The Everyday-Is-Your-Bday Cake

img_7640Over-the-top, colorful, filled with surprises, super sweet, multi-layered, and perhaps too much for some… this cake is basically me in dessert form. The Everyday-Is-Your-Bday is the ultimate cake. Why not treat yourself like the queen you are, birthday or not?

Live everyday like it’s your bday!

With the help of Fillables Bakeware, you can pack lots of variety into any baked treat. Thanks to its innovative two piece design, you can fill the inside of each individual cup with surprises like candy, pudding, brownie, chocolate chips… almost anything!

I decided to go with the classic funfetti and strawberry cake layers surrounded by a nice coating of vanilla (outside) and strawberry (inside) frosting, topped with sprinkles, covered in coconut, filled with Meyer lemon bar and another layer of coconut flakes, and finally garnished with a lemon twist. Think: strawberry lemonade + coconut confetti.

All you need is three mixes: one box funfetti, one box strawberry, and one box Meyer lemon bars. Follow the directions on the back of the boxes, but disregard the crust portion of the lemon bar instructions. Get baking! Once the cakes are done, let the them cool. Proceed to scoop some of the baked lemon filling into each pocket for a zesty surprise that will break up some of the more intensely sweet flavors. Put the non filled layer on top of the other. Then go crazy with frosting and decorating!
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Butterscotch Pretzel Mn’M Bars

mnmsThis is pretty much the most delicious and easy to bake dessert you’re ever going to come across. These blondies are really everything I want in a dessert. They’re chewy, crunchy, chocolaty, buttery, sweet & salty and irresistible! Adapted from the exceptional recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I went a little crazy and added a few things to the mix. You can basically add any combo you’re craving and throw it in this blondie mix. Like coconut, nuts, dried fruits… other candies– further experimental recipes coming soon! The browned butter really sets this bar apart from the others. I’ve never browned butter before, but I’m a huge fan!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup pretzel M&Ms
    • Optional
      • almond extract
      • butterscotch chips
      • white, milk or dark chocolate chips
      • sprinkles
      • more pretzels

Directions:

  1. First brown your butter! Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat for about 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat immediately when the butter begins to turn brown. Pour browned butter into large mixing bowl and stir in the brown sugar. Let the mixture cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 square baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir in egg and vanilla extract in with the butter mixture. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in pretzel M&Ms and any other add-ins you want!
  4. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Don’t over bake- it will seem a bit under cooked, but once cooled these bars will have a nice, gooey and chewy center! Allow blondies to cool for at least 1 hour and cut into squares.
  5. EAT THEM ALL. But don’t make yourself sick (if possible.)

HAPPY BAKING Y’ALL ❤

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Apple Pie Streusel Bars

Apple Pie Strusel Bars

After picking about a million apples last week (see here,) it’s time to start baking! I’m not a huge fan of cooking savory dishes with fruit, so I’m going to be eating quite a bit of sweets this month. After Googling all the possible apple recipes I could whip up, I came across this one by Sally that looked delicious- and easy! So, I decided to make my own version of it. I love the shortbread crust and will definitely be using it a lot more in my baking adventures. It’s the perfect combo of my two of my favorite things: butter and sugar. Combine that crust with almost anything and it’s  guaranteed to be a winner! For these bars, I used a nice variety of sweet and tart apples- some Grannies and Empires. This is the first of many Fall desserts I’ll be indulging in, over these next few months– hope it is for you too 🙂 I’m all about the Fall flavors! Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon and spice… oh the possibilities!Apple barsApple bars2Apple bars

Ingredients:

SHORTBREAD CRUST

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

APPLE FILLING

  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

STREUSEL

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold and cubed

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, white sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined and crumbly. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling and streusel.
  3. Make the apple filling: Combine the sliced apples, flour, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until all of the apples are coated.
  4. Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks- or your hands- until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350°F. Layer the apples on top of the warm crust. Layer them tightly and press them down to fit. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).Apple bars

Funfetti Cheesecake Oreo Brownies

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It’s no shocker that I LOVE birthdays! It’s’ like your own personal holiday and just the absolute best! Aside from the obvious reasons bdays are freakin’ fantastic- celebrations, friends, family and generally being spoiled- cake batter is my favorite stuff to bake with! I’m all for baking from scratch, but somethings just can’t be beat. Aka: outta the box cake and brownie batter. SO GOOD. So, for my handsome man’s bday I went all out and made this concoction. Of which encompasses everything delicious. It is super easy to make and is a great excuse to throw a tons of sprinkles into something! YUMMMMMMMMY ❤ Brownies? Cheesecake? Oreos? CAKE BATTER??? WHATTTTTTT!?!?! I know this is a recipe you’ll enjoy! Unless you’re a monster. Or just don’t like super over-the-top sweet things, which is totally fine of course. I’m just in the opposite boat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 brownie mix (for a 9×13 pan)
  • 1 package Oreo cookies- any flavor, but I stuck to the classic
  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup dry funfetti cake mix
  • Sprinkles

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Directions:

Read the labels. LOL. Make the brownie mix according to the package. Spoon half of the batter into a greased pan. Place the Oreo cookies on top of the batter. Cover the cookies with the rest of the brownie batter. Then in a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and cornstarch until creamy. Add the milk, egg, and vanilla and beat again. Slowly beat in the cake mix. Spoon the cheesecake on top of the brownies. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. It might look undone, but cheesecake always sets up after cooling. Let cool completely. EAT IT ALL!

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Cherry Jam White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These delicious cookies are a perfect combination of chewy, buttery and sweet with a little tang, depending on the jam you use in the middle. The white chocolate melts in your mouth, the center was dense, while the outsides were just the right amount of crunch to it! My bf and I decided to get adventurous with the recipe- we ran out of brown sugar, I felt like adding some preserves on top (cherry) and we added a few ingredients- and it turned out great! Feel free to change up the recipe- any type of jam will work and you could use milk or dark chocolate chips if you’re not feeling the white chips. Recipe makes about 20 small cookies.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • white chocolate chips

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, honey and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients and oats until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon cookie dough one small scoop at a time onto cookie sheet. Cookies should be about 2 inches apart. Press your thumb in to which ever one you want a jam dollop on, and scoop a bit of jam in the middle of each dough ball. 

Bake for 13 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!