World’s Best (and Easiest) Strawberry Shortcake

Today I have another delicious, no-bake dessert for you that may be the easiest nice dessert known to man. What is this wonderful thing? Strawberry shortcake. Sure, there are complicated versions out there that involve baking, but I’m not talking about those. This week we’re making the strawberry shortcake I grew up eating as a kid, made with Sara Lee pound cake, Cool Whip, and mashed up strawberries. I remember being excited whenever we had this when I was a kid because it seemed so fancy and I sometimes convinced my mom to let me have a double decker. Imagine my surprise when she let me in on the secret that this dessert took her about 5 minutes to put together. I love trying new things and impressing my friends with lavish desserts, but I think it’s important to remember that a nice dessert doesn’t have to be complicated or take hours to prepare.

Chilling Out

We all know how frustrating it is to plan on having a nice, cold glass of wine but then realize that you don’t have anything in the refrigerator. It’s annoying whether you had a long day at work or you have guests coming over. When you open the fridge and don’t have a bottle of wine waiting, you have three choices: You can go without, stick a bottle in the fridge and wait, or you can switch to a room temperature red. No matter what, you either won’t be drinking the wine you wanted or you (and your guests) will be waiting awhile.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Well, hello! Thanks for coming by for our second week of strawberry sweets. I hope this heat isn’t getting to you! This week, I have some delightful cream cheese stuffed strawberries for you that are perfect little bites of yumminess for a hot summer day. They require minimal ingredients, tools and time, which are all huge pluses in my book.

Big Changes are Afoot

Surprise! I know you don’t usually hear from me on Mondays, but I am thrilled to announce that from now on you will! The Sugar Vine is adding a 2nd weekly post to discuss all things WINE!  From now on you will receive one post from me every week about desserts and...

Summer Time Strawberry Ice Cream

I don’t know how it is where you’re at, but here in Houston we have hit high summer. It is hot, humid, and even avid bakers like myself don’t want to turn on the oven. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious desserts out there that don’t require you to turn on your oven. This month, I’ve got four great desserts that you don’t bake, plus one more that you do (but it’s totally worth the heat). And they’re all made with fresh, juicy strawberries that are sure to put the summer spring back in your step despite the heat. So first up this month is a totally fruity and delicious round-up of strawberry ice cream recipes to keep you cool.

1 Frosting Recipe, 5 Flavors

Today is all about frosting. This is my 100% favorite part of any cake. Frosting is smooth, creamy, rich, sweet goodness that I could eat by the spoonful. My (not so) secret dream is to one day have a birthday cake made entirely out of vanilla frosting. If it could be incorporated into a pie crust, that would be cool, too. And Blue Bell triple chocolate ice cream on the side….but I digress.

Fun Fillings for Vanilla Cakes

One of the great things about vanilla cakes and cupcakes is that they can be paired with a huge variety of fillings to change up the flavor and make them more interesting. You can have chocolate, fruit, cream, or any other filling your heart desires, and it will taste great with the neutral vanilla cake.

Vanilla Cake Mix Competition

There are a lot of vanilla cake mixes on the shelves of your local grocery store. You probably see them every time you go to the store and walk past them or grab a box without thinking too much of it. But if you’re looking for the best vanilla cake mix and frosting for guaranteed delicious cakes and cupcakes every time, you should definitely consider which mix you get.

Vanilla Cake and Wine

Happy July! I hope you had a great Independence Day and that you’re ready for a new month of desserts and wine! This month, we’re going to talk about one of the most versatile desserts I know: vanilla cake (and cupcakes). This classic dessert is an important part of any baker’s repertoire because, while it’s great on its own, it can be turned into different flavors and combined with different fillings and frostings to become something entirely different. If you can successfully make a vanilla cake you can make hundreds, if not thousands of desserts.

Celebrating Independence Day with Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to pull out your stars and stripes, do some grilling, spend time with friends and family, set off fireworks, and be grateful for the many freedoms we have. Many people spend the 4th of July outside- at parades, picnics, parties, camping- and I have the perfect dessert for any 4th of July celebration: chocolate chip cookie sandwiches!