My favorite desserts, the making of cream cheese icing and National Chocolate Pudding Day

It has been four months since the launch of What’s For Dessert and it has been delicious. My goal to promote dessert making and family gathering is gaining a bit of momentum.

This past weekend, our friends and family gathered for my son’s graduation party to celebrate with dessert: Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Oreo Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cake.

It was great to see everyone talking and laughing over delicious dessert. While great food can play a big role in any celebration, dessert is a must. It is literally the “icing” on the proverbial “cake” of family celebrations.

With that said, here are my top five favorite desserts I’ve had since the start of What’s For Dessert.

#5 – Shake Shacks (Dayton Ohio) Monster Shakes have been the highlight of my summer.
#4 – S’mores Rice Krispie Treats (recipe by A Classic Twist) are delicious and beautiful to look at. One of my family favorites.
#3 – You can never go wrong with Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls.
#2 – Insomia Cookies (Oxford Ohio) – These are the best cookies hands down.
#1 – Sweet Potato Cheesecake by Yvonne’s Cheesecake. Absolutely delicious. Available now at 1Eleven Flavorhouse in downtown Dayton.

As you can see, I’m enjoying my journey with trying new and different desserts. I’m looking forward to what tasty treats I will discover over the remainder of the year.

A part of discovering new desserts is participating in the eating and making of desserts associated with holidays and celebrations.

This past weekend, I celebrated Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the freeing of the last slaves in the United States, by making a Red Velvet Cake with a BlackBerry compote.

I’ve never made a Red Velvet Cake before. I have been a lover of Red Velvet Cake ever since our family was in town to visit a relative and decided to grab dessert on night at this dessert place called Piece Of Cake.

When we walked in the door we were greeted by slices of chocolate, vanilla, carrot and red velvet cake. We all got different flavors so we could try each one. That night Red Velvet became a new favorite in the Fields Family household.

Red Velvet can be a strange bird as a cake. Many think it’s just a chocolate cake with red dye. I’m actuality it has some distinct differences from a chocolate cake. It uses buttermilk and vinegar in the mix.

It’s considered to have velvety texture that is much lighter than the average cake. The red coloring in the cake originally came from bakers using beet juice. It would some years later when red food coloring would come into play.

Red Velvet Cake is also very popular during the Christmas and Valentines Day holidays.

Ever since whenever we were in Atlanta or have a friend going to Atlanta, we make it a point to get that cake or bribe our friends to buy it and bring it back. Hands downs it the best place for Red Velvet Cake followed by Twist Cupcakery and my friend Heather Chapman who uses some secret family recipe to make her cake.

However this year, armed with a good recipe by Grandbaby Cakes I made my own version of the red velvety cake. I made the cake as directed but switched out the recommended recipe for icing for the Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Preppy Kitchen. It was way more decadent and sweet. And it was one the easiest frostings I’ve ever made.

Simply whip together several sticks of butter, cream cheese and whip some more, add an unbelievable yet delicious amount of powdered sugar and whip some more and add some vanilla and salt and whip some more. And viola you get this lovely creamy concoction to spread all over your lovely cake. It is simply divine.

Yes it is as good as it looks!

With Juneteenth behind us it’s onto to the Fourth of July. I’ll talk more about that next week.

For this weekend, I will be making the Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookies using a recipe provided by Averie Cooks in celebration of National Chocolate Pudding Day which is this Saturday, June 26.

Photo credit Averie Cooks

Averie, a food blogger since 2009, creates and shares “fast and easy recipes from dinners to desserts that taste amazing and are geared for real life.” Now she’s speaking my cooking love language. Fast, easy and tastes great. I’ll be following her more.

In the meantime, I plan to video tape my cookie making adventure so say a prayer and stay tuned!

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