Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Cake

May 5, 2015

Today is my sister’s 27th birthday (how sweet it must be to just turn 27). Since we live at least 1.5 hours from each other, I won’t get to see her today. To help her celebrate, I decided to put a cake up on the blog today, and call it her virtual birthday cake. Last night I discovered that she wanted a Hummingbird Cake, and that my grandmother got that confused with an Italian Cream Cake and accidentally baked the wrong one. Had I known that she wanted a Hummingbird Cake, I would have baked her a virtual one (I still might surprise her this weekend…if I can catch enough hummingbirds!). I know, I know, hummingbirds aren’t actual ingredients in a Hummingbird Cake, and I would totally be grossed out if they were. Today she’ll have to settle for this Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Cake (reminiscent of a certain trademarked candy bar). It’s a fluffy almond cake filled with a coconut mousse that’s coated in dark chocolate and topped with slivered almonds. It isn’t too heavy or too sweet, but definitely satisfying.

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March 16, 2015

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Collective Bias Inc., and its advertiser REESE’S. All opinions are mine alone. #snacktalk #CollectiveBias.

We are a REESE’S loving family. It’s definitely my son’s candy of choice. When I was working on this recipe, he was stealing them off the countertop. I’m pretty sure he has a stash of REESE’S Miniatures now, or most likely a pile of wrappers, hidden somewhere. Several months ago I created this recipe for REESE’S Peanut Butter Mousse. Shortly after I created that recipe, I realized it would be great filling for a cake or even a pie. I hadn’t been able to get that idea out of my head, and when I heard about the REESE’S Snack Talk Challenge it inspired me to make my recipe a reality with this REESE’S Torte.


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Vanilla Bean Icebox Pie With Chocolate Ganache

March 9, 2015

I’m sharing my “Me Moment” thanks to the sponsorship of Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.

All opinions are entirely my own. #MullerMoment #CollectiveBias

I have a love for vanilla bean flavored anything. My personal favorite is vanilla bean ice cream. While shopping at my local Walmart, I stumbled upon the new Müller’s® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt. I couldn’t help but grab at least one of every variety, but I grabbed several of the vanilla bean flavor. I knew I wanted to make something with the yogurt, and I wanted my creation to retain the yogurt’s flavor. I recalled my great-grandmother making an icebox pie. I had never attempted to make one, but I remembered they weren’t too complex. I think my great-grandmother would be proud of my Vanilla Bean Icebox Pie. It wasn’t too shabby for a first attempt. I opted for a chocolate ganache that I garnished with almonds.

vanilla bean icebox pie with chocolate ganache


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