Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I want to start by saying THANK YOU.  I have been overwhelmed by the support I've received since announcing the American Cancer Society & Hood to Coast Relay Bake Sale on Friday.  You all are just the best!!!  I'll be taking orders until July 31st so keep 'em coming!  

Now about this cake...

I've been meaning to share this for over a week now BUT every single ounce of free time I've had has been spent baking, wrapping & shipping (and I have LOVED every minute of it!).  Anyways, today is your lucky day.  

You are looking at three layers of chocolate cake, coated with a rich peanut butter frosting and finished off with a layer of mini peanut butter cups.

Super rich... super decadent... and worth every bite!  

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

So I said I wasn't making Molly a cake for her birthday.  Well I just couldn't help myself....
Everyone is entitled to unlimited cakes, cupcakes and treats on their birthday so she got just that....
#1:  Mike made her a delicious Funfetti Cake that we all enjoyed after her birthday dinner.
#2:  Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes inspired by our favorite cake at Cru Cafe in Charleston, SC!
#3: Last but definitely not least, a fresh strawberry cake from Columbus's Golden Delight Bakery from my Aunt and Uncle.  Also, a family favorite!
That's THREE cakes.  I'd say she had a good birthday.

Anyways, about these cupcakes.... as mentioned above, they were inspired by the famous cake served at our favorite lunch spot in Charleston, SC.  They make limited cakes each week and once they run out, you are out of luck.  So when you go (and you must), make sure to order the Orange Sherbet Cake as soon as you sit down!  So until I can get my Cru Cafe fix, and it looks like that might be a while, I'll be relying on this recipe!

Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy {early} 25th Birthday, Molly! 

Her birthday isn't actually until tomorrow but the festivities begin this evening.  We like "birthday weeks" in our family.  We'll be starting with a family dinner at Rigsby's -- a great spot that we've somehow never tried.  Tomorrow will be a sister date consisting of mani's and pedi's, a walk with Gunner and lunch at Katalina's -- our favorite deli in town, not only for the great sandwiches but they also let Gunner sit on the patio with us!  We'll wrap up the celebration with another family dinner on Sunday.  A fun weekend ahead!

I didn't actually make these for Molly's birthday -- I sold them at the bake sale a few weeks ago.  BUT it is fitting that I share them today since she baked this same cake for me on MY birthday last year and this recipe is one of her favorites!  Its a classic white cake base with lots of vanilla flavor and just a hint of almond.  I'm not a fan of almond extract but the flavor is so subtle and creates great flavor.  I topped these with my favorite buttercream frosting and, of course, rainbow sprinkles are a requirement for funfetti cake.
Oh and don't you worry -- she WILL be getting a birthday cake this year.  Her fiance wanted to take on the task of baking her cake this year so I let him ;) 

Andes Mint Brownies

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I've never understood people who don't like mint flavored desserts.   Mint chocolate chip ice cream?  Thin mints?  Our family's mint finale dessert?  Jeni's buttermint ice cream?  Junior mints?  And those soft after dinner mints?!  So I'm not really sure why I haven't made mint brownies sooner!

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to host a bake sale at Molly's office to raise money for the Columbus Literacy Council.  We raised nearly $400 in two hours!!  I made a variety of sweet treats, which I'll be sharing over the next few days.  I also made a few of my favorites -- blondies, chocolate chip, caramel, pretzel cookies, cranberry pistachio cookies and, of course, cake pops.
These Andes mint brownies were the first to sell out so its only fitting that I share the recipe with you first!  

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Filling

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Its not often that I make cupcakes.  I save them for vary special occasions, like birthdays and celebrations....  Speaking of birthdays -- happy birthday Caitlin and Lynch!!!  Love and MISS you two!

These were definitely celebration cupcakes.  My boyfriend matched at Colorado State for his residency and we couldn't be more excited!!  So proud of him :)  Since I bake for any and every occasion, I sent these into work to wish him good luck.  I'm told they were gone instantly -- always a good sign!

I started with a simple vanilla cupcake as my base, filled 'em with white chocolate whipped cream and topped them with my favorite vanilla buttercream. Cream filling makes everything better and it took these simple vanilla cupcakes to a whole new level. 

Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Buttercream Filling

Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Friday!  Since Valentine's Day is less than a week away, I'll leave you with the perfect sweet treat to share with all of the loves of your life.  
The sugar cookie recipe is actually the Lofthouse recipe that Molly posted when she used to blog... (miss you, Teen!).    My favorite buttercream frosting is in the center underneath those pretty, hot pink sprinkles.  Molly surprised me with those sprinkles last weekend and I'm obsessed! 
More Valentine's treats to share with you on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Old-Fashioned Banana Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I recently started a job and everyone learned very quickly that baking is "my thing".  I was lucky enough to take on the task of baking for the October birthdays.  There was mention of banana cupcakes so I went on the hunt for a great banana cake recipe.  I kept coming across Ina Garten's recipe for Old-Fashioned Banana Cake.  It had received nothing but great reviews so I went with it.  Everyone loved them!!

The cupcake itself is denser but its still very moist.  The orange zest and coconut really takes these over the top -- and of course, cream cheese frosting makes everything better.  My mom and I agreed they would be great for a brunch.  You could omit the cream cheese frosting and just top with a dusting of powdered sugar.  You could also decrease the sugar to make muffins. 

If you are looking for a more traditional banana cake recipe -- make these Banana Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting that are one of Molly's favorites!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for Mag-Pie's Two Year Anniversary

Monday, February 13, 2012

I can't believe its been two whole years.  Thank you to those who have been following since the begin and welcome to those who have just discovered Mag-Pie's!

Now, let's talk about this frosting.  Best.Buttercream.Ever.  Seriously.  I tend to favor cream cheese frosting but I'm not so sure any more.  The cupcakes you see are How Sweet It Is "One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two".  The perfect little treat and so easy to make.

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You have probably all guessed by now that I love to bake with pumpkin.  I've never met a pumpkin treat that I didn't love.  These are no exception.  I made these for my family when they were visiting for Thanksgiving and everyone raved.

I'm a firm believer that pumpkin can be used through the entire holiday season!  The cookbook in which I found these cookies clearly agrees -- calling them "North Pole Pumpkin Cookies."  I hope you add these to your Christmas cookie tray this year.

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have seen a lot of recipes for margarita cupcakes lately but I wanted to do something a little different.  I had strawberries in my fridge that needed to be used (buy one get one free for berries these days has me buying a little more than I can handle) and I was desperately in need for a study break.  So I thought up these decadent cupcakes.  The icing is very margarita-y, which I happen to love, and you will too, especially on a hot summer day at a cookout...with a margarita already in hand.  Ahh, love summer!

Make  These just might be the most perfect summer cupcake.

Super Soft Frosted Cookies

Friday, June 3, 2011

I am sure that everyone has had the Lofthouse cookies that every grocery store sells and that have different colored frosting for each holiday and time of year.  Well these are the homemade version of that, and let me tell you, you will never want to buy the store-bought version again!  These are so soft that they just melt in your mouth.  The cookie itself is not too sweet, it's more like a shortbread flavor, but the sweet frosting is the perfect compliment.  I can't say enough about these!

Bird's Nest Cookies

Monday, April 25, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!  I spent a very relaxing weekend with my family in Columbus.  For Easter, my mom and I cooked up a delicious brunch -- I'll be sharing a few of the recipes here!  Many sweets were consumed, including these festive cookies.

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24, 2011

As Molly mentioned before, Sarah celebrated her birthday this past weekend.  I love digging through recipes deciding what to bake for the special day.  This year, after stumbling upon Dulce de Leche Cupcakes, my mind was made up.

Since sweets are still out for me, I could only rely on the words of those who were able to enjoy these -- I heard words like "great flavor" "delish!"  Sarah said the icing was amazing.  I anticipated that -- what's not to like?  Cream cheese, dulce de leche.

I don't know how much more I can bake without being able to taste test!  I asked Sarah fifty times if they tasted OK because "I hate giving treats to people unless they turn out perfect."  Did I really say that?  FACT.  A little OCD?  Yes... maybe.

