17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts



Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

1) This Caramel Pumpkin Cake is one of those that quickly jumped to the top [Read more…]


18 Fantastic Easter Desserts You Should Try

We’re just a handful of days away from Easter and it’s a reminder of all things fresh and new. The traditions that come along with each holiday are part of what make them so special, not necessarily the activities themselves, but the significance of each one and the chance to enjoy them together. We all celebrate in a different way, maybe it’s a sunrise worship service or an Easter Egg hunt with the kids, or a decadent brunch. However we choose to celebrate, there will be together time and there will be food! And it won’t be any old dish, it will be something special, and that’s why I’ve gathered 18 fantastic Easter desserts for your celebration this weekend.

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

It’s always nice to have new options to add to some of those traditions, so we’ve found several types of yummy Easter desserts to add to your menu and grocery list this week. Some are more traditional, some are the perfect combination of quick and impressive, others involve fresh fruits and then I’ve even thrown in a few the kids can do with you. Whichever you choose, there are plenty of options to enjoy making and eating together!

For those who love the fresh taste of fruit in dessert

Strawberry Pie – This is a classic that you can never really go wrong with.

Pound Cake  with fresh berries and whipped cream – There are so many beautiful and tasty ways to serve this crowd pleaser.

Lemonade Cake – A personal favorite of mine.

Grilled Pineapple Dessert – A dessert that can be made on the grill and involves fruit is a perfect way to welcome spring.

Strawberry Shortcake – Another fun dessert with fresh strawberries.

Cherry Limeade Cake – Tasty, not fussy to make and it looks beautiful.

For those who want to get the kids involved

Meyer Lemon Pies – This one literally only has 3 ingredients.

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding – Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love pudding or Nutter Butters?

Double Chocolate Mousse – A recipe that starts with brownie mix, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream is sure to impress those gathered around the table when the kids announce that they made it.

Coconut Cream Chocolate Dessert – There are several steps for this one, but each one is quick, making it fun for the kids to help create and serve.

For those who need to save time or oven space

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake  – It’s Carrot Cake with the word Easy in front of it, which makes it a great option with all the other cooking for your dinner

Key Lime Mousse – A fresh, fruity dessert than can be prepped and ready ahead of time

Lemon Cheesecake Dessert -Easy, fresh and perfect for warm spring Easters!

Tuxedo Bars – These bars are made in a 9 x 13 pan and start with a cake mix, so they save lots of time, and the kids can even help

Chocolate Cheesecake – This cheesecake can be made in the crock pot, and you don’t have to be a Cheesecake expert to make it either.

For those who want something extra special

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries – It may surprise you to find Pavlova included on several traditional Easter Dessert menus until you see this light beauty with a delicious ingredient list!

Baked Pineapple Dessert – One of those desserts that look way more complicated than it really is, and is great for Easter!

Zucchini carrot cake – You simply have to include carrots on the Easter menu somehow!

Coconut Pineapple Crisp with coconut macadamia nut ice cream – This recipe is great for those who are sensitive to gluten, and having a tasty dessert is quite a treat for those on special diets

Now it’s your turn …

Now all that’s left to do is pick your favorite Easter Dessert! The hard part is picking just one to create the sweetest final course to your Easter meal. Go ahead and pin the lovely  Easter desserts below. Keep it in your Pinterest board to find all these yummy desserts again for your next special event. Even if that event is a family dinner on a Tuesday night. When family and friends are gathered around the table it’s a meal worth celebrating!
18 fantastic Easter desserts


Ham, Asparagus and Swiss Quiche + Pineapple Dump Cake – Dinner and Dessert!

Bisquick spring meal


We are so ready for spring!  I bet you are too.

This meal tastes like spring.  The quiche is full of ham, asparagus and Swiss cheese.  Asparagus is abundant right now and the flavor is perfect in this quiche.

The Pineapple Dump Cake couldn’t be easier to make, with three ingredients that you pour, sprinkle, slice and bake.  It’s so good!  I love recipes like this one, where the result is so much greater than the effort involved.

These recipes are perfect anytime, but especially if you need to whip up something for your family on Easter weekend.  Thanks to Bisquick and Betty Crocker mixes, they come together really quick.

And when everyone (or most of the family) is home for the Easter holiday this is a great way to keep them around the table longer by giving them dessert after the main course.

We were even able to squeeze in a walk after this meal.  It was a beautiful day!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the quiche:   [Read more…]


Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake


You are going to want to make this cake!  It’s amazingly moist and full of flavor.

And the best part is that it’s really easy.

Even the decorating part is easy.  Trust me.  I’m the queen of ugly cakes.  If I can do this, anyone can.  Putting the nuts all around the sides is a quick way to make a beautiful cake.  And it covers up any crumbs in the frosting too.  Bonus!

The cake itself starts with a cake mix.  I doctored up a box of carrot cake mix with two skinny carrots that I rescued from the bottom of the fridge.  I also added some crushed pineapple.

Here’s what you’ll need for the cake:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake

While pumpkin is generally the preferred flavor of fall, apple is my true favorite. I love going apple picking. And the farm’s warm caramel apples? They’re my true mark of fall. This is my favorite fall treat, in cake form.


Even though this is made in the slow cooker, and slow cooker dishes aren’t notoriously pretty, this is a company-worthy dessert. As long as you grease the crock really well, it’ll pop out in one piece and you’ll be able to slice it like an oven-baked cake.

The caramel sauce permeates the whole cake before settling at the bottom. The apples are also heavy enough to fall to the bottom of the crock, too. The result is, when you turn the cake out, you have a nice layer of caramel, lots of apple pieces and then a soft, moist caramel cake.

