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Year-End Recap and the 10 Best Recipes of 2023

These are the 10 best recipes of 2023! Check out the most popular recipes from this site this past year, including cookies, bars, biscuits, and more! The recipes are found here on thewoodandspoon.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I cannot tell you how good it feels to say “2024.” Last year was a good one, for sure, but I love the idea of a fresh start. Unlike in past years, I’m entering this January pretty content- fewer resolutions and goals, but really happy about another year of days to spend with the people I love. Is “grateful” the word I’m looking for? Probably. 🙂

Today, I’m giving a bit of recap (a highlight reels, if you will), including the best recipes, tutorials, and more of 2023. Sit tight as we wrap up 2023.

Up first, HER DAILY BREAD!

I’d be remiss if I failed to remind you about my daily devotional (with recipes throughout!), Her Daily Bread. It’s a 365-day book with daily readings beginning on January 1st, and it’s the perfect little nugget to begin you year with. Personal stories, correlating scripture references, and bits of fun and hope sprinkled throughout make this the short and sweet one-a-day reading for the bakers, mothers, daughters, friends, and women in your life. You can find the book at all major booksellers, but I’ll share the amazon link HERE. Please give it a read- I really believe you’ll enjoy it.

Her Daily Bread Kate Wood and Spoon

10 Best Recipes of 2023

Before I get started, did you know I can track the most popular pages on this site? These 10 recipes below are the 10 Best Recipes of 2023- the most visited and baked treats on Wood & Spoon. To be honest, you guys have great taste- these are some of my faves, too. Whether you’re looking for a perfect chocolate chip cookie, my favorite maple pie, or the flakiest overnight buttermilk biscuits, you’re covered. Good job, y’all- you really know how to pick them.

1. Overnight Buttermilk Biscuits
2. Brownie Petit Fours
3. Salted Maple Pie
4. The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
5. Mini Cinnamon Rolls
6. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
7. Peppermint Bark Bread
8. My Best Mini Muffins
9. Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
10. Easy Chewy Brownies

Baking Tutorials

You guys also *loved* the tutorials in 2023, and you know what- I love that about you! We 100% can do new things and tackle challenging stuff in the kitchen. Whether you learned how to lattice a pie, make homemade ice cream, or bake pâte à choux, I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and into the kitchen. I’ll list the top 3 tutorial below, but you can check them all out HERE.

How to Make Homemade Caramel

    You Need to Know How to Make Caramel by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a tutorial with visual cues on how to caramelize sugar. Learn how to know when caramel is done, when to pull caramel off the heat, and how to prevent a crystallized, grainy caramel mess! Learning about caramel is an essential baking skill that you can master today! Read more here on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood caramel sauce, salted, spun sugar, drizzle


    Stacking a Layer Cake


    How to Stack a Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn the tips and how to for stacking pretty naked cakes and layer cakes from scratch homemade! Step by step tutorial with photos for learning can decorating for beginners. Learn about leveling cakes, crumb coats, filling a cake, piping borders, and more. On thewoodandspoon.com


    How to Whip Egg Whites


    You Need to Know How to Whip Egg Whites and Make Meringue Cookies. This is a tutorial on whipping egg whites to firm, stiff, soft, or foamy peaks and how to make a meringue! Learn how to make easter resurrection cookies with pecans and how to troubleshoot what went wrong with your egg whites. Why did they defeat, not fluff up, not whip, etc. Learn how to use up egg whites in this tutorial post on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

    What’s Next in 2024?

    I’m busy daydreaming about what’s to come in the days, weeks, and months that will follow this one. Please know that I just love having you be apart of this journey. I hope 2024 is our tastiest year yet. Happy 2024 and happy baking!

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to make this yummy textured Southern bundt cake filled with banana, coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple! This recipe is a Southern classic and is great for th spring and easter holidays. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

    With Easter just a hot minute away, I want to share a recipe that is perfect for the upcoming celebrations: hummingbird bundt cake. If you don’t know what a hummingbird cake is (I’m looking at you, Northerners!), no worries; just a few short years ago, I was completely in the dark too. We’ll get all up in it today.

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to make this yummy textured Southern bundt cake filled with banana, coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple! This recipe is a Southern classic and is great for th spring and easter holidays. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

    At the end of this month, on April 27th, Brett and I will celebrate our 10-year anniversary. The whole idea of 10 years spent with someone not only makes me feel super old, but also kind of amazes me. Somehow, in just a matter of years, our little town of Selma, AL has come to feel a lot like home. Despite having lived most of my life in parts of the US that are decidedly NOT southern, I’ve grown to love small town southern life. It feels like home.

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to make this yummy textured Southern bundt cake filled with banana, coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple! This recipe is a Southern classic and is great for th spring and easter holidays. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

    One of the earliest things I noticed about living in the South is that the food here is entirely different. It took no time for me to be introduced to sweet tea, fried pork chops, and smokey greens, but what I really came to love was the desserts. Where would I be without chess pies and banana pudding? Where would this website be without the influence of bourbon and old-fashioned cakes like today’s hummingbird bundt cake? Selma, AL has given me a whole lot more than a few new recipes, but I’m happy to celebrate at least a small slice of that goodness here today.

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to make this yummy textured Southern bundt cake filled with banana, coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple! This recipe is a Southern classic and is great for th spring and easter holidays. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake

    So, you may be asking: “What even is hummingbird cake?” Hummingbird cakes are simple spice cakes that originated in the Caribbean. They have been a fixture in the South ever since coming to America. Sweetened with banana, pineapple, and coconut, the cakes are incredibly moist and flavorful too. I love the added texture from the coconut and chopped pecans, although the sweet cream cheese glaze doesn’t hurt either. If you’re reading all of this thinking it sounds like some kind of weird spring-y fruit cake, don’t worry- while the fruit adds underlying flavor and loads of moisture, it’s more of a background flavor.

    Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to make this yummy textured Southern bundt cake filled with banana, coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple! This recipe is a Southern classic and is great for th spring and easter holidays. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

    f you’re looking for more of a traditional stacked cake, be sure to check out this hummingbird layer cake. The bundt makes a terrific Easter dessert and can even serve a crowd. Can’t you see it decked out with little speckled egg candies? Plus, it can be made in a single bowl. What a win-win!

    If you plan to entertain this Easter, give this hummingbird bundt cake a try! Happy Easter, y’all!

    If you like this hummingbird bundt cake, you should try:

    Bourbon Bundt Cake
    Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake
    Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
    Carro Bundt Cake
    Blood Orange Bundt Cake

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    Hummingbird Bundt Cake

    This hummingbird bundt cake is a spring southern classic filled with pecans and coconut and sweetened with pineapple and banana.

    • Author: Kate wood, Adapted from Southern Living
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 60
    • Total Time: 130
    • Yield: 12 Servings
    • Category: Cake

    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
    • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

    For the glaze:

    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 12 tablespoons milk

    Instructions

    To make the cake:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt pan with at least a 10-cup capacity.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
    3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat oil, vanilla, and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    4. In a separate bowl, mix together banana, pineapple, pecans, and coconut. Add to egg mixture; stir until well combined. Add flour mixture; blend well.
    5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 25 minute and then invert onto a cooling rack to completely cool.
    6. To frost the cake, prepare the glaze. Combine the cream cheese and unsalted butter in a large bowl, stirring with a hand mixer to combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of millk, stirring on low to combine. Add additional milk as needed to get the desired consistency. Be careful not to add too much or the glaze won’t stay on your cake! Spoon the icing over the cake and serve once set.

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    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    With St. Patrick’s Day coming up tomorrow, I have been thinking about all the things we chalk up to luck: things like the weather, a catch made by our favorite team, or even a good hair day. Over the years, I’ve given luck a whole bunch of credit to luck without really considering if there was more at play. Is the goodness in my life really just an accident, something that happened by chance? Or is it possible that all of the “luck” in my life is actually a gift offered intentionally for me at the very moment I need it? Before we dive into this cinnamon streusel bread, let’s talk about favor.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Favor

    A friend of mine from church introduced the concept of favor to me a few years ago. She didn’t throw it on me or force me to accept her version of things as truth; instead she offered up her perspective for my consideration. The idea, basically, is this: God loves us. He wants good things for us. And He’s always at work on our behalf. Could it be possible that every good thing in our life is not just luck or a result of our own actions but, instead, a little sign of love from God? What if that open parking space, the dollar bill in the back of old jeans, or various other happy coincidences are really just nuggets of favor lavished on you by a loving Father? My mind was blown.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    The following week, I saw evidence of it all around me. It seemed that the more I looked out for the good things in my life, the more I found them. Perfect weather at a picnic I planned for friends? A last-minute opening at a restaurant I’ve been dying to go to? Even a single afternoon in my home where everyone is content and joyful and kind to one another. I began to look at each one of those things as a gift and the end result was a whole lot of love and gratitude.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.
    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Now, I’m all in. At times, I forget to look for signs of grace and love at work in my life, but the second I open my eyes again, it’s all around me. My kids, new opportunities, the magnolia tree blooming outside of my room, or even just a wildly pink streak of clouds in a dusky sunset- it’s all favor, all love. Anyways.. just for for thought. 🙂

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    Now, onto the main event: cinnamon streusel brad. I’ve continued my venture to bake more breakfast items, and this cinnamon streusel bread is serious. Honestly guys, I love it so much. Soft cakey insides, a swirl of brown sugar and cinnamon throughout, and a crumbly topping. It’s truly so delicious and the perfect thing to enjoy for breakfast (or dessert??) this weekend. Let me tell you how to make it.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    First we start with the batter. Butter, oil, and two kinds of sugar come together with eggs and vanilla. Flour and leavening come next with a splash of buttermilk. Next comes the topping. Flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter stir together until dry clumps form. We layer the batter in a prepared pan and swirl in the cinnamon sugar filling. Finish it off with the crumble and bake for an hour or until a clean toothpick comes out. Voila!

    Give this cinnamon streusel bread a try and lmk what you think! Happy Thursday, Happy St. Patty’s and Happy Baking!

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    If you like this cinnamon streusel bread you should try:

    Coffee Cake Muffins
    Banana Bread Cake
    Banana Zucchini Bread
    Mom’s Homemade Bread
    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

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    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    This cinnamon streusel bread is a fluffy coffee cake swirled with a cinnamon sugar filling and topped with brown sugar crumble!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 60
    • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Yield: 1 Loaf
    • Category: Breakfast Bread

    Ingredients

    For the batter:

     

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 cups cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2/3 cup full-fat buttermilk

    For the filling:

    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon

    For the streusel:

    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5” loaf pan and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat on low just until almost combined. Add the buttermilk, stir, and then mix in the remaining flour. Beat on low until the batter is smooth and uniform, but do not over-mix. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth. Top with the streusel. Add the remaining batter and smooth. Finally, prepare the streusel. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Stir in the melted butter, just until clumps form. Sprinkle on top. Bake in the pre-heated oven about 50-60 minutes or until the top is domed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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    Ashley Mac’s Strawberry Cake

    Ashley's Mac's Strawberry Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is the recipe for the famous strawberry layer cake from Alabama chain restaurant. The recipe comes from Ashley McMakin's new book! Learn how to make a yummy pink strawberry celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    It’s not often that popular restaurants will share their cult-following recipes, but today, you’re in luck! My food world friend, Ashley, owner of Ashley Mac’s Kitchen, has written her first cookbook. It is full of recipes from her restaurant and other family faves, including her beloved desserts. So today, I get to share one- Ashley Mac’s Strawberry Cake .

