Coconut Poke Cake

Yellow cake, coconut cream pudding, Cool Whip, and toasted coconut make for a sweet and delicious Coconut Poke Cake! This easy cake will be your new favorite if you’re a fan of coconut.

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Yellow cake, coconut cream pudding, Cool Whip, and toasted coconut make for a sweet and delicious Coconut Poke Cake! This easy cake will be your new favorite if you’re a fan of coconut.

Slice of coconut poke cake next to a fork on a white plate, with a cup of coffee in the background

As soon as the weather starts to warm up here in Ohio, my baking mind immediately shifts to craving coconut desserts. I know coconut is one of those ingredients that people tend to love or absolutely hate, but I’m team coconut all the way – especially if we’re talking toasted coconut.

This Coconut Poke Cake comes together easily and will be perfect for summer entertaining, or just a simple dinner on your patio. If you love coconut, this is a must-make and sure to become one of your new favorite recipes.

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Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies are colorful cookies that kids and adults will love! Roll these easy cake mix cookies in nonpareils for an extra pop of color and texture. I don’t know about you, but I live with a couple of cookie monsters. Eric is a store-bought cookie lover. Open up our pantry and you’ll find Oreos, …

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Funfetti Cookies are colorful cookies that kids and adults will love! Roll these easy cake mix cookies in nonpareils for an extra pop of color and texture.

Six funfetti cookies stacked on a white plate

I don’t know about you, but I live with a couple of cookie monsters.

Eric is a store-bought cookie lover. Open up our pantry and you’ll find Oreos, Thin Mints and his fave – Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate Chunk, but my girl likes to whip up AND eat all sorts of cookies with me in the kitchen.

When the baking mood strikes, I love simple, fun and delicious recipes like these easy Funfetti Cookies made with a box of cake mix.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Looking for a cake version of your favorite pudding? Look no further than this Banana Pudding Poke Cake! This easy recipe combines yellow cake with bananas and vanilla pudding – you’ll definitely want a second slice of this dessert! I don’t know about you guys, but this time change is hitting me hard. Instead of …

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Looking for a cake version of your favorite pudding? Look no further than this Banana Pudding Poke Cake! This easy recipe combines yellow cake with bananas and vanilla pudding – you’ll definitely want a second slice of this dessert!

Slice of banana pudding poke cake garnished with a slice of banana on a white plate

I don’t know about you guys, but this time change is hitting me hard.

Instead of losing a simple hour on the clock, I feel like I lost no less than 3 days. Okay, that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but this girl is tired. However, I do have to say that I am loving the extra daylight in the evening even if the weather here is super cold, rainy and windy. Welcome to spring in Ohio.

Even though the first day of spring is still a few days away, we’re celebrating with this super simple banana poke cake.

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Gooey Butter Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies have all the delicious flavors of gooey butter cake, but in cookie form. A sprinkling of powdered sugar makes them extra special! After almost 13 years of blogging here on My Baking Addiction, it’s pretty safe to say that I go in phases with what I’m whipping up in the kitchen. Sure …

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Gooey Butter Cookies have all the delicious flavors of gooey butter cake, but in cookie form. A sprinkling of powdered sugar makes them extra special!

Gooey butter cookies scattered on a metal cooling rack on a gray counter

After almost 13 years of blogging here on My Baking Addiction, it’s pretty safe to say that I go in phases with what I’m whipping up in the kitchen.

Sure there are seasonal ingredients like pumpkin in the fall and cranberries in the winter, but beyond that, I typically bake up whatever I feel like baking up and right now I’m in a total cookie phase.

From my very favorite chocolate chip cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms to these Gooey Butter Cookies, I just can’t enough of cookie baking.

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Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

This incredibly easy Citrus Poppy Seed Cake comes together in just a few minutes with a handful of ingredients. Packed with the bright flavors of lemon and orange, this is a perfect wintery cake. My sweet Elle has been very into oranges lately. So much so that I have been buying them for her by …

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This incredibly easy Citrus Poppy Seed Cake comes together in just a few minutes with a handful of ingredients. Packed with the bright flavors of lemon and orange, this is a perfect wintery cake.

