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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

If you like chocolate and peanut butter, you'll love this recipe!

I was wondering what I might do with the other half of a box of devil's food cake mix (I used half a box for mocha cupcakes a week ago) and thought I might try to make brownies. Just brownies? No ... of course not. They had to be special!

Duncan Hines suggested I use eggs and melted butter. I used 1 egg (since I only had half a box of cake mix) and oil instead of butter, but the batter was a little thick so I added just a splash of milk.

The peanut butter topping recipe is from Martha Stewart! The topping is hard to explain, it's almost crispy.

Ready to get baking.

Fresh from the oven.


Are you drooling yet?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars
Makes 16 squares

For the Brownies
  • 1/2 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup avocado (or unflavoured) oil
  • 1/8 cup milk
For the Topping
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment and grease with a little oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, oil and milk with a wooden spoon. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan and spread the batter to the edges with a spatula.
  3. In the same bowl (because I hate washing dishes) combine the butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well with the same wooden spoon. Place blobs of peanut butter mixture all around the chocolate cake then use a knife to swirl it around.
  4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and just a few honey roasted peanuts.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.


  1. Love the peanuts on top..lots of them/The wholebar looks delicious;)

  2. Looks awesome, choc and p nut butter are very good friends of mine....


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