S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

These S’mores Cupcakes feature a crisp graham crust, rich chocolate cake, and a homemade marshmallow frosting. All the ooey, gooeyness you love in a s’more, fire optional. These S’mores Cupcakes are so decadent and such an elegant take on everyone’s favorite messy, camping treat. While the campfire is optional, I highly recommend browning the marshmallow frosting to that perfect golden brown before eating. I used a…

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Orange Cream Cupcakes

Orange Cream Cupcakes

A delightful Orange Cupcake with your choice of Vanilla Buttercream, Orange Zest Whipped Cream, or Coconut Cream. “Orange” you glad you have options! During the cookie shop days, I needed a bright, fun flavor of cupcakes to add variety. This Orange Cupcake was the result. It is a desirable flavor in any season, hot or cold. I love that orange zest can be so effective in flavoring just about anything. It goes well with…

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Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yellow Cake and Chocolate Buttercream were meant to be friends for life, but not just any recipe will do. With this recipe, you’ll be fighting with your lifelong friends for the last cupcake! I looked at the yellow cake mix box with frustration. The last decade has brought change to cake mixes. Even though less mix is put in the box, the same amount of eggs and liquid are still called for, affecting the size and texture…

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Strawberry Lemon Cake Roll

Strawberry Lemon Cake Roll

This Strawberry Lemon Cake Roll is a fresh, fruity dessert that is perfect for spring and summer. It looks so beautiful that no one will ever believe how simple it is to make! I was excited to write this post. This recipe was a breakthrough for me when I had the cookie shop. Pumpkin Rolls are easy to make and popular but are pretty specific to fall time. I knew I needed other types of cake rolls with other flavors…

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This Chocolate Cake is THE Chocolate Cake. It has rich chocolatey layers, a smooth chocolate buttercream, and checks every box on the list. It’s really the only cake you need. I used to love using boxed Devil’s Food cake mixes. I learned from my first cake decorating class back in 1998 to start with a basic cake mix and doctor it up a bit. It made a great cake with good flavor. I received lots of compliments over the…

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

A classic sandwich meets dessert for the most irresistible treat. With smooth peanut butter frosting and moist peanut butter-infused cake, the jelly-filled inside makes for the perfect peanut butter and jelly cupcakes! Wouldn’t it have been so nice if when you opened your lunchbox at school, instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there were peanut butter and jelly cupcakes? I am in no way endorsing doing that…

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Raspberry Trifle

Raspberry Trifle

Raspberry your family’s bellies! No, not blow on them, but fill them with this delectable Raspberry Trifle! Filled with layers of french vanilla cake, sweet raspberry filling, and silky cream cheese whipped cream, this trifle has the perfect amount of sweetness. Trifles are the perfect dessert if you want something quick, easy, and moist. My mother-in-law is from England and she makes some amazing trifles! I fall in love…

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Sweet Coconut Cake

Sweet Coconut Cake

Rich coconut cake surrounded by velvety smooth coconut cream frosting. This Sweet Coconut Cake is sophisticated enough for any special occasion but simple enough for a weekday bake. Aidan and I took a trip to Charleston, SC for our one-year anniversary. We stayed at this cute little inn that had a fantastic restaurant downstairs. We had the best coconut cake I’ve ever tasted for dessert. Missy served a similar cake at…

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Chocolate Blarney Stones

Chocolate Blarney Stones

An easy, moist chocolate cake center, a light whipped cream topping, and creamy milk chocolate coating. Talk may not fill the stomach (Irish proverb) but this little gem of a cake will fill all the right corners. Years ago, I was at a “Planning For A Dinner Party” class and the guest presenter showed us how to make these darling, easy chocolate petit fours. Sometime after that, I was reading a magazine and saw a recipe…

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Rich Chocolate Cake with Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rich Chocolate Cake with Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rich chocolate cake layered with creamy, chocolate mousse. Ummm, do you need any more convincing to make this right now? Close your eyes and imagine with me for a moment (okay, maybe don’t actually close your eyes because then you won’t be able to read along). You’ve just cut into the perfect chocolate cake. It slices like a dream. You take a bite. Instantly, you taste the rich chocolate flavor of the tender cake. Then the…

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Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

Super simple, super tasty, and a super easy way to get into heaven… I mean taste heaven! Serve this Angel Food Cake with whipped cream and berries for a heavenly light dessert. Light and airy: Not only do I hope to be that way as an angel, but I love a dessert that grants me that pleasure as well. I enjoy eating desserts that aren’t too heavy or rich, and that satisfy my sweet tooth without being overindulgent. This Angel…

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Tart Cranberry Cake

Tart Cranberry Cake

Tart, fresh cranberries nestled in a simple vanilla cake base and topped with a light, sweet cream frosting. It’s easy as cake! Fresh cranberries are on every endcap at the grocery store right now. Adding them to a two-layer cake sounded like a great idea. The fresh cranberries create a beautiful tart, red layer without the work of making a jam. This Tart Cranberry Cake is a bright, light tasting contrast to all of the…

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Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake has lush chocolate cake layered with sweet cherries and cream cheese whipped cream and covered in smooth chocolate buttercream frosting. I promise you’ll cherry-ish this recipe forever! This cake creation was a request from a dear friend of mine. I had never made a black forest cake before. I pondered on how I could make something delicious while keeping it simple. As per my usual, I broke almost all…

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Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Plenty of pumpkin, perfectly balanced spices, and a light and fluffy cream cheese center make a perfect pumpkin roll that will keep you coming back for more. I love pumpkin rolls. There’s something so enticing about the beautiful swirl of pumpkin cake with the contrast of the cream cheese filling. I’ve tried many from the grocery store, but find I’m disappointed more often than not. I was going through an old family cookbook../v

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Hi, I’m Missy. Welcome to Taste Before Beauty. For 28 years I’ve been developing recipes that taste delicious, before they look delicious.

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