Brown Sugar + Cinnamon Buttercream

Must Try!! This Brown Sugar Buttercream is AMAZING! This is definitely next level for Buttercream. It adds so much flavor and amps up any cupcake!

This buttercream is the perfect flavor for fall and all things holiday!

Try this Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream with my Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes for the perfect fall cupcake! Great for the holidays too!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream optional
  • Cinnamon Sugar for topping

Instructions

  • Whip the butter until creamy. Then mix in the brown sugar
  • Add in the vanilla and cinnamon
  • Slowly add n the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time
  • Add in the cream 1 tablespoon at a time
  • Frost your cupcakes or cake and sprinkle on some Cinnamon Sugar for some added flavor!

“Ice Cream Cone” Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Cecilia!

Can this cake be any cuter? This “Ice Cream Cone” cake was probably one of the easiest to make, and it was a lot of fun! Ceci, of course, loved her ice cream cone themed cake, what a great way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

The Cake

For the Cake I used Betty Crocker Funfetti! It is a total crowd pleaser!! I chose a 9×13 sized sheet pan. You can see the recipe below.

The Frosting

I am going to be completely honest here. I used store bought frosting… It tastes great, and it saves me a lot of time. Here I used Betty Crocker whipped Vanilla frosting because it spreads really easy. For the base I used Wilton Sky Blue food coloring. I left some un-colored for the “vanilla” part of the ice cream cone, and I used Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Cherry for the pink part of the ice cream cone. Food coloring is also an option, but I love the cherry frosting!! For the actual cone part, I used a tiny bit of Wilton brown food coloring to get the tan color.

Making The Ice Cream Cone

To make the ice cream cone, I started at the top with the top layer of ice cream, and used a star shaped tip #14. I piped the outline of the ice cream cone and then filled it in. Secondly, I did the same with the next layer of ice cream. For the cone, I used a flat tip #47 for the base and then did the criss-cross with the #3 tip.

Chocolate Drizzle

I used a new technique on this cake to get the drizzle down the sides. It turned out really well and was so easy! I mean, how hard is it to make a mess on purpose?

I took store bought chocolate frosting and put some in a glass dish and microwaved it for about 30 seconds. Let that sit for a few minutes so it is not boiling hot and melt the frosting on the cake. However, you do not want to wait to long because it will not drizzle. After a few minutes I took a spoonful of the melted chocolate and ran it along the top of the cake so it would drizzle down. Go over it as much as you like to get the effect you want. I also did the drizzle on the top of the ice cream cone. I tilted the cake up a little so it would run down. Lastly I topped the chocolate drizzle with sprinkles!

Check out my video tutorial to see how I did it!

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Easy Carrot Cake

Easter is almost here, and Carrot Cake is a “Go to” dessert for this holiday! However, this year is a little different…we can’t celebrate with extended family and friends, because of the Coronovirus that’s got us on lock down, but we can still eat!!

We aren’t making a huge Easter dinner this year, but one thing is for sure, we definitely still need dessert! Not to mention, this dessert has veggies in it! How bad can it be?!

Carrot cake is usually a lot of work, and let’s be honest, you only make this once a year. I like to make things easy, so I came up with this recipe! This recipe uses boxed cake mix! It doesn’t get much easier than that! With a few added ingredients you will have carrot cake in no time at all!

This carrot cake is very moist, fluffy and delicious of course! Topped with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon sugar, it’s a winner. Typically carrot cake has nuts incorporated in the recipe. I am allergic so this recipe does not call for any, but it would be a very easy add!

Cream Cheese Frosting

What is carrot cake without cream cheese frosting? It isn’t…You can opt to make homemade cream cheese frosting or you can use store bought. Either way it will be delicious. I have provided my cream cheese frosting recipe below, in case you want to make it! (You will only need to make half of the recipe) Let me tell you it is delicious, and actually simple to make.

