Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts
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Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake


If you love Pina Coladas (and getting caught in the rain), then I have the perfect cake for you today! A delicious Pina Colada cake. Moist layers of coconut cake with homemade bourbon pineapple curd between, and topped with bourbon coconut buttercream frosting. I mean, seriously. This cake is like a tropical cruise in a cake, and I am here for it!

Ok so you may be thinking - aren't Pina Coladas usually made with rum? Yes, yes they are! But it turns out that Brown Sugar Bourbon Pina Coladas are just as delicious (possibly even more so!). I took one for the team and did a taste test, and might be making all my Pina Coladas with this Brown Sugar Bourbon from now on!

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If you've made any of my other cake recipes, you know that I'm not a fan of sickly sweet cakes. In the past I've tried coconut cakes that had way too much sugar for my taste, so I was on a mission to create a Pina Colada cake recipe with all the flavor, and less sugar. And the cherry on the top (see what I did there haha!) is the delicious Brown Sugar Bourbon (BSB) in both the pineapple curd and frosting. It's sooooo good, and I love that hint of flavor throughout the whole cake!

Now two quick notes on the recipe:

*You'll notice that the cake calls for coconut milk. By this I mean the canned kind that you'll most likely find in the Asian food section of your grocery store. (I used the brand Thai Kitchen.) When you open the can, you'll see thick coconut cream on top - that's what you want to use. One can should have enough for this recipe!

**The pineapple curd calls for pineapple juice - and this will need to be the canned version too. I found this in the juice section of my grocery store. For some reason only the canned version works - something to do with how juice is normally preserved, from what I understand. If you use "normal" pineapple juice, (as in from a plastic bottle) the curd won't thicken correctly.


Coconut Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1/2 cup coconut full-fat yogurt
1/3 cup coconut milk*
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

BSB Pineapple Curd Ingredients:

1/2 cup pineapple juice (from a can)**
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon
Small pinch of salt
3 tablespoons butter

BSB Coconut Buttercream Ingredients:

2 cups butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon
2 teaspoons coconut extract
Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish (optional)


Coconut Cake Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 6" cake pans, and line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, followed by the extracts, yogurt, and coconut milk. Mix until all the wet ingredients are incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add the dry ingredients, mixing on the lowest speed until just combined. Stir in the coconut flakes, making sure to scrape down the sides again as the coconut likes to stick.

Distribute the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans (I like to use this scale to be sure each layer is exactly the same). Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

Pineapple Curd Directions: 

Combine all the ingredients except the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter a tablespoon at a time. The pineapple curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

Note the assembly directions below for tips on how to add the pineapple curd between each cake layer.

Bourbon Coconut Buttercream

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add the Brown Sugar Bourbon and coconut extract. Beat on high speed for about 5 minutes.

Assembly Tips: 

  • I prefer to frost cold cakes - I find it easier and there are fewer crumbs. I wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap once they've come to room temp, and then let them sit in the fridge for at least a few hours so they're cold when I'm ready to frost 
  • To assemble with the pineapple curd between each layer of cake, frost an even layer of the buttercream on top of the first layer. Then pipe a border of frosting around the edge of the cake layer. Spoon the pineapple curd into the well that you just created. Repeat with the next layer, and then continue with your crumb coat. (And by the way, I'm posting a video to Instagram in a few days that will show exactly how to do this! Find me @thiscelebratedlife on Instagram to see it!
  • A crumb coat, if you haven't heard of it before, is a thin layer of frosting to just seal in the crumbs before you fully frost the cake. 
  • Once your cake is fully frosted, coat it in unsweetened coconut flakes (or sweetened if you prefer). 
  • Top with cherries for a true Pina Colada look! If you want to create the same glitter look that I did here, lightly dry each Maraschino cherry, and then dip them in this edible gold glitter. Easy as that!






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The Perfect Summer Dessert: No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

The Perfect Summer Dessert: No Bake Oreo Cheesecake


We love summertime! Lazy days on the lake, hikes through the forest, and iced cocktails on the patio. Hot days are also the perfect time to give the oven a rest, and make an easy no-bake dessert! And these no-bake oreo cheesecake bars are perfect! Quick, easy and delicious.