    Ashley's Mac's Strawberry Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is the recipe for the famous strawberry layer cake from Alabama chain restaurant. The recipe comes from Ashley McMakin's new book! Learn how to make a yummy pink strawberry celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    Several years ago, when I was working on a proposal for a cookbook, I began the hunt for the best strawberry cake. After some time, I landed on a recipe that I loved, but still, nothing could ever top the gold standard I had in mind: Ashley Mac’s strawberry cake. Later, I ended up meeting Ashley and admired her treats and business savvy from afar via social media. Now, my hunt for the perfect strawberry cake recipe is over; truly, nothing is better than the one I get to share with you today.

    Ashley's Mac's Strawberry Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is the recipe for the famous strawberry layer cake from Alabama chain restaurant. The recipe comes from Ashley McMakin's new book! Learn how to make a yummy pink strawberry celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com
    Ashley's Mac's Strawberry Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is the recipe for the famous strawberry layer cake from Alabama chain restaurant. The recipe comes from Ashley McMakin's new book! Learn how to make a yummy pink strawberry celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    Ashley Mac’s Kitchen

    Ashley Mac’s strawberry cake is one of the many incredible recipes featured in the new cookbook, ASHLEY MAC’S KITCHEN. The recipes are seriously approachable with celebrations and gatherings in mind. So whether you’re looking for a casserole to share with a friend, a salad to serve at a potluck, or a themed dessert for the season you’re in, ASHLEY MAC’S KITCHEN has it. The book is officially available for pre-order TODAY, which you can do by following this link. If you live in the Birmingham, AL area (hollllaaaa!), you can pick up a book beginning March 20th. There will even be a few book signings too, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

    Ashley Mac’s Strawberry Cake

    Let’s talk cake. Here, we have a fluffy layered cake flavored with fresh strawberry puree and gelatin. The gelatin may sound kinda weird, but that’s where we get the iconic strawberry flavor, moist crumb, and pretty color. The frosting, in my opinion is the star: cream cheese and butter, powdered sugar, and minced berries. Truly, I could eat this frosting by the spoonful; it’s that good. The cake comes together quickly, and, IMO, is the happiest little thing this side of spring.

    Ashley's Mac's Strawberry Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is the recipe for the famous strawberry layer cake from Alabama chain restaurant. The recipe comes from Ashley McMakin's new book! Learn how to make a yummy pink strawberry celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    Please check out ASHLEY MAC’S KITCHEN, available for preorder, and give the book a try. I truly believe you’re going to love it. Happy Tuesday to y’all and happy baking!

    If you like this cake you should try:

    Strawberry Rhubarb Layer Cake
    Strawberry Icebox Pie
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Strawberries and Cream Pie
    Champagne and Strawberries Cake

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    Ashley Mac’s Strawberry Cake

    This strawberry cake recipe is famous from Ashley Mac’s Kitchen restaurants!

    • Author: Ashley McMakin
    • Prep Time: 20
    • Cook Time: 20
    • Total Time: 120
    • Yield: 1 (9″) Cake
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 cups sifted cake flour
    • 1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
    • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ cup whole milk, room temperature
    • ½ cup pureed fresh strawberries

    For the strawberry cream cheese icing:

    • 1/3 cup minced fresh strawberries
    • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    •  8 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 6 drops liquid red food coloring

    Instructions

    To make the cake:

    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 3 (9-inch) pans with baking spray with flour. Line the bottom of pans with parchment paper.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and oil at medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. 
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, gelatin, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and strawberries. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition and stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Evenly divide batter among prepared pans. 
    4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
    5. Place 1 cooled cake layer on a cake stand. Spread 1 ½ cups Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing between each layer; spread a thin layer of icing on top and sides of cake to crumb coat. Freeze until icing is set, about 45 minutes. Cover remaining icing and refrigerate while cake sets in freezer.
    6. Spread remaining strawberry cream cheese icing on top and sides of cake as desired. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. 

    To make the frosting:

    1. Let the strawberries drain on a double layer of paper towels.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, butter, and salt at medium-low speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. With mixer on low speed, slowly add confectioner’s sugar, about 1 cup at a time, beating until just combined. Add food coloring and beat at medium speed until combined, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in strawberries by hand. 

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    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake

    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com

    It’s hearts! It’s flowers! Yep- it must be Valentine’s Day! Today, today celebrate the very best lovey dovey holiday, I’m sharing a valentine sugar cookie cake. It’s a double decker sugar cookie filled and topped with yummy buttercream, and, yes, it’s totally delish. Let’s dive in!

    Remember a couple of years ago when those stacked cookie cakes in the shapes of numbers or letters were all the rage? Back then, I joined in on the fun by making cutouts of pie dough and filling them with a whipped cream mixture. It was a yummy trend, but TBH, I’m not over it yet. All those flowers and sprinkles and swirls of frosting are adorable and perfect for this time of year. So I’m bringing it back with this valentine sugar cookie cake. Here, two layers of soft-baked sugar cookie are filled with a simple American buttercream before being piped and stacked together. It’s as cute as it is delicious!

    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com

    Making the Cake

    To make this valentine sugar cookie cake, we start by printing the stencil. Click this link to get the stencil I used, or feel free to make your own! The recipe will provide enough dough for two shapes just smaller than a sheet of printer paper. Print out the stencil at full size and cut out.

