Caramel & Applesauce Cake

Happy holidays!!!

So I’m going to my friend’s Christmas party and I hate showing up empty handed to parties. I will usually bring a bottle of wine, candy or even chips depending on what the evening entails. I’m switching it up this time! Cake! Not just any cake but caramel applesauce. This cake goes perfectly with holiday cocktails or mulled wine. Hope you enjoy! ❤

*Word to the wise: this cake is very sticky so grease/ flour your pan extra if you’re not using parchment paper!!!

*I used THIS recipe for my caramel sauce. If you do NOT want a lesson in patience, buy your caramel sauce from a store!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (divided in half)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-x-5-inch loaf pan with a rectangle of parchment paper. Spray the pan with non-stick spray, dust with flour, and tap out the excess.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl (or in a stand mixer) beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce and the egg. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in the applesauce just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until cake springs back when pressed lightly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. (Cake can be wrapped and frozen at this point for up to 3 months.)
  5. Before serving, spread the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce on the cake and sprinkle with the pecans.
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FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUG CAKE

Who doesn’t love mug cakes?

They are such an efficient way to get cake when you’re craving cake. Now it was my birthday a few days ago, and I’ve had cake all week but I still want more. So this flourless mug cake is a little guilt free and I’m living for it.

I’m craving home made cake and I’m gonna make one gosh darn it and it will be ready in 5 minutes 🙂

Easy, perfectly porportioned, warm, fast, ugh. k I can literally talk about mug cakes forever so let’s just get to the recipe!


RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe mug or ramekin. Whisk till it’s all combined and smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp of chocolate chips then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over surface of cake.
  2. Heat in microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Coconut Lemonade Sorbet

I know it’s winter and super snowy and I should be making a hot chocolate but I am really channeling my inner summer right now so I decided to make a sorbet. Frozen ingredients, warm blanket, great netfix movies- I don’t know about you but SIGN ME UP!

I don’t have an ice cream maker so this took a little bit longer than I hoped for but it’s Saturday evening so timing wasn’t a real issue.

Anyways, here’s desert!

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup water

1/4 Cup lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup & 2 tbs coconut milk

 

 

Method

  1. In a saucepan, add water, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Stir and bring to a boil then remove from heat
  2. Add in the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Pour into a container and freeze for 90 minutes
  3. Transfer the ingredients to a blender and blend to break the ice crystals. Freeze for 30 minutes
  4. Repeat step three until you get to your desired sorbet consistency. (Should be a little creamy)
  5. Enjoy!

Creme Brulee

Hey hey! So I have accepted the fact that who I am now is a person who posts like barely once a month. You should accept it too. :p

But ANYWAYS, I made creme brulee and I am in love with myself. I took the day off from work and now I’m treating yourself. Mental break days are the best.

Creme Brulee is probably one of the easiest desserts to make, it’s pretty impressive and it’s always “just enough”. I also don’t know anyone who doesn’t like creme brulee.

I don’t have ramekins but I have these little mason jars I got from a desert store that also had creme brulee in them once upon a time so I’m using them.

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So with that, here’s the recipe:

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar (one tablespoon for each serving)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients (except the 2 tbs sugar) together in a medium sized bowl
  2. Sieve the mixture into two ramekins, baby mason jars or mugs
  3. Cover each ramekin with foil and place in a pot of boiling water with a lid and steam for 15 minutesimg_3844
  4. Chill in the fridge for about 2 hours
  5. Gently drain the creme brulees and dab the tops with paper towel so it’s not very wet
  6. Sprinkle a table spoon of sugar on each creme brulee and use a torch to burn till it turns a deep amber. (if you don’t have a torch, use a spoon heated over a stove and press onto the sugar).image1
  7. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes (when the crust hardens).
  8. Serve cold and enjoy.

Raspberry Oat Muffins

Hello everyone!

So I have been really not feeling the best lately and therefore not cooking so much but I decided to amp myself up a little. I decided to make oat muffins because they give you that boost you need and are really filling. You can’t go wrong with them. Then I found this amazing recipe  from Ramshackle glam and I was over the moon. Raspberries are just amazing in everything. Plus look how pretty these turned out!

oat 2This recipe is so easy to follow and make. She even included pictures along with each step which is always helpful.

The only thing I changed from her recipe to mine was the amount of applesauce I used, added olive oil and instead of light brown sugar, I used dark brown sugar. I had only one serving of applesauce which is just under 3/4 of a cup so I topped it up with some olive oil. That’s really the biggest difference and I feel like it probably didn’t alter the product too much. These muffins taste so healthy but yummy. You can feel the goodness just rushing through you. I’m glad I made these! Now I have my breakfast for tomorrow and a few oat

snacks here and there 🙂

 

 

Look how soft and moist they look! Hmm 🙂

This was a great idea.

 

Lemon Cake II

Hello hello! Happy hump day 🙂
Throughout this whole food blogging situation, I have bought ingredients and just have not used them. For example, I have a whole bunch of chocolate, too many sprinkles (but can you ever have too many sprinkles? YES YOU CAN) and TONS of lemons. So I’m slowly chipping away at my ingredients because they are taking up space. I have been using my lemons for lemon tea and just zesting and juicing them for most things now. I decided to make lemon cake as well so that I could put some of the lemons to really good use.
I made lemon cake before along with lemon glaze but this recipe is a little different. This one has eggs unlike the other one and the directions are simpler. Oh! And it also includes lemon zest 🙂

This one turned out really sweet. It is a perfect tea time cake especially paired with a black or rooibos tea.  Or if you’re feeling particularly zesty, with some lemon tea.

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Batter

The cake rose quite a bit so be careful not to over fill your pan.

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Finished Cake

Let me know if you make this one or the other lemon cake and how it turned out! If you made both, which do you prefer?

I prefer this one because it is easier to make and is sweeter than the other one 🙂

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter

1.5 cups of sugar

4 egg whites

2 1/4 cups of flour

1 1/4 cups of milk

1 tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbs lemon juice

2 tsp lemon zest

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a cake pan with parchment paper or just oil the pan.

2. Mix butter, sugar, and egg whites in a bowl till its all combined

3. In another bowl, mix in the flour, milk, baking powder and salt. Pour butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix until combined evenly.

4. Mix in the lemon juice and and pour mixture in the pan

5. Sprinkle the top of the batter with lemon zest and bake for 55 minutes