Dessert

  • Trader Joe’s No-Bake Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake Recipe Hack

    November 9, 2020Van

    Being an avid baker my whole life, I almost never buy cakes, especially from a grocery store. I kept hearing about Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake and I had to try it, I’m amazed at how good it is and how much it tastes like it’s homemade. The cake is moist…

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  • Trader Joe’s St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

    October 29, 2020Van

    Gooey Butter Cake is a classic American recipe that originated in St. Louis in the 1930’s, over the years it’s transformed into this easy and simplified version using cake mix. There are two layers, the bottom is a chewy, buttery vanilla cake that has caramelized edges and the “gooey” topping is made with cream cheese,…

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  • EASY No-Bake Mooncake Recipe using Vanilla Joe-Joe’s or Oreos

    October 1, 2020Van

    Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu, which is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It’s day to celebrate the harvest, spend quality time with your kids – spoiling them with toys, their favorite foods, paper lanterns & treats such as mooncakes. I wanted to make another batch of mooncakes…

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  • Instant Pot Snow Skin Mooncakes with Coconut Mung Bean Filling Recipe – Bánh Dẻo Trung Thu

    September 29, 2020Van

    purchased hereTết Trung Thu or Mid-Autumn Festival is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, which is in September or early October – this year it lands on October 1, 2020 when the fullest moon will appear.  It’s day to…

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  • Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s IceBox Cake Recipe (No-Bake)

    September 22, 2020Van

    A super simple and easy no-bake icebox cake made using Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s and Pumpkin Butter. I used a 6 inch springform pan so it would have a “cake” look, but you can also make this in a pie dish.

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  • Mastro’s Warm Butter Cake Recipe

    September 17, 2020Van

    I drained my bank account so you don’t have to – I use to live 5 minutes from Mastro’s Steakhouse so it was a little too easy to pick one of these warm butter cakes for “research”, after tax and tip, you’re looking at $25+ for 1 small cake! There’s a reason why almost everyone…

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  • Instant Pot Strawberry Mochi Recipe

    September 4, 2020Van

    Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made with sweet rice flour – it’s soft, squishy & chewy – the texture is like soft gummy bear & marshmallow mixed together – if you want to learn more about the laborious traditional way of making mochi, watch this cool video.  If you’re a mochi lover, this Strawberry…

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  • Instant Pot Coconut Cheesecake Recipe

    September 2, 2020Van

    My husband loves coconut, so I decided to make him a coconut cheesecake – it was perfect timing that it happens to be World Coconut Day! This Coconut Cheesecake is perfectly creamy, the toasted coconut flakes give it a nice textural variance and to boost the coconut flavor even more, I used coconut cookies for…

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  • Instant Pot Matcha Mochi Recipe

    September 1, 2020Van

    Mochi is one of my family’s favorite treats, anytime we’re at our favorite Japanese market, Mitsuwa Market – my kids always ask for a sweet rice cakes or mochi ice cream – it’s soft, chewy and slightly sweet. If you want to learn more about the laborious traditntal way of making mochi, watch this cool…

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  • Hatch Green Chile Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Recipe

    August 30, 2020Van

    I love Santa Fe. Everything about the city is magical. On my first trip there almost a decade ago I ventured into a tiny cupcake shop called “Dream Cakes” near the plaza. One particular cupcake caught my eye—green chili and cornbread cupcake. What!??? All of the traditional flavors of New Mexico married together in an…

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