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Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

24 Nov

My name is Jessica and I am a Pinterest Addict.
I’ve been obsessive compulsively pinning recipes on Pinterest.  Quite honestly, I need a life.  I decided to actually start making some of the 800+ recipes that I’ve hoarded.  This is one of them.  It was very yummy!

This recipe came from this pretty blog.  Gotta give credit where credit is due 🙂 How Sweet It Is

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Serves 18

⅓ cups Water
1 can Pureed Pumpkin (15 Oz)
2 whole Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 box Yellow Cake Mix (18 Ounce Box)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Brown Sugar, Divided
½ cups Flour
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
¼ cups Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ cups Heavy Whipping Cream

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl mix together the water, pumpkin, eggs, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. Add the cake mix and baking soda and mix until just combined.

Grease a 9×13 pan with butter and pour batter into pan.

In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and melted butter. Use your fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the glaze, combine the other 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.

When cake is finished baking, poke holes in the top with a toothpick. Pour glaze over the cake, making sure to cover all surfaces. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.


Jessica Bakes a Cake. (Yes, this really happened.)

18 Jun

Ok, so here is Pinterest recipe attempt number two.  This weekend I decided to make a Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake.

First, I never really baked a cake before.  This one was still out of a box, but I still think that counts.  I did actually make the icing so I guess that is also a step in the right direction.  Second, my pics are still crappy because I was too lazy to use my good camera.

As always….here is what the cake is “supposed” to look like 🙂

(Recipe from easybaked.net)


  • One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
  • 8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
  • 1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
  • Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
  • 2cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
  • Fresh strawberries to garnish.


  • Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed.  Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.

What a surprise! I do not own a cooling rack. This is how they cooled and it was perfectly fine.

  • Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  • Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
  • Cut each cake layer in half.
  • Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake.  End with layer of filling.
  • Top with sliced strawberries.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.

I did a couple things differently.  I used pink lemonade mix for the icing.  I guess people went crazy for some lemonade Kool-Aid this weekend because there was absolutely NONE at the store.  I did not use yellow food coloring because the pink lemonade obviously turned the icing pink and I thought adding yellow to that would be a little odd.  Also,  I did not cut each layer in half for two reasons: 1. Because I’m a spaz.  and 2. Because I was advised by several people that since I am not an experienced cake baker I should probably hold off on that for a little while.  Overall, the cake was very good.  It is very refreshing and light.  It would be something good to bring to a BBQ or just for a yummy treat on a hot summer day.  It was very “lemony”.  I LOVEEE me some lemon so I didn’t mind.  But for people who aren’t into lemon that much I would recommend using less lemonade mix…maybe half a packet.  So….here is the end result!  Not so bad if I do say so myself 🙂

Hostess Sno Balls- Little Pillows of Happiness

4 Jun

One thing in this world that I really LOVE are Hostess Sno Balls.  These coconut covered marshmallows with cream filled chocolate cake inside are like little fluffy pillows of happiness.  Who wouldn’t love a combination of such deliciousness?

My favorite thing about Sno Balls (besides the yumminess) is that they come in all different colors.  My favorite of course are the pink ones…obviously.  During Halloween they sell them in orange.  During St. Patty’s day they sell them in green, and I even saw them in bright blue….not really sure what that was for.  And of course there’s the traditional white ones.

I found a recipe for a giant “Sno Ball” cake.  I am going to attempt to bake this at some point in my life and will keep you posted with the results.  Keep in mind, I pretty much suck at baking but I will give it my best shot.  So…do yourself a favor and head to the grocery store, 7-11, Quick Check, or any gas station with a convenience store and buy yourself some Sno Balls.  You won’t be disappointed.

My Top Five Favorite Road Trip Foods!

2 Jun

One of my favorite things about road trips is stocking up on lots of delicious snacks to take along for the ride and/or stopping somewhere along the way for a yummy meal.  Here you will find a list of my top five favorite foods to eat on a road trip.  You’re welcome.

1. Sno Balls- Little pillows of happiness!  (Only the pink ones)



2. M&M’s (Any kind works…but I prefer peanut!)


3. Pringles-  Classic duck lips picture below.



Heading south???

4. Waffle House-  The classiest waffle joint you will ever come across.


5. Cracker Barrel-  If it ain’t fried it ain’t cooked!  I love me some chicken fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, pecan pie, and a giant glass of sweet tea.