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Sweet as Sugar: Win Tickets to the Sugar Republic!

Sugar Republic, the museum dedicated to the celebration of desserts, candy and all things sweet, has hit Melbourne!

You have the chance to win tickets: All you have to do is subscribe to our Love Baking Club and be one of the first 5 subscribers to send us a sweet recipe by Friday, 22 June 2018, and you will guarantee yourself a ticket to sugary heaven!

Whether you ride the swing in the fairy floss room or jump out of a giant birthday cake, you will not want to miss out on Sugar Republic!

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These Recipes will give you something to Waffle about

When I think about waffles, I’m transported back to sleepy Saturday mornings growing up. Still in my pyjamas, I’d pull out our old tan and brown waffle maker, plug it in and butter it up. A few magical moments later my family was feasting on what felt like the most special of breakfasts – crispy golden on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside. With lots of syrup of course!

Back then I couldn’t have imagined the symphony of flavours a waffle could take on, so in honour of all of our seven year old selves, here’s a list of bold and delicious new ways to enjoy our beloved waffles.

Strawberry Waffles with Lemon Basil Cream


This first recipe may be 100% vegan, but you don’t need to be a vegan to understand the appeal of these delicious waffles. The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado has carefully crafted an elegant waffle recipe for us starring some downright decadent lemon basil “cream.” The creaminess comes from a smooth blend of cashews, coconut milk, vanilla and a few other yummy components, because as you’ve probably guessed, this recipe is vegan! Zesty lemon, warm vanilla, cool coconut milk and sweet strawberries makes these waffles absolute winners from all sides of the flavour spectrum.

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles


You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner. How’s dinner for breakfast sound? These crunchy on the outside, savoury and molten-on-the-inside waffles will totally trick your tastebuds into thinking it’s Friday night – even when you make them on a Saturday morning. A Simple Pantry is so committed to the authentic pizza-ness of these waffles, that the recipe begins with you, well … making a pizza. And not only is the waffle stuffed with pizza goodness – the dough itself ups the flavour factor with garlic powder and basil cooked right in. The perfect waffle if you’re feeling the need for something savoury.

Banana Bread Waffles


Planning a picnic brunch? These waffles are your perfect match. I Heart Eating’s main criteria for her waffles was portability! So you can make these moist banana bread waffles ahead, and pack them in your picnic basket. When you arrive to the park and dig into your waffles, you’ll be greeted by all sorts of warmth and richness from the brown sugar, buttermilk, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course the soft, ripe bananas in this recipe.

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle


These waffles take me back to lazy weekend brunches with friends at my favourite little cafe in New York City. We’d sit around big wooden tables, chatting with strangers and gorging ourselves on red velvet waffles. It was always such a special treat! Now you don’t need to leave your home or the comfort of your fluffy slippers to enjoy red velvet waffles. Taste and Tell’s sumptuous red velvet waffles are ready in 30 minutes, start to finish. Because you can use any … *ahem* … boxed red velvet cake mix to save yourself a little time when you wake up starving and dreaming of these beauties! The ingredients are simple and the payoff is big.

Vanilla Bean and Blueberry Waffles


Something Swanky has put a new twist on a traditional waffle with the addition of aromatic vanilla bean and fresh blueberries. With lovely little blueberries cooked right into the batter, these waffles sure do look pretty on the plate. And a dusting of powdered sugar adds a kiss of sweetness and the perfect finishing touch. This recipe originally featured lemon, but sometimes a simple edit can bring out flavours that were lurking in the shadows, right to center stage. So now with the lemon gone, the blueberries and vanilla bean are free to shine.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles


Now you can drink your Pumpkin Spice Latte and eat it too! My Lovely Little Kitchen has whipped up a lovely little pumpkin waffle recipe for you. These deeply pumpkin colored waffles aren’t skimping on pumpkin flavour. The recipe calls for an entire can of pumpkin puree! And Lovely Little Kitchen even throws in a bonus – a lovely little trick to ensure your waffles turn out just as moist and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside as hers. I love a good baking hack.

Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast Waffles


Got all that? The name of these waffles is quite the mouthful… and so are the waffles themselves – in the best way possible. Maebells is serious about cramming more deliciousness into a waffle than I ever thought possible. It all starts with transforming some hearty cinnamon raisin bread into french toast. But there’s more. A divine cream cheese filling, fresh blueberries and blueberry jam. The result is equal parts rustic and rich. And surprise! These are gluten-free waffles!

Dark Chocolate Waffles


Here’s the waffle recipe all of us chocolate lovers have been waiting for. I Bake He Shoots (via BonAppetit) read our collective minds with this chocolaty confection. And don’t think for a second that these rich, dark waffles are over-the-top sweet – they aren’t. These dark chocolate waffles have half as much brown sugar as they have cocoa powder. And they actually feature a surprising ingredient: olive oil. The sweetness comes from how you top it, and I Bake He Shoots decided that butter, maple syrup and warm, melty peanut butter poured on this waffle would bring the sweetness to the party. I agree wholeheartedly.

Apple Fritter Waffle Donuts


Completely Delicious’ ingenious creation could just as easily be called Apple Fritter Donut Waffles. Whatever the title, I’m seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this tasty approach to a classic waffle myself. This recipe starts off with a homey apple fritter batter. The batter becomes a soul satisfying fritter waffle and the fritter waffle gets deep fried, transforming it into a golden brown beacon of culinary achievement: the Apple Fritter Waffle Donut. And if you can possibly take any more goodness, the Apple Fritter Waffle Donut is finished off with a deliciously simple, sweet glaze.