Ready to get cooking? Here’s what you’ll need:



Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 5 oz. can evaporated milk
  1. Grease the crock of the slow cooker very well.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, apple pie filling and water until well combined. Spread evenly in the crock.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk until well combined. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then pour over the cake mix in the crock.
  4. Cook on high for 2 - 3 hours, until the top springs back when lightly touched. Turn off, remove lid and let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Run a knife along the edge of the crock to loosen the cake. Invert the crock over a serving platter and let the cake drop out. Spoon any remaining caramel sauce over the top of the cake.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

Sometimes I buy a cake mix as an inspiration ingredient.  That was the case with this butter pecan cake mix.  I didn’t know what I would make with it when I bought it, but after I got it home it seemed like a great idea to pair it up with pumpkin.

And then I spied the can of coconut-pecan frosting and decided that would make the perfect topping.

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting www.eatathomecooks


This is a nice change from spiced cakes, but it still has a lot of fall flavor.  The butter pecan cake hold its own with the pumpkin, the tastes melding together perfectly.  It’s a moist cake that isn’t too sweet.

I did try to trick my dad into thinking that it didn’t have any pumpkin in it.  That didn’t work though!  The pumpkin color and flavor are both pronounced.  If you’ve got someone in your family who doesn’t like pumpkin, this isn’t the dessert to sneak it in.

Butter Pecan Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting


The ingredients for this cake are so simple.  Just 4 items, including the frosting.  It doesn’t get easier than that!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Lemonade Cake – One of My Favorite Cakes Ever

Lemonade Cake


This cake doesn’t look like anything special.  But if you like lemon, you will love it.

It’s one of my very favorite desserts.  My mom has made it for years and I can’t believe I haven’t shared the recipe with you yet.

It starts with a lemon cake mix.  Add a package of lemon pudding mix.  And after it’s baked, drench it with lemonade.

The result is moist, sticky, lemon-packed scrumptiousness!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Orangesicle Cookies & a giveaway!

Orangesicle Cookies

A sponsored post on behalf of Pillsbury.

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I love cake mix cookies.  The possibilities are endless.

Recently, Pillsbury asked me to try their new Orangescicle and Key Lime flavors.  Each comes in a cookie mix and cake mix, so you can choose.

Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up.  I think these citrus flavors are a great way to celebrate spring and sunshine.  My kids loved the cookies.  My son said to me, “You know what these taste like? Those orange popsicle treats.”  Win!  They do taste just like orange creamsicles.  Yum!

Celebrate Spring with your family!

  • Make a day trip to the zoo more special by packing a picnic lunch with these cookies for dessert.
  • Visit a park or take a short hike in the woods. Be sure to bring along sweet cookies to enjoy.
  • Make playtime in the backyard more fun, by bringing out a plate of cookies and sharing them in the sunshine!



I added vanilla baking chips to my Orangesicle cookies.  About 3/4 cup is plenty for one box of cookie mix.  Just follow the directions on the back of the cookie mix box, then stir in the white chips.

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you too!

Summer Seasonal Celebration Starter Reader Giveaway Kit:

  • ·         One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes
  • ·         Frostings (1 each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)
  • ·         $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card
  • ·         Total estimated giveaway value: $60

To enter, leave a comment telling me how you’re planning to celebrate Spring with your family.  Giveaway closes on Monday morning 5/13 at 9am.  Winner will be notified by email.

You can follow the Pillsbury Baking Facebook Page and find Pillsbury Baking on Pinterest.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pillsbury Baking.  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples. All opinions are my own.

Celebrate More! The Easy Way to Frost Cupcakes plus a Giveaway!


Aren’t those cute?

I love the bright colors and sprinkles.

I’ve shared before that I am not good at decorating cakes or cupcakes.  I just don’t make pretty food.  So it made me really happy that I was able to make these cupcakes.

I used a star tip.  Starting in the center, I just squirted (is the proper word piped?) around in a circle until the top of the cupcake was covered.  Simple!

And using two contrasting colors of frosting made for a more festive presentation.  I even sprinkled the cupcakes with sprinkles from both types of frosting.

You can get 12 regular sized cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes from 1 box of Funfetti cake mix.  It’s fun to have two different sizes for people with a big or small sweet tooth.

We don’t have any birthdays coming up, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason to celebrate.  We shared these cupcakes to celebrate Jim coming home from a three week business trip.  We were all so glad to have him home!

Pillsbury Funfetti has a lot to celebrate now with the Pillsbury Funfetti 25th Birthday Promotion, which runs through April 25.  You can find out more on the Pillsbury Baking Facebook Page.  You can also follow Pillsbury Baking on Pinterest.

We can do a little celebrating here too!  I’ve got one Celebration Starter Kit to giveaway.  This includes Funfetti Premium Cake and Cupcake Mix, Colored Frostings and a $50 Visa gift card.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me what your family’s next celebration will be.

Giveaway closes April 25 at 9am Eastern.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Pillsbury.  I’ve been compensated for my time and I received product samples.  All opinions are my own.


Easy Apple Crumb Cake

I was headed to a family get together last week and needed to bring dessert. I couldn’t decide what to make so I looked around in a pantry and what I found created this deliciousness! This is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and so good. I hope you enjoy as well. And its very customizable. You could use any type of cake mix. I think it would be good with spice cake. And you could use other fruits. Peaches would be so good too. If this gets your creative juices flowing and you make an alteration to this recipe please comment and let us know!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do – I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2-3 apples, sliced and skinned

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Easy Apple Crumb Cake
  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do - I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 apples - cored, sliced and peeled
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.