Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

Happy Halloween!! These muffins are so fun for holidays! I picked up a $10 skull pan from target to make them extra spooky. You could definitely use a muffin tin as well. I made them for our kids sleep over and everyone was so excited!

The muffin batter is insanely easy and the light cheesecake filling comes from whipping the cream cheese mixture until it looks like whipped cream. You can use any fruit filling. Pumpkin or apple butter would also be amazing. We liked the cherries for the spook factor 😂

Ingredients:

1/2 cups of apple cider

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

3 tbsp of melted salted butter

2 tbsp of vanilla extract 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1 tsp of nutmeg 

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp baking soda 

2 cups of AP flour 

Topping 

1/2 granulated sugar 

3 tbsps of cinnamon

Filling

8 oz of room temp cream cheese

8 oz of room temp butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of heavy cream

1 cup of fruit filling

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and spices together.

Add in the apple cider,melted butter, vanilla and eggs.

Do not over mix. The batter should be thick.

I like putting my batter into a ziplock for more control but you can spoon out as well.

Grease or spray your pan. Add in the batter. Filling 3/4 of the way. (These will rise!)

Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and set.

Roll in the cinnamon sugar and let cool.

Whip the butter and cream cheese on high for 2-3 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the cream in, a little at a time. Mix on high. You may not need all the cream. You are just looking for a thick whipped cream texture. Refrigerate while the muffins cool.

I like using the handle of a spoon to hollow out the middles of the muffins.

Fill half way with the cream cheese mixture and top with a spoonful of fruit.

Let me know if you try these out!! Enjoy!

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Spiced Apple Cider Cake

This September marks 7 years for kelliericecakes.com! It is hard to believe how much time has passed! To celebrate I made a spiced apple cider cake with thick cream cheese espresso frosting, apple butter layers, and candied pecans.

I know these layers look extra thick, but the frosting is more cream cheese and not as sweet. I wanted to have an extra creamy no bake cheese cake vibe.

I bought a roll of cake collars online. It is hard for me to decorate any other way because this is so simple and easy! I froze the cake layers, then as I built I sprinkled them with apple cider, a layer of apple butter, hearty layer of frosting and repeat. When you peel the plastic back you have a rustic mess free layer cake!

This is the PERFECT fall cake! All of the sweet spiced bites remind me of everything I love during the fall season.

Ingredients

For the cake-

1 box of spice cake

3 room temperature eggs plus 1 yolk

1 cup of apple sauce unsweet

1 cup of apple cider plus more for sprinkling on the cakes

1 tbsp of Rodelle Vanilla Paste or vanilla extract

For the frosting-

16 oz room temp cream cheese

1 stock of salted butter

1 tbsp Rodelle Vanilla Paste or vanilla extract

2 tbsp instant espresso

2 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp of shortening or coconut oil

Apple butter

Candied pecans

(I found both at my local grocery store)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

Prepare three 6 inch cake pans

Mix the cake mix, eggs, apple sauce, vanilla paste, and apple cider

Pour evenly into cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or until the middles are set

* I prefer to freeze my layers for easier building, but you are welcome to let them cool and use right away.

Beat the cream cheese, shortening, butter, espresso and vanilla paste. Slowly add the powered sugar.

I go back and forth with the cream and sugar until the frosting is thick and creamy. You just don’t want it to be too sweet.

Take one cake layer on a flat surface and wrap with a cake collar. I find them on Amazon for $10 a roll.

Use a piece of tape to secure.

Sprinkle a tsp of apple cider over the layer. Spread a layer of apple butter, top with cream cheese mix, add your next cake layer and repeat. Finish with frosting and pecan pieces.

Happy fall baking!

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Fall is finally here! I go back and forth between pumpkin and apples. Honestly, I would have been baking with both way sooner if my family had let me 😂. These very easy baked apple cider donuts are a perfect way to dip into the season!

I bought my donut pan at Target for $10! You can use a muffin tin as well. The easiest way to fill the donut tin is to fill a ziplock with batter and snip the corner. It makes things way less messy.

These last up to 4 days in a sealed container or ziplock. I actually prefer them the day after so all the sugar soaks into the outside.