Overnight Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Toasted Pecan Butter, Cider Syrup and Spiced Apples


These light and fluffy waffles are yeasted, and that means a little extra forethought in the preparation. And boy are they worth the extra time! Half Baked Harvest pulls out all the stops on this one: apple cider, fresh apples (honeycrisp or pink lady), pumpkin puree, nutty pecans, a great big cinnamon kick, toasty nutmeg, pure maple syrup and a whole lot of butter. What’s not to love in this cozy, ultra comfort-food take on waffles? It’s hard to decide if the toasted pecan butter, cider syrup or spiced apples steal the show. So I won’t. I love it all.

Chocolate Stout Waffle Sundae with Chocolate Stout Fudge Sauce


Last but not least, if you’re a lady who appreciates the dreaminess of a creamy stout beer – or one who’d love to take a crack at cooking with beer – you’ve come to the right place. The aptly named “Beeroness” is a beer expert. And she’s got all sorts of beer-infused baked goods under her belt. With this recipe, she’s played on the chocolaty undertones of a stout beer by making her waffle sundae feature a fudge sauce made of a healthy pour of stout beer and luscious dark chocolate chips.

Are waffles your forte? We’d love to see what flavour combos you can come up with! Share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cbsshomemade.

Roll in the Flavour; Our Favourite Rolls and Scrolls!

Picture this – soft layers of buttery bread rolled up with moist fillings of all varieties. Whether it’s pesto or dates, all of these flavors are right at your finger tips. No, you’re not in heaven. You’ve just been introduced to 10 amazing rolls and scrolls. This is a collection of the very best breads that are rolled up with a tasty filling. It’s not just about cinnamon rolls. Let the ecstasy begin!

Walnut and Tahini Scrolls

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Jennifer from Milk and Honey confesses that these scrolls are her way of getting a perfect start on Sunday mornings. Do you have room for one more, Jennifer? These scrolls look fantastic. The slightly sweet rolls have a tahini and walnut filling wrapped in a pillowy yeast bread. They’re perfect with coffee!

Caramel, Almond and Coffee Sticky Rolls


Yes, you can lick your fingers while enjoying these lip smacking rolls.  Rachael from Made from Scratch knows just how to start the day by baking up a batch of these super tasty rolls.  They’ve got a tasty almond-caramel filling with an irresistible coffee syrup.  Good morning!

Chilli Pesto Scrolls


Rolls don’t just have to be sweet. No, sir! Amanda from Chew Town created these rolls with her love of savoury food in mind while letting her Italian colours shine through. Cheese and a spicy pesto is the name of the filling game with this roll and it looks delicious!

Spinach and Feta Scrolls


One of the best things about scrolls is that they’re hand held and perfect for an on-the-go snack or breakfast.  Peter from Souvlaki for the Soul creates a flaky Greek inspired scroll that is filled with spinach, feta, and walnuts.  It’s the perfect satisfying breakfast.

Cinnamon Rolls Baked in Caramel


John from Heneedsfood gives cinnamon rolls the royal treatment.  They’re filled with a mix of cinnamon, cardamon, and brown sugar, then baked in a bath of warm caramel.  Toss in a little crunch from the almond topping, and you’ve got the perfect cinnamon roll.

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Roll Cake


Do you love cinnamon rolls so much that you dream of indulging in a giant one?  Say no more.  Karly from A Simple Pantry is the cinnamon roll cake queen.  This particular cake is filled with a cinnamon-peanut butter mix, then slathered in a cream cheese frosting with chocolate and peanut butter.  I think I’ve been making my cakes all wrong.

Apple Brioche Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting


Raise your hand if you love, love, love brioche!  Isn’t it the best?  Kendra from Kendra’s Treats took brioche to a whole new level and made it into a tasty sweet roll with a cinnamon-apple filling.  And don’t forget about the frosting.  Kendra went for the cream cheese frosting, which compliments the rolls perfectly.

Roasted Red Peppers, Cheese, and Bacon Scrolls


You had me at bacon.  These savory scrolls have an irresistible combination of ingredients for the best on-the-go lunch.  Angie from Sea Salt with Food teamed up sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and bacon filling for a scroll that’s sure to be a winner.

Wholesome Cheesy Vegemite Scrolls


Scrolls can be a great way to get a healthy start to your day, too!  These nutritious rolls from Mouths of Mums are filled with reduced fat cheese and vitamin-packed Vegemite.  They’re a great source of fibre, protein, and delicious flavour!

Cinnamon, Date and Walnut Brioche


These aren’t your everyday cinnamon rolls.  Claudia from The Brick Kitchen filled them with sticky-sweet dates and walnuts, then topped these babies off with a good sprinkling of powdered sugar.  They’re also cooked in a muffin tin, which means that each one has it’s own gorgeously crusty outer layer.

What are your favourite rolls and scrolls?  We’d love to hear all about it.  Share your faves with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cbsshomemade. 

Top 10 Tasty Shortbread Recipes You Have to Try

Buttery, flaky goodness– shortbread are some of the most simple, yet completely irresistible cookies on earth. But why stop there? The recipes on this list feature shortbread like you’ve never seen it before. From green tea to bacon, these amazing cookies will leave you drooling and begging for more.

Chai Tea Shortbread

Chai Tea Shortbread

Jane from Little Sugar Snaps creates a from-scratch chai tea mix that is then folded into a buttery shortbread dough. This results in an irresistible shortbread cookie with warm spices that is absolutely amazing. I have no doubt that I could retire to a comfortable couch with a cup a tea and nibble on these all day.

Twix Cookies


That’s right, you can have cookies and candy at the same time. Kathi from Deliciously Yum created these scrumptious shortbread inspired by Twix candy bars. That means layers of chocolate and caramel resting on top of melt in your mouth shortbread. Divine.

Maple Bacon Shortbread Cookies

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You can find bacon in just about any recipe, but these maple-bacon shortbread are truly unique. Anita from Hungry Couple loves the combination of sweet maple and salty bacon, which compliments the flavor of shortbread wonderfully. These would be so tasty with a cup of coffee. I’m sold!

