Blueberry Orange Cake

A huge thank you to Lucky Leaf and Walmart for sponsoring this Blueberry Orange Cake.  The delicate flavors of blueberry and orange work together to make this cake delicious.

Blueberry Orange Cake - blueberry and orange work together in one absolutely delicious cake

 Easter is this weekend and with all the fun and exciting plans we have going on, I wanted to create a delicious and easy cake that could be enjoyed without spending hours in the kitchen.

One of our favorite cakes is the poke cake.  A poke cake is a simple cake mix cake that is “poked” while warm and then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.   It gives the cake that sweet and delicious texture.  But then I took it to another level by adding Lucky Leaf Blueberry Pie Filling to the topping.   [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake

Layers of strawberry pudding, graham crackers, and strawberry jam makes this Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake such a delicious no bake treat.  It is the perfect dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth when you are short on time.

Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake - layers of strawberry pudding, graham crackers, and strawberries makes this a delicious no bake dessert

 Today is a fun day here on the blog.

I get to celebrate my birthday by sharing an easy cake recipe in a surprise baby shower for my good friend Lisa from Wine and Glue.  I had the opportunity to meet Lisa a few months ago at the Pillsbury blogger event.  She is so sweet and fun to be around, and she makes the yummiest treats and dinners on her blog.

Since we are all spread over the country making a real baby shower impossible, a group of our blog friends decided to get together and surprise Lisa with a virtual shower.   Make sure you visit all the links at the bottom of the page for more yummy recipes perfect for sharing at any party!

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Coconut Cream Bundt Cake

This Coconut Cream Bundt Cake is easy to make and enjoy.  Three times the coconut in it makes the flavor shine through.

Coconut Cream Bundt Cake - the coconut flavor in this delicious cake shines through.  The extra topping makes it so pretty!

 There are days I stare into my closet and dresser drawers and think that I have absolutely nothing to wear.  Never mind the fact that the closet is exploding with clothes and the drawers are stuffed to the max.  I still have “nothing” to wear.

After a long time of fussing and fuming at the clothes,  I can usually put together an outfit that is “new” and totally different.  So much for having nothing to wear.  It is all about perspective and seeing something that is right in front of you.    Sometimes my baking is like this.   [Read more...]

Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake

This Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake is delicious for breakfast or for any time of day.  Fresh strawberry pie filling and a lemon glaze will have you smiling in no time.

Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake - strawberry and lemon makes this a delicious cake choice for breakfast or any time

 The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the sky is blue…and it is 32* outside.  Looks like spring, but feels like winter.

This time of year is so hard.  Everyone is so ready for the warm weather to just be here and stay.  We keep having tease days.  It will be really nice and warm and then it gets cold again.

The trees and flowers have decided they are just going to start blooming regardless of the temps around them.  I think I like that idea.  Just fake it until you make it, right :-)   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

This easy banana cake is perfect for all those ripe bananas on your counter.  The fluffy peanut butter frosting makes it absolutely irresistible!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake - this delicious banana cake will disappear before you know it

 Today is a fun day!  I am joining with a group of blog friends to surprise Katie from Katie’s Cucina with a fun virtual baby shower.  I met Katie last year at the BlogHer Food conference, and she is such a sweetheart.  We enjoyed chatting over crazy monster donuts from the food trucks while we were there.

Surprise Katie!!!!  We wanted to let you know how much you are loved, and how excited we are for your little man to be here soon.

I wish we could all be there in person to give you hugs and delicious food.  But since we are all over the country, we did the next best thing.  We made lots of easy dinners, desserts, and crafts to share with you through pictures.   We know you will be busy with late night feedings, changing diapers, and just staring in awe at those little fingers and toes, so we wanted to share easy recipes that don’t take much time to make. [Read more...]

Blueberry Snack Cake

This Blueberry Snack Cake is a wonderful breakfast (or snack) when paired with a cup of coffee or milk.

Blueberry Snack Cake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy breakfast cake topped with blueberries and crumble topping

 I have a goal for the new year.  Now I am calling this a goal and not a resolution because it is something I would like to do, but I don’t know that it will really happen very often.

Whenever I make a breakfast for my family, I always make it the day before.  Mornings and I are not best friends.  Baking in the early morning hours is not a good idea when your body is still mostly asleep.  I’m sure I would burn things and cut my fingers all the way off if I tried.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

This fun and decadent chocolate cake will be the star of any holiday meal this year.  This Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake is actually easier than it looks, but don’t tell your friends that.  Let them think you are a kitchen diva and know how to rock your baking pans.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - chocolate cake, peppermint cheesecake, and chocolate decorations make this one spectacular cake

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the holiday shows on TV.  I remember as a kid watching all the Christmas cartoons every single year.   We would sit and watch Frosty, Rudolph, and The Grinch every single year, even when I was a teenager.

