Make vanilla cupcakes (using your favorite boxed mix/directions). Top with buttercream frosting (place in a ziploc bag - cut a small whole in the corner and pipe so it looks like spaghetti - the piping above has a larger size which looks like linguine!) Meanwhile, warm about ½ cup of strawberry jam in the microwave. Dip ferrero rocher chocolates (one at a time) in the warm strawberry jam and place on top of the "spaghetti" frosting to look like a "meatball". Grate white chocolate on top of the "meatball" so it looks like grated parmesan cheese. Decorate with a sprig of basil. Your guests will be so impressed by your creativity!
Mom made crumb cake more times than I can remember when we were growing up. It’s delicious and very easy to prepare. This recipe is altered using spice cake instead of the traditional yellow cake. If you prefer a really heavy crumb topping, the ingredients for the topping can be doubled.
I cannot remember a holiday, or any family gathering for that matter, when we didn't all enjoy Mom's cassadeles. She does something special to them....they are hard to duplicate exactly, but certainly worth trying.
This is Mom’s recipe for the traditional Easter Pie, Pizza Grana. We have enjoyed this dessert during many holiday celebrations. This recipe is unlike many of the traditional recipes for Pizza Grana that require a lot of preparation and many ingredients.
We were in Naples, Italy while they prepared for Easter 2013. The city was alive with excitement, preparing for various festivals and preparing assortments of baked delights for the holiday. We went to a local bakery, and I enjoyed the most delicious pastiera cake I’ve ever eaten. In fact, the slice of cake I enjoyed was from the largest pastiera cake I’ve ever seen in my life. The slice missing was mine!
This recipe is really delicious and very easy. I was experimenting with a fruit dip one day, and realized that this mixture could be utilized in many different combinations. The dessert looks great on a holiday buffet, and provides a perfect sized "finger food" dessert. You will be surprised at the deep, rich flavors.
This is an incredibly easy, but delicious recipe for ice cream cake. Any combination of chopped candy can be used on the middle and top layers of this dish. This was prepared with kids in mind…but can be dressed up with chocolate curls on top for a fancier presentation.
I love desserts, and I'm always looking for the easiest recipes with the most impact. I have tried many fudge recipes throughout the years...this is by far the easiest and most delicious recipe I've tried. Various ingredients can be added to modify this recipe. During the Christmas holidays, I like to add chopped peppermint to the recipe. Feel free to add chopped nuts, chopped candy, mini marshmallows, etc.
There aren’t too many fruit recipes that I would choose for dessert. This is Aunt Caroline’s baked peach recipe, and this is delicious topped with crushed amaretti cookies and chopped almonds. Serve this dessert warm, with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite cupcake recipes. You can change the cupcake mix, filling and topping based upon your preference. I happen to enjoy the mixture of yellow cake with lemon pudding and coconut icing. These cupcakes look great on a buffet, and guests seem to prefer taking a cupcake to a slice of cake. I use boxed mixes and premade puddings to make my life easier. If you love cupcakes, take inspiration from the many cupcake shops and try a semi-homemade approach to replicate your favorites.
I made this recipe recently for a dinner party. The tiramisu looks beautiful individually presented. The combination of the fresh raspberries and Chambord liqueur really complement each other in this recipe.
I was inspired to make this recipe after watching an Emeril Lagasse show many years ago. I have been making these coconut bon bons ever since. They are always a big hit. The combination of rich semi-sweet chocolate with the creamy coconut filling is delicious.