Funfetti Shortbread


Courtney from Fork to Belly knows just how to get the party started. Adding sprinkles to a traditional shortbread dough is an easy way to add pizzazz. The result is a colorful, fun shortbread that still has that buttery, flaky texture we all love.

Matcha Shortbread Cookies


I absolutely love the look of these cookies! Cynthia from Two Red Bowls divided the shortbread dough in half and added green tea powder, then rolled it up for an adorable cookie that tastes just as good as it looks.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars


Jennie from One Sweet Mess shows us that with shortbread, sometimes it’s all about the toppings. She created this decadent shortbread bar topped with moist cheesecake, sweet caramel, and fruity apples. Don’t forget about the crispy texture of the crumble of top. These bars have it all.

Millionaire’s Shortbread Bites


I can definitely see where the name for this shortbread comes from. Jo from Every Nook and Cranny is sure to make you feel like a Millionaire while enjoying this decadent shortbread. She created a cookie with a melt-in-your-mouth texture topped with homemade caramel and dark chocolate with the most beautiful raspberry garnish.

Cranberry Viennese Sandwich Creams


Mandy from Lady and Pups worked on these tantalising cookies over and over until they were just right. The result? Tender, buttery cookies with a tart cranberry filling. These look absolutely perfect. Mandy, your work really payed off.

Black Sesame Shortbread with Hibiscus Glaze


Wow, this is shortbread like I’ve never seen it before! Maryanne from The Little Epicurean used black sesame flour in her shortbread cookies, which yields a lovely dark gray colour. She then tops these little babies off with a bright fuschia hibiscus glaze. Gorgeous!

Manchengo Marcona Almond Shortbread Crackers


Steph and Ang from Cali-Zona showed us that shortbread doesn’t always have to be sweet. You can still enjoy the flaky, buttery texture of shortbread with savory flavors. For this one, Steph and Ang tossed in almonds, Manchengo cheese, and black pepper for the perfect snacking cracker.

So many varieties! Which are you going to try? Share your faves with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cbsshomemade.

12 Decadent, Raw (Mostly Vegan!) Dessert Recipes You’ll Want to Double!

What do you think when you think raw food? Crisp summery salads or colourful bowls of fresh fruit? Or maybe tuna tartare or certain kinds of sushi?  Well don’t think for a moment that savoury lunch and dinner meals have all the raw food fun. Raw desserts can be unbelievably indulgent, with all the ooey gooeyness and creamy dreaminess and beautiful textures, flavours and colours that’ll entice you to take just one more bite!

There’s so much to savour about these raw recipes. The freshness of the ingredients, the richness of the flavours, the goodness of enjoying nature’s bounty in its natural state, and as you’ll see for many of these recipes, the ease of preparation, despite how fancy the lovely dessert looks on the plate. And nearly all are also vegan desserts as well. Ready to go raw?

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice


Figs are stunning. It’s just a fact. So I chose this recipe to go first because it’s… well, it’s beautiful. Beautiful and thanks to Secret Squirrel food, delicious. I want to frame a picture of these vanilla coconut fig slices and mount it over my couch. And what’s on the inside is just as lovely. A crumbly, gorgeously textured walnut and fig base, a perfumed and rich vanilla coconut cashew cream and of course, the star of the show: fresh figs.

Vegan Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake


Pecans, dates, cashews, coffee liqueur, coffee extract, espresso, chocolate… are you tasting it yet? I sure am. This rich raw and vegan cheesecake from Dreamy Leaf has universal appeal and a sultry, grown up sensibility. The three way texture play between the savoury, nutty crunch, the earthy, fragrant coffee and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is like a symphony of loveliness. Not a coffee superfan? Just skip the coffee extract and the remaining ingredients will leave you with a more vanilla-y cheesecake with just a wink of coffee.

Strawberry and Cream Cashew Cookie Bites


Growing up did you ever sneak and eat the cookie dough before the cookies made it into the oven? Well, there’s something about eating raw cookie bites that gives me that naughty feeling of sneaking cookie dough… and I absolutely love that. Better With Cake’s cookie bites are pink and precious and the raw cookie bite version of a natural energy bar. Although I’ll probably end up using the extra energy to munch on more of these strawberry and cream cashew delights.

Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding


This creamy pudding recipe comes straight from the laboratory – I mean, kitchen – of a certified holistic nutritionist.  Meaning while I’m going all doe eyed at the deliciousness of the pudding, my body will be rejoicing that it’s actually great for me! To me, these chocolate and raspberry chia puddings are perfect for parties. Your guests will be so impressed when they see your chocolaty, raspberry coloured delight. And they won’t believe their ears when you tell them that the ingredients in this dessert will actually help keep their blood sugar in a healthy range. Brilliant, thanks Maria Ushakova!

Vegan Pistachio Lemon Truffles


Crazy Vegan Kitchen’s raw truffle recipe comes with a serious side of sass. They’re nutty and lemony and creamily sweetened by soft dates. The recipe is simple – just pop your ingredients in a few stages into your food processor and play with adding little pours of water until you’ve reached the perfect consistency for the mixture to be formed into balls. Then you’ll roll your truffles in pistachio or lucuma (you can get it at the health food store!) and enjoy!

Raw Caramel Slice


These slinky, streamlined caramel bars from Donna Hay are straight out of my most fanciful chocolaty dreams. The tasty base is a crumble mixture achieved by using the food processor to combine coconut oil, coconut flesh, almonds and dates. Next, you’ll make a date caramel that’s almost too luscious to describe, to layer on top of the crumbly sweet base. A raw cacao, melty mixture that you’ll pour over the first two layers. Then refrigerate – or freeze it if you’d like extra firm bars – slice them and eat ‘em up.

