Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Easy & Delicious Summer Desserts With Beach House Baking Recipes!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Easy & Delicious Summer Desserts With Beach House Baking Recipes!

This is the time of year when I am on the hunt for simple, yet delicious desserts. Summertime draws family and friends together for cookouts, parties, and beach trips. What's a gathering without sharing tasty treats with our loved ones? I don't like to show up to an event empty handed, but I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the summer, especially when I can be enjoying the outdoors! I like recipes that can be made with minimal effort, but taste great. Beach House Baking, An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts has everything that I am looking for, all wrapped up in one gorgeous cookbook!

dessert cookbook

Offering up over 100 easy to prepare, made from scratch dessert recipes, you'll have enough time to enjoy the outdoors and indulge in sweet treats all summer long. Chef Lei Shishak shares her most popular recipes from her celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop, located in San Clement, California. You'll find recipes to tickle your taste buds, including cupcakes, cookies, pies, ice cream sandwiches, frozen pops, beverages, and more.

Flipping through the book, I was mesmerized by the full page, color photographs. The dessert pictures had my mouth watering, and the beach scenes had me dreaming of lazy days, soaking in the sun.

 Some of you know, I can not stand the taste of a roasted marshmallow, but I LOVE the chocolate/marshmallow/graham combination of s'mores. When I came across these S'mores Cupcakes, I was excited to give it a try!

s'mores cupcake recipe


Graham Crust

1 1/8 cups graham crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

S'more Batter

1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, melted
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup boiling water
207 mini marshmallows


3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
powdered sugar for garnish


1- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with 23 paper liners.

2- Combine the graham crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in the melted butter with your hands. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake liner. Pat down with the back of an ice cream scoop handle.

3- Sift the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

4- In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. Scrape bowl well. Mix in the melted chocolate on low speed. Add the dry ingredients and yogurt. Mix for 1 minute on low speed. Pour in the boiling water all at once and mix just until combined. Scrape the bowl well to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Batter will be runny.

5- Immediately pour the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling them halfway. Batter will rise up considerably when baked. Top each cupcake with nine mini marshmallow in rows of 3 by 3. Bake in the center of the oven for 17 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pan, and place on wire rack to cool completely while you make the ganache. 

6- To make the ganache: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute. Whisk the cream into the schocolate until smooth and silky.

7- Drizzle each cupcake with warm ganache and top with powdered sugar before serving.

This is just one of many yummy desserts you will find in the book. Also available, you'll get recipes for Chocolate Pillow Pie, Pecan Tartlets, Bourbon Fudge Brownies, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more!

More about Beach House Baking, An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts:

By Chef Lei Shishak
Photography by Chau Vuong

ISBN Number 978-1-62873-768-4
Pages- 216 printed on smooth glossy paper
MSRP $24.95 US
Distributed by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc

Beach House Baking was released May, 2014. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can find the hardcover on Skyhorse Publishing's Website for $24.95. The Kindle copy is available at Amazon for $11.99.

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


  1. S'mores cupcakes? Yes please. If this book has any other recipes like this, I need to get myself a copy. Yum!

    1. Your boys would sure love eating those. Bet Chris would too.

  2. That is a good looking dessert! I love the idea of a book filled with easy to make desserts. I don't like to go in empty handed either, but I sure don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen when it's nice outside. Winter's way too long for that... I'm enjoying the good weather while it's here. :)

  3. Can't eat any of that or I'd be locked in a certain room for a while at my mat

  4. That book looks so gorgeous and cakes do too..

  5. Those S'Mores Cupcakes look fantastic. I would be with Pat Hatt if I ate one though.

  6. Those look great! I don't like to bake in the summer because we don't have central air. If I bake late enough at night or early enough in the morning then I can do it, but otherwise I don't want to heat up my house. So we end up with things like juice pops, ice cream, frozen yogurt (including regular yogurt tubes that have been frozen) and fruit smoothies for most of our desserts.

  7. I don't usually go for Graham Cracker crusts, but these sound yummy!!!

  8. This book sounds like my new best friend lol.S'mores cupcakes thats a new one but i bet they taste amazing.

  9. That peanut-butter-pie looking thing made my mouth water. Grrr...

  10. These look so good! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection! Thanks for sharing!

  11. My boys would love those cupcakes! They look delicious. :)

  12. I would SO gobble those up. They look utterly delicious!

  13. I need that smore cupcake because it looks very delicious!

  14. Ok i'm in where do I get my slice. this cookbook looks fun and that dessert is yummy sounding.

  15. Looking at your food is making me in the food for a night time cookout. I know you are not a fan of the roasted marshmallows, but over an open fire, yummy.

  16. I bet my boys would love it if I made these, I am collecting recipes for when I have a kitchen that I am able to bake in.

  17. I have a sweet spot for cupcakes! I need these in my life.

  18. You post about s'mores cupcakes and I find it after 9pm at night during a huge chocolate craving lol while guess it means that tomorrow I am making s'mores cupcakes.

  19. I love smores, so I would love these! I'm going to try a smores cupcake this summer. lol

  20. Those look soo yummy! Only if I am not trying to lose weight, I'd probably eat a ton of it

  21. I love the title of this book. I wish I could have an endless summer of desserts, LOL. You are right, this smores cupcake recipe looks really delicious. I will try these this summer for sure.

  22. I would love to take a bite of those smore cupcakes.. bad for the diet but seem deliciously worth it!

  23. Those S'mores cupcakes looks so yummy. They would make a fun treat at a camping party!

  24. Wow those smores cupcakes look really tasty. What a great take on a classic treat.

  25. Although I am not a fan of smores, your smores cupcakes look yummy and delicious. I saving the recipe.

  26. Sounds like a beautiful book and some delicious desserts!! Yum...

  27. Oh my goodness, s'mores cupcakes! Send me some through the computer screen? :P

  28. I have been nuts for Smores lately, so those cupcakes are really calling to me! They look so delicious!

  29. Ohhh yum yum yum - I totally love the look of those s'mores cupcakes - I need to get a baking I think! x

  30. I recently started exploring my baking side. This book would be such a great aid. This looks so delicious!

  31. You can't go wrong with smores cupcakes! They look delicious!

  32. This baking cookbook looks like a really good one! Those s'mores cupcakes you made look so yummy!

  33. Those cupcakes look fabulous and great for summer! I need to make some of those.


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