Posts Tagged ‘cake’

Well, what do you know? Today’s recipe comes from another Chicagogrammer!! Today we have Lephan on the gorgeous blog, Macarons & Lavender, coming at you with a super duper easy cookie recipe. Cause it’s December 19, and let’s not complicate the holidaze anymore than we have to, shall we? These lovelies use boxed cake mix to make your life easy and breezy this time of year!


Funfetti Cookies


  • 2 pkg Pillsbury Moist Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 Eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting optional
  • 1 tbsp. Colored Sprinkles for optional topping
  • 3 tbsp. Colored Sprinkles for batter

For the rest of the recipe with instructions, visit Lephan over at Macarons & Lavender. Oh, and follow her on Instagram, in case you want to be jealous of her recent trip to Charleston!!

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If you’ve been following along with my blog for the first 14 days of December (hi, Mom!), you’ve probably noticed that I’m featuring a lot of Chicagogrammers on here! And rightly so, because they’re a fantastic bunch of creative, amazing people!! Today we have the most special, wonderful-looking cake from Danielle at The Every Kitchen. She’s Registered Dietician, so clearly, this cake is a health food! Take a look at the gorgeous photos below, and don’t forget to click over at the end for the rest of the recipe! This cake looks like a million bucks, but it actually seems pretty simple to put together. Hooray for icebox cakes!


Gingersnap Icebox Cake with Cranberry Mascarpone Whipped Cream


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, plus more for garnish
  • cheesecloth
  • 3 cups cold heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 large box gingersnaps (like Nabisco)

For the rest of the recipe with full instructions, please visit Danielle over at The Every Kitchen.



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Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Caitlin over at Public Lives Secret Recipes hits us with a fried chicken layer cake. It’s got all your favorite savory ingredients – layers of cornbread with mashed potato “frosting,” and some delicious fried chicken atop. Main Squeeze has a birthday coming up, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to make this for him!! Shhh, don’t tell him, but don’t worry, he too sometimes forgets I’m a famous blogger and forgets to read!


Fried Chicken, Cornbread, & Mashed Potatoes Layer Cake

  • 3 boxes of cornbread
  • 4 boxes of mashed potatoes (you want about 30 oz. of mashed potatoes when you’re finished)
  • pecans
  • Fried chicken

For the full amazing recipe with instructions, please visit Caitlin at Public Lives Secret Recipes!


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Remember just the other day when I told you I have an obsession with doughnuts? Yep, still going strong, and I’m just so unbelievably excited to tell you about this crazy amazing invention from Jeff over at Make it Like a Man…which is how I make most things anyway. But, back to the exciting parts – IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me be clear. IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my mind is blown like this, it’s really hard to blog. So why don’t I just regale you with the pictures and ingredients, and be sure to pop on over and say “omg, thank you so much” to Jeff for coming up with A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherry Cakeunaught

Cherry Cakeughnut, aka Day-Old-Doughnut Coffee Cake


  • 5-6 large, day-old doughnuts
  • 1 yellow cake mix (which may require additional ingredients, such as eggs and oil)
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, optionally
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 sixteen-oz cans pie filling, any flavor

Yep, yep, praise be to Jeff for the one, the only CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Visit him at Make it Like a Man for the full recipe. 

Donake Original Cakeunaught

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Whoa. Whoa. For today’s recipe, I bring you – via the lovely and talented Caitlin, of Public Lives, Secret Recipes – the most fabulous-looking Cinnamon Bun Layered Cake the internet has ever laid eyes upon.

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

No – your eyes do not deceive you. That’s a whole lotta cream cheese frosting in the middle there. And on top – let’s not forget the frosting on the top. Whoa. I mean, obviously I won’t be making this without help from people who know what they’re doing, but I think it’s safe to assume this is a schedule-clearing cake that needs to be made asap. You know, to test out, before I make another…and another.

Thanks again to Caitlin, who kindly volunteered to have one of her recipes features on D@MD’s salute to the best recipes of the holidaze!

Cinnamon Bun Layered Cake



  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light almond milk (buttermilk will work too!)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • for filling:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp cinnamon, to taste


  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ stick unsalted butter

Ah, you’ll have to visit Public Lives, Secret Recipes for the instructions, but obviously that will be something you’ll want to do, since I’m betting this cake is now on your holiday to-make list, too. 

Cinnabun Layered Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake


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A million years ago (4), I decided to post a recipe of the day all 31 days of December. Let’s do that again, or at least act like I’m going to post something on my blog everyday in December, you know, like I did 3 years ago!

Without further adieu, today’s recipe of the day is something I actually made for my giant family Thanksgiving celebration last week. A TOTAL hit and crazy easy, this is the kind of cake in which there are no leftovers.

Better Than Sex Pumpkin Poke Cake

I’ll have you click on over to Something Swanky for the recipe, but just a few quick notes on the recipe: 1) Just the pumpkin and cake mix was delicious, no poking required. If you’re looking for a light, diet-y dessert, just make that. 2) I skipped the caramel sauce, claiming it didn’t need it and would be too rich if added. I really just forgot to get it at the store, but in actuality, it doesn’t need it. Do what you want about that. 3) I also think crushed Butterfinger would be amazing instead of Heath.

Better than _ _ _ Pumpkin Poke Cake

(Hey, my Mom reads this!!)


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 14 oz pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. tub cool whip
  • 1/2 bag Heath Bits
  • Caramel Sundae Sauce

Directions: for the rest of the directions and full recipe, please visit the original post on Something Swanky.

Better Than Sex Cake

Images courtesy of Something Swanky


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