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The Best Summer Treats | The JavaCupcake Blog

The Best Summer Treats

Look no further, I’ve rounded up the Best Summer Treats for your to make and enjoy with your friends and family!

The Best Summer Treats | The JavaCupcake Blog

Hummingbird Cake – by me!!!

Mini Banana Puddings

Key Lime Creme Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Dip

Easy S’mores Funnel Cake

Rhubarb Crisp

Caramel S’mores Popcorn

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

Blueberry Maple Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Chocolate Cream Pie

No Bake Turtle Cheesecake

Blueberry Lavender Yogurt Pops

Chocolate Pecan Coated Ice Cream Balls

Banana Split Treats

The Best Summer Treats | The JavaCupcake Blog


30+ Must-Bake Christmas Cookies |

30+ Must-Bake Christmas Cookies

With winter upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cookies! I’ve teamed up some more than 30 of my blogging friends to bring you a round up of our favorite must-bake Christmas cookies!

30+ Must-Bake Christmas Cookies |

This round-up includes my favorite Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms as well as some new cookies that I’ll definitely need to try!  The mint chocolate macarons and the peppermint candy canes will definitely be made in my kitchen this Christmas!

What are your favorite Christmas Cookies?


Chewy Molasses Cookies by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

german chocolate cookie

German Chocolate Cake Cookie by A Dash of Sanity

Cookies & Cream Cookies 1

Cookies & Cream Cookies by Domestic Superhero

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Triple Ginger Snaps

Triple Ginger Snaps by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Turtle Thumbprints

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies by Let’s Dish


Chocolate Mint Macarons by Ashlee Marie

Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms

Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms by Java Cupcake

Dulche De Leche Cookies

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies by High Heels and Grills

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies by Mandy’s Recipe Box

Eggnog Oatmeal Cookies

Eggnog Oatmeal Cookies by Kleinworth & Co.

Rolo Cookies

Rolo Cookies with Sea Salt by Like Mother Like Daughter

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks by Big Bear’s Wife

Mint Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies by Lemons for Lulu

peppermint candy cane cookies

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies by Self Proclaimed Foodie

Peppermint Snowcap Meringues

Peppermint Snowcap Meringues by  Very Culinary

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies by Eazy Peazy Mealz

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic

Triple Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Triple Chocolate Turtle Cookies by Carlsbad Cravings

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies by Fake Ginger

Homemade Peppermint Oreos

Homemade Peppermint Oreos by Healthy Food Healthy Life

Italian Anisette S Cookie

Italian Anisette “S” Cookies by Wishes and Dishes

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies by The Recipe Rebel

Spritz Cookies

Ginger Spice Spritz Cookies by Cooking and Beer

Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies

Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Viennese Crescents

Viennese Crescents by 365 Days of Baking and More

Christmas Cookie Trees

Christmas Cookie Tree by Bread Booze Bacon

Eggnog Thumbprints

Eggnog Thumbprints by White Lights On Wednesday

Perfect Cut Sugar Cookies

Perfect Cut Sugar Cookies by Wine & Glue

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies

Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies by Yummy Healthy Easy


Classic Sugar Cookies by The Love Nerds

30+ Must-Bake Christmas Cookies |

No-Bake Desserts

Although Summer brings us some of the best fresh produce for baking, the heat doesn’t always make it easy.  I’ve teamed up with some super sweet food bloggers to bring you a round-up of some of the most delicious no-bake desserts out there.  So there won’t be any melted frosting or crazy high temperatures in your kitchen to make these desserts!


20+ No-Bake Desserts |

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust |

Very Berry Cheesecake

You may  not believe it when I tell you this, but I’ve never made a traditional cheesecake before this one.  Maybe it’s because I’m not actually a fan of cheesecake… or cream cheese for that matter.  I know, I must be nuts!

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust |

It really wasn’t until I went to Disneyland Paris and was served a mini cheesecake with my dinner that I started to think differently about cheesecake.  This cheesecake had a thick graham cracker crust, a sweet creamy center and was covered in a raspberry sauce that was insanely good.  All three together was amazing!

So, when I was invited to be a part of National Cheesecake Day with some of my food blogging friends I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make my very first traditional cheesecake! A Very Berry Cheesecake!

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust |

Because I love chocolate and the commissary finally started carrying chocolate creme OREOs, I decided I wanted this cheesecake to have a chocolate crust.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a chocolate cookie crust?  And then to top the cheesecake, I wanted to try and replicate the tart, sweet flavor of the berry sauce that I had on the cheesecake in Paris, so I made a chunky raspberry & strawberry sauce to pour over each serving of cheesecake.

