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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

A soft, fluffy breakfast cake dotted with fresh blueberries will make every morning a good morning!

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And today is definitely a good morning! I’m finally feeling better after being sick for four weeks! I won’t go into that whole miserable ordeal today — I’ll leave that for another day. For now, I want to share with you this Blueberry Breakfast Cake that will turn your ho-hum morning into a great one!

Breakfast for me has always been hard to do. Why? Well, mostly because I either get up so early during the week that food is really not on my mind, or because I rushing around and there is no time to eat before I zoom to the office.

It would be great to eat breakfast as a family; can you just see us all sitting at the dining room table, eating, laughing, and bonding as a family? Nope! This idyllic situation is not a reality for my family.

You see, when my husband travels his business, he is not around to eat breakfast with us and my son gets up at the last-minute possible before he has to go to school, so breakfast for him is not even on his radar. Now for me, I would love to sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee and eat something scrumptious for breakfast at home, like this Blueberry Breakfast Cake, however there really is no time to do so during the work/school week.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

You see, when my husband is away on business, not only do I have to get myself ready, I have to constantly go back and forth from my room to my son’s room to get him up and drive him to school!

Here’s how our morning banter goes…

First I go into his room and, in my sweetest morning voice say, “Good morning. It’s time to get up. We have thirty minutes until we need to leave.” I briskly walk back to my room to put on my make-up.

Then I go back to his room and announce, “Twenty minutes until we need to leave.” Again, I walk back to my room to curl my hair.

Finally, if my son is still not up, I have to go back to his room and firmly state, “Ten minutes until we need to leave.” Yeah, he is finally up, and I am trying not to get stressed out before my morning starts at the office!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

After I am ready, I proceed downstairs, pull his clean baseball uniform out of the dryer and put it in his bag along with plenty of fluids to keep him hydrated during the day and throughout his practice or game.

Now you see, this is why there is really no time to prepare something to eat at home for breakfast!

However, if I make something like this Blueberry Breakfast Cake over the weekend, voila – I’ve got a yummy breakfast that I can slice into generous squares to bring with me to work for the entire week — and I’ll get to truly savor each and every bite in the comfort of my office!

This breakfast cake is not too sweet. It’s soft and the fresh blueberries give it a wonderful flavor — and the sprinkle of sugar on the top just before baking gives it a wonderful little crunch. A delightful fluffy and fantastic treat to eat for breakfast!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST CAKE

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 (8 oz.) container Greek vanilla yogurt

Instructions:

Heat you oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an oval baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Also, wash and dry the blueberries add 1/4 cup of the flour and toss until all berries are coated — set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Then add the 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of the yogurt to the batter, mix, then repeat twice. Fold in the blueberries and spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then scoop out with a spoon to serve.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

So, if you have no time in the mornings to eat breakfast at home like me, whip up this scrumptious Blueberry Breakfast Cake over the weekend and you’ll have a sweet and satisfying breakfast all week-long!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen}

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Fluffy Crumb Cake

Freshly baked Fluffy Crumb Cake, warm from the oven is the perfect weekend breakfast!

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Oh, and did I mention the topping? Well, it’s literally the best part of this crumb cake — it’s the crumbs of course!

And who could not resist these buttery, delicate sweet crumbs on top of a moist and fluffy breakfast cake?

Not me.

Not my family.

And surely not you! Or so I hope!

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

This is probably the best crumb cake I have ever made. Seriously. It’s true.

The cake is scented with vanilla and not too sweet. And the topping…To. Die. For! It’s sweet and crumbly and will literally will make your heart jump a beat!  It’s stunning to look at; it stands up tall and the golden crumbs glisten in the morning light. And it’s even better to eat!

It’s an ideal breakfast for me to make for my family. You see, during the week, I usually grab some type of health bar, heat up some oatmeal, or sometimes even pack a couple of these mini frittatas, and I’m out the door. My days are long and eating happens quickly.

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

So really, over the weekend is usually the only time when I get to enjoy my meals. And I do. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.

