Pumpkin Pie Soda Float

I’m just surrounded by people with good ideas lately.  Last week a friend provided the inspiration for my Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos (you heard me right – go check ’em out if you haven’t already) and then over the weekend my mom and brother gave me the idea for this:

Pupmkin Pie Soda Float | Shake Bake and Party

My brother had picked up some Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda from Wegmans a few weeks ago and he brought me two bottles.  I had them in the fridge, waiting for a day that felt a bit like fall (it was almost 90 in Jersey just last week) and Sunday turned out to be the day.

I had plans to just drink the soda while daydreaming about Halloween until my mom mentioned a conversation she had with my brother about adding some vanilla ice cream to it and turning it into a float.  So then I had to go to the grocery store in the middle of Sunday afternoon, which I usually try to avoid (you know how mobbed the grocery store gets the few days before Christmas?  That’s how our Wegmans is EVERY WEEKEND) to buy some vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie Soda Float | Shake Bake and Party

I have sadly developed some kind of adult onset lactose intolerance (seriously, I couldn’t have developed an allergy to cauliflower or something?) so I got vanilla almond milk ice cream.  You can obviously use any kind of vanilla ice cream – the creamier the better!  I didn’t have any on hand, but you could top this off with a drizzle of caramel sauce if you like things to be fantastic.

This was really good, and makes an easy fun treat for the kiddos if you have them.  You could also make an adult version by adding a splash of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka which, of course, I did.  Either way you’ll end up with a glass of cold, creamy, pumpkin-y deliciousness.

Pumpkin Pie Soda Float


Pumpkin Pie Soda
Vanilla Ice Cream (or other flavor of your choosing)
Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka (optional)
Caramel Sauce (optional for garnish)


1. Pour chilled Pumpkin Pie Soda into a glass.  If using the vodka add a splash and give it a stir.
2. Add as many scoops of ice cream as your little heart desires
3. Top with caramel sauce (optional)

Spiked Pumpkin Pie Soda Float |Shake Bake and Party

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos

I have a problem with Nabisco and all these new Oreo flavors they keep coming out with.  Cookie dough, banana split, Reese’s, fruit punch… Don’t they know I have a hard enough time not eating an entire package of regular Oreos?!  I managed to survive the summer without going completely hog wild but then they had to go and make caramel apple flavored Oreos.


I love caramel apple.  Please enter exhibits A, B and C into evidence:

A. The BEST freaking drink I have ever made – the Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail.
B. Super yummy and super easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies.
C. My “disgustingly good” Pumpkin Caramel Apple Magic Bars.

I started seeing these new fall flavored Oreos all over Instagram about two weeks ago.  I heard they would be available at “select” Target stores.  I had to have them.  I couldn’t find them.

So I did what any normal person would do in such a situation.  Last Friday, I asked all my coworkers before we went home to look for them if they ended up at a Target over the weekend.  That is how I scored a package.  Then they popped up in my Target so I bought two more.

I tried one and they were pretty good but they weren’t quite caramel-y enough for me.  I mentioned this to a very wise friend who immediately suggested dipping them in caramel (thanks Greg!).  I loved the idea but was worried about the stickiness factor so I decided that not only would I cover the cookies in caramel, I would also cover them in chocolate!

                                              Caramel Covered Oreos

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

You’re welcome.

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos - An easy fall treat from Shake Bake and Party

These were really easy to make!  They took me about an hour and a half start to finish – no baking necessary! – and they were a HUGE hit at work.  I love it when you get such a big payoff for minimal effort!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos


2 packages of Caramel Apple Oreos
1 (14 oz) package of caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp water
2 (12 oz) packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips (melting chocolate or chocolate bars would also work)


1. Line two baking sheets with wax paper and lay out 3 dozen of the Caramel Apple Oreos.

2. Melt the unwrapped caramels and 2 Tbsp of water (you could also use heavy cream instead) in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.

3. Spoon the melted caramel on top of the Oreos.  I just kept the caramel on the burner and worked on the counter next to it.  Keeping the caramel warm prevented it from starting to harden back up while I was working with it.  Once the Oreos are topped with the caramel put them in the refrigerator until the caramel is set – about 15 minutes.

4. While the cookies are chilling in the fridge melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, or in the microwave.

5. After the caramel has set dip the Oreos into the melted chocolate, making sure all sides are covered.  I dropped the Oreo caramel side down into the chocolate, and using two forks made sure the sides were covered before flipping it over to cover the bottom. Lift the cookie out with one of the forks and place back on the wax paper lined cookie sheets.