For a tutorial on making your own dulce de leche (that's what I did!), check out Our Best Bites easy oven method.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Monday, March 21, 2011

Our family celebrated lots of birthdays this past weekend; our fellow blogger and sister, Sarah, and three of our aunts.  Although I missed celebrating with all four of them, I was lucky enough to have one of my aunts in town to celebrate with, so I decided that some cupcakes were in order.

The cupcake itself is a fluffy cake with specs of vanilla beans throughout and the frosting is super creamy; Swiss Meringue is a new favorite of mine!

 notice the flecks of vanilla bean

Super Soft Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I printed this recipe from the very talented Joy the Baker, like 2 years ago.  Its been sitting in my recipe file for way too long.  I wanted to make cupcakes for a birthday gathering that a friend was hosting.  After sifting through way too many recipes, trying to think of really creative ideas -- I decided I wanted to make a plain and simple chocolate cupcake.

These cupcakes really are super soft and light (I mean light and airy, not healthy... but who thinks about that when eating a cupcake?).  You can finish them off however you would like, but I highly suggest this Buttercream Frosting.  Its the BEST.

One Year Ago: Berry Smoothie

The BEST Carrot Cake

Monday, January 31, 2011

Let me start by saying that this is not your average carrot cake; this is amazing!  The cake itself uses browned butter, yuumm.  The filling is a dulce de leche buttercream...I don't think I need to explain how amazing that is.  And finally, the frosting is a brown sugar cream cheese frosting; it compliments the flavor of the carrot cake perfectly.

I didn't get the best pictures ever because we ate about 3/4 of it before I got around to taking pictures, which is why I don't have a picture of the entire cake.  But I decorated it by putting toasted walnuts around the edge of the cake and piping icing around the outside of the top of the cake.

This is what I made my mom for her birthday and it was a huge hit!  Everyone loved it and some people even had two slices!

Frosted Banana Bars and Happy Birthday Mom!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy birthday to our number one fan; our mom!  I did not make these bars for my mom's birthday (the dessert I am making for her birthday this weekend will be posted next week...get excited), but these sure are delicious!  I had some extra bananas on hand that I needed to use and I wanted a simple recipe; this recipe did the trick.  I do not own a 15x10-inch pan so I resorted to my 13x9-inch pan and increased the baking time to about 40 minutes.  They turned out great!  The bar itself has a kind of banana bready texture and the sweet icing makes for a great combination.  I think it would be a great dessert to serve at a brunch.

We wish we could all be there to celebrate your birthday with you, mom; but since we can't, we'll just wave hi for now!

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This cake would be any chocolate lover's dream! The cake is a great texture, moist and fluffy, and the rich frosting complements it perfectly. If you're not a chocolate lover then a traditional vanilla buttercream frosting would also pair wonderfully with this cake.

I made this for Mike's birthday this past weekend and he loved it! Happy Birthday!!

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Its not very often that I make cut-out sugar cookies.  I think they are darling, but the time and effort that goes into cutting and icing can sometimes seem like too much to me.  However, every year around Christmas time, I give it a shot.  I envy the fancy decorating skills of Bake at 350 (how amazing are those peppermint candy cookies?!?!), Brown Eyed Baker and Annie's Eats, but for now, I'm happy with your basic icing and sprinkles :)  All that matters is that they taste good, right?

This is a great cut-out sugar cookie recipe.  Most include almond extract, but I'm not much of a fan so I stick with vanilla.  I have made the change in the recipe below.  Also, for a great tutorial on decorating with royal icing, check out Annie's Eats.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The holidays are officially here.  I love everything about the holidays but of course, I especially love baking any sort of Christmas cookie I can imagine.  I already shared my favorite ginger chewies from last year (seriously, they are to die for), but today I'm sharing another cookie (its a bar but I'll categorize it as a cookie) that I made last year (at least a few times).  Although I got the idea from Good Things Catered, they are a version of the treat you see in the Starbucks display case.  I've never tried the Starbucks version, but these are amazing -- a white chocolate, cranberry, ginger cookie with cream cheese frosting.

I hope to share all of my favorite holiday cookie and dessert recipes with you over the coming weeks!  If you have a favorite treat that you make year after year, we'd love for you to share it with us!

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