Good morning, guys!

Memorial Day is less than a week away and I’m pretty excited about it. The kids and husband have the day off and we’ll spend the day grilling and if the weather’s nice, playing in the sprinkler/pool.

My perfect day!

Anyway, when I think of Memorial Day, I think of sweet tea.

I think it’s because Memorial Day kind of kicks off summer and sweet tea is the most perfect summer drink.

And number two on the list of perfect summer drinks? Lemonade!

So I combined them into this Arnold Palmer Cake and topped it with a lemony cream cheese frosting. Because why not?

I wanted to give this Stevia In The Raw® a try in this cake. I’ve been putting Stevia In The Raw in my coffee forever now so I was pretty excited about the Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag – it measures cup for cup like sugar. So it’s a great way to reduce sugar and calories in your baked goods.

So I used it for this cake! I used half sugar, half Stevia In The Raw and it turned out great!

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake - super delicious cake that starts with a boxed mix! Tastes like old-fashioned banana pudding!

I tried to make lemon bread the other day.

Because I’ve had Starbucks lemon bread on my brain for weeks but last time I tried to reload my Starbucks card, it charged my paypal account 3 times and still hasn’t loaded that money onto my card. So I broke up with Starbucks.

We’re getting back together next week when the S’mores Frappuccino comes out. 

But anyway, shortly after I’d gotten all my wet ingredients mixed together and then measured flour into a separate bowl, I realized I have no baking powder.

Or baking soda.

Or salt.

Doh!

I couldn’t not have cake though so I found a cake mix and poked some holes in it and turned it into a Banana Pudding Poke Cake.

Banana pudding is my alltime fave dessert so I was all about this. The pudding soaks into the cake and makes it super delicious. Plus, it’s topped with whipped cream (I used the frozen – fake – kind but feel free to make your own) and then crushed vanilla wafers.  

Banana Pudding Poke Cake - super delicious cake that starts with a boxed mix! Tastes like old-fashioned banana pudding!

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Carrot Cake with Buttermilk Glaze and Cream Cheese Frosting! The best carrot cake recipe I've ever tried!
I promise there’s a reason this looks like the biggest hot mess of a carrot cake ever.  And that reason is because it’s the world’s best carrot cake. You’ve got your typical carrot cake recipe with lots of carrots, coconut, pineapple, nuts and then when you pull it out of the oven, you drizzle a buttermilk glaze over it and it all seeps in and makes the cake extra delicious. And then after it cools you cover it in cream cheese frosting which makes it extra, extra delicious. Like I said, best carrot cake ever.  So I guess it’s officially carrot cake season. Which is strange because I think of the months January – December when I think of carrot cake. But officially, carrot cake season is the couple weeks before Easter. Because, you know, Easter Bunny and all that. 


I made this cake using C&H® Pourable Golden Brown Sugar and Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar in new flip-top canisters. The reclosable flip-top lid makes these sugars super convenient. The brown sugar is SO PERFECT for when you just want a shake of sugar, like on top of oatmeal!  And the C&H® Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar is perfect for drinks because it does dissolve really, really fast. So if you’ve got a summer of sangria or iced tea planned, you need it in your life. I used the Pourable Golden Brown Sugar in the actual carrot cake and since it measures cup for cup as regular brown sugar, there was no need for packing it into the measuring cup. And then I used the Superfine Sugar in the glaze since I needed a sugar that would dissolve fairly quickly into the buttermilk. Both worked beautifully! Look for the new flip-top canisters from C&H® Sugar, or its sister brand, Domino® Sugar, at a grocery retailer near you. For a coupon, visit chsugar.com/flip-top-sugars or for Domino® brand (available in the eastern half of the U.S), visit dominosugar.com/flip-top-sugars.

Carrot Cake with Buttermilk Glaze and Cream Cheese Frosting! The best carrot cake recipe I've ever tried!

Like I mentioned, this cake is so delicious. So much going on in the carrot cake, which is exactly how I like my carrot cake, and then that buttermilk glaze just puts it over the top. And there’s never a bad time for cream cheese frosting! Everything about this cake is perfect!  

Carrot Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

Ingredients

For the cake:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 cups C&H® Pourable Golden Brown Sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups grated carrot
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
For the buttermilk glaze:
1 cup C&H® Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 2 tablespoons milk
For the cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Line 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until no lumps remain.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, C&H® Pourable Golden Brown Sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture slowly, beating at low speed until combined. Fold in grated carrot, crushed pineapple, coconut, and pecans. Pour into prepared pans.
  4. Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. While the cakes are baking, make the buttermilk glaze by bringing the C&H® Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, and butter to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 4 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over cakes when they are done baking and out of the oven.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat all ingredients until no lumps remain.
  8. To frost the cake, gently remove layers from pans one at a time and place on your serving plate. Spread a generous amount of frosting on top of each layer. Repeat with remaining cake layers and frosting.
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Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my kids go back to school after 9 days off so we’re living it up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes! And probably a trip to the park to fly some kites that I found in the back of my closet while packing. 

My kids are total cereal connoisseurs so they were pretty impressed by these cupcakes. They were, however, more impressed with the Skylanders Skystones game that came in the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Do you remember being a kid and being SO EXCITED when there was a toy in the box? I can remember standing in the cereal aisle and asking my mom for a specific kind just because it had a toy. And lucky me, I was an only child so I didn’t even have to fight anyone for the toy!

But anyway, the Skylanders Skystones games are hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals. You get the box of cards and then the gameboard is on the back of the box. 

My oldest got his first Skylanders Playstation game for his birthday last month and since then all 3 of my boys have become obsessed with Skylanders. They Skystones game that comes in the cereal is so fun and I love that it fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play. And each Skystones game comes with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile game. 

Participating Big G Cereals include: Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Basically all my favorites. 

Also, be sure to look out for special offers and free prizes inside Big G cereals all year long!

About the cupcakes?!

The cake part tastes like French toast except better because, well, cake. And then for the frosting, I used crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of sugar. 

It. is. amazing.

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Lemon Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Mint - light and fluffy cake with delicious strawberries on top!

I have to tell you guys, I’m having a week. 

This whole moving thing is waaaay more stressful than it needs to be. We’re 3 weeks out and STILL waiting for paperwork to be signed. We don’t have a date for the movers, I haven’t talked to the kids’ school, and my husband’s still going to work every day even though his leave was supposed to start on Monday. And to top it all off, the house that I really, really, really wanted to rent got snatched up by someone else since the rental company couldn’t hold it longer than 2 weeks. Gahhh, I only had to wait 4 or 5 more days before I could put down a deposit! 

So now we have to find a new house. Or move on post. Which we don’t want to do. At all. 

Stress does not describe what I’m feeling.

Good news though! 

I went to the eye doctor earlier this week and he said that I DEFINITELY need to be wearing glasses everyday. Which probably sounds like an “ugh” to most people but I have been actively trying to fail an eye exam since 1994. So this was good news to me. 

Also, maybe I won’t have headaches anymore. 

But I have to wait 3 weeks for the glasses to get here. And at that point, we may or may not be on our way to Texas. 

I definitely had cake for dinner more than one night this week. But it’s angel food cake so it’s basically just egg whites and egg whites are a perfectly healthy dinner. Right?

I’ve been working my way through all our herbs since we can’t really take them with us so I mixed some mint with the strawberries. I don’t really love biting into a mint leaf but I let the mixture hang out overnight in the fridge and the mint flavor really infused the strawberries. It was delicious!

Lemon Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Mint - light and fluffy cake with delicious strawberries on top!

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