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Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake

Please tell me I am not the last person on earth to make a slow cooker cake? It’s true, this is my FIRST slow cooker dessert. I was amazed at just how easy it was! Whip up a quick cake batter, pour it in the slow cooker and walk away for two hours.

This Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake is so simple. Mix up the cake and let is bake!

I was skeptical when I first saw the original recipe, because this has a traditional batter for a cake, and then you pour a lot of liquid on top. Could this really all bake together and actually work?? The answer is yes! This glorious Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake is magic.

It is a rich chocolate cake with mint chocolate chips and a pudding-like sauce that bakes under the cake. This means you get a spoonful of pudding in every bite of cake.

This no-fuss Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Dessert is perfect for holidays.

The cake is a sponge-like denser texture, but it doesn’t rise the same way as an oven baked cake. It is an easy batter, I didn’t even use a mixer. The one helpful trick I can give you is to use a slow cooker liner in the crock pot. It makes clean up a breeze! Instead of scrubbing my crock pot clean, I could just lifted out the bag and wipe down any residue.

The original recipe was for a chocolate peanut butter version, but since the holidays are quickly approaching, I figured mint chocolate was appropriate. Plus, I pretty much gobble up mint chocolate desserts like it’s going out of style. I guess it is a good thing my boyfriend doesn’t like mint; it means more for me!

This Slow Cooker Mint Chocolate Pudding Cake is quite possibly the easiest cake ever!

The longer this cake cooled, the thicker the pudding got. I am sure it is best served warm, but I actually served it cold and it did not disappoint. I topped it with a scoop of ice cream and also some whipped cream.

The only alteration I made to the original recipe is that I used ½ cup of crushed mint chocolate pieces instead of peanut butter.

National Ice Cream Day…The Best Day Ever!

Hooray! Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Every year, the third Sunday in July is celebrated with rich, creamy frozen desserts. I can’t think of a better way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Kick back and get excited because it’s going to be the BEST DAY EVER.


Treat Yo’ Self. Take a scoop (or two, or three!) of Hint of Vanilla‘s sinfully delicious Chocolate Custard Ice Cream.



Take a cue from the classics. Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Copycat Recipe by Something Swanky is an inexpensive take on a family-favorite recipe.



Keep it refreshing. Consider using freshly picked summer berries like Scoop Adventures did in its Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream.



Sometimes simple is better than complicated. No-Churn Pistachio Ice Cream by The Sweet Escape is just that. It’s Quick. It’s Easy. And you DON’T need an expensive ice cream maker.



Remember to have fun! Cotton Candy Ice Cream by Home and Plate pleases the kids and looks pretty on the plate.




Impress the guests!  Dessert for Two‘s posh Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe is certain to leave even the pickiest eaters wide-eyed.



Basic doesn’t have to mean boring. Zoom Yummy‘s perfected Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe shines brightest when paired with a special dessert sauce.




Beat the afternoon slump! Espresso works as a great pick-me-up. That’s why Mocha Fudge Ice Cream by Things We Make is every girl’s go-to afternoon munchy.




Be bold! Drizzle and Dip‘s bright, punchy Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream commands attention.




Life’s better together. Why not mix and match your favorite flavors into one glorious dish? Many thank-you’s to Minimalist Baker for the inspirational Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream recipe!



Happy National Ice Cream Day…The BEST DAY EVER!


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Watermelon Bites

Inspired by this BHG Watermelon Salad, I decided to make an appetizer version perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Just stack cubes of feta and watermelon on a toothpick with a leaf of fresh mint! Simple, refreshing and delicious. Summer in a bite!

Try to cut the feta and watermelon cubes the same size:

You can mix up the order of the 3 items however you like! However, for thin toothpicks I prefer to put the feta on the bottom as I think it keeps the items from falling off the tooth pick. This could also be served as a salad skewer by putting about 3 watermelon cubes, 3 feta cubes and mint leaves on a longer kebab stick.