Ingredients

2 cups of apple cider

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

3 tbsp of browned butter

2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups of AP flour

Topping

1/2 granulated sugar

3 tbsps of cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Heat apple cider to a simmer. Let reduce to half.

Mix your sugars and cooled butter. (You can also just melt the butter, but browning it gives a little extra something)

Add in the egg and vanilla

Once your apple cider has reduced let cool and add to your wet ingredients

Mix in the dry ingredients- flour, spices, baking soda and powder.

Mix until everything is just combined. Don’t overmix it’s ok if it is a little lumpy

Grease or spray your pan

Pour batter into a ziplock. Cut the corner and fill pan 3/4 of the way

Bake for ten minutes or until golden

Mix your remaining sugar and cinnamon, dip donuts while still warm

These donuts are delicious alone or with a hot cup of espresso!

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Pumpkin Banana Snack Cake

I was going to wait until September 1st to share this recipe, but it is just too good not to share! Plus I am sure we all have overly ripe bananas hanging out!

This cake is so light and fluffy with banana chunks. The brown sugar topping keeps it from drying out. I played around with a lot of different sugar combos and dark brown sugar works the best!

This is best kept at room temperature wrapped up for 3 days. (If it lasts that long!)

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas

1 can of organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

2 eggs room temperature

1 stick of salted butter softened

1 cup packed dark brown sugar (plus more for topping)

2 tbsp of vanilla extract (or pumpkin spice extract if you have it!)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp nutmeg

1 3/4 cups of AP flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line baking dish with parchment or grease to prepare

I prefer a standard brownie tin square but a loaf pan works too!

Mix sugar and butter until whipped

Add banana and pumpkin until incorporated

Add eggs and vanilla

Add in the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix.

Sprinkle brown sugar over the top. You don’t have to cover every inch because the sugar is going to melt into a yummy crust!

Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake has risen and middle is set.

You can eat it right away, but we actually prefer it the next day! The brown sugar melts into the cake and it is absolutely magical!

Enjoy!

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Cherry Cobbler

My whole life I have loved anything with cherries. I can never understand how someone could prefer apples or peaches. This cherry cobbler is so easy to put together, but has so much flavor!

I can make this entire dessert in 30 minutes. My kids always think I am a magician. Second best part? Your entire house with smell incredible.

Something about the brown sugar with the almond extract and oats just makes it really special. You could definitely swap out for another fruit, but in my option the nothing compares to a tart cherry.

In the notes I added you can brown the butter. I definitely recommend if you have the time. It adds an extra layer of depth and nuttiness that pairs perfectly with the oats.

You can eat alone warm or top with vanilla ice cream. Fresh whipped cream would also be delicious!

Ingredients

1/4 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 cup of quick oats

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup of melted salted butter (brown the butter for extra flavor!)

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 cans of low sugar cherry pie filling

1 tbsp of Rodelle Almond Extract

1 tbsp of Rodelle Vanilla Extract

Parchment paper and an oven friendly dish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter and add in 1 tsp cinnamon, almond extract, brown sugar, flour, oats.

Mix until you have a very dry crumble. You can even use your hands to break up the butter and sugar.

Mix together remaining cinnamon, vanilla, and cherries.

Prepare a dish with parchment. Add the cherry filling. Top with the crumble.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm!

I added the links to my favorite extracts above. You can also search the site directly or check your local Walmart! Using quality extract makes a huge difference in getting those intense flavors without an artificial aftertaste.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cake

This is such a fun way to make chocolate cake. Deep chocolate fudge cake topped with the crackled meringue and fresh whipped cream. It is a cross between a brownie and macaron.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to try something a little different. When Patrick and I first started dating I would make a dark chocolate cake for two. This reminds me a lot of that flavor profile, but instead of icing a nice crispy meringue topper.

We used strawberries, but raspberries would be equally delicious. Between the fudge cake and meringue I drizzled hazelnut spread for a little extra richness.