    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com
    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com

    Next, make the cookie dough. Here, butter, sugar and egg comes together before a few simple dry ingredients add in. I like to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to an hour to prevent the dough from spreading too much in the oven. Once ready to bake the cookie, roll the dough out on a floured surface and use a pairing knife to trim out your shapes. Bake them on a parchmenet-lined baking pan and set aside.

    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com

    Assembling the Cake

    The frosting for this cake comes together in a bowl with a hand mixer. I use a piping bag fitted with a large round tip to dollop rounds of buttercream on the cooled cake. To do so, place your first cookie on your serving platter. Add small dollops or swirls of frosting all over the cookie. Top the frosting with the second cookie and repeat the buttercream piping for that top layer. Finally, decorate the cookie with your favorite treats: sprinkles, candies, mini cookies, candles, or even flowers! A good mix within your color palette keeps it fun and colorful.

    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a double layer cookie cake make with soft sugar cookie dough and a buttery filling. With a heart shape cutout, this is the perfect dessert for two (or a crowd!) to make on Valentine's Day. Check out the simple tutorial on thewoodandspoon.com

    Whatever your plans this Valentine’s Day, I hope you give this fun little cookie a try. If so, let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy (early!) Valentine’s Day!

    If you like this Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake you should make:

    Alphabet Cream Pie
    DIY Cookie Cake
    Half Birthday Cake
    Sugar Cookie Gift Tag
    Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

    For the valentine sugar cookie cake heart stencil click THIS LINK.

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    Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake

    This Valentine sugar cookie cake is a two layer sugar cookie filled with a soft American buttercream frosting!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 30
    • Cook Time: 15
    • Total Time: 45 minutes
    • Yield: 4-6 Servings
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    For the cookies:

    • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    For the frosting:

    • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 2 pounds confectioner’s sugar
    • 2 large pasteurized eggs
    • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon of salt
    • Milk, as needed
    • Food coloring, if desired

    Instructions

    To prepare the cookies:

    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar, creaming on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and stir to combine for an additional 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix slowly until well incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for an hour to set up.
    3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Generously flour a work surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/4” thick using a floured rolling pin. Use the stencil to trim out a heart, then regather the dough, roll it out again and trim out another heart. Transfer the dough shapes carefully to the baking sheet, spacing them out at least 2” apart. Place the whole pan in the freezer for 5 minutes (or fridge for 10) to set the shaped dough and then bake in the oven for about 13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are set but not yet golden. Allow to cool on the pan briefly and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

    To prepare the frosting:

    1. In a large bowl, combine the butter, confectioner’s sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt, mixing until well combined. Add milk by the tablespoon until the frosting is thick but smooth, similar to the consistency of a thick cake buttercream. Use gel food coloring to dye the frosting. 

    To assemble the cake:

    1. Spread a small dollop of frosting on your serving platter and place the first cookie on top. Transfer half of the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large round (1M) tip (Feel free to use another decorative tip as desired). Pipe rounds of frosting all over the cookie and then top it with the second cookie. Repeat this process with the second cookie. Use sprinkles, flowers, or small candies to decorate the top of the cake. 

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    Macaron Cake

    Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

    Any The Office fans here? A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the episode where Pam, Toby, and Oscar start The Finer Things Club. The club celebrated books, fine food, and art, and its members regarded themselves as an exclusive bunch of fancy humans. Admittedly, there was nothing fancy about their meetings, but it did spark a notion that I hold onto to this day: I, Kate Wood, am President and CEO of The Finer Things Club. Let me explain.

    Some people just have a knack for fancy and take delight in frivolous details that others might overlook. My husband says I can walk into a store- any store – and pick out the single most expensive thing. Truthfully, he’s not wrong. And after years of living with champagne taste on a Bud Light budget, I have finally given into some of those desires in my own small ways: splurging on a fancy lotion, indulging in regular manicures, and baking over-the-top desserts, just because. Case-in-point: today’s macaron cake.

    Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

    Macaron Cake

    Macarons, on they own, are decidedly fancy. Those teeny, two-bite cookies are a go-to wherever French and Feminine Foods collide. But up until recently, I’d never considered the possibility of a macaron cake. When I recently spotted one made by Erin McDowell, I knew it was time to give it a try myself.

    What I wound up with is a petite cake made of 4 oversized macaron shells and layered with buttercream. After a rest in the fridge, the cake softens barely into a chewy treat balanced sweetness and tremendous texture. Is it still over-the-top? Yes. Would any self-respecting member of The Finer Things Club approve? Absolutely.

    Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com
    Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

    Making a Macaron Cake

    Making macarons can be a tricky feat, but I was suprised by how un-tricky the cake turned out. To make it, we start by whipping egg whites. Once stiff with high peaks, the egg whites fold into a mixture of almond flour and powdered sugar. The folding process here is of utmost importance and requires some patience, not to mention forearm strength. You want the mixture to be smooth and flow off a spatula like lava. Once smooth, pipe large 4-5″ circles on a sheet of parchment paper and allow the cookies to rest briefly. After baking the shells, they stack together with homemade buttercream and are decorated with additional mini macrons. Delightful!

    Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

    Be sure to read through the instructions to ensure making this cake goes as smoothly as possible. If you get a chance to make it, please share a photo with me! I love to see what y’all create. Happy Baking, fancy friends!

