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Pistachio Fig Goat Cheese Ball

Pistachio Fig Goat Cheese Ball

This Pistachio Fig Goat Cheese Ball is perfect for snacking and entertaining.

My man is leaving on tour soon, which means he is requesting I make all his favorite snacks and foods while he’s still home. The picture above being one of them. Have you ever tried a Pistachio Fig Goat Cheese Ball? It’s kinda the perfect (more…)

Cherry Almond Mini Cakes

Cherry Almond Mini Cakes

Some things are sooooo good, they should only come in small bites.  It leaves you wanting more but gives you the opportunity to nibble on a delectable piece of sweetness and not have the guilt that goes along with eating a huge piece of dessert. These beyond heavenly cherry almond mini-cakes are in a category all their own, and could be enjoyed after dinner as a mini dessert or perfect for a classroom of children. ENJOY!!!!!!

Ingredients for Cherry Almond Mini-Cakes:

  • 10 – tablespoons of butter
  • 7 – ounces of almond paste
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 1- cup flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 – egg whites
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 – teaspoon almond extract
  • 32 – Melissa’s Produce cherries (pitted)
  • 32 – mini cupcake holders


  1. In a small sauce pan over a low flame melt butter. Stir every so often until butter is slightly browned. Remove from heat and place to the side to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a mixer add almond paste and mix on medium speed to break up paste for 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl add sugar, flour and salt and mix together. then add to the almond paste and continue to mix for 3 minutes. Until most of almond paste is incorporated. If you see that some pieces of almond paste are much bigger then others. Stop the mixer and break them up with your hands, by grinding your fingers together to form small grains of almond paste.
  4. Then pour browned butter into almond paste flour mixture, and mix till combined.
  5. Add in egg whites, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix on medium for 3 minutes. Then turn mixer off and let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven for 400 degrees fahrenheit. Line mini cupcake tins with paper liners and set to the side. Pit the cherries and set to the side.
  7. Fill each paper liner with 1 tablespoon of almond paste batter, then stick a cherry in the middle of each cup. 
  8. Bake for 14 minutes. Then remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!
Ginger Carrot and Apple Cakes

Ginger Carrot and Apple Cakes

Everyone is juicing these days, and I get it, it’s the new year and people are looking to be healthy and conscious of their vitamin consumption.  The other day after having a ginger- carrot-apple juice, I looked at the empty container and thought that these flavors would taste perfect in a cake.  Also, I could get my son to eat them and I could act like I’m thriving by eating a vitamin filled cake.  I added coconut and pecans to the equation and a “healthy” cake was born!


Ingredients for Ginger Carrot Apple Cakes:

  •  2 – cups sugar
  • 3 – eggs
  • 1 1/2 – cups vegetable oil
  • 1/4 – cup carrot juice
  • 1 – tablespoon ginger paste (or finely minced ginger)
  • 1 – tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 – cups flour
  • 1 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1 – tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 – cups apple (peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 – cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 – cups grated carrot
  • 1 – cup chopped pecans


  • 1 – stick butter
  • 1 1/4 – cups sugar
  • 3/4 – cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 – teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 2 cup capacity each mini bundt pan with a non stick baking spray. Set to the side.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil, carrot juice, ginger, and vanilla. Mix for 5 minutes until smooth.
  4. Then add in flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon mix well.
  5. Fold apples, coconut, carrots and pecans into batter. Mix until combined.
  6. Pour 1 1/2 cups of  batter into each prepared bundt pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. About 10 minutes before the cake is done, make the sauce: Melt the butter in a small pot, stir in the sugar, buttermilk, and baking soda, and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
  8. Pour the sauce over the hot cake in the pan as soon as you remove it from the oven. 
  9. Let stand 1 hour, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  10. ENJOY!