Bourbon Caramel Cake

This super impressive Bourbon Caramel Cake is actually ridiculously easy to pull off and is perfect for entertaining!
It really couldn’t be simpler. You whip up a quick fool-proof caramel sauce spiked with bourbon and pour it in a cake pan.  And then cover it in a super easy cake batter that takes minutes to mix together.  Throw it in the oven and BOOM… magic.

The best part about this cake? You can really taste the bourbon. 

And it pairs so well with the caramel. It’s like they were meant to be together. 
The only thing missing is you and a fork.

Ingredients:

1 c butter, softened

1/2 c shortening

2 c light brown sugar

5 large eggs, room temp

5 oz half and half, room temp

2 T Four Roses Bourbon

3 c all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 T pure vanilla extract
Caramel Glaze:

1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 c Four Roses Bourbon

1/4 c whipping cream

1/4 c butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 c powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and shortening at medium speed. Graduallly add brown sugar, beating until light and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended.

Add bourbon to half and half, set aside.Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. 

Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture to creamed ingredients beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.Stir in vanilla. 

Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch bundt (12 cup) pan.

Bake at 325 for 1 hour 5 to 10 minutes.A long wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean when cake is done. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan.Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. 

It will take about an hour for the cake to cool completely.

Caramel Glaze:

Bring brown sugar, bourbon, whipping cream, and butter to a boil in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth and mixture begins to thicken. 

This will take 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately pour frosting over cooled cake.

Stuffed Peppers w/Shrimp

Easy and perfect for those days you are hungry or need to feed the family but don’t feel like a big production in making dinner, this is the perfect one!

4 bell peppers, halved & seeded

1.5 cups vegetable broth

2 tbs olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

3 jalapenos, minced

16 oz fresh wild shrimp, peeled, deveined & chopped

3/4 cup frozen orgainc sweet corn

1 tsp garlic powdersea salt & ground pepper to taste

3/4 cup breadcrumbshredded pepper jack cheese

_

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Pour 1/2 a cup of the broth into a 9 x 13″ baking dish.  Place the peppers in the dish and set aside.
In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil on medium high. Add the garlic, onion & jalapeno and saute for 2 minutes. 

Add the corn and shrimp and cook until shrimp is opaque.  Season with garlic powder, salt & pepper.  

Add the breadcrumb and rest of the broth and cook for an additional few minutes or until the broth is absorbed.  
Stuff each pepper half with the mixture and place them into the baking dish.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Remove dish from oven and top each pepper with cheese and bake for an additional 2 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Pumpkin Donuts 

I am in love with pumpkin everything since one of my favorite food bloggers hipped me to Pumpkin desserts two years ago. So this would be perfect for morning and after school treats as well with coffee or tea or my favorite Almond Milk! Also perfect for fall and upcoming holidays!

1 ½ cups Gluten Free Flour½ cup beet sugar (you can use regular old cane sugar in place)

1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ cup coconut milk

½ cup beet sugar

¼ cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon maple extract pinch of salt finely chopped pecans if desired
Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and then add them to the dry ingredients. Mix well until you have a thick batter. I then spoon the batter into a Ziploc and snip off the corner to make a piping bag to handle the sticky batter.

Add the batter to a greased doughnut pan or mini doughnut baker.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven or 5 in the mini doughnut baker.

While the doughnuts are baking, make the glaze.In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, coconut, coconut oil, maple and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.Dip the doughnuts in the glaze (up to twice!) and garnish with pecans if desired.

Favorite Brunch Spots

Truly, nothing brings to mind relaxation on a weekend morning more than the thought of a leisurely brunch with friends. 

If I could have lobster benedict and mimosas for every meal I prob would have it. I look forward to a nice weekend brunch with my friends all week! Here are some of our favorite places to go in Clearwater Beach & Tampa:

The Black Pearl
specializes in American and French cuisine. This place is modern & cozy. Relax with a few friends or just you.

Favorite of mine here is the

Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut

and Molten White Cake with Dulce De Leche

315 Main Street, Dunedin, Florida 33698

Oystercatchers has the best oyster rockefeller and the other items on the menu are just as good, in my opinion. I recently had a few friends in town who absolutely loved it!

Mimosas with a view. #brunch #waterfront

2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach

Known for the Grouper sandwiches andGrouper tacos, their Mai Tai’s are the specialty at this breezy and colorful seafood shack!

Grouper sandwiches

 and Grouper Tacos all day, every day. These grouper tacos were so good 

These are my absolute favorite no matter what I order I get an order ofGarlic Crab Fries even if I have to take them home, they are 🔥🔥🔥

351 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Sea-Guini which opened in February 2016, Sea-Guini is located at the new Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Our first time here I was very impressed with the atmosphere and the service was excellent. The pastas are homemade and I had the Fileto de pomadora in a argue sauce made with braided short ribs. We had an appitizer of Fried Calamari which was the most tender & delicious. My martinis were made perfect, and also my desert the stuffed zeppolies fried and coated with sugar and cinnamon served with a hot fudge dipping sauce. Looking forward to going back again for a third time lol!

Creme Brulee


and one my all time fav dishes Eggs Benedict!

Balsamic marinated skirt steak over garlic mashed yukons with sautéed spinach, bruschetta tomatoes and crispy onions.

430 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL, 33767


Clear Sky Cafe

Always has amazing food and service! This visit we had an amazing server name Ryan! Highly recommend this place. 

Full size Mimosa bar in a variety of flavors. Crab Eggs Benedict. Amazing French toast options. The menu has something for even the most hard to please. Just a short walk to the beach.

Mango Bellini, Bloody Mary and Orange Mimosa

Fettuccine Pasta with Gulf Grouper, Mussels, Grilled Shrimp, Asparagus and with a Cognac Butter Sauce.

**Fave Drink**

Coconut Mule. New Amsterdam Coconut Vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice, ginger beer and then mix the ingredients. #delicious

Pic of drinks
**Bestie’s Fave Dish**

Caribbean Jerk Seasoned Swordfishtopped with a Mandarin Berry Salsa, on the right a Pan Seared Yellowtail Snapper topped with bacon jam served with Jasmine white rice and sautéed vegetables.

Crusty golden waffle topped with caramel sauce, whipped cream, fresh Florida strawberries and blueberries.

490 Mandalay, Ave Clearwater, FL 33767

Hope you have enjoyed and if you are living here at Clearwater Beach or visiting go by and check one of these spots out or all of them!!!