6. Once all the Oreos have been dipped let them sit until the chocolate has hardened.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place and they should keep for a few weeks.  Not that they will last that long!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos - Simple yet decadent fall flavored treats!

Full disclosure: For some reason, on only some of the Oreos, the caramel oozed through the chocolate.  I’m not sure why this happened, so if you are an expert in candy making and can provide some kind of explanation or tips on preventing this, please leave me a comment!


The leaky caramel didn’t really matter though because these cookies are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!  The caramel and chocolate combined with the golden Oreo cookie are reminiscent of a Twix bar.  Add in the caramel apple flavor of the cookie filling and you have a decadent treat inspired by the flavors of fall!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos

Of course, after I finished making these I saw a new Instagram post with a picture of Pumpkin Spice Oreos! Oh Nabisco, why do you do these things to me?!

Oh, right.  So I can make stuff like this!!

Decadent Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos from Shake Bake and Party

If you’d like to see MY picture of the Pumpkin Spice Oreos when I get my hands on them be sure to follow me on Instagram!


Saturday Night Sips – Fizzy Candy Lemonade

Hi everyone!  Sorry for being MIA for the most part this summer – I started grad school and it’s kicking my ass very time consuming.  However, after a long day of slogging through lease accounting homework I decided I needed a cocktail.  I whipped up something new and had to drop in to share it.  So this post is going to be short and sweet, just like the ingredient list for my Fizzy Candy Lemonade!

Fizzy Candy Lemonade | Shake Bake and Party

Fizzy Candy Lemonade


Sparkling Lemonade
Pinnacle County Fair Cotton Vodka


Pour as big a shot of the vodka as you want into a glass.  Fill the glass almost the rest of the way with half sparkling lemonade and half Sprite.  Give it a stir, add some ice and then pour in a splash of grenadine.

Fizzy Candy Lemonade | Shake Bake and Party

That’s it!  Totally simple – no measuring required.  And look, it’s ombré!  Is ombré still in, or am I too late?  I have been out of the loop the past few months… Oh well, it’s pretty, pink, summery, and tastes awesome.  What are you waiting for?  It’s Saturday night – drink up!Fizzy Candy Lemonade | Shake Bake and Party


So, I did a detox…

Yup, me.  Queen of cupcakes and cocktails.  Eater of mac and cheese, BLTs and Reese’s PB Cup Oreos (seriously, find them).  I’m not sure what possessed me, the day before the 4th of July, to decide that I needed to do a 3 day detox.  Perhaps I was inspired by the shiny new Whole Foods that just opened about a mile away from my house.  Perhaps it was those jeans I was wearing that were a little too tight around the middle.  Regardless, I decided to use my three day weekend to declare my independence from chewing.

That Thursday I Googled “3 Day Detox” and found Dr. Oz.  He kindly provided me with a printable sheet containing all the information I would need to starve myself over the holiday weekend.   It looks like this:


It seemed pretty simple, and none of the ingredients were too scary, so I printed it out and went to the store.  Their little international produce stand was so cute!  How could I not spend all my money there?!

Whole Foods

The site says you can do this detox for $16 a day.  Now, I figured if I was “detoxing” it would be best to buy all organic produce, right?  Pesticides and detox are kind of mutually exclusive.  I don’t know if Oz factored this in to his price estimate, or maybe he assumed that I would already have the required probiotics (no) and multi-vitamins (yes, but they were very expired) but I ended up spending $144 for two people (I somehow conned my boyfriend into doing this with me).  So that works out to $24 a day.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Ingredients

I wasn’t worried about the price though because according to the reviews I was going to be super energized, have glowing skin and finally shake this congestion that has been bugging me – all after 3 days!  Well worth it, right?

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Breakfast Shake

Day 1, July 4th – The day started off well enough.  The breakfast shake was okay, and it filled me up.  For like, an hour.  By the time lunch rolled around I was starving.  The lunch shake didn’t taste bad, but had the consistency of applesauce.  It took me an hour to finish it, and then an hour later I was hungry again.  The snack shake is just a repeat of the breakfast, lunch or dinner shake.  I was already tired of smoothies.  It didn’t help that any time I stepped outside I could smell the burgers and hot dogs grilling all around the neighborhood because that’s what you do on the 4th of July, right? You BBQ.   You don’t go on a flipping juice cleanse.  Idiot.

