July 17, 2018 hampster82

I’m not a coffee drinker. I never touched the stuff, even when pulling an all-nighter in college. But I love, love, LOVE coffee flavored stuff. Weird, right? Back in the day of sugar, I used to splurge on Starbucks Frappuccinos. That’s not really considered coffee, is it? I don’t think so with all the cream and sugar… My new fix is sugar free coffee ice cream. It’s close to the frappuccinos and soothes my craving. Then just the other day it hit me like a ton of bricks! I need to make a coffee dessert!!  And not just any coffee…

January 13, 2018 hampster82

Red Velvet cake is an amazing creature. With its hint of chocolate, but not quite a chocolate cake. And it is so buttery. And don’t get me started on that red color. How do they make that red so vibrant? If only I could get my Fondant to come out like that!   I’ll admit, I originally made this Red Velvet cake just so that I had something to put this cute heart cupcake topper on (you can check out my heart cake topper tutorial here). But this really was a fun project, refining the recipe until I got the…

January 12, 2018 hampster82

These chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and can be made with no refined sugar! One of my favorite indulgences has to be chocolate covered strawberries. I don’t have them very often, which I think makes them extra special. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, shops a gearing up for gourmet chocolate covered strawberries. But they are so expensive!!! Tasty, but expensive. Instead, try these easy DIY strawberries. I promise you they are simple to make and hard to get wrong. And you may be left with some spare chocolate to do…. well, anything you like with. Even if…

December 27, 2017 hampster82

*Updated: I first posted this Sugar Free Vanilla Buttercream on my original blog, Amy’s Cake in February 2016.  Since then, I have made this icing recipe countless times and fall in love all over again every time I do!*   I ate a cupcake!  I am jumping for joy!!  And also getting laughed at by how giddy I am. I had this ah-ha! moment with Italian Meringue Buttercream. If it uses granulated sugar and manages to come out smooth and not grainy, then I could use Xylitol (and not have to powder it) and I should be able to make a super smooth…

November 11, 2017 hampster82

After my Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies became a hit, I decided to try making these Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Bars.  I am so glad I tried it, because these are even better than the original cookie!  They are incredibly moist and make an amazing breakfast.  Ok, so it’s still technically a cookie and probably shouldn’t be the only breakfast I eat.  But I won’t tell if you don’t!   These Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Bars are really easy to make.  They are made with raisins, but you can try adding apples, walnuts, or so much more!  I think I’ve made these three…

September 10, 2017 hampster82

It’s that time of year again when the tastes and smells of Fall fill our senses. Fall has never been my favorite season, it always reminds me of the long cold winter headed our way. But I must confess that I get excited about all that fall has to offer. I can practically smell apples being pressed into cider and the homemade donuts that the cider mill makes. Freshly made warm donuts are the best! Now that I have matured and fully embrace all the amazing things fall has to offer, I have ventured into the world of Pumpkin Spice!…

March 12, 2017 hampster82

Can you make a cheesecake without a springform pan?  Absolutely!  I was faced with this problem when I made this amazingly delicious Gluten Free / Low Sugar Coconut Cheesecake.  I really wanted to make a cheesecake, but I didn’t have a springform pan. What was I to do? I tried out something new, and wanted you to know… it worked!  I used a regular cake pan lined with parchment paper. There’s two ways that you could do this. Method One: put the parchment in and use the crust to help keep it to the bottom and against the sides. The…

March 5, 2017 hampster82

When I first tasted this Gluten Free / Low Sugar Coconut Cheesecake, what came to mind was “Damn, that’s good”.  Few desserts stop me in my tracks by just how surprisingly delicious they are. That is what this coconut cheesecake did.  It has just the right amount of coconut flavor perfectly married together with the classic cheesecake flavor. To make this Coconut Cheesecake gluten free, it has an almond flour crust as an alternative to a graham cracker crust. The crust compliments the cheesecake perfectly that you wouldn’t think to suspect the crust is a bit non-traditional.  Most of the…

March 2, 2017 hampster82

There’s something about toasting coconut or nuts that always had me cringing.  The thing is, I just couldn’t seem to not overdo it and I ended up with burnt nuts every time.  Now, I have a better method!  Ok, so it’s really not the revolutionary, but it works!   Most directions tell you to toast the nuts for 5-10 minutes, or something along those lines.  So what do you do?  You put them in the oven and you wait 5 minutes before checking on them again.  If they aren’t done, you stick them back in for another few minute before checking…

February 23, 2017 hampster82

My all time favorite dessert is Creme de Menthe Mint Brownies. In my previous life, I would make brownies from a box mix, cover it with a layer of creamy mint goodness and then top with an easy chocolate ganache. We would put them in the freezer to save and eat throughout the month. See, in my family we could restrain ourselves to just 1 a day. But now, between the husband and kids, I have to stake my claim and eat them as fast as I can!  That doesn’t make me a bad mom, does it?   Over the…