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 Box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of Milk
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil (or vegetable)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of shredded carrots (about 2 large carrots)
  • Cinnamon sugar (to sprinkle on the top)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease an 9×11 baking dish / 11×7 if you want the cake thicker
  • Mix together the yellow cake mix, egg, milk and oil
  • Add in the vanilla and cinnamon until well incorporated
  • Mix in the carrots
  • Evenly spread into baking dish
  • Bake for 22 minutes
  • Let cool before frosting
  • Top the frosting with Cinnamon sugar

Enjoy!!!!

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Baseball Birthday Cake

What kid doesn’t want a baseball birthday cake at some point in their life? Well, there may be some, but for those who do, this cake is awesome!

Picking the design for a birthday cake is actually more challenging than doing the cake itself…most of the time. I will admit, my cakes are not perfect, but I am not trying for perfection. That gets frustrating and takes the fun away from it all. Plus, I am trying to teach my kids mistakes are acceptable and we can always manage to get a good laugh out of them. Like the time I misspelled “birthday” with “birtday”. So guess what? We sang happy “birt-day” and had fun with it. My kids still remember it!

Anyways, my friends little guy, Cameron, turned one back in January and he had a baseball themed party! It was so cute and my friend, Kelly, had the themed nailed down. Hot Dogs, popcorn, nachos at the “concession”, all the good eats for a ball game. What’s more important then the actual food? The cake of course! What’s a party without the cake?!? Be sure to check out the cake decorating video below!

So, I have to be honest. I don’t make my cakes from scratch, at least not for birthday cakes. It already takes so much time to decorate, so using a box cuts the time, and you know, no one knows the difference. Everyone always says how great the cake tastes, so thank you Betty Crocker – you rock! I don’t always make the buttercream from scratch either. It just depends. I did include my recipe below if you are inclined to make it from scratch – it is delicious!!

Cake And Buttercream Recipe

12×18 Sheet Cake great for any Occasion

Cake Decorating Video!

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Lemon Trifle

Looking for a light, refreshing dessert? Look no further! This Lemon Trifle is all that! It is easy to make, tastes amazing and is a total crowd-pleaser. I have made a lot of different desserts for parties at work, and this is the most requested for me to make again and again.

This dessert does not take a lot of skill, because you are just layering it into a bowl. The best part about it is you can improvise, and it is not an exact science like a cake.

This dessert travels well, if you have a bowl with a lid, but can also look beautiful in a glass dish. Either way you have an absolutely tasty dessert!

I made this cake this week for my very good friend Robyn who turned 40!! She wanted to make her calories count on her birthday and this is the dessert she chose to use them on! That is saying a great deal – It’s that good!!

Here is what you need:

  • Pieces of Cake – I baked a yellow cake in two 8″ rounds. You can also use store bought angel food cake and just cut it up. Either way its delicious!
  • Two boxes of lemon pudding, prepared as stated on the package
  • Two 8oz containers of whipped topping. Any kind you like; fat free, low fat, extra creamy…any will do!
  • 1 box of Lemon Oreos – crushed!

How to assemble your trifle:

  • In a bowl layer on pieces of cake
  • Mix one tub of whipped topping into your lemon pudding mix. Spread some of that on top of the cake
  • Next spread on some of the whipped topping from the other container
  • Top with some of the crushed Oreos
  • Repeat until the ingredients are gone
  • You will want to end with Oreos on top so it looks finished!

Video Tutorial!!

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Harry Potter Birthday Cake

How fun is a Harry Potter Birthday Cake?!! My son is turning eight and he wanted a Harry Potter Birthday Cake! We love Harry Potter we have just finished watching all of the movies with the kids. We even have a dog named Gryffindor!

Besides actually frosting the cake with white, piping the details was easy. For some reason I find it more challenging to get a smooth frosted cake, with out any hiccups. I always find that the frosting pulls up and starts to rip the cake…just being honest here. We definitely had to do some frosting “surgery” on one of the corners.