Ingredients-

2 cups of dark chocolate

3/4 stick of salted butter

1/4 cup AP flour

3/4 cup of almond flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar divided

1 vanilla bean scraped or tbsp vanilla bean paste

6 eggs, 4 separated

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Whipped cream and berries for topping

Directions-

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melted butter and chocolate together. In sauce pan or microwave for one minute on high. Add 1/4 cup sugar and brown sugar.

Let cool slightly and whisk in two eggs plus 4 egg yolks. Add in your vanilla bean/ paste. Mix in the salt, AP flour, and almond flour.

Pour into a lined spring form pan. I used an 8in pan for height and put parchment paper down to prevent leaking.

Bake for 25 minutes or until just set enough to hold the meringue.

Warm your hazelnut spread and drizzle over the cake. This does not need to be perfect.

Whip the remaining egg whites and sugar together. Add in the cream of tartar as it whips.

Once the egg whites are glossy and slightly stiff, slowly fold in the cocoa powder. Do not mix, whip, or go to fast. This will deflate your eggs to crumbles.

Spoon over the cake and slightly spread.

Bake for another 20 minutes or until the meringue is set. It will have a slight crust to it.

Let cool and top with whipped cream and berries!

My favorite Cocoa Power is from Rodelle. You can get a giant bag that lasts forever and adds the perfect dark chocolate richness.

Sprinkles I found at Homegoods!

If you want an even more dramatic top just add two more egg whites to the meringue mix.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry Poundcake

Poundcake is one of those things that can be tough and dry or sweet and creamy. I have always loved recipes that use a lot of heavy whipping cream, but this time I wants to try something a little different. This strawberry poundcake is reminiscent of a danish. Light crust with a moist cake and lots of berry flavor.

I served this cake on Mother’s Day for a light brunch. I forgot to take a picture, but we whipped a big batch of vanilla whipped cream to top our bites. You could also cut the cake into cubes and make a trifle with strawberries and whipped cream.

This cake is not too sweet so you can have it with a cup of coffee or as dessert after dinner!

I used my all time favorite Rodelle vanilla paste in combination with their vanilla extract. This seriously gives the most delicious vanilla flavor.

Mixing the vanilla with strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries create the perfect balance when you add the cream cheese. I bet you could even slice this into bread sized pieces for some insane French toast!

Strawberry Poundcake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups salted butter
  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 0.5 cups sugar
  • 0.5 cups sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 0.5 cup seedless strawberry preserves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Rodelle Vanilla Paste
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat to 325 degrees
    Grease or spray down a cake pan/ bundt pan
    Whip butter and cream cheese
    Add in sugar
    Whip until light and fluffy
    Add in sour cream, vanilla, and eggs
    Add strawberries and preserves
    Slowly pour in flour and baking powder
    Mix until just incorportated, careful not to over mix
    Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown

Enjoy!

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Caramel Espresso Chip Cookies

What is it about Christmas that just makes you crave warm cups of espresso? Or is it just me?? These cookies are inspired from one of my favorite drinks. Espresso with caramel and mocha sauce.

These chewy chocolate chip cookies have dark chocolate chips, espresso chips, and are stuffed with caramel. They are perfect for any holiday cookie exchange or late night snack!

I created these cookies as part of the #rodellebakingchallenge ! I am so excited to share their give away. If you have been following me for a while you know the Rodelle vanilla extract is my all time favorite.

Ingredients

1 stick room temperature salted butter

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

3/4 cup of light brown sugar packed

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of instant vanilla pudding mix

2 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla extract

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup espresso chips

12 chewy baking caramels

Directions

Preheat oven to 350

In a mixer whip the butter and sugars

Add in the extract, eggs and pudding mix

Slowly mix the cinnamon, baking soda and flour

Hand fold in the chips to prevent over mixing

Roll into 12 even balls

Push the caramel into the middle of each until covered

Flatten slightly to the size you like these do not spread much

Decorate with sprinkles!

If you do not have espresso chips just add another cup of dark chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of instant espresso powder

Enter to win Rodelle’s baking challenge! Follow @rodellevanilla on Instagram. Bake one of the influencer collab recipes and tag them at #rodellebakingchallenge !

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Cookies and Cream Spider Cake

We had a wild Halloween weekend filled with kids! Friday the kids dressed up and we went to a food truck event. I was so excited about my Chicago dog until I saw Patrick’s bulgogi tacos. Everything was delicious and the weather was gorgeous!