I also discovered a serious flaw in the detox plan on this day.  I was so exhausted from hunger that I didn’t have the energy to clean up after myself.  I was quickly running out of the blenders…

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Mess

The dinner shake had kale in it and was completely vile.  The kale was kind of masked by the other ingredients in the lunch shake but not so for the dinner one.  Ew. Yuck. Gross.  I didn’t finish it and went to bed so hungry that I was afraid I might gnaw off my arm in my sleep.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Lunch Shake

Day 2, July 5th – I wasn’t terribly hungry when I woke up, and after taking inventory of my appendages I headed to the kitchen to heat up my detox tea.  It’s just green tea with lemon.  Probably the only thing I didn’t get tired of during the detox.

Aside from being slightly less starving than I was on Day 1, the only difference was the dinner shake.  I took the kale that I had prepped ahead of time and tossed it out back for the bunnies in our yard to eat and I added baby spinach to the shake instead.  It was only slightly less gross.  I am not sure why the damn thing just refused to taste good. How can blueberries and mangoes create such a disgusting sludge? Maybe my avocado was bad or something?  I don’t know.

There was also continued grilling by my rotten neighbors, and an Instagram feed full of potato salad and s’mores.  Seriously, don’t detox over a food-centric holiday weekend unless you are some kind of masochist.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Dinner Shake

Day 3, July 6th – I was surprisingly NOT hungry for most of the day.  I think my body finally realized I wasn’t going to give it a donut and gave up on the whole starving thing.  Plus, I am sure the fact that I was already completely tired of drinking these stupid shakes had something to do with it.  None of them were good enough that I would WANT to consume them every day.

I decided to make a big fritatta so I would have something relatively healthy to have for breakfast during the week ahead.  I thought it would be a good idea to caramelize onions to put in the fritatta.  It wasn’t.  They smelled SO GOOD that I almost stuck my face in the skillet, and my boyfriend came in from mowing the lawn and excitedly asked if we were having steak for dinner.  I’m not sure which one of us was more depressed when I got the dinner shake baggie out of the fridge.  However, I am proud to say that we both toughed it out and completed the 3 days.

What I think…

I never felt horrible during the detox (aside from the whole my-stomach-is-a-black-hole-about-to-implode-upon-itself thing) but I felt hungover the day after.  Maybe that was a sign it was working?  I also felt completely exhausted.  Why was I not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?!  I did feel slightly more mentally alert I guess, but nothing like the drastic results I had been reading about.  My skin looked the same, my nose was still stuffy.  I did lose 5 pounds, but I will probably gain it all back just by looking at a bowl of pasta.  Don’t get me wrong,  I am sure it was good for my insides and I am glad that I did it, but I was a little disappointed by lack of noticeable results.  Maybe I am just too toxic to benefit from a mere 3 days of detox. Have you looked at my other blog posts? 😉

Or perhaps I shouldn’t have been expecting the same results as discussed in the reviews by all the lovely women who already eat organic all the time and do yoga and make their own laundry detergent.  I am definitely no fitness nut.  I need to lose some weight.  I like to eat things that are not good for me.  I enjoy booze.  That is why I decided to share my detox experience on my blog about cupcakes and cocktails.  I thought I wouldn’t make it past lunch on the first day but I did it!  I don’t think I would do it again…but I did it!  So if you think you might want to give something like this a try I say go for it!  If I can do it, anyone can!  And if you end up glowing, more power to you!

Oh, and by the way,  the kale is STILL in my backyard.  Even rabbits think that stuff sucks.

Have you ever done a cleanse? What was it like for you?






Star Cookies

I recently had the pleasure of making two batches of star shaped cookies for very different purposes.  The first set was purple and pink starfish for a beach themed bridal shower.

Purple and Pink Starfish Cookies | Shake Bake and Party


The second set was for Operation Cookie Takeover.  Tons of awesome people have volunteered to send over 12,000 cookies to our troops serving overseas! I am so happy for the opportunity to contribute once again to such a great cause.

Fireworks Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Patriotic Cookies for the 4th of July | Shake Bake and Party


Saturday Night Sips – Classed Up Creamsicle

I think I may have found my go-to summer cocktail!  It is super easy to make and even easier to consume.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

A few weeks ago I was feeling rather fancy so I picked up a bottle of blood orange soda at the grocery store.  Never had it before, but any kind of orange soda can’t be bad.  It’s a swankier version of good old Orange Crush.  So of course, when you mix it with some Moscato and a splash of Pinnacle Whipped you get a Classed Up Creamsicle.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

Classed Up Creamsicle


Moscato (I used Flip Flop Left Coast Moscato)
Blood Orange Soda (got mine at Wegmans)
Pinnacle Whipped Vodka


Pour a splash of Pinnacle Whipped into a champagne flute.  Fill the glass half way with Moscato, and top off with the blood orange soda.  Try not to make everyone jealous with how fabulous you look while sipping this down.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

This would make a great brunch cocktail, an al fresco lunch cocktail, a lounging on the patio cocktail, after dinner cocktail… I think you get the hint.  Make it.  Drink it.  Enjoy!