The filling of the cheesecake comes from a recipe I found on Simply Recipes.  I’m not even going to rewrite the recipe for you, I’m just going to let you head on over there and use their directions and tutorials.  It’s amazing.  Simply Recipes has provided a lot of pictures and very simple instructions.  I felt confident as a first time maker of cheesecake that I could “get it right” with this recipe! The only difference is that I used a 10in springform pan instead of the 8in or 9in their recipe calls for.

Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust |

I really wanted each bite of cheesecake to have the flavor from the berry sauce, because to me that was the best part of the cheesecake… the contrast between the creamy smooth of the cheesecake and the tart and sweet of the fruit.  Add the crunch of the crust and WOAH… perfection.

I think that this cheesecake has made me a believer.  A cheesecake believer, that is!

If you’re a cheesecake lover, you’re going to want to check out all of these other amazing bloggers and their cheesecakes!  We’ve got bars, cakes, pops, and so much more!  I can’t wait to check them all out myself!


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Very Berry Cheesecake

Very Berry Cheesecake

Yield: 1 10in cheescake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours



  • 25 chocolate cream OREO cookies
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 7 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • 10in springform pan
  • Cheesecake recipe from Simply Recipes


  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In your food processor, pulse the cookies until you have a finely ground consistency.
  3. Pour in the sugar, salt and melted butter. Pulse again until a dough forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the processor to make sure everything has been incorporated.
  4. Prepare your springform pan according to the directions found in this recipe from Simply Recipes .
  5. Press the cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared 10in springform pan.
  6. Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
  7. Reduce heat in the oven to 325F degrees.


  1. Prepare, bake and chill the cheesecake according to the instructions on the recipe from [Simply Recipes] in the 10in springform pan with the Oreo crust.


  1. In a large pan, combine the raspberries, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium high heat.
  2. Smash the raspberries until no more pieces remain.
  3. Cook until the mixture begins to simmer and bubble. Stir constantly and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a metal/mesh strainer into a bowl. They object of this is to remove the seeds and any chunks so all that's left is a sauce.
  5. If the sauce is too thin, meaning if you dip your finger in it none stays on your finger, return it to the pan and cook on medium high, bubbling, until it's thickened to your desired consistency. Don't reduce it too far, you want as much of this delicious sauce as possible!
  6. Set the sauce aside to cool completely before using.

Assembly & Storage

  1. Cut a slice of cheesecake and put it on a plate.
  2. Spoon the raspberry sauce over the top of the cheesecake.
  3. Garnish the cheesecake & plate with fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
  4. Store the sauce & cheesecake covered in the refrigerator up to a week.


6 of the BEST Chocolate Cake Recipes EVER

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!  Seriously… I think this may be my favorite day of the year!  I was looking back at all my cake recipes and I came to a very serious conclusion.

6 of the Best Chocolate Cake Recipes Ever! |

I like chocolate cake.

Okay, I think it’s more like I LOVE chocolate cake.

We can probably blame my mother for this because she made me a chocolate cake with fudge frosting every year for my birthday.  So naturally, as an adult I make it every chance I get.  Oh… my birthday is Feb. 10.  I’ll be having chocolate cake.  Ha!

So here are 6 of the BEST Chocolate Cake Recipes EVER! Enjoy!

The Best Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Eat

The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Eat by JavaCupcake-4


Almost as Good as Mom’s Double Chocolate Layer Cake

Almost as good as Mom's - Double Chocolate Layer Cake by

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake by

Half Baked Cake

Half Baked Cake by - Fudge brownie cake layers with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside and cookie dough frosting

Chocolate Raspberry Ombre Pedal Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Ombre Petal Cake by JavaCupcake-6

Irish Stout Cake with Bailey’s White Chocolate Ganache

Irish Stout Cake by

Best of 2013: My Favorites

Best of 2013: My Favorites |

Delicious.  If I had to describe 2013 in one word, that’s what it would be… delicious!  I made so much delicious food this year, that I think I gained a few pounds!  Seriously!  Most of the time when I make something I like it, it’s yummy… but there were a handful of times out of the 120+ recipes this year that I made and I was like WOW!  I need to either make this again or enjoy EVERY BITE because it was THAT good.