    If you like this macaron cake, you should try:

    Peppermint Mocha Macarons
    Strawberry Shortcake Macarons
    Mini Layer Cake
    Funfetti Mini Cakes

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    Macaron Cake

    This macaron cake contains 4 oversized macaron shells layered with a soft American buttercream, all stacked into a mini cake!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 60
    • Cook Time: 25
    • Total Time: 180
    • Yield: 2-4 Servings
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    For the macaron shells (recipe adapted from Tessa Huff):

    • 11/4 cups plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (158 gm) almond flour
    • 11/4 cups (158 gm) powdered sugar
    • 105 gm egg whites (from 3 or 4 eggs)
    • ½ cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (117 gm) granulated sugar

    For the filling:

    • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon water

    Instructions

    To prepare the macarons:

    1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper templates. If desired, stencil in pencil on the back of the parchment sheets 4 (4-5”) round circles. Set aside
    2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and confectioner’s sugar and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
    4. Using a flexible rubber spatula, scrape the meringue off the whisk attachment into the bowl with the almond mixture. Begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava.
    5. Fill the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons on the parchment sheet, forming four 4-5” circles  on one sheet. Space them out so they do not bleed into one another. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside. Pipe any remaining batter onto the second sheet. I made mini macarons by piping ¾” circles onto the prepared baking pan. Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry to the touch.
    6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees with a rack in the center position.
    7. Bake the large macaron shells once sheet at a time for 22-25 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
    8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Bake mini macarons in the preheated oven for approximately 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely prior to filling.
    9. To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and beat with a heat mixer until smooth and fluffed. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the large macarons layers, stacking each and finishing the cake with extra frosting and any extra mini macarons, as desired. Allow to chill covered in the fridge for a few hours prior to serving.

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    S’mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes

    S'mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are graham cracker cupcakes topped with a marshmallow topping and dipped in a milk chocolate shell. These cupcakes taste like s'mores and are a beautiful way to feature chocolate magic shell. Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

    Call me pathetic, but I am 100% trying to be a cool mom. I guess, for now, while my kids aren’t entirely embarrassed of me (yet), I want to be ultra-visible in their worlds. When the teacher needs a Mom to show up, I’m the first to yell, “Pick ME!” When the school says parents can come eat lunch, I’m literally already on my way.

    S'mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are graham cracker cupcakes topped with a marshmallow topping and dipped in a milk chocolate shell. These cupcakes taste like s'mores and are a beautiful way to feature chocolate magic shell. Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

    The same goes for school parties. My kids are young, so birthdays, holidays, and random special days get all the bells and whistles. A few weeks ago, Aimee turned 8, and we celebrated with cupcakes and snacks in her classroom. I could have made it easy, buying store-bought cupcakes, or maybe one of those mall cookie cakes. But you know me better than that, right?

    Instead, I found the most complicated tie-dyed candy-dipped cupcake on the internet and convinced Aimee that this was “the one.” She took the nibble, so there I was, the day of her party, sweating in the kitchen to impress second graders. Really, I should be embarrassed. 

    S'mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are graham cracker cupcakes topped with a marshmallow topping and dipped in a milk chocolate shell. These cupcakes taste like s'mores and are a beautiful way to feature chocolate magic shell. Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

    Baking = My Love Language

    Baking has and always will be a mode of love for me. Even if the cake comes out dry or the bread craters, the effort really matters. It’s a tangible way I get to show people they matter to me, and can’t we agree that birthdays count for double?

    Aimee’s birthday cupcakes were a hit (I think? I hope?), but they triggered a mental rabbit hole of other hi-hat cupcakes. And that, my friends, is how these s’mores hi-hat cupcakes were born.

    S'mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are graham cracker cupcakes topped with a marshmallow topping and dipped in a milk chocolate shell. These cupcakes taste like s'mores and are a beautiful way to feature chocolate magic shell. Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

    S’mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes

    I’ll be honest: I’m not always on the s’mores train. They’re sticky and kind of a mouthful if you ask me. But I know I’m mostly alone in that, so I wanted to create this recipe for the crazies out there that think s’mores is where it’s at. (Plus, these are so cute, yeah?)

    These s’mores hi-hat cupcakes feature a graham cracker cupcake, a marshmallow swirled topping, and a quick dip in a milk chocolate shell. True to their origin dessert, these cupcakes are, indeed, MESSY. But they are good. I’ll give them that. If you’re not a big marshmallow fan, I’d recommend a marshmallow buttercream instead! Whip up a standard buttercream and fold in store-bought marshmallow fluff. Truly, it’s so good. I prefer it to the meringue, honestly, but remember, I don’t love marshmallows anyways.

    Show off to your kids, their friends, or whoever with these s’mores hi-hat cupcakes! Impressed or not, you’re a winner in my book either way. Happy baking and happy fall, y’all!

    S'mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are graham cracker cupcakes topped with a marshmallow topping and dipped in a milk chocolate shell. These cupcakes taste like s'mores and are a beautiful way to feature chocolate magic shell. Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

    If you like these s’mores hi-hat cupcakes you should try:

    S’mores Cheesecake
    S’mores Cookies
    Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats

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    S’mores Hi-Hat Cupcakes

    These s’mores hi-hat cupcakes feature a graham cracker cupcake, a marshmallow topping, and a chocolate candy shell!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 60
    • Cook Time: 15
    • Total Time: 120
    • Yield: 12
    • Category: Cupcakes

    Ingredients

    For the cupcakes:

    • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 11/4 cups cake flour
    • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ cup milk, at room temperature

    For the marshmallow topping:

    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature (see notes)
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ¼ cup water
    • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the chocolate topping:

    • 13/4 cups milk chocolate chips
    • 11/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Instructions

    To prepare the cupcakes:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-compartment cupcake tin with liners. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed using the paddle attachment for 2 minutes until creamed. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring on low until smooth. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add half of those dry ingredients to the butter bowl, stirring on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the milk, repeating with the remaining dry ingredients and milk once combined. Scarpe the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits. Use a large cookie scoop to portion the batter between the 12 tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

