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“I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.” -Anne Lamott
chocolate pudding cakes with no-churn basil ice cream | the vanilla bean blog
pudding cakes with no-churn basil ice cream | the vanilla bean blog
chocolate pudding cakes with no-churn ice cream | the vanilla bean blog
Three years ago to(almost)day I started The Vanilla Bean Blog. I don’t have a grandiose paragraph to write about this space, but I have to say that I never imagined all the wonderful opportunities that have come my way would happen. When I began blogging, I was a stay-at-home mom with two small children looking for a little outlet to help keep my whirling, never-quiet mind slightly sane. Now, I am a working-from-home mom with so many good things filling my plate.

It’s been a lovely adventure.

And I have to thank YOU (yes, you!). So many beautiful people have come into my life because of this small space, and I am blown away by your kindness and encouragement. So here’s a little giveaway to give you my thanks. There will be 4 winners for these four items: a copy of Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, a year subscription to Pure Green Magazine, a bottle of Lavender Extract from Hatchery, and a copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five. I’ll pick the winners in one week, just leave a comment on this post with your email address. (And much thanks to Cooks Illustrated, Pure Green Magazine, Bread in Five, and Hatchery for donating such lovely gifts!) (Also, because the items are being shipped from the companies listed, the giveaway is only open to US residents.)
vanilla bean blog giveaway
And, of course, there’s chocolate pudding cakes with basil ice cream. This recipe is actually one of my very first posts, but I decided to re-do it. I’ve changed the recipe a bit here and there, and since it is one of my most favorite desserts, I thought it deserved another chance to shine (not buried away deep in the archives).

And! Minneapolis peeps! Recently I asked for your help in voting for me in the Saveur Food Blog Awards, and a good friend commented that if I won, “I bet she’ll make us chocolate cake!” I agreed, and now want to follow through on my promise. If you are a Minnesota local (or will be around here this Thursday) would you like to join me for chocolate cake and some sweet door prizes at Forage Modern Workshop? We’ll also be celebrating the Vanilla Bean Blog turning three. RSVP only, so if you’re interested in coming, please email me at thevanillabeanblog@gmail.com and I’ll give you all the details. I’d love to meet you and say thanks!

pudding cakes with no-churn basil ice cream | the vanilla bean blog
Chocolate Pudding Cakes
A friend gave me this recipe years ago, and I don’t know where it originally came from. I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there, adding some salt, vanilla, and bourbon. And more chocolate.

I used large, oven-safe, porcelain bowls here. They are a bit larger than a typical ramekin, and I filled 2. You will be able to fill about 6 regular ramekins. I have also baked this in a 9 inch pie pan, and it came out beautifully. And! I did make the batter earlier in the day, filled the ramekins and set them in the fridge until I was ready to bake them, and they came out great. If you do this, add a minute or two to the baking time.

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
a good pinch of salt
5 tablespoons flour

Preheat the oven to 375.

Melt chocolate and butter together, making sure chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the eggs, yolks, and sugar at medium speed for 5 minutes. Add the vanilla, bourbon (if using), and salt, and mix to combine. Add the flour and mix until the flour is completely incorporated. Add the slightly cooled chocolate and butter, and mix lightly.

Fill 6 ramekins (or two oven safe bowls, see above note) halfway and place them on a baking sheet. Bake 11-12 minutes. The edges should be starting to bake up, but the center should still look underdone. Let the cakes cool a few minutes, and then serve alone or with basil ice cream.

No-Churn Basil Ice Cream
This ice cream is a teensy bit fussy. The basil is steeped in cream, and then must be blended in a blender to chop the basil into fine pieces. However, you must be careful not to over whip the cream.[Trust me. This is a disaster.] I found the cream took a bit longer to turn to peaks after being blended. Also, 1/4 cup basil made for a milder tasting ice cream – the basil flavor was present, but subtle. 1/3 cup boasted of basil, and was my personal preference. If you own a Pullman pan, this works nicely to freeze the ice cream in (plus it has a lid!) but otherwise a 9 x 5 loaf pan works great.