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake


Growing up, I always thought I hated carrots. Cooked, they felt too mushy, raw they felt too snappy and I could never figure out just how I could sneak carrots into my life. That is, until I met carrot cake. Tender, divine carrot cake with creamy frosting that makes me go weak in the knees. Now I refuse to eat a carrot not in cake form. And the Blenderist’s raw carrot cake recipe is next on my list to try. I love that the no-bake cake part of the recipe includes ginger! And when I saw the words “maple syrup” in the frosting ingredients I was sold.

Raw Vegan Lime Tart

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If you’re a citrus lover and refreshing desserts are what your heart longs for, this limey tart was made for you. And if you’re a creamy things fan and won’t eat dessert unless something soft and sweet is involved, you’ve come to the right place. Neely Wang’s raw vegan lime tart is dairy free, gluten free and has absolutely no sugar. Amazing! It’s zingy and zesty and bright with lots of lime. And silky and smooth and soul-satisfying. And don’t forget about the perfectly crumbly crust.

Easy Raw Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache


I like to joke that I grew up in a brownie pan. As a kid, my mum baked a never-ending supply of hot, chocolaty brownies for me and my big brother and dad and all of our hungry neighbourhood friends. To me, a moist brownie tastes like all the yummiest childhood memories wrapped into one chocolate package.  The Minimalist Baker’s vegan brownie recipe is no exception – except you don’t even need to get the oven involved. They’re super fudgey, rich and dense and of course, every chocolate lover’s dream.

Sweet Potato Pie


To the naked eye, it’s impossible to detect that this sweet potato pie from Sweet and Sacred is raw. But it is. And I can’t get over the candied walnut topping. It’s everything you’d hope for: a crunchy nut coated in sticky sweet spiced goodness, generously heaped on a sweet potato filling that’ll take your breath away. Ginger, vanilla bean and agave are just three of the reasons why the thought of this pie keeps me up at night… and why I can’t wait to try it for myself!

Raw Caramel Apples


When I imagine myself eating a caramel apple, I almost always picture myself being outdoors. Enjoying nature, hanging with friends, maybe even on a picnic. And maybe that’s because a caramel apple is the most perfectly portable way to fancy up an everyday, staple fruit and transform it into something so, so special. Fork and Bean’s recipe makes it so simple, and the drizzles of chocolate on each apple are just beautiful, creating a lattice for the caramel and crushed nuts to peek through.

Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge Bars


Raise your hand if you’re a chocoholic! My mum passed down the chocolate love to me and taught me a valuable lesson growing up: Always keep chocolate on hand in case of chocolate emergencies. Well, this is a recipe I’ll be adding to my stash.  What’s not to love about smooth, dense fudge? And to top it all off, The Awesome Green’s chocolate fudge bars are full of nutrients like potassium and antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats. These fudge bars are a win, win!

We’d love to hear all about your favourite raw desserts! Share with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cbsshomemade. 

Your New Favourite Cupcakes You Haven’t Even Tried Yet

Cupcakes are a bake sale staple. They’re a special occasion treat. They’re a little mini round of your own personal slice of heaven. They’re everything that’s beautiful about cake made portable, and approachable, and wonderful. And I love cupcakes most of all because no one will ever, ever expect me to share mine!

I recently watched a video whose maker posited that we’ve all been eating cupcakes wrong. Apparently we’re supposed to remove the liner and split the cake in two layers, placing the bottom layer on top of the icing to create a little cupcake sandwich you can hold … like a regular sandwich. Regardless of techniques and technicalities, to me there’s no wrong way to eat a cupcake. The only cupcake sin is a failure to celebrate the bold new flavours cupcakes are taking on. So here’s to our favourite handheld baked good! And to all its newest, wildest manifestations.

Black Currant Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting


Ever met someone who seemed like they had a secret? Well, these purple frosting topped cupcakes by Anna-Mavritta have a very dark, very delicious secret. Take a bite and you’ll encounter a hidden treasure – homemade blackcurrant jam, hiding in that beautiful cake. And on top? Airy coconut and cream cheese frosting dyed ever so slightly lilac from a touch of black currant syrup. The coconut adds its famous texture and the cream cheese makes this light purple frosting velvety.

Sugared Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Popcorn Chocolate Cupcakes


These sky high treats are mostly classic with a hint of crazy. Popcorn on a cupcake? I never thought I’d see the day! But Half Baked Harvest isn’t afraid to push our culinary boundaries and this cupcake recipe proves just that. She even addresses our astonishment head on, saying, “Yes. I am well aware these are insane.” Insane or not, brown butter vanilla bean frosting and a chocolate cupcake batter with a half cup of coffee in it is enough for me to sign the waiver and try my hand at making these kooky confections.

Rosemary Honey Cupcakes


I remember my first rosemary experience like it was yesterday. I was on a date at an almost-fancy Italian restaurant, when I was swept off my feet … by a piece of fresh-from-the-oven rosemary perfumed bread. I knew from that day forward, we’d be inseparable. Me and rosemary that is. Now rosemary’s trying to take things with me to the next level – it wants to be baked into my cupcakes! I do. And Nutmegs, Seven, the creator of this rosemary honey cupcake has been invited to officiate our nuptials.

Raspberry Ripple and Basil Cupcakes


I joke sometimes that the smell of basil is my favorite colour. But really. If you think basil’s just for Italian food sauces and pastas and lasagnas and pestos, think again. It’s quickly making its way onto the dessert scene, as demonstrated here by Ren Behan Food. Side Note: I had some super yummy basil lemonade the other day! Anyway, the cake for these delicate raspberry ripple and basil cupcakes is moistened by the addition of yogurt and made so sweetly nuanced by the notes of basil in the soft raspberry frosting. Yum!

French Toast Cupcakes


Ever snuck into the kitchen in the morning before anyone else was awake, to munch on a little dessert. Well now, you don’t need to live a lie! You don’t have to have a secret cupcake affair anymore. Come into the light and eat french toast cupcakes out in the open, with everyone. And since “french toast” is in the name, I now declare them appropriate for morning consumption. These tender cupcakes by Manda McGrath feature one of my all time favourite words: streusel. And maple buttercream. And … wait for it … chocolate dipped bacon as a topper … I know. I know.