    To prepare the marshmallow topping:

    1. Place a small saucepan with an inch or two of water on the stove on low heat. Fold up a paper towel and dampen it with the vinegar. Wipe down the inside of a metal mixing bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer) as well as the whisk attachment for your mixer. (This cleans your bowl of any residue that may prevent your egg whites from fluffing. Once cleaned, add the eggs whites, sugar, water, and cream of tartar to the bowl. Place over the pot of water to set up a double boiler, being sure that the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Begin whisking gently regularly until the sugar completely dissolves, about 4-5 minutes. You can test the mixture for dissolved sugar by carefully rubbing a small amount of the mixture between your fingers- it should be smooth. Place the bowl on the mixer and begin whipping on high speed until the mixture fluffs to stiff peaks, about 9-10 minutes. Put the marshmallow topping into a piping bag fitted with a large tip and pipe the mixture onto the cooled cupcakes as desired. Once done, put the cupcakes into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes, while you make your chocolate topping.

    To make the chocolate topping:

    1. Combine the chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe medium-sized bowl. Heat gently in 30 second increments (to prevent the chocolate from seizing) until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass or small bowl that you can dunk the cupcakes into. Once the cupcakes have chilled for a few minutes, quickly and carefully invert each one into the melted chocolate, dusting the finished tops with extra graham cracker crumbs if desired. Pop in the freezer again briefly to set up the chocolate and then serve! Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are assembled.

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    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake

    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a no-churn ice cream cake recipe made with cream cheese ice cream a stovetop blueberry sauce, and a salted graham cracker crumble. This cake is a make ahead treat that is perfect for summer with fresh berries. Learn how to make homemade ice cream cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    Two of my favorite things combine in today’s recipe to make a killer dessert: fresh summer produce and creamy homemade ice cream. This blueberry ice cream cake is an ode to summer and its weather that has, so far, proven to be straight-up oppressive. With frozen layers of cream cheese ice cream and a fresh blueberry sauce throughout, this cake is certainly seasonally appropriate. Let me tell you all about it.

    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a no-churn ice cream cake recipe made with cream cheese ice cream a stovetop blueberry sauce, and a salted graham cracker crumble. This cake is a make ahead treat that is perfect for summer with fresh berries. Learn how to make homemade ice cream cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    So why combine blueberries with ice cream cake? With blueberry season well underway, many of us (raises hand!) have found themselves with a surplus of produce. Lucky for us, homemade fruit sauces swirl splendidly into homemade no-churn ice cream. If you’ve never learned how to make no-churn ice cream, fear not! I recently wrote a post all about no-churn ice cream that you can read here. Today’s recipe uses the classic technique with the addition of cream cheese which gives this cake great flavor. That, plus the blueberry sauce and graham cracker crumble, makes for a terrific make-ahead treat!

    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a no-churn ice cream cake recipe made with cream cheese ice cream a stovetop blueberry sauce, and a salted graham cracker crumble. This cake is a make ahead treat that is perfect for summer with fresh berries. Learn how to make homemade ice cream cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    Making the Blueberry Ice Cream Cake:

    To make the ice cream cake, start with the blueberry sauce. Combine fresh or frozen blueberries with sugar and lemon juice on the stovetop. Cook the mixture until it reduces and thickens slightly. In the meantime, begin preparing your ice cream. Softened cream cheese creams together with sweetened condensed milk before folding into whipped cream. Split the ice cream mixture in half. One bowl will remain cream cheese flavored and the other gets a helping of blueberry sauce. Layer the two in a prepared pan with additional blueberry sauce.

    This cake also employs the help of a graham cracker “crust” which adds a little bit of salted texture. I was going for a frozen dessert that was reminiscent of a blueberry cheesecake, and I think this fits the bill. Although the crumbs are optional, I think you’ll love them. Don’t skip this step. 🙂

    If you get a chance to try this recipe, shoot me a message and let me know what you think! Happy Sunday to you and happy baking!

    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a no-churn ice cream cake recipe made with cream cheese ice cream a stovetop blueberry sauce, and a salted graham cracker crumble. This cake is a make ahead treat that is perfect for summer with fresh berries. Learn how to make homemade ice cream cake on thewoodandspoon.com

    If you like this blueberry ice cream cake you should try:

    Blueberry Mascarpone Ice Cream
    Peanut Butter Honey Graham Ice Cream Cake
    Blueberry Sour Cream Pie
    Black Forest Ice Cream Cake
    Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust
    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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    Blueberry Ice Cream Cake

    This blueberry ice cream cake features a no-churn cream cheese ice cream, a salted graham cracker crumble, and a swirled blueberry sauce.

    • Author: Kate
    • Prep Time: 25
    • Total Time: 360
    • Yield: 6 servings
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    For the Blueberry Sauce:

    • 2/3 cup blueberries
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

    For the graham cracker crumbs:

    • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    For the ice cream:

    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

    Instructions

    Making the Blueberry Sauce:

    1. Combine the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir regularly, mashing the berries with a potato masher or the back of a fork to release the juices. Cook for about 7-8 minutes or until the sauce has reduced to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool.

    Making the graham cracker crumbs:

    1. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Set aside.

