Desserts Archives - Spiced

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

The Easter Bunny stopped by with a batch of these tasty Carrot Cake Cupcakes.  Topped with brown sugar cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes will be a huge hit in your house!

The Easter Bunny stopped by with a batch of these tasty Carrot Cake Cupcakes.  Topped with brown sugar cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes will be a huge hit in your house! Did you guys see the news about the Tooth Fairy recently?  Apparently the magical fairy left 25% more in 2014 as compared to 2013.  The average gift from the Tooth Fairy last year?  $4.36.  I have a funny image in my head of a parent somewhere slipping exactly $4.36 under their kid’s pillow in exchange for that tooth.  I also have a funny image in my head of the look on my former stats professor’s face when he reads this survey.  I strongly suspect that the statistical accuracy of this survey is, shall we say, questionable.  But that doesn’t take anything away from the awesomeness that is the Tooth Fairy!Continue Reading »

Brownie Bites with French Vanilla Dipping Sauce

Fondue is making a comeback…starting with dessert!  These Brownie Bites with French Vanilla Dipping Sauce are a fun and tasty treat!

Fondue is making a comeback...starting with dessert!  These Brownie Bites with French Vanilla Dipping Sauce are a fun and tasty treat!Here’s my bold prediction of the day: fondue is going to make a comeback!  Fondue is a classic style of cooking, although it’s earned the reputation of being a bit ‘old-fashioned’ now.  It came into popularity here in America in the 1960’s, and while it’s still around, fondue just doesn’t have the same popularity as it once did.  But it’s fun!  It actively involves you in the cooking process, and it encourages dinner conversation.  Fondue needs to make a comeback!

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Lemon Coconut Cake

Decadent coconut flakes…sweet vanilla buttercream…tart lemon curd.  One slice of this Lemon Coconut Cake will whisk you away to a warm Caribbean island!

Decadent coconut flakes...sweet vanilla buttercream...tart lemon curd.  One slice of this Lemon Coconut Cake will whisk you away to a warm Caribbean island!So last summer, my wife and I were wandering through the garden center at a local store.  Doesn’t it seem like every weekend in the summer involves a project and a trip to the home improvement store?  But, hey, I’m not complaining.  I love being outdoors in the summer.  As we were heading up to the registers, we noticed a bunch of miniature lemon trees (I guess they were kinda like lemon bushes?) on the clearance rack.  Huh?  Lemons?  I thought they only grew in warmer climates, and upstate New York is most certainly not a warmer climate!  The bushes were small-ish and potted, so we decided, “What the heck?  Let’s give it a shot!”Continue Reading »

Chocolate Stout Ice Cream

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style…with a bowl of this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style...with a bowl of this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream!Can we talk about taste buds for a minute or two?  They say that our taste buds change every seven years.  I’m not sure how scientifically accurate that is, but I completely agree that our palate changes as we get older.  Our taste buds can recognize five different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory (aka umami).  I know that my tastes have changed as I’ve grown older.

I used to hate “stinky” cheeses.  Blue cheese was this odd creation that I steered clear of at all costs.  After all, who in their right mind wants to eat moldy cheese?  But then it happened.  I tasted a bit of my wife’s blue cheese dressing, and I didn’t hate it.  I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it.  Fast forward a couple of years, and now I love blue cheese.  Same thing with olives.  I couldn’t stand them when I was a kid, and now I love a good green olive.  Go figure.Continue Reading »