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Hello there! My name is Megan and I blog over at With Salt and Wit. Just a girl living on the edge of boredom and chaos with a salty wit and healthy sweet tooth. I am the artist of my kitchen with a serious passion for creating healthier meals without compromising flavor. As a long time reader of Better Homes and Gardens, I’m excited to have been invited to share a recipe with you! While all their recipes have been hits around our house, I need all the gardening tips I can get! So I am all ears, BHG! 

Well, one of my favorite days has come; the first day of spring! We made it. Not only are there warmers days on the horizon, the trees start blooming once again and I start to crave fruity, light desserts that are inspired by my weekend trips to the farmers market.

When I spied this Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust, I knew I had to make it. Those ruby red berries, tart blueberries all atop a citrusy cookie crust, it is my dream dessert!

The original recipe called for plain Greek fat-free yogurt, but I opted for a vanilla Greek yogurt as another layer of flavor is always a good idea! Plus vanilla only deepens the flavor of the lemon and berries, without being overly sweet.

This dessert has spring get together’s written all over it. It’s ideal to make ahead, then put on display for everyone to ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ over. With the ease of this recipe and my extreme love of all lemon desserts, this Berry Tart made all my cookie dreams come true!

Check out the full recipe for the Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust here.


The Naked Cake is one of the hottest wedding cake trends of the season. You may ask, what is a Naked Cake? It’s a cake without frosting on the sides. This cake is incredibly stylish and chic and you’re about to see why. I’ve rounded up 10 Naked Cakes that prove you don’t need a pound of buttercream for your cake to make a statement.

Let’s start off with the basics, shall we? For beginning bakers (or a quick refresher course!), check out this helpful how-to video that  Crate&Barrel put together.

 

 

Make any day of the week a special occasion with this Two Tiered Naked Cake by Design Love Fest.

 

Consider serving this scrumptious Amaretto Soaked Peach Layer Cake by Yummy Mummy Kitchen next time you and the girls get together.

 

The Blondielocks‘ Peony Topped Naked Cake (vanilla cake recipe by Sweetapolita) combines whimsy and whirl for a delightful girly-girl dessert.

 

You can never go wrong with chocolate! This Chocolate Raspberry Cake by My Baking Addiction introduces a classic treat in a creative way.

 

I don’t even know what to say about this tea-time White Chocolate Spiced Cake with Rosewater Cream Cheese and Pistachios except to take a step back and look at it. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever seen anything so beautiful! Props to Constellation Inspiration for a job well done.

 

Lemon lovers this one’s for you! Doesn’t Be What We Love‘s Yellow Layer Cake with Lemon-Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting look impeccable? Yumm.

 

Master the art of edible flowers with Buttered Side Up‘s Triple Lemon Naked Layer Cake recipe.

 

This Naked Cake by 100 Layer Cake is the perfect dessert to top off your end of summer garden party.

 

Many thank-you’s to Call Me Cupcake for this wow-worthy Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting recipe!

Whether it’s for a holiday, birthday celebration or special occasion, Naked Cakes are fun to make –(and eat)!

 


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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One thing my mom used to do is make muffins on the weekend and then we’d have yummy treats for breakfast all week! I’m sharing some of my favorite muffin recipes for you to munch on all week!

I’m a huge fan of any breakfast food that can double as a dessert, like these Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins from Little Sweet Baker!

What’s more classic than a blueberry muffin? A Vanilla Blueberry Muffin recipe! Combine the best flavors of breakfast with Will Cook for Smiles!

I’m a huge fan of Add a Pinch. I can’t wait to try these Cinnamon Apple Muffins! The cinnamon and sugar combine for a great, crunchy crust!

Rasa Malaysia‘s Glazed Doughnut Muffins recipe combines two of my favorite breakfast treats: muffins and donuts! Yum yum yum!

To quote Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock, “The best part of the muffin is the top.” Start your day with a fruity treat from Nibbles and Feasts. These California Strawberry Muffin Tops look insane!

What’s your favorite way to eat a muffin? Are you a nibbler or a picker?

Let me know!

Grace


Sometimes you just need a sweet treat! My four year old caught me browsing bhg.com for dessert recipes and one look that these Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes and she was a goner! At that point, I knew I had these in my future so I made an afternoon of it! I baked these up with my daughter and turned them into mini cupcakes. We actually made these to eat as part of a little tea party! Since the weather in my neck of the woods is gorgeous, I thought it only fitting to eat these out in the garden.

Whether you’re a Mom with a little girl you’re trying to please or just have a big sweet tooth, these cupcakes will not disappoint! Cute, sweet and really easy to make! Here’s how you do it:

Cream some butter and sugar together, and then add in some vanilla extract,

almond extract,

and egg whites. You use only the whites because stirring in the yolk would discolor the batter.

Once that’s all stirred in, alternate adding in your dry ingredients {flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt} with your wet ingredients {buttermilk, maraschino cherry juice} until you have a smooth light pink batter.

Spoon this into prepared mini muffin tins and bake!

These were done in my convection oven after 12 minutes.

While the cakes are cooling, whip some butter, powdered sugar, maraschino cherry juice, almond extract and milk together to create your frosting. Spread or pipe this onto your mini cupcakes and top with a cherry!

How cute are these little guys? Almost too cute to eat…almost!

If you’d like to make these, be sure to print the recipe here. Your friends and family will thank you!


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