Flourless Chocolate and Lavender Cupcakes


These chocolate and lavender-scented cupcakes from Wallflower Girl are like a spa day for your tastebuds. After biting into one of these delicious little miracles, your tastebuds will feel loved and pampered and so well looked after. Dark chocolate chips are my ultimate weakness and the scent of lavender calms and soothes. Baked together, they’re completely enchanting and you’ll be left wanting more and more.

Tomato Soup Cupcakes


Okay, so I know I said all that stuff about being open minded towards new cupcake flavours, but when I read the title of these quirky cupcakes, even I was skeptical. I wrestled with the thought that, “I draw the line at tomatoes! Tomatoes do NOT belong in cupcakes!” … But today’s all about expanding your cupcake conceptions. When I looked a little deeper, I learned that tomato soup cupcakes aren’t babies in the cupcake world – they’ve been around and they’re coming back. These spiced, tender cupcakes featured on The Kitchn are moist and full of cinnamon, nutmeg warmth. Give them a try – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Mango-Jalapeno Cupcake Stacks


Growing up, my family loved spicy. Spicy foods were a staple. And they still are for me today. I love the feeling of my heart pumping and face beginning to glisten with beads of sweat and my mouth tingly crazily from the heat. And who says desserts can’t be spicy too? Betty Crocker thinks they can! In fact, this recipe for cupcakes is not only spicy, it’s fruity and fresh with notes of citrus and vanilla and coconut and mango!

Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes


Water on its own doesn’t do much to make your heart flutter when you think about it as a cupcake ingredient. But rosewater sure does. It’s funny how a flour can transform something so neutral into something so magical. And these delicately rose-scented cupcakes from Tasty Kitchen, sprinkled with the powder-fine dust of pistachios are just that. Magical. Oh! And save the shells to decorate the plate for an extra pretty presentation.

What is your favourite cupcake recipe? We’d love to hear all about them! Share your faves with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cbsshomemade. 

9 Glorious Desserts Delivered Like Drinks – In a Cup!

How lovely would life be if all desserts were served in a cup?! In fact, why can’t we serve everything in a cup—our cocktails on the right, our blueberry mug cakes on the left? These are the questions that I ask, when I get dessert-y and day dreamy. I found the answers via nine glorious desserts in a cup, from cannoli cream filled chocolate cups to avocado mug cake, these desserts will blow your mind and satisfy your soul in only the way a cup-delivered delicacy can.

I want pumpkin pie mug cake and lemon mug cake and blueberry mug cake. I want my cheesecake in a jar and my ginger parfait in a glass. Is that so wrong? After all, it is the 21st century.

Salted Caramel Pudding


Portuguese Girl Cooks gets it. She just does. Pudding doesn’t have to be one-note. It can be complicated, nuanced and surprising. It can be a flavour journey you savour layer by layer. This pudding is a five-story tower: a chocolaty base, salted caramel pudding, actual, chewy salted caramel, then fresh whipped cream, and finally, cookie crumbs sprinkled on for a teensy bit of crunch. Yum!

Cannoli Cream Filled Chocolate Dessert Cups


FrugElegance’s mascarpone and ricotta cheese recipe features the tiniest touch of liquor. These quick and elegant cream-topped, shaved-chocolate garnished desserts are sweet little nods to Italy and they’re perfect for any special occasion … or say, a Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday. And like the ultimate dessert-in-a-cup they are, even the cup itself is edible, so these cannoli cream cups are delicious down to the last little bite … and you’ll have no dishes to wash after!

Banana Bread in a Jar


If you’ve ever struggled with wedding favors, or birthday gifts, set your mind at ease, these cylindrical-shaped bits of banana bread in a jar put the decadent in DIY! Thanks to Intimate Weddings for guiding us through the maze of portioning and bottling to get this velvety and moist result. Delivery is key, so make sure to get some flowery and fantastic fabric to cover the ring of the jar and be sure to wrap up a little note on the side.

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake


If you’ve ever thought there’s nothing that can improve a good cinnamon roll, I’m going to give you something to chew on! Putting it in a mug is the next frosting-covered level of indulgent. Kirbie’s Cravings keeps you on the cutting edge of confection with its crumbly cinnamon swirl topped with creamy cool frosting—and for the first time in ever your fingers won’t get sticky. The mug is a built-in hand protector. But out of the mug and in your mouth is where this cake shines, it’s pull-apart layers are delicate and its delivery unparalleled.

Monkey Bread in a Jar


Eat, Live, Run’s blog couldn’t be more rightly named! I want to eat this monkey bread in a jar, while living in awe of its portability, and then I’ll probably run back to the kitchen to make some more. It’s cinnamon, brown sugar, pull-apart gloriousness overflowing the jar they’re so generously crammed into. And I love how each mason jar is dressed to impress with a little ribbon for decoration. It’s all in the delightful details!

Red Velvet Mug Cake


Pastry nerds beware, we’ve just entered the “danger zone” of sugary succulence: Red Velvet Mug Cake. The Novice Chef has offered up a heavenly red velvet cake in a mug. White chocolate chips and powdered sugar topping are optional additions to this classic recipe, but the mug is required, as is an adventurous attitude. So break out your inner sass and enjoy this red, chocolaty cake with a touch of tang!

Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar


Have you ever wanted to cut your entire cake in half and admire it from every angle? This is your lucky day! This lush strawberry cheesecake in a jar from Barbara Bakes is stunningly displayed in a clear-plastic cup—making it not only delectable, but stunning as well. Now you can watch as you cut softly through the crumbly topping into it’s light-as-air cheesecake center, and finally, into the syrupy strawberries. It’s like a parfait’s hunky older brother.

