Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake

I have to say, I’ve been really enjoying having many things to celebrate – my graduation, my parents’ retirements – so I have ample opportunity to flex my cake making muscles.  For a family graduation picnic, I made this chocolate cookies and cream cake, and it’s one of my favorites I’ve made ever.  The cake was light and fluffy (with rich chocolate flavor, and the filling… I could just eat it by itself.  In fact, I probably will do that sometime pretty soon.  So good.

This cake did a lot of traveling (from Buffalo to Pittsburgh to Uniontown – about 5 hours total for the cake layers), so it wasn’t quite as easy to frost it as I would’ve liked, as I usually like to make sure the layers are nice and cold.  That meant simple decorating and lots of Oreo crumbs on the outside to cover up any trace cake crumbs that got into the frosting – it’s easy to cover up mistakes!  The flavor was fantastic, regardless, so who cares what it looks like, right?! [Read more…]

Chocolate Bourbon S’mores Cake

Guys, I’m back, I’m back!!  I’m back with a very special cake I made to celebrate my graduation from pharmacy school!  After 6 long years of studying, I can finally be a full-fledged pharmacist.  To celebrate, a cake needed to be made… it had to be chocolate, of course, and bourbon just had to be involved!  😉  I made it even better by making it s’mores themed.

When brainstorming what I wanted for this cake, I just decided I needed chocolate bourbon cake layers, because I love bourbon, and I made a chocolate bourbon cake a while back for my dad and loved it.  Back when I made this campfire delight cake, I loved that filling, so I went with a toasted marshmallow buttercream filling.  I love my chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, so that had to be the outside.  Crushed graham crackers in both the filling and sprinkled on the outside, and we’ve got ourselves one perfect s’more style chocolate cake. [Read more…]

1 Gluten Free Muffin, 4 Ways

Today, I’m partnering with HP to celebrate their new HP x360.  We’re going to #bendtherules by creating 4 different muffins out of one recipe (and it’s gluten free!).  Who wants one muffin flavor when you can have 4?  :)

HP is on the road with Meghan Trainor for her “That Bass Tour” to create a fan-generated documentary using the HP x360 – you can follow along with all the behind-the-scenes footage here!

To help spread the word, HP sent me an HP x360 to try out, and guys, it is awesome!  It’s a laptop, but it bends the rules allowing you to use it in 4 different modes:  laptop, tablet, tent, or stand.  It’s lightweight, and it’s also a touch screen, which is always a win in my book.  I’ve been having a lot of fun finding out which modes work best for what I usually do.  Here are my two favorites:

First, the tent.  It’s perfect to prop up on the counter while I’m baking so I have the recipe right in front of me from my favorite blogs.  I like that the keyboard is facing away from me so I won’t get any crumbs in the keys! [Read more…]