    Making the ice cream cake:

    1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cold heavy cream on medium-high speed until it thickens to cloud-like consistency. Set aside.
    2. In a separate medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream until evenly incorporated. Spoon half of the ice cream into your other used bowl. Set aside.
    3. Line an 8”x4” loaf pan with plastic wrap overhanging on both sides. This will make for easy removal of the ice cream cake from the pan. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons of the blueberry sauce into the bottom of the pan and spread out. Spoon the remaining sauce into one of the bowls of ice cream and fold gently to combine. Set aside.
    4. Add the plain cream cheese ice cream into the pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Next, layer in the blueberry ice cream and smooth out. Sprinkle about 2/3 of the graham cracker crumbs on top of the pan next, patting gently to set them slightly into the ice cream cake. Cover the cake’s bottom with a sheet of plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set up, about 6 hours or overnight. Save the remaining graham cracker crumbs for serving.
    5. When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap top and flip the cake out onto a plate. Gently wiggle the pan off the cake and plastic wrap lining, removing the lining once able. Slice the cake and serve with additional fresh blueberries and the remaining graham cracker crumble.

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    Raspberry Tiramisu

    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com

    I’ve started dreaming of traveling abroad again. This past decade has found me staying close to home, because apparently you can’t just leave children and small businesses unattended for long periods of time? But recently, as my kids have gotten a smidge older, I’ve started to wonder if we might be ready for a bigger adventure, the kind that calls for foreign languages and a short hop across the pond. At one point in time in my life, I was sure that I was destined for a life dotted with passport stamps and foods I couldn’t pronounce the name of, and now, 9 years into an entirely different (but even more-so wonderful) kind of life, I’m realizing that I kind of forgot about some of those dreams. This raspberry tiramisu is a small glimpse of me dusting that part of myself off.

    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com

    A few months back, I found a bucket list I wrote back in college. I was pretty tickled to realize I have gotten to experience many of the things I wrote on that original list, but one of the items that I hadn’t even gotten close to was listed second thing on that list: “Learn French.” Over the past couple of months, I have kept coming back to that bullet item, feeling silly for wanting to pursue something so frivolous. Let’s face it: I live in Small Town, AL. Not many people around here speak French, you know? But I couldn’t shake it. I still wanted some of those things that 20-year old me wanted, and I didn’t know why I was shelving something that, at one point, was worthy of a #2 spot.

    “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh.

    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com

    So I downloaded Pimsleur French, bought a few books, and for the past month or so, I’ve been fumbling through simple phrases and the pronunciation of those throaty French R’s. I wouldn’t say I’m spectacular at it, but it has scratched an itch for creativity and exploring that has felt really untouchable lately. And with learning a new language, I’ve started tossing around other ideas, too, namely, traveling abroad. So that brings me to this raspberry tiramisu.

    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com
    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com

    Raspberry Tiramisu

    While I was googling things like “idyllic AirBnB in Provence” and “traveling to Paris with kids,” a friend tossed out the idea for an Italian trip. Within days, my heart tumbled down a rabbit hole of Roman ruins and espresso-soaked desserts, and that, plus a fridge full of summer berries led me to this raspberry tiramisu. Classic tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts, and the chocolate tiramisu I shared on this site some time ago remains a fan favorite here too. This raspberry tiramisu is a light, more summery version of the classic featuring the flavors of tart berries and zested lemon. The mascarpone whipped cream is the star of the show, and I cannot get over how well it mingles with the fruit. Truly, it’s a cloud-like dream of a dessert!

    Be sure to read through all of the instructions before you attempt this dessert. While incredibly simple, there are a few steps, so take your time and enjoy every bite. And in the meantime, if you find yourself ready to dust off some old ideas, dreams, or goals, I hope you’ll take this as your green light to move ahead. I’m only a few days into my weird, totally unnecessary pursuit, but so far, I’m loving it. Happy Monday to you guys, and Happy Baking!

    If you like this raspberry tiramisu, you should check out:

    Classic Tiramisu
    Chocolate Tiramisu
    White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts
    Raspberry Champagne Pop-Tarts

    Raspberry Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone tiramisu using ladyfingers and no eggs. This summery recipe comes together easily and feeds a crowd. Learn how simple the recipe is at thewoodandspoon.com
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    Raspberry Tiramisu

    This raspberry tiramisu is a summery take on classic tiramisu, made with a whipped mascarpone cheese and berry-soaked ladyfingers.

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 30
    • Total Time: 30
    • Yield: 8 Servings
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup sugar, divided
    • ½ cup water
    • 2 cups raspberries
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • ¾ cup raspberry preserves
    • 20 or so ladyfinger cookies, soft or hard are fine
    • Confectioner’s sugar and raspberries, for decorating

    Instructions

    1. Line an 8×4” loaf pan with plastic wrap in two directions with the wrap extending over the sides on all directions. Set aside.
    2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine ¼ cup sugar with the water and 2 cups of raspberries. Stirring regularly, allow the sugar to dissolve completely and then remove immediately from heat. Gently press down on the raspberries to release some of the juices. Stir in the lemon zest and set aside.
    3. In a medium-sized bowl with a hand mixer, beat the mascarpone gently just to smooth out. Slowly stream in the whipping cream and the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and continue to beat on medium speed until thickened to a fluffy consistency. Set aside.
    4. Strain the raspberries from the syrupy mixture, reserving both the berries and the syrup. Stir 2 tablespoons of the syrupy liquid into the preserves and then stir in the berries as well. Now that you have the mascarpone whipped cream, the berry preserve mixture, and the raspberry syrup, it’s time to begin assembling!
    5. Quickly dunk a ladyfinger into the syrup, saturating both sides before placing into the bottom of the pan. You can layer these in however you’d like, but you see check out the photo in the post above for a reference of how I assembled. I found two rows of ladyfingers, the second of which was slightly broken off to fit in the bottom of the pan, worked best. Once you have a single layer of soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of your pan, spoon a heaping cup-ful of the whipped cream on top. Spread to smooth. Spread half of the berry preserve mixture on top of the whipped cream and repeat this process again: soaked ladyfingers, whipped cream, and then berry preserves. Finish off your tiramisu layers with a final layer of ladyfingers and whatever whipped cream is leftover. Smooth to finish and then cover with plastic wrap to rest in the fridge for about 6 hours or overnight.
      To serve, invert the tiramisu onto a plate and remove the plastic wrap. Garnish with raspberries and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, if desired.

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    A Half Birthday Cake Tutorial & 6 Months with Her Daily Bread!

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

    There’s been no shortage of celebration around here. With the school year ending, Mother’s Day, my anniversary, and a few family birthdays, we have been partying non-stop. Honestly, it’s been wonderful and exhausting. I’m simultaneously excited for a lull in our calendar and chomping at the bit to begin planning Charlie’s 3rd birthday. That’s kinda just how things work in our house, and I’m positive I’m not alone in that boat. There are certain types of people who live to honor the everyday (and not-so-everyday!) occasions. If that’s you, you’re going to love today’s post. I’m sharing a terrific half birthday cake tutorial and recipe in honor of this week’s celebration, the half birthday of my first book, Her Daily Bread. Cheers!

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

    Say it with me: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Yes, my baby book is already 6 months old. Writing, editing, and releasing the book was such a labor of love that the aftermath has had a few baby blues attached to it. What should I be doing to help the book along? What in the world do I do next? Like any beginner in most things, I’m just kinda feeling this whole thing out, and that means occasional uncertainty and a few wobbly steps. The truth is, I probably haven’t done this all perfectly, so I’m currently focused on two things: first, learning from this experience in hopes that next time (PLEASE LET THERE BE A NEXT TIME!!) I’ll do it even better, and second, celebrating where I am in the process. So that’s us today: celebrating the process.

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

    Half Birthday Cake

    Today marks a half of a year with my book, and we’re celebrating with a half birthday cake. For a long time now, I have loved the idea of a half birthday, and, truthfully, this recipe has been a long time coming. Whether you’re celebrating 6 months with your newborn or honoring the 182nd day of the year, this happy little cake is the perfect way to do it. With just a single round vanilla cake and a bowl full of frosting, you can honor whatever (or whoever!) you have in process.

    How to Make It

    To make this cake at home, we start with one ultra-thick round cake. I used a homemade vanilla cake that came out sturdy and tender. Once cool, cut the cake in half to make two half moon-shaped pieces. Next, homemade American buttercream seals the two layers together before we begin to frost the tops and sides. Here’s where things get interesting.

    You’ll want at least two different frosting colors here: one color to be the revealed faux cake layers, and another to be the frosting. I ended up with three different colors, because I wanted the edges piped and decorated in a different shade. Set aside a heaping cup of frosting for smearing on the flat edges of your cake and another 2 cups to serve as the frosting. You can use the remaining frosting to pipe and decorate in whatever color you prefer.

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

    What You’ll Need to Make a Half Birthday Cake

    I find an offset spatula helps to get the edges clean when frosting corners, but I’ll go ahead and warn you that frosting this shape of cake is not for the faint of heart. I spent a good bit of time to achieve the tidy edges and even frosting. Just be patient in the process. Once you have the flat edge frosted as the inside of you faux cake and the remainder of the sides frosted as well, use a piping bag fitted with a #3 tip to pipe a little wavy line for the center of the cake. I used a 1M tip to pipe the decorated edge around the perimeter of the cake in yellow, but you can decorate as you desire. This half birthday cake looks festive with or without the extra touches.

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

    There’s no time like the present to celebrate wherever you find yourself, and if you find yourself somewhere in the middle, I hope you’ll consider making this half birthday cake. If you haven’t already, take a peek at my book or pick up a copy at Amazon or most major book retailers. Happy Saturday to you and happy baking!

    Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

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    A Half Birthday Cake Tutorial

    This recipe and tutorial for a half birthday cake is a fun and playful way to celebrate everyday occasions!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 60
    • Cook Time: 40
    • Total Time: 180
    • Yield: 6 Servings
    • Category: Dessert

    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 13/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 6 ounces milk

    For the frosting:

    • 11/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 33/4 cups powdered sugar
    • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 11/2 tablespoons milk, plus more as needed

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 7 or 8” round pan and cut a sheet of parchment paper to sit inside the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, stirring briefly after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and scrape the sides of the bowl. In a smaller separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir half of those combined dry ingredients into the bowl with the butter, just until combined. Add the milk, stirring briefly, followed by the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits until the mixture is uniform. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes for 7” pans and 38-42 minutes for 8” pan. Allow to cool completely. 
    3. To prepare the frosting, cream the butter on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in about half of the powdered sugar and the salt, adding the remaining dry ingredients once combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in the milk. Increase the speed on the mixer to medium and beat until fluffy and combined, about 30 seconds. 
    4. Set aside 1 cup of frosting to remain white. This will cover the flat edge of the side of your cake, serving as the exposed faux cake layers. You can color the remaining icing however you’d like. I colored a remaining 2/3 in pink and a final 1/3 yellow to be piped as decoration. 
    5. To prepare the cake, cut the cake in half to make two half moon shapes. Spread a dollop of your frosting-colored frosting to a cake board or serving platter and place the first cake pieces on top. Spread a thick layer of that same frosting on the first piece of cake, smoothing with an offset spatula. Top it with a second piece of cake and continue frosting the top and rounded edges, being sure to keep the color frosting away from the flat edge. Next, use a clean offset spatula to cover the flat side with the white frosting. Clean up the edges as desired and then use a piping bag fitted with a small round (I used #3) tip to pipe a squiggly line on the flat edge. I used a 1M piping tip to pipe around the perimeter of the cake. Continue decorating the cake as desired, and enjoy!

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