Avocado Mug Cake


When I premiered this next recipe for my mom I made her sit down before taking a bite. Kirbie’s Cravings impressed and delighted with this scrumptious avocado mug cake. The gorgeous green, and frothy looking top are so inviting you don’t have to be brave to try it. And the light and airy cake is infused with the healthy fatty acids of avocado, and a deliciously succulent flavor. She didn’t stand up again until she’d finished the whole mug—and mine too.

No-Bake Cheesecake in a Jar


Sometimes I just want a cheesecake that doesn’t take all day to make, and still impresses my friends. This nine-ingredient no-bake cheesecake from The Chic Site is the perfect solution. It’s extra-creamy and flavorful and no one would guess that it took less than 30 minutes to make. And with its layering of sweet berries on delicious cheesecake on crispy crumbled crust this cake is a stunner. So next time your friends ask if there’s anything better than a large and luscious slice of classic cheesecake, tell them there is: the scrumptious and shareable cheesecake in a jar.

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Savoury Bread Recipes That’ll Make You Want to Carbo Load

Once upon a time, Julia Child said, and I quote: “How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” … Now that’s a foreign policy I can stand behind! Excellent bread for all. A beautiful loaf of bread transcends time and space and culture and rank.

To many, myself included, bread is the heart of eating. Because what truly is more comforting and soul-satisfying than a warm piece of bread, fresh from the oven, and the smell of fresh bread wafting through the wind? I’ll answer my own question here. Nothing. Nothing is better than those two things. And today we’re diving headfirst into steaming heaps of savoury, oven-fresh breads. Breads infused with more than just the usual shades and tastes … savoury breads that bring even more satisfaction to your table.

Epic Stuffed Garlic Bread


This is not your mother’s garlic bread—especially if your mother’s garlic bread came in tin foil from the supermarket. But it’s just as easy. Cookies and Cups’ divine spin on the quick-made pasta accomplice, impregnates an every-day loaf of ciabatta bread with parmesan, garlic and butter for a mind-bending cheesy side that will overshadow its entree sidekick. Parsley, olive oil and Kosher salt take the flavours to a new level—a palette pleasing effect that the author aptly describes as ‘epic.’

Braided Pesto Bread


I want to smother Baked By Rachel with thanks for her Italian spin on braided bread. I want her to know this garlic and basil savoury bread is fluffy and fit for a king, or queen in my case. With flaky, salty parmesan, olive oil and sea salt, this pesto-infused bread has all the making of a Tuscan escape, braided neatly in a baking tin. The only downside is that everyone in the house will come running when they smell this bread baking. So prepare yourself for the stampede.

Kale Feta Bread


If you’ve been walking by the kale in your grocery store, wondering why it’s the new popular kid in town, wonder no longer, and walk no further. Grab that kale because Healthy Seasonal Recipes is about to help us get our health on with guest blogger Gina from Running to the Kitchen. Hearty einkorn flour, shredded Tuscan kale and rich feta cheese come together to take us on a one-way trip to the ultimate way to consume kale: baked into delicious bread.

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread


I was in the middle of making banana bread when I had a wild thought: what could make banana bread any better? After hours of hunting, I found what I was searching for in Averie Cooks’ cream cheese filled banana bread. The result is a heavenly mixture of creamy stuffing inside the classic sweet bread from our childhood. And the recipe is easy and no mixer is required! Yay! I say let’s do less mixing and more mingling of lovely flavours. I say let us break the bonds of tradition and step into a satisfying river of creamy cheese banana bread. Are you with me?

Savuory Caprese Bread


Basil, mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes might sound like the ingredients of your favorite salad, but Will Cook for Smiles suffuses them into a flaky buttermilk dough and brings us her savory caprese bread. As the bread rises out of the pan it will take all your moral fiber to resist yanking open the oven door to drink in its herby aroma. But you can do it! I believe in you! And you’ll thank yourself for having the fortitude as the irresistible result is elegant enough for the Princess of Monaco and hearty enough for Tony Soprano, and will have you wondering how you survived this long without it.

Garlic Herb and Cheese Pull Apart Bread


One of the most satisfying feelings is pulling flaky bread into pieces with your bare hands. The other is eating it. Chew Town‘s garlic herb and cheese pull-apart bread has both, in spades. This glorious herb paradox is bold with basil, parsley and rosemary yet soft and flaky like a croissant in a pan. Look no further than this chewy, elegant savoury bread.

Everything Homemade Italian Bread


I always wonder how bakeries get bread to have that perfect-fluffy inside and crisp-baked outside at the same time. Do you? Wonder no more. Taste of Lizzy T’s takes us on a romp through the Italian countryside to teach us the mysterious Way of the Italian Grandmother. Your guests will know it’s homemade by the fluffy rise and the perfectly imperfect shape of these sesame and poppy seed sprinkled loaves. So roll up your sleeves, open a bottle of Sangiovese and let this bread remind you why Italy is the land of love.

Olive Quick Bread


Can Spanish olives a delicious bread make? That’s how they framed the question in Shakespeare’s day, and even though the answer was a quick and resounding yes! Very Culinary shares a show-stopping olive quick bread to put the debate to a permanent rest. This light, lavish olive bread makes its parmesan, Italian herbs and diced sweet onions all the better by mixing and baking them into one savory whole. It’s what restaurateurs wish they could serve with the olive oil as a starter—but it would leave eaters so satisfied, there’d be no main course.

Peppery Cheese Bread


Love ground black pepper, cheddar cheese and spicy brown mustard but can’t figure out how to put them together into anything other than a sandwich? Taste and Tell teaches you how to turn the distinctive mix of flavours into a savoury bread. That this Peppery Cheese Bread doesn’t have a chain of islands in its honor is an atrocity, one you can rectify by making a chain of good decisions and baking the refined and fluffy loaf for yourself.

