Cherry Pineapple Cabana Cake

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Need a quick and easy dessert in a flash?  This is the dessert for you.

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We’re Drooling Over Starbucks’ Lush New Cascara Latte

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This is some of the most delicious news we’ve heard all year!

Most people know about coffee beans, right? You can buy them at the store, at specialty retailers, and the images of coffee beans being ground is sort of iconic. In fact, coffee beans are even spotted on shelves in perfume stores, and used to cleanse your olfactory nerves in between sniffing away at different fragrances!

However, what you might not realize is that when coffee is first beginning its life, it starts out inside something called a coffee cherry — that’s two pale, light green beans that are surrounded by a red, round, ripe fruit.

Starbucks knew, though. And for its first new beverage of 2017, it is debuting something called the Cascara Latte, which features flavors from the delightfully fragrant coffee cherry fruit.

Um, yas please.

The beverage was inspired by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, according to its press release, and will be available in U.S. stores starting on Jan. 10, 2017, all the way through the winter while supplies lasts.

“Cascara is Spanish for ‘husk,’ and we are taking the fruit of the coffee cherry to give our latte a subtle, lightly sweet flavor,” Erin Marinan from Starbucks Beverage Research and Development team said on the press release page.

“Inside each coffee cherry are the seeds we’ve all come to know as coffee beans,” reads the product description on the Starbucks website. “Cascara is the dried fruit of the cherry itself. It lends delicious, subtle notes of dark brown sugar and luscious maple.”

The latte will consist of espresso, steamed milk and cascara syrup, which sounds totally divine, and then will be sprinkled with a delicate line of cascara topping, made from cascara extract and cane sugar. When you view the beverage from the top down, the design actually looks like the inside of a coffee bean.

How innovative!

Starbucks also announces that fans of the Smoked Butterscotch Latte are in luck, because the chain is bringing it back for a limited time starting Jan. 6, 2017.

Enjoy!

Sources: Starbucks (2) / Photo Credit: Starbucks (2)

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12 Delightfully Summery Cherry Banana Desserts You Should Make This Weekend

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Looking for some super summery desserts to make this weekend? We’ve got your back!

Two of our favorite seasonal treats — cherries and bananas — have been on our minds a lot lately during these warmer months, and they are the perfect combination. Plus, August 26 is National Cherry Ice Pop Day and the 28th is Banana Lover’s Day, so you might as well celebrate!

1. Microwave Cherry Banana Cobbler

Yes, that’s right! You can make this baby in the microwave and save yourself all kinds of trouble.

2. Cherry-Amaretto Tart

The cherry-amaretto combination is just perfect. Use either sour or sweet cherries for this, although you might want to use a little extra sugar (to taste) if you go sour.

3. Sweet Cherry-Bomb and Coconut Milk Pops

Feel free to mix a little diced banana into the coconut milk layer if you want to add an extra fruity, creamy touch.

4. Homemade 3-Ingredient Cherry Ice Pops

Just blend, freeze and devour. It’s that easy!

5. Cherry Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Want something fluffy and light but totally indulgent? Look no further. Whip up this fruity cream pie for a perfect summer treat.

6. Banana Cherry Garcia Soft Serve

This dessert is healthy and vegan, but it 100% tastes like you’re eating something bad for you. Seriously.

7. Chocolate-Cherry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

The most decadent healthy breakfast ever!

8. White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Take your bread pudding to the next level with creamy, delectable white chocolate. Want an extra special cherry twist? Scroll down to #9 and make some roasted cherry compote to top it.

9. Actually Good Frozen Yogurt with Roasted Cherry Compote

Want something tart, refreshing and chilled? Mix up this complex and tasty fro-yo. The secret? Roasting the cherries with the pits intact gives them a super interesting nutty flavor — think amaretto. You’ll love it!

10. Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Put a sweet spin on your favorite breakfast treat! Plus, this recipe uses a bit of Greek yogurt, which reduces the calorie count AND makes the loaf even more moist.

11. Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

This uniquely flavored pair makes the perfect sorbet, and it goes swimmingly in a float with fancy lime soda. Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem! Freeze the blended mixture in an airtight container, and give it a stir every 30 minutes or so until it completely solidifies.

12. Tartouillat (Cherry and Rum Cake)

Use banana-flavored rum if you’re feeling extra bold!

Featured Photo Credit: Mom on Timeout

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These Cherry Coke Cupcakes Are Unique And Delicious

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Get ready for an out of this world flavor combination with these Cherry Coke Cupcakes. 

These truly unique cupcakes are made from very simple ingredients that include devils food cake mix, maraschino cherry liquid and — yep, you guessed it — Coca Cola.

Not only is the cake portion made with the classic cola drink, but so is the cherry frosting! Two delicious cola-infused parts of this incredible cupcake.

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix + box ingredients

1 cup Coke

1/3 cup Maraschino Cherry liquid

24 Maraschino Cherries

Frosting:

1 1/4 cup softened Butter

5 cup Powdered Sugar

2 tbsp Coke

1 tbsp Maraschino Cherry liquid

Red Food Coloring

24 Maraschino Cherries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Line muffin pan with paper liners.

Make batter according to box direction EXCEPT substitute 1 cup Coke and 1/3 cup cherry liquid for water.

Fill liners 2/3 full and add 1 cherry to the middle of each.

Bake according to box directions and allow to cool completely.

Whip butter, coke and cherry liquid and gradually add powdered sugar.

You can optionally add red food coloring to get desired color.

Transfer frosting to piping bag and frost each cupcake.

Top each with another cherry.

Source: Cincy Shopper / Photo credit: Cincy Shopper

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