The Best and Richest Chocolate Cake Ever

the best and richest chocolate cake ever

Happy Friday, friends. I’m ending the week and starting the weekend with the best and richest chocolate cake ever! This recipe needs to be saved and filed in your recipe book ASAP. I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but every time I bake this cake I find myself enjoying a few pieces. It’s that good!

The husband turned 30 this past week (woohoo) and when I asked him what dessert he wanted he chose this heavenly chocolate cake. We had family come up and celebrate. Lincoln made him a card. It was the perfect birthday celebration for our favorite man.

This weekend I’m going to help the husband finish off this cake then attempt to cut down on my sugar intake to get back to my pre-baby weight. Cutting sugar out of your diet is killer. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

Grab the recipe below and have a lovely weekend!

best chocolate cake ever by Melissa Creates the best and richest chocolate cake recipe ever

The Best and Richest Chocolate Cake Ever
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The best chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream icing you will ever taste! A must try.
  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 bar of unsweetened chocolate chopped (I recommend Bakers Chocolate)
  • 1 cup of hot freshly brewed coffee
  • ½ tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of oil
  • ½ cup of room temp. sour cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix dry ingrendients in a large mixing bowl (flour, sugar, baking soda)
  3. Melt the unsweetended chocolate pieces by pouring hot coffee over it in a small mixing bowl. Make sure there are no chunks- continue to stir as needed.
  4. Combine sour cream, eggs, oil, vanilla in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Add the sour cream mixture into the dry mixture, mixing completely
  6. Add in the coffee melted chocolate mixutre
  7. Pour the batter in 2 round baking dishes
  8. Bake for 45 minutes
  9. Allow the cake to cool before icing
  10. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Cheryl Day. 

Entertaining: Spring Backyard Picnic

Spring inspired parties are my fave and the Florida sunshine let’s me celebrate outdoors all season long! This post is brought to you by Alexia. This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor
Spring Backyard Picnic

Well hello there, spring! I’ve mentioned abazillion times how much I enjoy entertaining in the spring and today I’ll mention it just one more time (wink). It’s the season of outdoor entertaining and warm weather, but not the ‘I can’t stand this’ warm weather and I am so very excited about this spring inspired backyard picnic! Backyard and local park gatherings are such fun and something the husband and I try to do regularly. For this picnic soiree I whipped up a fun fry topping that you simply MUST try. So, who’s ready to spring into flavor?

Grab the spring backyard picnic details and fancy fry topping recipe below!

picnic party

backyard picnic party flowers

Let’s talk picnic style.

Every backyard picnic must begin with shoes being kicked off and getting comfy, but let’s chat about a few must-bring items before we get too comfy.

If you’re having a picnic gathering in your backyard or the local park be sure to bring pillows from the house. Bringing your own pillows is something that not many do, but we all know that a sheet alone doesn’t provide enough comfort. Instead of a standard sheet or blanket consider a drop cloth which is much more durable and can be used many times in many ways without wearing out as quickly.

A few additional items to bring include fresh flowers (because fresh flowers are always a great idea), a traditional picnic basket to store all your food, magazines and food trays in place of standard plates. Food trays in place of plastic plates allows for a more upscale picnic. These wooden trays are easy to transport as they can stack on top of each other and are easy to wipe clean wherever you are.

entertaining picnic party

fancy picnic fries

Let’s chat picnic food.

I created a not so traditional more upscale menu for this spring backyard picnic and I’m sorta smitten by it. After having these gourmet inspired sandwiches I don’t think I’ll bring another basic sandwich to a picnic again! Create your fancy sandwiches at home, wrap them with twine and serve them with a little extra pizzaz.

Offering even more food variety I included sweet potato and spicy sweet potato fries topped with rosemary and sea salt. These fries are not your standard fries and give your taste buds a little upscale picnic party all their own!

Cupcakes, fruit and a sparkling beverage are highly suggested food items as well. One can’t go wrong with sparkling sips and sweet treats!

picnic with fries and rosemary

picnic flowers in basket

picnic cupcakes

picnic onion ring upscale sandwhich

The fanciest of all picnic party sandwiches ever! After making these I stood back and said- now that’s a sandwich! The only question I asked myself was why it took me so long to make a sandwich like this. When thinking about onion rings on a sandwich you might not have had an upscale sandwich in mind, but I’m sure now I’ve changed your view.