When our kids were younger, we would do the same thing with them.  As they have gotten older, they kind of look at us funny when we turn these cartoons on.  Where has the magic of childhood gone?  I think it died out when hand held devices became the rage.   Time to institute the no gaming devices again, and plan a fun family movie night.  Cake included!   [Read more...]

Eggnog Cake

This Eggnog Cake is for the extreme eggnog lover in your life.  Eggnog in the cake and in the glaze makes it one cake you will remember.

Eggnog Cake - this delicious holiday cake is full of eggnog flavor www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Clearly all the veggies I have been eating lately has affected my brain.  I can’t stop thinking about desserts.  I usually have a running list of desserts that I want to make, create, blog, EAT!!!  And these past few weeks have been no exception.  My husband and I decided to do a 24 day challenge from the gym that he has been going to.  I think eating veggies makes me want sugar even more than usual.

24 days of eating healthy and cleansing.  Sounds like a definite challenge for this dessert baking girl.  I have to admit that I did not make it 100% without some sort of sweets, but I did completely change the way I eat now.  And I have completely changed how I work out too.  The gym that my husband goes to is all free weights…that was a big change from the easy treadmill routine my cupcake butt was used too.  It has been challenging lifting, but I am seeing great results, and I am excited to keep going.  No pain, no gain right?   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

This White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake is a great way to end the meal.  Chocolate, caramel, and white chocolate…it’s the perfect trio of flavors.

White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake - chocolate, caramel, and candy bars make this cake so delicious  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 When our kids have tests, we have them study, and then we will quiz them to see how much they really studied.  Nothing like a good study session to make you realize how much school stuff you have forgotten and how dumb you have become.  That was me the other night.  My son had a biology test that he wanted me to quiz him for.  Biology is one of those classes I learned at the time, and then promptly forgot as soon as school was over.

Yikes!  It has been way too many years since being in school.  My brain does not remember things like ATP energy, autotrophs, chloroplasts, adenosine, thylakoids.  Shoot!  I can’t even remember how to pronounce some of those.  My son had a good laugh at me as I was asking him some of the things on his papers.  The sad thing is that I just went over all those things with him the other day, and I couldn’t tell you what any of those are now.  Well, maybe chloroplasts…I think those are some sort of plant cell where the color is stored…or something like that.  The other ones I have no clue.  Obviously I forgot again! [Read more...]

Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake

Themed desserts make a party that much more fun.  This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake would be perfect for either a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.  Just change your sprinkles and candies for the appropriate holiday.

Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake - pumpkin and chocolate fudge pudding layered with Cool Whip and chocolate graham crackers www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Ok, so one day later after telling you I was over pumpkin, and here I am posting…yup, pumpkin.

Go ahead and tell me how wishy washy I am.  I can handle it.  For the record I made this last week, or maybe it was the week before that.  It was definitely before I started to feel iffy on pumpkin.

Anyway, I was looking through pictures and realized that Halloween is next week, so if I want to share this fun Halloween themed eclair cake, it had to be now.  So pumpkin it is!   Not that I don’t like pumpkin.  Maybe it’s because the weather dropped from sunny and warm to sunny and down right cold but now all I can totally think about is mint.  And chocolate.

But I always think about chocolate, so that’s nothing new.

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Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake

Today I am partnering with Sara Lee to bring you this no bake Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake recipe for National Angel Food Cake Day.

Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake - no bake pumpkin toffee filling inside a Sara Lee angel food cake makes it perfect for every occasion Did you know that today was a holiday?

That’s right!  Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.  It’s time to celebrate.  Get out the party hats and the streamers.  Oh, and don’t forget the cake.  We most definitely need cake!

I absolutely love all these fun food holidays that someone decided to add to the calendar.  I am all over any reason to make and eat more cake.   [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake

Fresh apples and caramel baking bits make this Caramel Apple Bundt Cake a perfect dessert to enjoy with your coffee or hot apple cider.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake - apple and caramel bits make this one delicious spice cake for fall  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

When do you do most of your baking?

For me it works out best to bake at night.  I am much more alert and my kids can also help me.  Now that they are older it isn’t as stressful to bake with them.  We still have spills and the occasional egg shell in the batter, but I am much more relaxed about it.   It makes me laugh to think how uptight I was when they were little and wanting to help.   [Read more...]