Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Cake + a Giveaway!

Yellow cake gets dressed up with a vanilla bean ricotta cheesecake filling. This cake is so simple to make and tastes delicious – the vanilla flavor really shines!
Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Cake | chezcateylou.com

What are your thoughts on baking with cake mix? I don’t use boxed cake mixes all that often, but sometimes I like to take a little help from the grocery store! Plus, there is something about the flavor of boxed cake mix that is just so delicious.

Ever since Cheesecake Day the other day, I’ve had cheesecake on the brain. And I also had a container of ricotta to use up, so I decided to try something very different from anything I’ve ever made – Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Cake.

I love baking with vanilla beans! The little seeds add the most incredible flavor to baked goods. Plus the bean specks are so pretty. And today, I have a fabulous giveaway for you – a basket full of Nielsen-Massey products, including vanilla beans! It is valued over $200! Scroll down to the end of the post and enter to win!

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake is so rich and moist thanks to sour cream in the batter. A gorgeous and delicious chocolate cake!
Chocolate Bundt Cake made with Sour Cream | chezcateylou.com

Did everyone have a good holiday weekend? It was nice to have a day off work but I must say, my weekend was not so great. TheBetterHalf and I were supposed to go visit my family in St. Louis. After an hour delay and 2 hours sitting on the plane at LaGuardia, AA canceled our flight! They were unable to re-book us, so we had to cancel our whole trip. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper.

So I made a cake to cheer myself up! Who wouldn’t smile at a nice, rich chocolate bundt cake!  Just smelling this in the oven made my weekend start to look up immediately.

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Lemon Bundt Cake

Buttery, tender lemon buttermilk cake is topped with a tangy lemon glaze – this fresh and delicious Lemon Bundt Cake is a citrus lovers dream!

Lemon Bundt Cake | chezcateylou.com

It is time for another Mystery Dish! And I’m soooo excited because this month I was the host! That’s right, I got to pick a list of ingredients for my other blog friends to use in their creations.  So fun!

In order to celebrate, I bought myself a Bundt Pan! You think I’m kidding, right?

Nope, I’m serious, I really bought a bundt pan just for this. I will take any excuse I can to buy new kitchen supplies!

But I had been eyeing this lemon bundt cake recipe for ages and I knew it would be the perfect thing to make for my month of Mystery Dish!   … 

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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter frosting is spread all over a baked chocolate donut, resulting in the most amazing breakfast ever! Sweet & salty and totally delicious!
Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Ohh it is a good morning at Chez CateyLou. A great morning in fact. And that is because I have the best donuts I have made thus far to share with you. That’s right, the best. And I have made a lot of donuts since I bought my little pan back in the fall. The name says it all – chocolate donuts with peanut butter frosting.

If you are a chocolate peanut butter lover, then you are going to agree that these donuts are insanely delicious! And also that they really are dessert and not breakfast. But anything goes on Saturday mornings in our house.

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Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting {Chez CateyLou’s 1st Birthday}

Rich and moist chocolate cake is topped with the most amazing peanut butter buttercream frosting – a chocolate peanut butter lover’s dream cake!

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Happy Birthday to Chez CateyLou! Our little blog is one year old today. I actually can’t believe it has been an entire year!! Time really flies. I have learned so much this past year – about photography, cooking, food styling, blogging, social media – the list goes on and on! A year ago I wasn’t even on Pinterest – now, it is our number one source of traffic to the blog. I didn’t even know what DSLR meant (ok I can’t lie – I just had to google what DSLR actually stands for) and now my fancy camera is one of my favorite possessions. I even named it, or her to be exact. Her name is Cécile – my French camera for my French blog name – and she has become a member of the family (and now you all know how weird I really am)!

But thank you for sticking with me and reading all of my posts. You, my dear readers, are the reason that this little blog is around and that I continue to work so hard at it each and every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And now it is time for cake. With peanut butter buttercream frosting.  Oh yes.

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