Confetti Cake with Ombré Frosting - a vanilla cake studded with colorful sprinkles that's wayyy better than any boxed mix, plus the how-to for a gorgeous ombré frosting technique. | brighteyedbaker.com #cake #funfetti #ombrecake

I have this theory that everyone has a few questions they get asked all the time – the kind of questions that you almost memorize answers for because you’re so used to saying the same thing. It’s like the whole “What’s your major?” for a college student, one of those things that people just automatically […]

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits  - rich and creamy, but lighter than your average cheesecake| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Is chocolate a good cure for the Monday blues? And if it is, can I just overdose every Monday? Okaygood. Weekends are fun because relaxing is acceptable and not guilt-inducing, because you can make margaritas and lounge around the pool when it’s too hot to do anything else, and because you can have late nights that […]

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DIY Chocolate Curls

August 16, 2014
DIY Chocolate Curls - use two staple ingredients to make these gorgeous chocolate curls for garnishing desserts.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I decide to DIY. I never expected that I’d be making homemade versions of things like maraschino cherries and cinnamon chips, and I definitely didn’t see myself as the kind of person who  would decide to make my own chocolate curls all for the sake of a dessert garnish. I’m sure there are […]

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Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake

August 13, 2014
Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake - a light, tender, vanilla-flecked and berry-studded loaf.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I said I was obsessed with whole wheat pastry flour, and I wasn’t kidding. I’m also obsessed with coconut oil, roasted berries, and all things vanilla that I can possibly add to a recipe. This bread – loaf cake – whatever you want to call it, makes all those obsessions completely logical. Favorite quick bread […]

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Fig Upside-Down Cinnamon-Swirl Cake

August 11, 2014
Fig Upside-Down Cinnamon Swirl Cake - a soft and tender whole wheat cake with a ribbon of cinnamon sugar and a sweet fig layer on top.| brighteyedbaker.com

Every time I post a fig recipe I end up wondering how many of you actually eat figs, let alone have access to them. I know they’re not exactly apples or oranges – they’re a little more exotic than that, I guess – but I love them so much that I can’t resist sharing at least […]

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About Life

August 9, 2014
About Life | brighteyedbaker.com

I took a break from blogging this week, and to be honest, I felt a little weird about it at first. Mostly, I was mad at myself for falling behind my own agenda, and even though I could have gone right back to a new recipe post without really acknowledging my week-long absence from this little space […]

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Caramel Latte Ice Cream

August 2, 2014
Caramel Latte Ice Cream - a silky and luscious ice cream that tastes like an extra-creamy caramel latte.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guys? We’re stepping into dangerous territory here. You might know from Insta that I have an obsession with caramel lattes. It’s for realz. Also, you might have guessed by now that I’m a huuuuge ice cream lover. Like so many ice cream pictures, all of which you bet were eaten by yours truly. So Caramel Latte […]

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Boozy Blended Caramel Macchiato with Rum and Cocoa Whipped Cream

July 30, 2014
Boozy Blended Caramel Macchiato with Rum & Cocoa Whipped Cream | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those people who can’t function without their morning coffee? I am one of them; it’s sad but it’s true. My norm for the mornings involves my own little iced-coffee routine: chilled coffee —> frothed milk —> caramel sauce —> ice, and it’s one of my favorite things ever. But for that to happen […]

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The 3-2-1 Margarita

July 26, 2014
The 3-2-1 Margarita - a super simple and spot-on take on the classic summer cocktail. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and – hey! – the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I’d-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Restaurant-Style Salsa

July 23, 2014
Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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