Lemon Lover’s Cupcakes for Two

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This recipe is perfect for when you want an over-the-top lemoncentric dessert… but just a little bit of it. Bright cupcakes flavored with lemon extract, zest and juice filled with creamy lemon curd, topped with rich cream cheese frosting and tangy candied lemon slices. But only 3 of them. (Ingredients measurements are also included for a full batch of 12 cupcakes.)

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Carrot Cake Muffins with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

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These nutrient-loaded, sweetly-frosted ‘muffins’ are the perfect excuse to have dessert for breakfast. Apple chunks, shredded carrot and whole wheat flour help you start your day off right. The sweetened Greek yogurt and cream cheese frosting tastes like a treat while still offering some low fat protein. Customize your muffins with optional add-ins like pineapple, coconut, nuts or chocolate chips.carrot-cake-muffins-with-light-cream-cheese-frosting-1

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Ultimate Pumpkin Spice Brownies

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Yet another best of both worlds dessert recipe, today’s post starts with a fudgy Nutella and dark chocolate brownie base and ends with a fluffy pumpkin spice cream cheese topping. A handful of toffee and milk chocolate candies are sandwiched in between for good measure.

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Light No Bake Cheesecake + 4th of July History

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

-William Faulkner

Happy 4th of July/American Independence Day! This year, I’m celebrating in a bikini season-approved healthy(ish) no bake cheesecake. A blend of Greek yogurt and cream cheese make for a slightly lower fat version of this creamy treat with an added punch of protein. Coconut oil replaces butter in the graham cracker crust and the topping is all fruit. Read on for the recipe and some historical info about the holiday.

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Light Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Mini Trifles

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This low fat trifle is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without ruining your beach body! A bright burst of lemon flavor is paired with tangy reduced fat cream cheese and healthy, homemade lemon cake. Top with fresh blueberries. Layer the trifles in small jars that can easily be tucked into a cooler or basket. The single serve jars also make for a convenient cookout dessert.

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Funfetti Jelly Bean Cake with White Fudge Frosting + Happy Birthday to Me!

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This adorable, colorful cake was made in celebration of my 27th birthday. Since I’m now well past the age to be concerned with my girlish figure, this cake is also rich and decadent. Two funfetti cake layers wrap a raspberry cheesecake filling in a celebratory hug. The white fudge frosting contains a whole pound of butter so you know it’s to die for. (Warning: You may actually die from consuming this much butter in one sitting.) Topped with my favorite candy, Starburst jelly beans, there’s not much more I could ask for on my old lady day! Plus use up leftover ingredients for some yummy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie sandwiches.

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Casey’s Diary Bday Cake + Graduation + Bonus Recipe

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I made this just unnecessarily over-the-top cake to celebrate my little sister’s 21st birthday. It includes all of her favorite things. 3 layers of yellow cake with chocolate chip cookie dough and Twix cheesecake in the middle, all covered in chocolate ganache and other goodies. It’s a significant time investment but I’ve included several make-ahead tips in the recipe below. And the time invested is totally worth it for this big day! My family also celebrated some other events this weekend including Derby Day, Mother’s Day and my graduation from college. This fantastic cake suited all of our needs.

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