Classed Up Creamsicle Cocktail from Shake Bake and Party



Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway!


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If you’re anything like me, you are SO ready for summer.  Well, the good parts of summer anyway (NOT the mosquitoes!).  Beautiful days at the beach…

Sailboats at the beach

…and boardwalk treats like funnel cake!

S'Mores Funnel Cake
Not just any funnel cake – S’mores funnel cake!

So what better way to celebrate (aside from stuffing your face with fried cake batter) than to give away one of our biggest prizes ever? That’s right — my blogger friends and I have come together to give one very lucky reader the chance to win an Amazon gift card loaded with… $750!

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Simple (yet lovely!) Wedding Cupcakes

On Saturday I had the honor of supplying the cupcakes for a longtime friend’s wedding.  She loves chocolate and raspberry, and the groom loves lemon so I made chocolate cupcakes filled with raspberry jam and white cake cupcakes filled with lemon curd.  I topped both with a simple dollop of vanilla butter cream and some lavender sanding sugar.  What really made the cupcakes were the custom toppers I ordered from Michele over at Scrapsecrets.  I sent her a copy of the wedding invitation and asked that she just come up with something that matched. Her design was fantastic, as usual!

The resulting cupcake is a perfect marriage of our talents!!

Navy blue and lavender theme wedding cupcakes | Shake Bake and Party

Here is how the cupcakes were displayed at the wedding –

Rustic Wedding Cupcake Display

One sweet little lady came up to me and asked, “Are you the one that made the cupcakes?”  I confirmed that I was and she replied, “They were delicious!  Both of them!!”  I hope they were equally well received by all the other guests!

Congrats again to A & L!

No-Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes

Is there an ingredient that you always associate with a specific recipe?  Every single time I hear or read the word “Limoncello”, I think of this Limoncello Raspberry Torte recipe that I found on the Food Network website.  I made it for a party once, and it was so delicious and so different that it really stuck with me.  I have made it a few times since then, and when I saw that the ingredient for this month’s Spiked Recipe Challenge was Limoncello I knew immediately that I wanted to do a riff on that recipe.

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

Participants in the Spiked Recipe Challenge have to use the month’s chosen ingredient to make anything other than a cocktail.  In this recipe the raspberries are soaked in Limoncello AND there’s a bit of it in the cheesecake filling.  I like to double dip when it comes to my booze. 😉  For the last Spiked Challenge I participate in I made a goat cheese cheesecake and I loved the tangy flavor so much that I decided to incorporate goat cheese into this recipe as well!

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

No-Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes
(Raspberry topping from Claire Robinson’s Limoncello Torte and No-Bake Cheesecake filling adapted from No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Pots from Woman’s Day Magazine)

For Raspberry Topping:

2 pints of raspberries, divided
4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons Limoncello

In a small bowl mix 1 pint of raspberries, the confectioners’ sugar and Limoncello and mash with a fork.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes or longer.  While this is in the refrigerator prepare the crust and cheesecake filling.

For Shortbread Crust:

1 and 1/2 cups crushed shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Crush shortbread cookies in a sealed bag using a rolling pin, or in a food processor.  In a small bowl, combine the crushed cookies and melted butter.

For the Cheesecake Filling:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz goat cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 oz whipped topping, thawed
1 tablespoon Limoncello

Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, goat cheese and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the lemon juice.  With the mixer on low, incorporate the whipped topping.

To assemble:

Fold the remaining pint of raspberries into the Limoncello Raspberry mixture, trying to keep these berries whole.  Spoon cookie crumbs into jars.  Top with cheesecake filling (I used a piping bag), raspberry topping and refrigerate for at least two hours.  Before serving add a shot of whipped cream to the top if you like (who wouldn’t?!).  This recipe made enough for me to fill 8 half pint mason jars.

If you don’t like goat cheese, you could just use 16 oz of cream cheese instead!

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

Many thanks to Julie from This Gal Cooks and Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama for hosting another fun Spiked Recipe Challenge!  Make sure you visit them to check out their creations and those of all the other participants!  There are always tons of great recipes submitted during these challenges!