You won’t be leaving this picnic party hungry!

picnic party food

spring backyard picnic with alexia

sea salt and rosemary fry topping

To create the sweet potato and spicy sweet potato fries topping you’ll need to be sure to pick up fresh rosemary, sea salt and Alexia Fries during your next Walmart visit (they are super easy to find but just to make sure I snapped a photo of where you can spot them). I highly recommend making it routine to purchase Alexia products as they are made with high quality all natural ingredients and they offer variety to any spring inspired meal!

To make the fancy fry topping finely cut 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary and combine it with 1 tbsp of sea salt. Cook the Alexia Fries as directed, simply sprinkle the topping and you’re ready to enjoy your fancy lunch treat!

rosemary topping

walmart isle

To recreate the upscale picnic sandwich be sure to grab Alexia Crispy Onion Rings, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, thick deli cut turkey and french bread during your grocery visit. These jumbo fancy sandwiches are a picnic party must and will totally impress!

I would love to hear your up scale spring inspired recipes! Leave a comment or send me an email telling me all about your favorite spring time treats!

Happy spring entertaining!

spring backyard picnic

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BIG Shop Melissa Creates Update

i'm famous on my blog coffee mugHey friends! I have a super BIG and exciting shop update!!! (3 exclamation points were totally needed)

I’ve been working hard on making shop adjustments just for you. Yep. Just for you! After lots of research I have added another manufacture company to the shop Melissa Creates books. What does this mean for you?

Regular sized 11oz coffee mugs are now only $17.00! I know you’re totally stoked and mind blown. You’re welcome. AND I’m now offering 15oz mugs. Best. News. Ever. right? You can grab the I’m Famous On My Blog mug in 15oz now and be sure to check back to see what other mugs are available in the 15oz size.

I’m pumped to see even more shop mugs in everyone’s kitchen and home office. Be sure to share your shop items on Instagram using #ShopMelissaCreates.  

I’ll stop chatting now and let you get your shop on.

Oh Baby / Lincoln’s Birth Announcement

Lincoln's Birth Announcement

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend!

I’ve been enjoying my maternity leave, well my semi maternity leave, and loving on Linc as much as possible. Our weekends are filled with love time, visits from Grandma & Nana and naps. You can spot a few photos of our handsome little man on Instagram. I have a hard time refraining from over sharing on Instagram. You’re welcome.

Lincoln’s birth announcement fills my heart with so much joy. Showing off our man and all his handsomeness is something I can’t resist doing. Our friends and family enjoyed our simple announcement card and we’re a little smitten too. Linc turns 2 months old in just 2 short weeks. Whoa! You can spot more of Lincoln’s birth announcement and my top tips on how to pick out a card over on Tiny Prints blog. I hope you love the card as much as we did and have a friend or two that would find my choosing a birth announcement tips helpful!

Spring Inspired Pepperoni Recipes

Spring inspired parties and easy appetizers are my fave! This post is brought to you by Hormel Pepperoni. This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp
Spring Inspired Pepperoni Recipes

Happy spring, friends! I am so very excited to begin sharing spring inspired party ideas, entertaining tips and delish recipes with you, my online friends. I have a thing for spring parties and soft color palettes which inspires almost all things here on Melissa Creates. Grab the details for this spring inspired garland here and more spring inspired goodies here.

Some of my favorite recipes fall under the appetizer category and today I’m sharing not 1 but 3 appetizer pepperoni recipes! I’m not the only one who loves a simple pepperoni appetizer, right? Appetizers are the best. I can make an entire meal out of appetizers and totally skip the real dinner portion. Grab the spring inspired party display, pepperoni recipes and pinterest friendly recipe images to save for later below!

pepp display with bobs

pepperoni bob close up

pepperoni recipe

I like pretty food. These pepperoni kabobs fit under the pretty appetizer tag. To create these pepperoni kabobs you’ll need Hormel pepperoni, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh french bread. Dice up your bread and cheese then apply all three ingredients to food safe sticks. Crazy simple and super cute!

pepp cros

pepperoni croissant

Pepperoni and cheese crescent rolls- one of our favorite appetizers and weekend snacks! To create these delish snacks add 2-3 Hormel pepperoni pieces along with fresh mozzarella cheese into a rolled out crescent. Roll up the crescent and brush fresh garlic on top. You’ll want to make these for all of your gatherings I swear it. Grab the pinable image below so you don’t forget to bookmark these bad boys for upcoming spring soirees!

