Lemon Cookie Cake

Soooooooo. Lemon. We all know I love it. It’s been a lemony summer for me. I just love the refreshing taste of lemons and it just screams summer. When I originally saw the picture of this Lemon Cookie Cake, I knew that I HAD to make it. It looks amazing, and I have to admit that Live, Love and Sugar’s pictures came out much better than mine. But this was my first try! :)

I’m normally not really into white chocolate at all, but I wanted to try them anyway. And I was happy to see that the white chocolate chips weren’t too strong. I ended up adding about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract to the cookie dough to give it a little more punch, and I was happy with how it turned out. I let the lemon juice and the lemon zest ride in the buttercream frosting though. And that was just the thing to do.

I added a little more frosting to my cookie cake…meaning I used every last drop of the frosting that I made. At first I only put one row around the cookie cake, but then I decide that wasn’t enough and added some more. Because you can never have too much frosting!

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Homemade Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

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Since I have a bigger kitchen and a lot more storage space, I’ve been able to play with more of small appliances. The first thing I put to use after we moved was my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It’s been years since I’ve made ice cream and it just  made me realize how much I’ve missed it!

As you can probably tell from some of my previous recipes (Lemon FluffLemon Pound Cake with Vanilla IcingBlueberry Lemon Scones, etc.), I’m a huge fan of lemon flavored things. So when I was grocery shopping (online), I came across Lemon Oreo Cookies. I was so excited when I saw them, that I had to buy them. And I knew right then and there what I was going to do with them. Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream. It was a no-brainer. [Read more…]

The Baker’s Jar

BakersJarSmallWe all know that I. love. cake. It’s just a known fact. So when I heard that Avery Goldman was opening up a shop called The Baker’s Jar, I knew that I’d have to stop by and try out a few flavors. I love to support local businesses and see them thrive. There are way too many chain stores that are coming into the city and trying to take over.  The shop just opened its doors in early 2014. It’s a nice, bright little shop in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia.

The Baker’s Jar is located at 625 S16th St. Philadelphia, PA (16th & Bainbridge).

I looked at the web site before going, and I saw a few flavors that I wanted to try.  I LOVE Birthday Cake so I knew that I had to get the Happy Birthday Cake jar. It’s a vanilla cake filled with sprinkles and topped with vanilla frosting.

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However, I was a bit disappointed that they don’t sell the Happy Birthday Cake in the standard-sized jar, even though it’s pictured on the web site in a standard-sized jar.  It’s only available in the mini-sized jar. She said this was because that’s a popular kid’s flavor and she wanted something small for them. If you ask me, I think it should be offered in both the mini-sized and standard-sized jar. Why not make both the kids AND the adults happy?  I know, I know. You’re probably saying out loud “But Jen, it’s really not that big of a deal!” And it’s not. But I’m just sharing my opinion as I usually do here on my blog. Especially when it has to do with CAKE!

Mud CupAs we know, Mr. Curly Fry is a chocolate guy. He loves all chocolate. So while regular white cake and vanilla frosting is one of my favorite cake flavors, his is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I was bummed that there wasn’t a regular chocolate cake with chocolate frosting jar. There’s the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake, but it also has caramel in it and he’s not really a caramel fan. So that eliminates that flavor. There was a Brownie Jar, but it was Dulce de Leche Brownie, so that eliminates that one for him as well. She has a Chocolate Bread Pudding, but we’re not bread pudding fans. So all that really left for him was the Mud Cup.  I wasn’t too jazzed about this flavor, which is Chocolate Pudding mixed with Chocolate Cake…with a worm or two in there. I’m just hoping that he likes it.

 

 

I love Carrot Cake, so I picked up the Ruby’s Carrot Cake jar. It’s a moist carrot cake spiced just right and topped with cream cheese frosting and a pecan.  Mr. Curly Fry isn’t into Carrot Cake so I get to have this whole standard-sized jar all to myself!

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Last but not least, I picked up the Lemon Pie Jar. This is the perfect balance of tart and sweet topped with a blueberry compote. I love lemon flavored things so I hope this is good!

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I was hoping to try the Apple Crumb Jar and Mom’s Banana Cake, but they weren’t available.

I think this The Baker’s Jar is a really cool concept, but I just wish that there was more variety. There are so many more flavors that can be offered. The possibilities are endless. I think adding more flavors would do nothing but good things for this shop.

Stay tuned later this week to see what we thought of these little jars of goodness!

Mini Honey Crisp Apple Pies {Fall Favorite}

Mini Honey Crisp Apple Crumb Pies

I love fall. Here in Philly we had a taste of fall for about a week or so and then it got warm again! What gives? We had a cold front come through and the weather should be more seasonal now, which I’m happy about. One thing I love about fall: Apples! My favorite kind of apple? Honey Crisp! They are amazing and I’ve been a fan ever since I tasted one years and years ago.

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Homemade Funfetti Cake

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There aren’t many people that I’ve met that don’t love sprinkles. Of course there are a few that don’t like sprinkles, because ya know, there’s always at least one, lol! I’ll never understand it, because I love them. Growing up in Philadelphia, if we got an ice cream cone with sprinkles we always called them Jimmies. It’s just what you said. I don’t think people from other cities get it, but that’s okay. We’re a little different around here. ;)

Now it’s no secret that I like boxed caked mix better than cake from scratch. I was actually in my kitchen cabinet the other day and I saw a box of Funfetti cake mix and said to myself “I could really go for a piece of Funfetti cake right now!” But I decided to make it from scratch instead of from the box…just because I felt like it. So that’s exactly what I did.

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Now I wanted a double layer cake, so I just doubled the recipe.  The recipe over at Sally’s Baking Addiction is just for a one layer cake. So if you want a double layer you will have to double both the cake and frosting recipes.

Click here for the Homemade Funfetti Cake Recipe!

 

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Now normally I always use Penzeys Double Strength Vanilla, but for this cake I used Vanilla Bean Crush. It’s a blend of intensely flavored Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans.  I received it as a gift and now I’m a huge fan of this stuff.  I love that it’s flecked with finely crushed vanilla beans and vanilla bean seeds.  So if you closely you can really see the little specks of vanilla bean. The flavor it brings is amazing as well.
I thought this Funfetti Cake was pretty good, but I still love boxed cake more. :) But if I was making another Funfetti Cake from scratch I’d use this recipe again. I thought that it was even better on the second day!