I served them at a party recently and they were a hit:

The recipe for these watermelon bites was based on the ingredients in this Watermelon Salad. Happy summer entertaining!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast, a food blog and cookbook inspired by living in a cabin in the woods in California.



Chocolate Mojito Cupcakes

Hi friends! It’s Heather from Sprinkle Bakes again, and today I’m sharing a cocktail-inspired cupcake. Mojitos are so refreshing with bright citrusy lime flavor and fresh mint, so when I saw these Grasshopper Cupcakes I knew they were destined for a mojito makeover.

As for the cake portion, don’t change a thing!  You’ll bake up the chocolate cupcakes as directed. They’re  rich and chocolaty – a nice contrast to the airy whipped cream topping.

I might suggest you eat one (or three) of these warm from the oven, because we all know there’s nothing quite like a warm chocolate cupcake.  That said, be sure you let the remaining cupcakes cool completely before frosting. The whipped topping will melt quickly on a warm cupcake.

For the frosting, replace the 2 tablespoons cold water with rum, and sprinkle over 2 teaspoons of powdered gelatin. When the gelatin has set, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds (or until liquid) and then add it to the frosting ingredients as directed in the recipe instructions. Also fold in 1 tablespoon lime zest.  If you like things a little more zesty then add more to taste!  I piped the frosting on with a large star decorator tip and then garnished the cupcakes with fresh mint leaves and more lime zest – delicious!

Light rum is the usual mojito ingredient, but dark rum is delicious and goes well with chocolate. It’s okay to use whatever you have on hand! Green creme de menthe will give the frosting a pretty hue, but if you use clear then a few drops of green food color can be added to the frosting.  To get started on your own mojito cupcakes,  print the original recipe here.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Pavlova with Mint

Growing up I hated strawberries with a passion. I have no idea why. Actually, most fruit {with the exception of bananas} was on my “do not eat” list. Then after I got married, had a baby and couldn’t eat chocolate or dairy, I became a little more open to fruit. {My little one had a sensitive tummy.} I started trying apples, cantaloupe and pineapple. I eventually expanded my horizons to *gasp* berries and loved them! Shocking, I know.

Since then, strawberries have always been at the top of my shopping list, especially in the summertime! Strawberries are so incredibly sweet and juicy when they’re in season. When I saw a recipe for this Strawberry Pavlova with Mint in the newest Better Homes and Garden cookbook Fresh, I knew I had to make it.

Pavlova is a pillow of baked meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit. If you’ve never had pavlova before, you’re really missing out on something delicious not to mention really simple!

This specific recipe calls for homemade sweetened meringue that is baked and topped with lightly whipped cream and creme fraiche.

Finish it off with lots of strawberries and mint and that is one gorgeous, light summer treat.

Get the recipe here or buy yourself a copy of the book Fresh for this recipe and lots of other amazing, produce-heavy treats. Enjoy!

mint pesto crostini

Hello! Erin from The Forest Feast here, with an easy appetizer idea. I have oodles of mint in my garden right now, so I whipped up some Mint Pesto inspired by this BHG Homemade Pesto recipe. I used mint instead of basil for a fresh spring taste, and pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds) instead of pine nuts because they are nutrient rich and much less expensive. This mint pesto is also great on pasta!

Mint Pesto Crostini
  • 1 bunch (about 1 cup  firmly packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup  grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup  piepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
  • 5T  olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Set this pesto aside. Toast several slices of baguette and toast on a baking sheet in the oven until golden brown (approx 3 minutes under the broiler). While bread is still warm, spread a heaping teaspoon of cream cheese on each slice. Top that with a spoonful of the mint pesto, and garnish each with a couple pepitas. Serve warm or at room temperature.

The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, colorful vegetable based recipes with photos and watercolor illustration. After working for many years as a food photographer in NYC, Erin moved to a cabin in the woods where she is currently working on The Forest Feast cookbook. Follow Erin on Twitter and  Instagram, @theforestfeast.

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