pepp salad display

pepperoni salad

pepperoni salad close up


Salad in mason jars is a spring and summer party must! These limited edition blue mason jars are the best and are meant to be showcased during spring. My spring salads are super simple. Fresh romaine lettuce, fresh cheese, croutons and pepperoni’s complete my simple mason jar salad making it easy for extras to be refrigerated. Top it off with salad dressing of your choice, I prefer a basic oil blend.

pepperoni display

Now that you’re appetizer ready let’s chat about spring inspired party decor! Pastels are all the rage this time of the year and any time of the year in my opinion. A few inexpensive items to have on hand for spring entertaining include:

  • Floral fabric napkins
  • Teal or bright colored cutlery and serving ware
  • Seasonal decor that can be used multiple ways such as paper fans and the floral garland
  • White cake stands; they look fabulous against cheerful colors
  • Record player with your favorite records on hand (obviously this isn’t a mandatory item, but I strongly recommend owning one, wink)

Don’t forget to grab these Pinterest friendly images below to save for your upcoming spring parties. Happy spring entertaining, friends!

Pepperoni kabobs by Melissa Creates

pepperoni & cheese crescents by Melissa Creates

spring pepperoni display with record player

Happy spring entertaining, friends!

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NCAA® March Madness Party Ideas + Cherry Coke Cupcake Recipe

This post is brought to you by Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart. This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #FinalFourPack Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA

NCAA® March Madness Party Ideas + Cherry Coke Cupcake Recipe

Hellllllo, basketball fans!

There’s this little shindig happening in the college basketball world, you might have heard of it. Last week I shared an NCAA® March Madness inspired snack station and slam dunk cookie recipe and this week I’m back with yet another NCAA® March Madness inspired party display and recipe! Yay for sporting tournaments that give us a reason to entertain guests, whip up new recipes and create stylish yet guy friendly displays.

Grab the NCAA® March Madness party ideas + cherry coke cupcake recipe details below!

 NCAA® March Madness party ideas + cherry coke cupcake recipemarch madness party display by Melissa Creates

Styling displays is my all time favorite thing to do when it comes to entertaining guests. Creating this NCAA® March Madness party display is easy and requires a few simple items to do so. Sweet treats is a must for any celebration. Creating a basic sweet recipe and adding basketball inspired decor or clever recipe name is all that’s required.

My go-to entertaining items for this basketball inspired party display included striped fabric, multiple sweets, Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart, popcorn treat bags and a basketball of course. Creating a spread that both the ladies and the guys will enjoy is achievable by keeping things simple. A gorgeous display doesn’t have to be an elaborate display. The guys will appreciate you hosting any type of basketball themed party and adding cherry coke cupcakes is the cherry on top of the soiree. See what I did there?

march madness party by Melissa Creates march madness party and cake recipe march madness sweets and recipes

Aside from the delish cherry coke cupcakes (recipe below) I added a little basketball pizzaz to a simple chocolate cake. To create this NCAA® March Madness inspired cake you’ll need chocolate cake, chocolate icing and orange round candy of your choice. I’m all about the ‘don’t cover the entire cake in icing’ look, especially when adding other items to the cake itself. This cake looks super fun, right? I’m eating a slice as we chat about basketball parties… I tell no lies.

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at coke inspired sweets for some time now and my wish has came true. You’re totally going to love these cupcakes with cherry coke icing! Next time you’re doing your shopping be on lookout for the Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack available at Walmart. The in-store display can most likely be located in the front of the store and available for either 4/$5 or 3/$5 in certain areas of the country. Before heading to Walmart for these cool basketball cans be sure to check out the recipe ingredients below or hit the recipe print button. I would totally go ahead and hit the print button.

march madness party by Melissa Creates

Happy basketball tournament celebrating, friends! If you’re hosting an NCAA® March Madness inspired party I would love to hear all about it and see photos too. Before you log off check out the giveaway happening below.

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Cherry Coke Cupcakes
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Serves: 24

A basic cupcake recipe with a delish cream cheese cherry coke frosting.
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp cherry coke
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix

  1. Prepare vanilla cake mix as directed then begin to prep the icing.
  2. Combine room temperature butter and cream cheese
  3. Add in cherry coke
  4. Slowly add in powdered sugar
  5. Ice cupcakes and enjoy!


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