Savoury Spinach and Roasted Garlic Quick Bread


Nothing spells healthy like spinach, and using Edible Perspective’s method of hiding that spinach inside warm, blissful bread is the ultimate health hack. Plus this buckwheat and gluten-free flour recipe can be enjoyed by your gluten-free friends too. Add roasted garlic and the result is delectable. With almond meal and flax meal as an added bonus this Savoury Spinach and Roasted Garlic Quick Bread will make your body smile. Because nothing’s better than spreading butter on spinach and feeling ok about it.

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Healthy Lunchbox Treats That You’ll Want a Bite of Too

The recipes in this crispy, crunchy, gooey, sweet list of healthy lunchbox treats are amazing for kids. Many of them are even perfect to cook with kids too! And I think you’ll find your own mouth watering and stomach rumbling as you read these healthful takes on often sugary snack classics.

So whether you’re sending the little ones off to school or wanting a satisfying snack that both your body and your tastebuds will love, these healthy lunchbox treats have got you covered, from chips to muffins, fruits to chickpeas. Yes, you heard right. Chickpeas! And believe me, after you’ve tried them you’ll be wishing it was snack time all the time.

Strawberry Yogurt Bark


You’ve heard of chocolate bark, well allow me to introduce you to Hello, Wonderful’s healthy spin on it: Strawberry Yogurt Bark. Perfect for any young one’s lunchbox, this yogurt bark recipe packs a healthy punch with freeze dried strawberries and all the benefits of Greek yogurt. A touch of honey in the yogurt adds a little sweetness. And if you’re feeling like an overachiever, Hello, Wonderful says you can add in all the nuts and dried berries your heart desires to this lunchtime treat.

Healthy, Homemade Mango Fruit Rollups


Growing up, I got a distinct pleasure from slowly unrolling the fruit rollup in my lunchbox and chewing it up, inch by inch. If only I’d known about this mango-y homemade version back then! Just a Taste’s mango fruit rollup recipe is one the kids can help out with: smoothing the mango puree into a thin layer in the pan and then rolling up the slices you cut for them. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even notice the fact that these bright orangey yellow snacks have no added sugar!

Whole Wheat Zucchini, Carrot Oatmeal Muffins


If you’d asked me in 3rd grade if I wanted vegetables in my muffin, I would have probably looked at you like you were crazy. But today, I’ve changed my tune. Yellow Bliss Road’s tender muffins are a fiber triumph, packed with the fiber and nutrients we all need to thrive … and to have lots of energy to run around and play with friends. And I love the pops of orange and green the grated carrot and zucchini bring to these muffins, while raisins are lurking below the surface delivering moist sweetness!

Baked Apple Chips


Sometimes you get that snack itch that only a crunchy, crispy chip can fix. Enter The Viet Vegan’s baked apple chips. And the recipe couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do to enjoy stacks and stacks of apple chips is to thinly slice them, lay them on a thick-bottomed baking sheet and then bake for an hour on each side. When I think of how expensive store bought fruit chips can be, this easy-to-follow recipe becomes a no brainer!

Honey Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas


One of the best parts of eating candy as a kid is having both hands full and overflowing of those tiny sweet pieces. Modern Parents Messy Kids’ recipe for sweet, sassy honey-roasted cinnamon chickpeas is absolutely brilliant for giving the kids (and the adults) the feeling of a handful of candy, using a lovely chick pea as a base, instead of just pure sugar. You take the hot, roasted chick peas and immediately roll them around in the sweet and sticky honey mixture to coat. And if you’d like, this recipe says you can pop the coated chickpeas back in the oven to caramelize the honey glaze. Yes please!

No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites


I adore a good oatmeal cookie. I used to breathlessly await the days that the lunch lady would have fresh-from-the-oven oatmeal cookies waiting for us as we walked through the lunch line. They’re tender, gooey, bendy and sweet. And the chewy, oaty texture makes my heart happy. Here’s a wholesome alternative to a traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that you don’t even need to bake! And the recipe, by Hip 2 Save, features some ultra lovely, powerful ingredients: raw honey, ground flaxseed, nutty, creamy almond butter and chocolate chips.

Easy Homemade Cheez-It Crackers


Sometimes I get nervous to open a box of cheese crackers. That’s because I know I’ll eat the entire thing. Those teeny little orange squares of salty, cheesy crispness make me go weak in the knees. They’re downright addicting and so perfectly portable. And now, I can make my own, thanks to Michelle over at Crafty Morning! These crunchy cheese crackers only have five ingredients. How could something so delicious and lovely be so simple? I won’t question it. I’ll just make these. Right now.

Frozen Yogurt Blueberries


The ice cold treats this simple recipe yields need to be kept in the freezer, so they’re the perfect weekend snack when the kids are home and come inside a hungry and hot from playing so hard in the yard. They’re a chilled, refreshing snack the kids will run for on a hot day. And Heart of Deborah’s frozen yogurt blueberries are so quick and easy to make that kids can make them themselves! They’re just three ingredients: yogurt, blueberries and a dash of cinnamon, which you’ll love!

Grape Poppers


These colourful little grape poppers by Made from Pinterest are the cutest snacks I’ve ever seen. Each one looks like a happy little upside down balloon, dipped in a cloud, rimmed with multicolored sprinkles. And the toothpick in each grape makes them feel so special – each green grape ready to be bitten and savoured. I think these pretty little poppers would look gorgeous with purple grapes too – just imagine the contrast of the white vanilla candy coating on a backdrop of purple! Whichever way you choose, these cheerful grape-y snacks will breathe new life into snack time.

Homemade Fruit and Veggie Snacks

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What would you say if I told you these snacks are full of spinach? I bet you can’t spot it. Neither can kids! These fruity, cranberry red chewies, by the Stay at Home Chef, are sweetened with agave and pack a potent citrus kick, with a touch of vanilla. And the gelatin gives them the wiggly, jiggly, jello-y texture you crave in a snack like this. I say, let’s eat our spinach this way all the time! Who’s with me?