On Saturday and Sunday I still get up early (internal alarm clock!), which allows me to leisurely make something scrumptious. I whip up something quick, toss it in the oven, and wait for the amazing aroma to fill the house. Then, when my family wakes up, they immediately ascend to the kitchen to see what I have concocted.

It’s a dream to sit on the couch with my husband, indulge in the breakfast that I have baked, such as this Fluffy Crumb Cake, sip on a hot Cappuccino that he has generously made for me, and talk about our day or just life in general. It’s really the only time we do this — and I love each and every moment!

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FLUFFY CRUMB CAKE

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour

Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

To make the crumb topping:  To a small bowl add the sugars, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Then add the flour and using a fork, gently stir until the topping until it looks crumbly. Set aside until ready to use.

To make the cake: In a medium bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined then set aside.

Into a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy — about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. With the mixer on low-speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated then add 1/2 of the milk and mix until blended. Repeat ending with the last 1/3 of the flour mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread to create an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over the batter in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top begins to brown and a toothpick inserted to the top is clean. Cool slightly, then cut into squares. Serve warm or room temperature.

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

I hope that you relax and savor weekend mornings with a big piece of this Fluffy Crumb Cake —  it’s a great way to start the day!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy}


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Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

This soft, fluffy Coconut Cake filled and frosted with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting will make a true coconut believer out of you.

Coconut Cake with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Baked Life

Truth be told, I am not a huge coconut fan. Gasp! However, I feel if you use the sweet stuff in moderation, it can really enhance your baked treats.

This Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream frosting is no exception! Turns out, coconut cake is my husband’s favorite type of cake and I do enjoy making things for him that he likes. That being said, he is very picky and even though he may like a certain type of treat, it may not always meet his high standards (oh well!). You see, it was my husband’s birthday a few weeks ago and I always do a little party for him. Small, but meaningful.

That morning, not only did I have to clean the house, decide on the menu, do the grocery shopping, take my son to the gym, get in a quick work out myself, but also had to prepare the meal and make dessert. After a full week at work, and helping my son with his many honors projects and the like, I am pretty tired by the time the weekend comes around.

Coconut Cake with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Baked Life

But since this was my guys birthday day, I mustered up the energy to create a special event for him. I told him my plans and we decided on the menu: cheese, nut and fruit tray followed by a chopped salad, citrus marinated chicken and roasted red potatoes. And then I announced the all important dessert I had in mind, Coconut Cake. He thought it was a great idea, but stated that since I was already doing so much, why didn’t I just buy the cake at our local grocery store.

What? Me, buy a cake? Me the baker and blogger…why in the heck would I buy a cake? My hubs sometimes just does not get it. I LOVE TO BAKE! Especially when it’s for a special occasion. And doing this for him, I WANTED to bake him a cake and make it something wonderful that we would rave about!

OK, he was right, it would be a lot easier for me just to put that, who knows how old, overly sweet, too much lard-y frosted cake in my shopping cart. But, I really, really wanted to make this cake, even if it did take some time out of my day. And so, that is exactly what I did!

Coconut Cake with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I think I get this baking obsession from my mom. She always baked extraordinarily unique homemade cakes for birthdays and every other occasion you can think of when I was growing up. It was not until I got older, and for that matter when she got older, did she start buying cakes. But, she really only buys cakes from exquisite bakeries, not from a grocery store. I’m with her, however I would still rather bake my cake. I’m not saying that grocery store cakes are bad, some are actually OK, but they are not really my thing.

The secret for this cake is using canned unsweetened coconut milk in place of regular milk and adding this same coconut milk into the frosting. Also, to achieve the light and fluffy frosting, be sure that you beat the butter on high-speed for at least 5 minutes and then another 5 minutes after you add the remaining ingredients. It really makes a huge difference and the results are outstanding!

