The Sweet Blog

Homemade Chocolate and Fresh Mint Ice Cream Cupcakes

Posted by Carrie Louise on

I'm always inspired by other people's creations. When I need an idea of what to bake, I turn to the internet and find something that I can create, alter, or make better. Contests provide a great opportunity to make something that I wouldn't otherwise do. This recipe is my entry into the Cupcake Project's 2015 ice cream cupcake contest! Full rules and details can be found here. I always prefer a much higher ratio of cake to ice cream than most people. And...

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The Puff Pancake

Posted by Carrie Louise on

This is a good recipe to have in your back pocket. It goes by many names. Puff pancake, German pancake, Dutch baby and Yorkshire pudding are among the most common. The pancake can be eaten at breakfast with fruit and maple syrup, or at dinner with meat and gravy. It's simple to throw together on a weekday, and can be doubled, or even tripled. Make these in any type of pan that you desire, from a muffin tin, to a 9x13 casserole dish....

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Melty Smore's Dip

Posted by Carrie Louise on

This dessert doesn't need much of an introduction. It's basically an excuse to eat an entire dish of smore's, without having to keep track of how many actual smore's you've really eaten. They make a nice presentation, they're neater to eat, and can serve a crowd if necessary. Throw the dip together right before you plan to eat it, so the chocolate is perfectly melty and gooey, then dig in! Melty Smore's Dip Recipe By Carrie Louise (adapted from Spend...

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Healthy Granola

Posted by Carrie Louise on

Some things are just way easier and cheaper to make at home. Granola is one of those things. You can be snacking on a batch of fresh, crunchy granola, in less time than it takes to run out to the store to buy a box. I like to control the quality of the ingredients, and the amount of each that is used. Store bought granola can be much too sweet, and typically has a lot of fat. Even worse, the sugar and fat comes...

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Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Posted by Carrie Louise on

When I'm making a birthday cake for someone, I always offer lots of flavor choices, everything from pistachio to peanut butter, from white chocolate to raspberry, from mocha to coconut, but I almost always get the same request: yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I've made so many of these cakes I could never even begin to count them all. There are various recipes and methods that I use, depending on time and how I want the final cake to turn...

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Biscoff Pretzel Bars with Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate

Posted by Carrie Louise on

I was throwing a party and I had planned an ice cream sundae bar for dessert, so everyone could make their own huge sundae, with all the toppings you could desire. The morning of the party, it occurred to me that perhaps some (crazy) people don't like ice cream, and I needed a quick dessert so there was an alternative to serve. Bar cookies to the rescue! For something quick and easy, I often turn to bars, since you just...

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Lemon Creme Pie Bars with Gingersnap Crust

Posted by Carrie Louise on

Most often, you'll find that lemon flavored desserts are either lacking in the lemon flavor department, or they are seriously over sweetened. To be delicious, they must have a nice balance of sweetness to tartness. Traditional lemon bars have a strange texture to me; the consistency is a bit to much like a 'gel,' and the crust is too floury. Being a bit of a perfectionist, I love when desserts have a nice, clean slice, with no ragged edges. These...

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Two Bowl Chocolate Fudge Cake

Posted by Carrie Louise on

This no-frills cake is made quickly, with no eggs and no butter, so it's actually vegan, and dairy free, if you're into that kind of thing. If you're not, don't worry, this cake is so dense and rich and chocolately, you won't miss a thing. You can make it in just one bowl, and there are no special steps involved. Frosting is optional, though I've never put anything on this cake, other than a dusting of powdered sugar. I call...

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Chocolate Peanut Brittle Cookies

Posted by Carrie Louise on

I'm always on the lookout for the perfect chocolate cookie. It's tough to make a good textured cookie when using melted chocolate in the batter. They often come out much to soft and cakey (think whoopie pie), or flat and crispy, or just not enough chocolate flavor. When I saw a photo of these cookies on The Sugar Hit, I was intrigued. If you're not already following her on Instagram, or getting her recipe emails, you're missing out! So after...

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Greek Yogurt and Blueberry Jam Pancakes

Posted by Carrie Louise on

I don't like strawberries, but I like strawberry jam. I don't like blueberries, but I like blueberry jam. In fact, other than bananas, pineapples and the occasional slice of watermelon, I don't really like fruit at all, but I eat it because I know it's healthy. So the typical recipe for blueberry pancakes, where you just dump fresh blueberries in the batter, doesn't appeal to me at all. So to get the flavor of the blueberries into these thick and...

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