I like to make things as easy as I can when making cakes. So, yes I used cake from a box… I mixed together Rainbow chip and Cherry Chip. Yes it tasted good, in fact, it tasted really good! I had some dad’s at the party ask me what flavor cake it was, because it was that good!

What Size Cake?

I opted to make a little bit of a smaller cake than I normally do; 15×21. Two boxes of cake mix did the trick and I baked it for about 30 minutes. Definitely check it when the timer goes off because every oven bakes differently.

Colors I Used For The Details

For the details, I used Wilton Buttercup Yellow and Burgundy for the colors. For the black, I bought pre-mixed black in a tube and put it into a piping bag. It’s difficult to get a good black frosting! I had to put a lot of burgundy food coloring in to make it not look like a pinky rose. For the lettering, I Googled “Harry Potter Font” to get the shape of the letters as accurate as I could! See below for my video on how I decorated it!

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One Happy Camper Birthday Cake!

Franklin Is One Happy Camper

My nephew Franklin just turned one and he had such a fun birthday party theme. He was “One Happy Camper”. This theme was perfect because he is always so happy and smiley! Just look at him!

Of Course he needed a cake (or two) for his party! (recipe below!) I love making the cakes for my family. It is so fun, and I always get to partake in eating them! LOL

The hardest part about making a cake is deciding on what to make. So when the theme is chosen by someone else it makes it easy for me!

I decided to do a tent and a campfire in the woods for the sheet cake. I frosted the bottom half with chocolate buttercream (recipe below) for the “ground” and used regular buttercream (recipe below) dyed blue for the sky. Once that was all smoothed out I did the details! Making the fire was my favorite part. I got the new Wilton color swirl coupler. How it works is you put up to three colored frostings that are in separate bags in the same coupler. So when you go to pipe the frosting it swirls the colors together out of one tip! Genius! It was super easy.

Here are the tips I used for the decorations

Here are the colors I used for the cake decorations. I always prefer to make the piping bags with the frosting before I start. It can be time consuming and when your in the “zone” decorating it’s hard to stop and fill more bags…

Since this was a 1st birthday party, we needed a smash cake of course! This was super fun and easy to make. I frosted the cake with chocolate buttercream (recipe below) and made a big campfire using the frosting and the color swirl tool I mentioned above. How easy is that?! Franklin definitely “smashed” this cake. It was such a mess, but well worth the cleanup. (especially because I didn’t have to clean it!)

How cute are these cookies?! I sadly did not make them, but someone did and they were awesome! We were all “One Happy Camper”!

The party was such a great time and a big success! As long as the birthday boy was “One Happy Camper”, so was everyone else!!

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12×18 Sheet Cake great for any Occasion

Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

I needed a simple dessert to take to a holiday party with adults and children. Cupcakes are simple, especially for a party. You can just grab one, they are already portion controlled and there is no cutting involved. They are kid friendly and adults love them too!

These cupcakes needed simple and different than your “ordinary” cupcake. I wanted them to be festive for the holidays and delicious of course! I came across a lot of different cinnamon cupcakes, but I really wanted a recipe that was easy. So I decided to just start with a box of cake mix and add some cinnamon, and that’s what I did! I can’t thank myself enough, because these simple cinnamon cupcakes were amazing!!

I used a box of yellow cake mix, and followed the instructions on the box. Additionally, I added two teaspoons of cinnamon and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. That was it! So simple and yet so very tasty. Not only did I make cinnamon cupcakes, I topped them with cinnamon buttercream. Now I know you might be thinking, “that’s too much cinnamon”…but it wasn’t, I swear they were sooooooo good! I do have to say these cupcakes would be great with regular buttercream or cream cheese frosting, but please try with the cinnamon buttercream first!!

If you really want to “wow” your guests, pipe on the frosting with a little swirl and put in a pastry box. You can buy the boxes at Joann fabrics, Walmart and Party City. I swear people are more impressed with the box I bring them in than the cupcakes themselves! Everyone at the party thought I bought them!

Side note – These cupcakes can be eaten for breakfast…….just sayin’

Here is the recipe for Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

You can’t forget the cinnamon buttercream!