Not only were my favorites this year desserts, but a few dinners and side dishes made the list too! I don’t know if you noticed or not… but I started sharing dinner recipes, especially soups that my family loved.

As I share with you my favorites of the year, I’ll tell you a little bit about why I loved each one.  Some because they were delicious, others because it was a goal to find the perfect recipe and others because it was just fun to make!

Enjoy this look back on the Best of 2013 – My Favorites!

Half Baked Cake

Half Baked Cake by - Fudge brownie cake layers with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside and cookie dough frostingThe Half Baked Cake was one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever made.  It had thick, chewy layers of fudge brownie cake with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside are layered between a brown sugar cookie dough frosting. I mean seriously… is there anything more amazing than this cake?  Probably not.

French Macarons

French-Macarons | JavaCupcake.comI wasn’t until I read Mindy Cone’s tutorials on how to make French Macarons that I felt confident enough to try these delicate confections.  I had yet to even taste one before I made them, but I had seen plenty in bakeries across Europe.  Because they turned out so well the first time, I put together a brief tutorial and scared many links to other tutorials in my post in hopes that you would feel confident enough to try them too!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits | JavaCupcake.comFor years my biscuits have come out like hockey pucks and a complete failure… until, one of my fabulous readers sent me her family recipe for buttermilk biscuits.  I am happy to report now that I’ve finally perfected the biscuit with this recipe and they are light, fluffy, flaky and are never hockey pucks!

Yuengling Beef Stew

Yuengling Beef Stew by JavaCupcake.comMy husband and I love to cook dinner together and one of our favorite things to make is a hearty stew.  This time we used his favorite beer from his home state of Pennsylvania to create one of the most amazing stews we’ve ever eaten.  This recipe is definitely going into our family cookbook!

Roll & Cut Oatmeal Cookies with Pumpkin Filling

Oatmeal-Pumpkin-Cookies_-5These oatmeal & pumpkin cookies were a new way of making cookies for me.  I had never rolled, cut and filled a cookie before, but I am completely in love with how they turned out.  They weren’t very popular on the blog, but in person they were just so cute and delicious that they became an instant favorite!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies | JavaCupcake.comA classic cookie with a twist… that’s what these cookies are.  I always love a good chocolate chip cookie, but the added cinnamon in these brings them to a whole new level!  LOVE these cookies!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake | JavaCupcake.comThe PSL (pumpkin spice latte) at Starbucks is my favorite drink of the Fall season and this was the first year that Starbucks sold it in Germany!  I was so excited about that fact that I made this cake dedicated to the PSL!  I brought it to a potluck for 100 people and it was the most popular dessert of the evening.  Everyone ranted and raved about how delicious it was.  And seriously… it was that delicious… and a favorite of mine for 2013.

Fresh Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

Fresh Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins by JavaCupcake.comI eat fresh raspberries for breakfast every morning, so when I decided to incorporate them into a muffin I didn’t realize how good that would be!  If I could eat these muffins every morning… I would.

Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes

Original Karamelgebäck Creme (aka Cookie Butter, Speculoos and Biscoff) Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.comIf you don’t know what Karamelgebäck Creme is, don’t worry… it’s just the German for Biscoff, Speculoos or Cookie Butter.  These cupcakes were really fun to make because I used Biscoff straight from Belgium!  One of the perks of living in Europe is that I have easy access to so much YUM!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies by #chocolatechip #cookiesThis year I finally found the best recipe to make my version of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  Crisp edges, chewy center, and loaded with chocolate.  I don’t like a flat cookie and these bake up tall.  So much yum going on with these cookies.

White Chocolate Molasses Cookies

White Chocolate Molasses Cookies - thin and chewy molasses cookies topped with white chocolate | JavaCupcake.comMolasses cookies have been made in my house before, but this was the first year I topped them with white chocolate.  WOW!  What a huge difference it made… the white chocolate brought these cookies to a whole new level!  I sent them to Dave in Afghanistan and they were his favorite of all I’d sent him!

Mini Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

Mini Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.comI had seen some recipes for cupcake shaped dinner foods before, but when I came across these pot pie cupcakes I knew I had to make them.   So simple and so good… these pot pie cupcakes have become a favorite & staple dinner in my house!

Best of 2013: Your Favorites | JavaCupcake.comMake sure to check out these other Best Of posts from this year and years past!

Best of 2013: Your Favorites
The Best of 2012
Top 25 Cupcakes of 2011
Top 10 Cupcake Recipes of 2010
Top 10 Recipes of 2010 (non-cupcake)