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  • Apple pie fans may have a difficult time resisting Snixy Kitchen‘s Apple Pie Cake with Caramel Buttercream even though it doesn’t come packaged in a flaky pastry crust. The cake is an applesauce cake, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar to really capture the flavors of apple pie filling. The moist cake is baked in generous layers, which are stacked up and glued together with homemade caramel buttercream. It’s a flavor combination that works well and really evokes the flavor of apple pie – with a hint of caramel apple thrown in.
  • Adventures in Cooking nicknamed this Hazelnut Buttermilk Cake a “Squirrel Cake” because it was inspired by a furry little friend living in her yard. You don’t need to commune with wildlife to enjoy this cake, however. It is a simple butter cake that has just a hint of chocolate to it, as well as a blend of hazelnut, vanilla and maple extracts that give it a complex and nutty flavor. The cake is baked in two layers, and rather than being completely frosted, it is finished with a maple pecan glaze that goes both between the layers and on top of the cake.
  • Banana bread is a staple recipe for many bakers, but it is also one of those recipes where you can always use a little inspiration about what other flavor twists you might be able to put on it. Crepes of Wrath‘s Coconut Raspberry Banana Bread has a summery feel to it. The bread is made with plenty of ripe banana and is studded with lots of fresh raspberries. Shredded coconut gives the bread a little extra sweetness and hints at something tropical. This bread can be made with frozen raspberries, too, when fresh ones aren’t in season but you want a little taste of summer anyway.
  • Biscoff lovers should add the Biscoff and Kahula Crunch Cupcakes from Bakers Royale to their list of bookmarked recipes. The cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes that have been generously spiked with Kahlua, and are topped with a Biscoff-swirled Swiss meringue buttercream frosting that is light and fluffy. To take them over the top, the cupcakes are drizzled with chocolate ganache and a sprinkling of chocolate-covered toffee bits. They’re indulgent and have a wonderful array of flavors. The biscoff frosting recipe is also one that you can use on other kinds of cakes to give them a boost of Biscoff.
  •  Watermelon is definitely a summertime staple, and Bakeaholic‘s Watermelon Cupcakes look like they might be worthy of the same status. The cupcakes are not watermelon flavored, but are simply decorated to look like watermelons – and they definitely have a summery look! To start, you’re going to want to give some vanilla cupcakes a light green tint because they represent the “rind” of the melon. The rest of the cupcake is created by carefully piping white and pink frosting onto the cakes to capture the watermelon colors. A few chocolate chips serve as the melon seeds to finish the look.

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