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Red Velvet Bundt Cakes

With Buttercream Frosting

Bundt Cakes are so beautiful, especially if you can get them to come out of the pan clean! With the holidays right around the corner it is nice to have a quick and easy holiday dessert that can be decorated for any type of party.

I was shopping at Williams Sonoma not too long ago and my five year old begged me to get this really fancy mini bundt cake pan. Clearly, it was a not a hard decision, I had to have it! The pan is so beautifully detailed, and perfect for the holidays!

Red Velvet Cake

It’s not often that I make Red Velvet Cake, but I thought it would be such a perfect color for these bundt’s. A little secret…I did not make these totally from scratch, they definitely came from a box. However, I did make the Buttercream from scratch! Sometimes you only have so much time and you have to cut a few corners.

How To Make

First of all choose your cake mix. I obviously chose Red Velvet, but the sky is the limit on this one! You could do yellow cake, lemon, vanilla or chocolate!! Whatever you choose, mix all of the ingredients according to the box. Make sure you grease the pan really good. If your pan is like mine there is a lot of detail and you will need to get in all of the grooves. I used my Cake Pan Release recipe, which you can find below. Use a pastry brush and get it into all of the crevices. My cakes popped right out!!

I over-filled the pan. Only fill 3/4 full

Easy Buttercream Frosting

On these cakes I used my homemade Easy Buttercream Frosting. You can find my blog post about it here! This recipe is the most popular pin I have on pinterest! Everyone needs a basic buttercream!! I have used this many times and everyone who tries it LOVES it!

Easy Buttercream

Decorating the Bundt Cakes

To decorate the Cakes, I tried a few different techniques as you can see below. If the hole in the middle of your bundts are big enough you can even fill them with candy or even loads of frosting! I even microwaved a bit of frosting to get a nice drizzle. Get creative!

Here are the recipes for the Cake Pan Release and the Easy Buttercream!

Homemade Cake Release!  Ensure that your cake doesn’t stick to the pan!

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Spooky Spiderweb Cake with Spider Cupcakes

Halloween is in the air! I love making treats for any holiday, especially kid oriented treats. Who wouldn’t want a spiderweb on their cake? Well, in any normal circumstance, me, but we’re talking about Halloween here so I will let it slide…

I have two boys, ages 5 and 7. They torment me with anything and everything SPIDER related. I can’t stand it! They love fake spiders, bugs and snakes. Anything creepy crawly (they love the real ones too). They will put fake spiders under my covers, so when I go to pull the covers back to go to bed I will see it. I ALWAYS scream! My heart pounds, my palms get sweaty and after that I’m too wound up to go to bed. They will put the fake spiders on the floor behind me and walk away. They then call my name so I turn around, I scream every time. My husbands doesn’t understand why I have to scream each time, I don’t either!! My body just does it!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh!!! However, when it comes to real spiders in the house, my boys always come to my rescue, they get that tissue or shoe and do what needs to be done. So in honor of their love for spiders I am making this dessert for them to celebrate HALLOWEEN.

What You Need

This dessert is sooooooo easy to make! Any busy parent can tackle this treat, and your kids will surely appreciate it.

Directions

  • In your stand mixer (Mine happens to be Kitchenaid – the best!) Make the cake per the directions on the box
  • Split the batter between the cake pan and the cupcake tin
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting! You don’t want the frosting to melt!!
  • Frost the cake with the chocolate frosting using a spatula
  • Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting using a piping bag and tip #1M
  • Put the 10 marshmallows in a bowl and microwave for 15 seconds
  • Using your hands, grab the marshmallow mixture and pull on it so it gets stringy. Lay over the cake. (make sure the frosting is somewhat dry. The marshmallow is so sticky it may pull up some of the frosting when you are laying it down) There is your spiderweb!!

I hope you have fun making this Spooky Spiderweb Cake! Be sure to check out my Halloween Cookie Cake!!