Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Tres Leches

I find tres leches to be a little boring flavor-wise so I upped the flavor game with Mexican vanilla bean and cinnamon whipped cream. You’ll never go back to another tres leches once you’ve had a bite of this! Photography by Darling Photography  Tres leches is a Mexican milk cake. It’s a basic 9×13 yellow…

Caramel Apple Cake

An easy apple cake with caramel icing I don’t make a lot of sheet cakes because I love the drama of a tiered cake but for this I make an exception. I bake this cake every fall and start looking forward to it on Independence Day! If you’ve never made an apple cake before, you’re…

How to Make Bread Cones

These handheld treats as fun to make as they are to eat! This is for all my Disneyland fans out there. I was determined to serve bread cones stuffed with mac ‘n’ cheese at Disney Dinners: Cars because the Cozy Cone Motel serves up bread cones at the park. These are so fun to make…

Amaretto Milkshakes

Disaronno goes down so smooth in a vanilla milkshake!  Why don’t I make milkshakes more often? This really hit the spot! None of my guests believed me that there was alcohol in this milkshake. Each milkshake has a shot of amaretto in an otherwise vanilla milkshake. Amaretto is an almond liquor that goes down so nice, it’s…

Dark Chocolate Doughnuts

These super soft doughnuts pack a ton of dark chocolate flavor  I tested so many chocolate doughnut recipes before settling on this one. It’s light and fluffy with a deep, dark chocolate flavor. These are baked, not fried, so they’re much healthier than your average doughnut and super moist from the buttermilk. Little known fact:…

Hercules Cake

A twelve layer cake covered in edible gold! This cake is epic. Epic like Hercules. In fact, it has twelve layers, one for each of the twelve labors of Hercules. It’s a fiori di sicilia (orange-vanilla; you could easily make it vanilla if you prefer) cake with honey frosting covered in edible gold. Yes, Edible….

Ice Cream Board

In an effort to post more entertaining ideas, I give you the Ice Cream Board. Think cheese board but instead of crackers and charcuterie, we have chocolate chips and cookies and everything else needed for a fabulous summer soiree. I’m going to confess this right off the bat: I technically used gelato. What can I…

Frozen Bananas

The perfect summertime treat! My family has an inside joke about frozen bananas. Once at Disneyland we were all picking afternoon treats and my dad saw a cart and said, “Ooh, how good does a frozen banana sound?” He was so excited to see what that meant and completely dismayed when the cast member handed…

Mini Pineapple Cheesecake

If you love pineapple, you’ll adore this dessert. The mini cheesecakes are rich and creamy and the pineapple is bright and cheerful. Pair with caramel sauce, coconut whipped cream, crunchy macadamia nuts, and toasted coconut, and you’ve got a luau-worthy dessert! I served these cuties at Disney Dinners: Moana and am proud to say that…

Coconut Muffins

I don’t want to be hyperbolic here, but this is the best muffin recipe on planet earth. I first ate this perfect morsel of coconut goodness at beautiful Montpelier Plantation and Beach on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I loved them so much that I begged my friends at Montpelier to give me the recipe,…