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You'll notice in the ingredients that I used Organic Valley cream cheese and heavy cream. I am a big believer that the ingredients we use have a huge impact on the final product. It makes sense, doesn't it? Of course we're going to taste the ingredients that we put in our food. That's kind of the whole point! I love that not only are Organic Valley products organic (duh), but they also taste so rich and creamy. Totally necessary for cheesecake in my opinion!







Crust Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookies (cream removed). I crushed mine in my Vitamix, but you could also crush them with a rolling pin. 

Filling Ingredients: 

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 Oreo cookies (with cream), roughly chopped 

Ganache Ingredients: 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup Organic Valley heavy cream

Directions: 

Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper so that there’s an overhang on the sides. This will make taking the bars out of the pan much easier. Combine the crushed oreos and the melted butter, and press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Move into the fridge while you prepare the filling. 

For the filling: beat the heavy cream with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until fluffy and well combined. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture with a spatula until evenly distributed. Stir in the chopped oreos. 

Cover the oreo crust with the oreo cheesecake filling. Cover with plastic wrap, and freeze 2-3 hours, or refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight. 

For the ganache: Combine the chocolate chips and the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds, and stir until the chocolate chips are fully melted. Drizzle the somewhat cooled ganache over the cheesecake bars. 

Cut and enjoy!



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One Bowl Peanut Butter Blondies

One Bowl Peanut Butter Blondies


I love quick and easy desserts, and as someone who always dreads doing the dishes, I especially love one bowl desserts! These peanut butter blondies are so delicious, full of creamy peanut butter and melted chocolate. And just dirtying one bowl? Added bonus!

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I love this peanut butter blondie recipe for picnics, bbqs, or any occasion where I want a dessert idea for a crowd. They're so quick to throw together, and super easy to transport. I pre-cut them at home, wrap them in plastic wrap, and they're good to go!

You'll notice in the recipe below that I mention Justin's peanut butter. It's my favorite, and the flavor is so good! For a recipe with so much peanut butter, that's important! Use whatever peanut butter you personally love! I recommend creamy for this recipe.




Ingredients: 

1 cup peanut butter (I used Justin's creamy peanut butter)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside. (This ceramic baking dish is my favorite!)

In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the butter and peanut butter. Melt in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or until the butter and peanut butter are just liquefied. Mix the two together with a whisk. Whisk in the vanilla, eggs and yolk, and both sugars until well combined. Add flour, salt and baking powder, and combine using a spatula. Add the chocolate chips.

Press the dough into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting in, if you can stand it!



 


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Refined Sugar Free Blackberry Muffins

Refined Sugar Free Blackberry Muffins




As you know, I'm all about decadent dessert recipes. My Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake comes to mind...or S'mores Cupcakes! But life is all about balance, so I like to throw an easy and healthy recipe idea onto the blog every once in a while too! Especially when it's a healthy and delicious refined sugar free muffin recipe! (Muffins are my weakness.)


These blackberry muffins are sweetened with honey and coconut crystals, for a totally guilt-free dessert or breakfast recipe! They've become my go-to summer breakfast recipe idea. Easy, quick, healthy, delicious. And by the way, I've linked some of my other favorite healthy brunch recipes at the bottom, if you'd like some more ideas!




Makes about 12-18 muffins

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream or full-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup melted salted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries, halved

Topping Ingredients: 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup coconut crystals (If you're not worried about the muffins being completely refined sugar free, you can use brown sugar too!)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with liners. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cinnamon, and set aside.

Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the butter, and gently mash the ingredients together with a fork. Finish quickly with your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs. You can also do this by pulsing together ingredients in your food processor. Stick in the fridge until ready to use. 

In another large bowl, combine the eggs, honey, buttermilk, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth and all ingredients have come together. Then gently stir in the dry ingredients. You can also do this in your stand mixer if you'd prefer, with the paddle attachment on low speed. Gently stir in the fresh blackberries.

Fill each liner with about 3/4 full of batter, and then top each with the streusel topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Enjoy!





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