costco double chocolate cake copycat

I had a Costco double chocolate chip muffin last weekend for the first time in multiple years, and it was so nostalgic that I needed more. But not 12 more. I tried to search on Google for a copycat recipe, but they all started from box cake and instant putting, which is just too much work for me.

Instead, I started from my ever-so-reliable moistest chocolate cake recipe, bumped up the flour by 1/4 c, and added 1/2 c of cocoa powder covered chocolate chips. I baked it in a parchment-lined loaf pan, since I don’t have larger muffin tins, but will say that it was an absolute hit. The loaf pan took over an hour to bake through, so I may try a cake pan next time.

Will definitely make again! Sorry no pics – disappeared into our bellies in a quick minute.

strawberry almond muffins

DSCF3847This is off-season, but that’s what I get for archiving a bunch of half-finished posts. Well, you get what you get, readers! (All two of you. Hi.) To be honest, I feel like these muffins were too moist. Maybe I should have baked them a little past set. I mostly needed to find something to use up my overripe strawberries with, so found this recipe. Will probably try something else next year. (Or buy fewer baskets of strawberries…)

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gingerbread cookies

dscf3168Ok obviously a few weeks late, but this can still be a reference for next year, right? ‘Tis the season to-eat-cookies, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la! We had a tradition of making unfrosted gingerbread cookies when I was younger; the taste of these is very similar, but without the need to chill the dough. Much more convenient for sure. This dough work probably work well for a house too, since it doesn’t rise much at all. For a house, I’d recommend rolling dough out a bit thinner for easier handling.

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blueberry bourbon basil whipped cream frosting

dscf3016Longest blog post title ever, but there’s not really a simpler description for this cake I made for Rose’s birthday this year. Which obviously dates this post to basically two months delayed, but um, better late than never? This was definitely one of my best cakes of the year. Look at that beautiful lavender color of the frosting – so pretty! And I swear it was tasty to boot, we have witnesses.
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fresh blueberry pie

DSCF2526Berry season is among us!!! Funny thing is, I never used to like blueberries, and now I blink and my snack bowl is empty. I think of them as the most superior among all berries, perhaps even higher-rated than strawberries, because they don’t have leaves to cut off. Rinse and consume, so simple and delicious. But here’s another option: put in something like 10 minutes of effort and come out with this fresh blueberry pie.
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first attempt – pound cake

DSCF1741I’m going to call this an unsuccessful attempt, because what I really want is a copycat Sara Lee pound cake recipe, and this is not it. Plus, my first couple slices of this cake had a funny after taste, and it was definitely not a great hit with the house. Kind of a medium satisfactory baked good, that satisfies “I’m hungry…” but not really anything else.
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