Desserts,  Single Layer Cake

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    I’m not a huge pineapple fan. It’s okay, but definitely not my favorite. Pineapple Upside Down Cake, though, is another story.

    Pineapple upside down cake reminds me of my Grandma (my mom’s mom), since it was a favorite of hers. My mom always made pineapple upside down cake for her on Mother’s Day and on her birthday. Because of that, pineapple upside down cake has nostalgic properties for me. One bite and I’m transported to my Grandma’s kitchen.

  • Cake,  Layer Cake

    Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries Cake

    My husband and I have been married 14 years today (Hi, Adam! Happy Anniversary! <3 ). 14 years! Most days I don’t feel like a grownup, and then I remember that I’m in my late 30s with three kids and that I’ve been married FOURTEEN years. So…I suppose I’m technically a grownup. I was thinking about weddings and marriage and anniversary celebrations, and my thoughts automatically went to champagne. From there, my champagne thoughts strayed to strawberries…*no*…chocolate-covered strawberries! Thus, this Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries Cake was created.

  • Cake,  Mini Desserts,  Pound Cake

    Mini Lemon Meringue Pound Cakes

    I have some serious lemon lovers at my house. My husband (Adam) and oldest son (James) both loooove lemon. Oftentimes I see lemon recipes and make them because I know those two will absolutely love it. In the case of these Mini Lemon Meringue Pound Cakes, it was more than just their love of lemon that got me on board. I’ve never seen a recipe quite like this, and that says a lot! I was intrigued, and now I’m pleased to say I have a batch of these delicious little beauties on my kitchen counter.

  • Cake,  Layer Cake

    Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream

    There are some people who don’t like chocolate. Well, they won’t say they “don’t like” chocolate. They say that they “don’t prefer” chocolate, or that they’re “not a big fan” of chocolate. Those who don’t like chocolate know to tread lightly when breaking that news…BECAUSE THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS NO IDEA WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM. For my oldest son, James, this is the ultimate birthday cake: Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream.