Dark chocolate rum bundt

HAPPY 2018!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration with family and good friends… and most importantly, good food.

With every new year, I like to reflect on the last. Some years are better than others, and some years I never want to think about again. But there’s something all years have in common: I end them thankful. Thankful for being alive, thankful for having my family in my corner at all times, and thankful for opportunities to be a better version of myself.

Wait… I mentioned good food earlier. I am ALWAYS thankful for good food. And speaking of good food, today’s recipe is for a cake that I made for New Year’s Day last year. It was a big hit in my chocolate (and alcohol) loving family. This is exactly what food is meant to do – bring people together. Even people who don’t have much in common have at least one thing – they eat.

So what does 2018 have in store? Helping others has always been a focus of mine (which is why I teach), but I’m going to work on extending this beyond school. I’ve always been invested in my own health, but I want to be more consistent with exercise and worry less about trivial matters. I want to take more trips, and experience new things. I want to try different foods – for my own enjoyment, and for your reading pleasure. I want to be the best wife, daughter, teacher, and friend that I can be.

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Cinnamon & honey breakfast cake

Desserts for breakfast is probably one of my favorite things about the holiday season. There is always some kind of cake, cookie, or pie left over from the celebrations – and don’t lie – when you wake up in the morning, you go for it. We all do. No shame here.

Who doesn’t love cake for breakfast?!

I almost exclusively make this recipe as a breakfast cake – even though it is by no means a healthy breakfast. However, it goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea and it is sure to make your morning infinitely more delicious.

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Semi-homemade apple cake

Fall is the ideal time for apple recipes.

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, this recipe certainly comes in handy. From start to finish, this super-simple apple cake only takes around 35 minutes to prepare and tastes REALLY good.

It also makes a perfect day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast  😉

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Fruity crunch cake (a dump cake variation)

This is basically my own twist on a classic dump cake. I don’t personally like how a dump cake is baked in layers – with the fruity pie filling on the bottom of the pan. I like a more cakey texture, so I combine my fruit filling with a cup of the cake mix and some fresh fruit – and use the rest of the dry mix to make the buttery crunchy topping.

For this particular cake I used blackberry pie filling and lemon cake mix. My family LOVES lemon, and blackberries (or blueberries) work so nicely with lemon cake. Other pairings I love for this recipe are:

peach (or strawberry) pie filling + yellow (or golden butter) cake mix

cherry pie filling + devil’s food (or chocolate) cake mix

pumpkin (or apple) pie filling + spice cake mix

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