On Saturday the nephews came so we had 5 kids ranging between 6-11. They convinced me that we just had to have a cake for dessert.

When I was checking out at target I saw these unicorn chips so I already had cookie dough resting.

I baked three layers of dark chocolate cake and whipped up a true chocolate buttercream. I always use a good quality cocoa powder and salted butter. Rodelle gourmet cocoa is my favorite.

After evening out my layers, I crumbed the scraps and set them to the side. I made a vanilla buttercream and added my cake crumbs for my cookies and cream frosting.

The spider was actually super easy. I used more cake scraps and shaped it before dipping in melted chocolate. Then just piped frosting on top.

I frosted the entire cake including layers with the chocolate buttercream before going back over with the cookies and cream frosting.

Decorate any spooky way you want!

Ingredients

Chocolate cake layers from your favorite recipe or box mix

6 cups of powdered sugar

2 sticks of salted butter

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup of chocolate chips melted

Sprinkles, cookies and candies for decorating

Directions

Beat 1 stick of butter, 1 tbsp of vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa powder

Add in 3 cups of powdered sugar slowly using up to 1/4 cup of cream until you have desired consistency

Mix the remaining butter, sugar and vanilla add in some crumbs from your chocolate cake scraps whip with the remaining cream until light and airy

Frost the layers and do your crumb coat with chocolate buttercream

Finish frosting with the vanilla

Use melted chocolate for web designs or your chocolate spider

Decorate as desired!

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Bee Sting Cake

We spent our mini moon after the wedding in a tiny German inspired town. One of the big things I noticed was all the baked goods were light and airy with some sort of almond topping.

I really wanted to try making a classic Bee Sting Cake. A cross between a bread and cake with honey vanilla pastry cream. I always start out thinking my recipe will be classic, but then I start adding ingredients until it is very loosely based on the original. I couldn’t help but add cinnamon and brown sugar. The flavors just all pair soooo well together!

The texture is much lighter than bread, but still has that yeast feel. The crumble on top of the cake is the only truly sweet element. I added fresh whip cream to really turn it into a summer dessert.

This cake was the perfect time to break out my favorite Rodelle vanilla ingredients! The vanilla bean paste is my all time favorite. That plus the vanilla extract definitely intensify the honey.

Ingredients

For the cream –

3 egg yolks

2 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla bean paste

1 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla extract

1 tbsp of cornstarch

1/4 cup of honey

1/2 cup of sugar

1 1/3 cup of whole milk

For the cake-

2 eggs

1/2 cup of salted butter

2 cups of AP flour

1/2 cup of warm whole milk

1 packet or 2 1/2 tbsp of dry active yeast

1/2 cup of sugar

2 tbsp of honey

1 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla extract

1 tsp of salt

For the topping-

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

Directions

For the pastry cream-

In a sauce pan heat half the sugar, vanilla paste, vanilla extract, and milk until almost boiling. Little bubbles will rise to the surface. Reduce to medium low.

In a bowl mix egg yolks, honey and remaining sugar.

Add the egg yolk mixture to the sauce pan. Whisk continuously to avoid the eggs from curdling.

In a separate bowl mix the cornstarch with a little water to make a paste. Add to the sauce pan.

Whisk over medium high heat until the cream has thickened and coats the back of the spoon.

Let cool and set the in fridge. I like placing plastic wrap into the top to avoid skin texture from forming.

For the cake-

In a mixer (with a dough hook) add the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until the yeast bubbles.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix until ingredients are fully incorporated. The dough will look like a cross between bread dough and cake batter. Slightly loose and sticky.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes to an hour.

You can grease a 9 inch cake pan or use parchment paper. I prefer parchment.

Place dough in lines pan and spread the best you can. Just try and keep everything even.

Top with the honey, brown sugar, and almonds.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until set.

Let cool before slicing the cake into two layers.

Spread the cooled pastry cream on the bottom layer before placing on the top layer.

Serve with fresh whipped cream if you like!

Definitely made for impressing guests, but would be great for a not too sweet brunch!

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