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Red, White & Blueberry Ice Cream Flag Cake

4th of July American flag ice cream cake with blueberry sauce

Carrie Sellman here from Half Baked – The Cake Blog, excited to share a fun new recipe for your 4th of July celebrations.  Sometimes when it’s hot outside, you simply don’t feel like cranking the oven up to 350!  So today we’re doing a different kind of cake – an ICE CREAM cake – created especially for Independence Day. It’s a new spin on the classic berry flag cake… one that I hope you enjoy!

ABOUT THIS CAKE

Smooth and tangy raspberry sorbet is layered with sweet vanilla ice cream, creating a delicious berries and cream flavor in this Red, White, & Blueberry Ice Cream Cake.  A spoonful of homemade blueberry sauce adds to the berry goodness while giving the plated dessert a playful flag effect. This no-bake treat is both refreshingly light and cool.  Plus, you can make it several days in advance. Perfect summer party food! (Full recipe & instructions are below.)

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Father’s Day DIY: “King of Duct Tape” Treat Crowns

father's day ideas: king of duct tape father's day diy tutorial

Carrie Sellman here from Half Baked – The Cake Blog, excited to share a fun and super easy DIY project {and FREE printables} just in time for Father’s Day!

If the dads in your family are anything like the dads in mine… there is absolutely nothing that a little duct tape can’t fix!  If you have one of these MacGyvers in your life, you know exactly what I’m talking about!  It’s as if that strong silver tape has magical powers. So grab your scissors, swipe a roll of duct tape from the garage and let’s get started!  This Father’s Day, let’s crown our favorite DIY Dads as The King of Duct Tape!

DUCT TAPE TREAT “CROWNS”

We’re dressing up Dad’s favorite treats with a shiny silver crown made out of, yep you guessed it, duct tape!  Not only is this an inexpensive craft (you probably already have all of the supplies on hand) but its simple enough to get the kiddos involved and can be done at the last minute… say, late Saturday night when you realize that Father’s Day is tomorrow!

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Patriotic Star Spangled S’mores Bars {Recipe}

diy tutorial for patriotic s'mores bars

MEMORIAL DAY is almost upon us, and you know what that means! It’s time for some grillin’, chillin’ and fun in the sun! Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration. I’m thrilled to be back today, sharing a fun update on a classic all-American treat… s’mores!

Baked as a bar cookie, these oven s’mores meet my two basic party-food requirements. They can be made in advance (check) and will easily serve a crowd (check, check). A traditional graham cracker crust is baked until golden and topped with a silky smooth chocolate cream. And what’s a Memorial Day treat without some patriotic pride? Star shaped marshmallows in red, white and blue give these s’more a festive flair. Liven up your backyard BBQ with these patriotic Star Spangled S’mores Bars.

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DIY Tutorial: Sparkling SURPRISE Carrot Cupcakes

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

In a few days, Peter Cottontail will be hoppin’ down the bunny trail… so we better have some carrots ready for him! But not just any carrots. Really, how many boring carrots can one bunny eat? I say we go for sparkling carrots with a surprise inside!

Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration. I’m happy to be back at HWTM today, sharing a different kind of carrot recipe – just in time for EASTER! Sure to make your little egg-hunters squeal with delight, these carrots are actually cupcakes!! Cake batter is baked inside an ice cream cone, topped with icing and then coated in orange candy and oodles of sprinkles. Edible grass provides the finishing touch on top. Just look inside!

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

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DIY Tutorial: Leprechaun Hat S’mores

leprechaun hat s'mores - st. patrick's day dessert idea

What’s luckier than a leprechaun’s hat? A leprechaun hat made of chocolate and marshmallow with a great cookie crunch! Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration. I’m over the rainbow to be here today, sharing a quick and easy treat for St. Patrick’s Day!

Delicious as they are cute, these little hats would be the perfect addition to any St. Patty’s Day dessert table, or a festive sweet to enjoy at home. A Fudge Stripe Cookie base is topped with a marshmallow and then coated in chocolate to create one delicious little s’more hat! Easy enough for your little leprechauns to help make too (if you don’t mind gooey hands!). Hope you enjoy these Leprechaun Hat S’MoresLet’s take a peek inside, shall we? (more…)

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Valentine’s Day Treat: Cupid’s Creme Brulee

Valentine's Day Dessert Recipe - Creme Brulee

Today we’re getting ready for Cupid’s holiday with a luscious Valentine’s Day dessert that will melt your heart!  Carrie Sellman here from Half Baked – excited to share my very first post as a new guest contributor on Hostess Blog!

Crème Brulee is one of those decadent desserts definitely worthy of a special occasion.  Most think it’s an indulgence only to be enjoyed at a fine restaurant, but it’s actually fairly simple to make at home.  It only has 4 ingredients!  Topped with a caramelized sugar heart, these mini crème brulees would have cupid himself swooning.  As your spoon cracks through the delicate sugar crust to reveal the silky smooth cream beneath, this is one heart you won’t mind breaking this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Creme Brulee

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