My very picky husband said this Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting was the BEST cake he ever tasted. He oogled over it as he devoured it! Not too sweet, not too coco-nutty! Just right!!!! He even mentioned the other night, when he was craving something sweet, that he wished we still had this cake as nothing around our area (that can be purchased) compares! Such a huge complement coming from him!

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Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Coconut Cake with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Baked Life

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients

Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg whites
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk*
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)

Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 pound (about 4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk*
¼ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
Large sweetened flake coconut, for top garnish

Instructions

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together four, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl of a stand-mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium-speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg whites and beat until well incorporated. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until fully incorporated. Then add the coconut milk and vanilla and mix until combined.

Divide batter between the two pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and when gently touched the top springs back. Be careful not to over bake.

Cool the cake in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then gently turn the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting while the cake is cooling: In a large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the butter on high-speed for about 5 minutes – until light and fluffy. Occasionally scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Then, with the mixer on low-speed, add the confectioners sugar, vanilla extract, coconut milk and coconut extract (optional). Turn up the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

To assemble the cake: place one cake onto a cake plate or cake stand. Add 1/3 of the frosting to the top and spread to an even layer with an offset spatula. Put the second cake on the top. Add the next 1/3 of frosting to the top of the cake and spread evenly. Then using the remaining 1/3 of frosting, frost the sides of the cake with an offset spatula and here use a thin layer scraping with the spatula. Any reaming frosting can go on the top and smooth out to your liking. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the flake coconut. Slice and serve!

*For the coconut milk, use the type from a can, such as Thai Kitchen coconut milk

Coconut Cake with whipped Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Baked Life

This beautiful Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting is the perfect dessert to top off a special occasion or, because it’s so easy to make, it’s great anytime you are craving a delicious cake!

Sheila

 

{cake adapted from Martha Stewart frosting from here}


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Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Take a break from the craziness of the day and whip up this creamy, dreamy Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake!

Bailey's Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

I’m all about having something quick to make and satisfyingly delicious to nosh on when life seems to get a bit stressful. This is definitely one of those times and luckily, this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake is also one of those desserts!

Let’s just say that being a mom of a teenage boy can be challenging. Being a teen is challenging. And for that matter, being parents of a teenager is challenging.

What goes on in high school these days is much different from when I was a teen. Heightened bullying and cyber bullying, fights, new technology and social media can be overwhelming for kids to deal with. As a young adult, navigating your way through high school with all of these extra distractions is more challenging than ever.  When you toss in the important stuff like the classes, homework and grades — it’s a lot for any teen to cope with.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

And my 15-year old son has had to deal with a lot of these challenging situations lately. Some have been more difficult to get through than others. Being a supportive and caring parent takes a whole lot of time, patience, commitment, perseverance, resilience, and love.

But that’s what we do as parents. We help navigate our child through this crazy thing called “life” with unending love and support. In the process, we learn how to be better parents, he learns what it takes to be mature young adult, and we grow together as a family.

Sometimes it’s draining. At times it’s complicated. But in the end, it’s all worth it.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

One thing that is not challenging is this easy, no-bake Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake.

It’s simply made by layering Chips Ahoy cookies dipped in Bailey’s Irish Coffee Creamer, vanilla and Irish creamer scented whipped cream and dusted with cocoa powder. Since it’s made with non-alcoholic creamer, your whole family will be able to enjoy this delicious treat.

The outcome has a uniquely good flavor combination with a light and creamy texture — it will melt in your mouth, and melt your heart!

It’s uncomplicated. No challenge here.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Bailey’s non-alcoholic coffee creamer
1 package (13 oz.) Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Bailey’s
Unsweetened Cocoa powder

Instructions:

In a large bowl of an eclectic mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s creamer until soft peaks form.

Add the Bailey’s creamer to a small bowl. Then, one-by-one dip the cookies into the Bailey’s and layer the bottom of a 8×8-inch pan. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream and smooth to an even layer. Repeat the layering, ending with the whipped cream on the top. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and refrigerate over night.

Baileys Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake

So, take a big helping of this Bailey’s Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake, and maybe, just maybe it will help you get through a challenging time!

Sheila