Nut’s To You!


Ever since I met Craig he has special ordered his chocolate chip cookies as follows: double the nuts and use half the chocolate chips. Well, after countless batches of cookies I have to say it’s the only way to go-seriously the best homemade chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten! Continue reading “Nut’s To You!”


The Bacon Lover’s Cupcake

Chocolate, bacon and maple buttercream frosting… what else could you want?!!DSC_9302Here is a cupcake that’s sure to impress! I made these a few years back for a shower and they were devoured! (Welcome Baby Kiera)

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Desserts · Favorite Recipes ♥

Mama Carp’s Lemon Drop Truffles


  • 12 ounces premier white chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 ounce limoncello
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • white chocolate for enrobing
  • sparkling sugar
  • crushed lemon drop candies

In a double boiler warm up cream, add chocolate stirring well.  Turn off heat and add in limoncello, lemon juice & zest. Stir together and cover with plastic wrap- refrigerate 2-3 hours. When firm enough to work with – use a small cookie scoop and form balls, roll with your hands to form a nice shape. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Return to the refrigerator to firm up. Melt the remaining chocolate in double boiler- using a fork enrobe each truffle and return to cookie sheet. If the chocolate seems to thick then add a little bit of shortening to loosen it up. Top with a sprinkling of sparkling sugar and crushed lemon drop garnish. Return to refrigerator to chill once more before packing them into gift boxes.


Desserts · Favorite Recipes ♥

Mama Carps Turtle Biscotti


I LOOOVE anything with chocolate, caramel, pecans & sea salt!!! These “twice baked” cookies are the bomb! Great with your morning coffee or an afternoon snack – these make great gifts as they keep well for shipping!! Continue reading “Mama Carps Turtle Biscotti”

Desserts · Espresso Yourself! · Favorite Recipes ♥

Black Magic Cake


I am the love of Craig’s life for this recipe! Great for getting me out of most trouble I get in… seriously, if you want to impress someone all you need to do is make this. I add almond extract to the frosting instead of the vanilla. Also, this cake actually tastes better the next day or two if it’s still around! This is the recipe I used for my post –   for her baby shower.  I had made cupcakes with this recipe with maple buttercream frosting topped with chocolate dipped bacon – they must have been good, there wasn’t one left!

Black Magic Cake from the Spice house (the original Hershey’s chocolate cake)


  • 1 3/4 Cups flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ebony Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon double strength vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • to taste cacao nibs

Serves / Yields

1 9×13 cake

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 cake pan Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine bowls, and blend until smooth. It will be a thin batter. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Mix the sugar and butter, stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread frosting over a cooled cake and sprinkle with lightly crushed cacao nibs.

Helpful Hints

If frosting is too thick, add a little extra milk.