Sliced citrus poppy seed cake topped with glaze and citrus zest

My sweet Elle has been very into oranges lately. So much so that I have been buying them for her by the crateful at Costco.

She’s very particular about the way they are sliced, so I can basically supreme an orange with eyes closed at this point. But I’m happy to pump my girl full of vitamin c at this time of year.

Since we’ve had so many oranges on hand lately, I’ve been thinking of ways to use them in baked goods like this Citrus Poppy Seed Cake and we’ve even made several batches of Holiday Stovetop Potpourri.

The best thing about this cake is that it is super simple to make which is always a bonus at this time of year!

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Trader Joe’s Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix, reviewed

Are you a stroopwafel fan? Stroopwafels are round, flat waffle-like cookies that are sandwiched together with a thin layer of caramel. They’re addictive – especially if you’re a caramel lover – and pair perfectly with a cup of hot coffee. I am a big fan and am always happy to have a …

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Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix, reviewed

Are you a stroopwafel fan? Stroopwafels are round, flat waffle-like cookies that are sandwiched together with a thin layer of caramel. They’re addictive – especially if you’re a caramel lover – and pair perfectly with a cup of hot coffee. I am a big fan and am always happy to have a container on my shelves. I was even happier to see Trader Joe’s Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix on their shelves this holiday season. The mix is packaged in a glass jar and looks nice enough to be given as a gift to a stroopwafel fan, or simply to treat yourself with.

The mix is easy to make: simply dump the contents of the container into a mixing bowl along with 1 1/4 sticks (10 tbsp unsalted butter), 3 large eggs and 4 tbsp water, then mix until combined. I reserved 1/4 cup of the crushed stroopwafel pieces from the mix to add back as topping prior to baking, however if you happen to have some stroopwafels on hand, you can add your own as a topping and mix in all the the wafles that are included in the mix.

The finished loaf has a wonderfully crisp and buttery crust, with a moist and tender interior. The cake has a buttery caramel flavor, accented by caramel bits and tiny pieces of stroopwafel. It is absolutely delicious if you’re a caramel fan and definitely evokes the cookies that inspired it. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this mix was and it really couldn’t be any easier. I would not hesitate to buy it again. The stroopwafel pieces on top of the cake add a nice crunch, so don’t forget to reserve a few before popping the loaves into the oven.

Because of the packaging, it may look like this mix won’t make a regular sized loaf. But fear not, it mixes up to be a wet batter that both fills the pan and rises well. The instructions call for an 8×4-inch pan, which is slightly smaller than the 9×5-inch “standard” loaf pan that I typically use. It works in both pans, simply reduce the baking time by about 10 minutes for the large loaf pan size. You could also divide the mix into two mini loaf pans (or three for smaller cakes) and, again, reduce the baking time by about 15 minutes.

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Trader Joe’s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix, reviewed

I always look forward to trying baking mixes from Trader Joe’s when they release new ones, since they not only tend to be tasty, but they tend to have short ingredient lists that mirror what you might use in a from-scratch recipe. Trader Joe’s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix is …

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Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix, reviewed

I always look forward to trying baking mixes from Trader Joe’s when they release new ones, since they not only tend to be tasty, but they tend to have short ingredient lists that mirror what you might use in a from-scratch recipe. Trader Joe’s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix is a new mix from the popular grocery chain. The mix is gluten free, made with a blend of almond flour, coconut flour and tapioca starch. The mix can also be made to be vegan or non-vegan, as the box includes baking instructions for both. I love a good chocolate chip cookie, so I put this mix in the oven almost as soon as I got home from shopping!

The Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cooking Baking Mix is easy to make. For the non-vegan version, you add butter and milk to the dry mix, which is chock full of chocolate chips. For the vegan version, you simply add oil and a non-dairy milk (or water). I tried both and the cookies were ready to go into the oven as soon as it has preheated. The non-vegan version tasted a little bit more buttery, but the vegan version was a standout compared to some other vegan mixes I’ve tried and I think the fact that it works as a vegan recipe is a huge plus for this mix.

Overall, this mix really exceeded my expectations. Although coconut flour is not the main component in this mix, I’ve previously found it very finicky to work with and worried that it might adversely impact the texture of these cookies. But my worries were unfounded because the cookies made with this mix were absolutely delicious! They were crisp on the edges and chewy in the center, delivering that classic chocolate chip cookie texture in every bite. They’re loaded with chocolate, too! The one downside of this mix is that the yield is relatively small: only 12 cookies. The cookies are a good size when baked, but you would still need two boxes to bake enough to serve a crowd. That said, when it comes to flavor and texture these cookies are well worth it and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a couple of boxes to keep on hand in my pantry.

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Crunch Cake is brimming with fall flavors. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped pecans to create the perfect pumpkin dessert. This post is sponsored by Fisher® Nuts. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible. Every year, once the weather starts to turn […]

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake is brimming with fall flavors. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped pecans to create the perfect pumpkin dessert.

two pieces of stacked pumpkin crunch cake

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Every year, once the weather starts to turn cold, we play a game of “furnace chicken” at our house.

I hate finally having to cave and turn the furnace on. Having the heat on just really signifies winter to me, so we try to avoid it as long as possible.

Instead, we layer up and use the fireplace as the weather dips into the 60s. Honestly, I sort of love the excuse to cozy up with Elle, our favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and a special treat.

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix, reviewed
Pumpkin seems to show up in everything in the fall, from lattes to cakes to cookie mixes. This Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix from Trader Joe’s is one of the store’s new product offerings for the season. Naturally, as a fan of almost all things with pumpkin and …

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Trader Joe's Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix, reviewed
Pumpkin seems to show up in everything in the fall, from lattes to cakes to cookie mixes. This Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix from Trader Joe’s is one of the store’s new product offerings for the season. Naturally, as a fan of almost all things with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, I had to give it a try.

The cookie mix is very straightforward to put together, simply add an egg, a softened 1/2 cup of butter and 2 tablespoons of water to the mix and stir until well-combined. I used a hand mixer, however you probably could to it by hand with a bit of muscle, too. The mix uses the same ingredients that you would find in a homemade cookie mix – sugar, chocolate chips, oats, unbleached flour, brown sugar, salt, and spices – but it seems to utilize dried pumpkin, since you can’t put canned pumpkin into a packaged cookie mix. The mix has a nice mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves in it.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix, reviewed

The mix yields 24 good-sized cookies, just as it promises on the box. I used an average sized cookie scoop to portion mine out. The cookies baked up evenly and smelled like pumpkin spice when they came out of the oven. They were chewy, but not too dense, and had a nice balance of pumpkin, spices and chocolate. They weren’t quite as buttery as homemade oatmeal cookies, nor were they quite as moist as cookies made with canned pumpkin, but they were still pretty tasty and did feel more homemade than most pumpkin cookie mixes I’ve tried. My only small complaint was the the cookies didn’t spread that much, so next time I would flatten them slightly before baking to give them a less domed appearance.

I also have to say that I really like the packaging for this cookie mix. The round shape seems to be a nod to the round packaging that a classic oatmeal brand (Quaker) uses, tying in nicely with the oatmeal in the mix. Aside from the oatmeal connection, it just has a great feel to it and I think it stands out from other packages. I filled it up with a few cookies after baking and used it to transport some treats to a friend, which gave it a touch of versatility, too.

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Caramel Apple Poke Cake is super simple to make. The caramel drizzle and toffee bits make it irresistible. So perfect for fall!

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake is super simple to make. The caramel drizzle and toffee bits make it irresistible. So perfect for fall!

Slices of caramel apple poke cake on plates next to the full cake

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