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Devilishly Delicious Donuts

Glaze them, infuse them or dip them in chocolate. Fry them, bake them or even do both. Roll them in sugar or bathe them in sweet frosting. Inject them with jam or shower them with sprinkles. Today we celebrate donuts and there are endless ways to enjoy them. This is an ode to donuts. Those hole-y, impossibly soft, oh so delectable pastries we all love so much.

So if you’re stuck in a donut rut, or feeling adventurous and yearning for new donut-y flavours to savour, here are totally unique, next-level donut recipes to test out for yourself and fall in love with.

Baked Pistachio Pudding Donuts


Pistachios have always been a beautiful mystery to me. A semi savoury, rounded, nutty flavour in a bright green package with a little shell for a coat. Erin over at Well Plated is sharing a donut recipe that’s a total celebration of all things pistachio. The dough for this gorgeous looking donut features buttermilk, almond extract and finely chopped pistachios baked right in! And a honey glaze coats the top of these little lovelies, providing the perfect sticky surface for the pistachios sprinkled on top. Oh! And don’t forget: these donuts are baked, not fried, so you don’t have to feel bad about having a second one. Or a third.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Donuts


This one’s for your inner child. It’s for all the lunchtimes and glasses of milk and sweet and gooey PB & Js you enjoyed growing up. Or last week. Thanks to the wonderful Heather Christo, a childhood classic lunch gets a makeover and emerges a downright delicious donut. And all you need to do is inject your pillowy glazed donut with raspberry jam until it’s nearly overflowing, and then make Christo’s peanut butter, powdered sugar glaze and brush it generously over the top. This donut is truly the perfect peanut butter and jelly bite, oozing with raspberry jam and nostalgia.

Cinnamon Roll Baked Donuts


These baked cinnamon roll inspired donuts will have you scrambling for your donut pan. The beauty of Buns In My Oven’s recipe is the cinnamon topping, which you bake right onto the top of the donut by pouring a little into the bottom of each round in your donut pan. When your donuts are baked and you pop them out of the pan, voila! A sweet, cracklingly cinnamon-y top just waiting for you to sink your teeth into. But before you do, you’ll top your cinnamon roll donuts with the extra thick powdered sugar glaze you’ll be licking off your fingers as you eat.

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with a Vanilla Glaze


Our baked donut parade keeps coming with The Comfort of Cooking’s Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts. If you’re craving sweetness with a little zing, these sunny little donuts, polka dotted with poppy seeds, will make you smile. Full of lemon zest (and lemon extract too!) and baked to perfection, these lemony treats are a welcome detour from a classic donut. And don’t forget the glaze. You can make the glaze with milk or swap in heavy cream if you’re feeling a bit more indulgent.

Coffee Cake Donuts


I recently re-discovered the joy of coffee cake. The coffee cake called to me from inside the pastry display at a neighborhood coffeeshop I’d been meaning to go to. Savouring my coffee cake and sipping a double shot of espresso out of a teeny tiny little cup, I thought to myself, “This. Is. Heavenly.” The coffee cake was so good that I came back for more the next day. And the next. I’ve decided the next step on my journey of coffee cake appreciation is making these tasty coffee cake donuts by Chef in Training. I can’t wait to dig into the crumbly, brown sugar sweetness.

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts


In all of our excitement exploring new tastes, toppings and textures, let’s not forget the lushness of a good old fashioned sour cream donut. They’re classic for a reason, and Tastes Better from Scratch has the perfect recipe. These old fashioned donuts aren’t about a perfectly smooth exterior or a perfectly placed garnish – their charm’s in the cracks and crinkles. Those cracks and crinkles also become the perfect place for the glaze to settle into and to coat every crispy corner and curve.

Pumpkin Donuts


Can’t decide between pumpkin pie and nice, soft donut? Have no fear! You don’t have to. Daily Dish Recipes has solved the dilemma with these blissful pumpkin donut delights. With this recipe we have everything we love about extra creamy pumpkin pie and an airy, sweet donut. And I love her tip in the end – if the sugar and spice mixture doesn’t want to stick to your donut, just brush the donut with melted butter first and the sugar and spice will cling right on.

Vegan Lemon Coconut Donuts


Feeling tropical? These opulent vegan donuts by our friends over at Connoisseurus Veg bring to life everything I daydream about in a fantasy tropical vacation! The crisp, clean citrus flavour brings the sunshine. The sweet, flaky coconut transports me to the tropics, and the lemony glaze brings that sense of adventure – it looks like a traditional powdered sugar glaze to the naked eye, but a tasty lemon secret is waiting to be discovered when I bite it. What lights me up the most though, is that there’s a full cup of coconut baked right into the dough. So the gorgeous coconut you see on the outside is exactly what you get on the inside.

Baked Funfetti Donuts


Sally’s Baking Addiction has uncovered my secret obsession: funfetti. There was a point at which, as a teenager, I realized that there was nothing like funfetti – a whimsical party of colored dits and dots, all taking place in tender, classic, buttery cake. Once I realized my love for funfetti, it was my birthday cake of choice every single year. But you don’t have to wait until your birthday to bake these delectable donuts. Sally’s Baking Addiction walks us through how to enjoy funfetti any day of the year. Her recipe is chock full of helpful tricks (like piping the funfetti batter into your donut pan) and surprise ingredients (like Greek yogurt!)

Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts with Strawberry Glaze


You know when you’re lucky enough to indulge in a sweet that’s so tasty you find yourself doing a little happy dance? Well A Happy Food Dance’s blog is literally devoted to sharing recipes that create that yummy feeling. I’m drooling over these pretty pink donuts just looking at them – so there’s no doubt I’ll dance when I bake them for the first time. These glazed and gooey donuts are for the strawberry lovers. And the quarter cup of honey, fresh strawberries and buttermilk will leave you sweetly satisfied.

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