1 can [14 ounces] sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
a good pinch of salt
1/4-1/3 cup basil
2 cups cold heavy cream

In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream and basil until just simmering. Take off the heat and let basil steep for 30 minutes. Place the mixture in a blender and blend until basil is chopped, but make sure not to over whip the cream (I used an immersion blender which worked nicely).

Fill a large bowl with ice and fill 1/3 full with water to create an ice bath. Place a smaller bowl inside the ice bath. Pour basil-cream mixture into the smaller bowl, let sit until cool, and then refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (You can also skip the ice bath and put the slightly cooled basil mixture in the fridge overnight, and then proceed to blending.)

In a medium bowl, stir together condensed milk, vanilla, and salt. In a large bowl of a standing mixer, beat the basil-cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into condensed milk mixture. Fold until fully combined. Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Pour into a regular sized loaf pan, and freeze until firm, 6 hours [or, covered, up to 1 week].
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161 Responses to chocolate pudding cakes with no-churn basil ice cream (and a happy birthday giveaway)

  1. molly yeh says:

    happy happy haaaaaaaappy birthday, mr. blog!!!!!! or is it a mrs.? hehe. what better way to celebrate than with these super cute cakes and BASIL ice cream??!!?! man oh man. i need that in my life. it reminds me of the basil pudding my mom made me when i had my wisdom teeth out…

  2. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday to your blog! It’s been such an inspiration to my baking needs, and sometimes caused unnecessary late night cravings.

  3. I’m sure I’ve told you this many times already, but CONGRATS on your Saveur win!!! You deserve it! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now, and it’s been fun to see you watch and grow and accomplish what you have. Happy blog birthday!

  4. Ellen says:

    Happy 3 year anniversary! I wish you many more years of good food (and happiness). :)

  5. Meghan says:

    It’s funny how the place that you found your sanity those three years ago, is now a place where I, too, can quiet my own myriad thinking. Your blog feels soft and safe; a home to not just your recipes, but to you, and your readers. Thanks for welcoming us in, with every picture, word, quote, and thought. It’s truly been a lovely stay.

    Now about this ice cream. One word: Delightful.

    Happy almost blogiversary, and congrats on your journey thus far. I hope that neither your physical nor metaphorical plate never empty.

  6. Deborah says:

    Congrats on your three year blog birthday (maybe blirthday?!) Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and photos. Sure wish I lived near you because I would be showing up for chocolate cake!

  7. The happiest of blog birthdays! Look how far you’ve come. I love the idea of the basil ice cream too.

  8. Patti G says:

    Congrats on your 3 year journey!! I truly enjoy your blog so please keep going. I loe basil so may have to give this a try!

  9. cori says:

    Congratulations! Your recipes always look insanely good.

  10. RR Carrington says:

    I started reading your posts for the recipes, but now I find I enjoy them for so much more… The heart-felt quotes, the photography, the thoughts you share. Thank you for taking the time, sharing a piece of you, and congratulations on your success with site!

  11. Three years?! Time FLIES! And I’m so happy you’re hear! xx

  12. Dana says:

    wow basil ice cream sounds fab

  13. Katherine says:

    Happy Birthday! Mmm…bourbon. I love adding it to baked things.

  14. I own a wonderful Bed and Breakfast in Vermont. I sure could use those wonderful gifts!

  15. angie says:

    Happy Birthday to The Vanilla Bean Blog!

  16. Mallory says:

    Happy 3rd Blog Birthday! It is amazing what these small little places on the Internet can lead to and how they can sweeten our lives in ways we never could imagine. Again, congrats and I wish you many years of blissful blogging! And the cake…Oy!

  17. Nancy says:

    Love your blog! Photos, recipes, etc are terrific.

  18. Leigh says:

    So glad this blog exists! And I hope I win because those books sound fabulous! :)

  19. jim says:

    I just found you recently and I’m enjoying your posts AND recipes. I will try the Chocolate Pudding Cake the moment the chocolate fudge brownies I made over the weekend, have disappeared! Thank you and again, I read your home page and I find you very interesting and informative, vanilla is one of my favorite ingredients, and I plan to make some soon.

  20. Jessica says:

    CONGRATS!!! Three years young! That cake looks fantastic.

  21. Simone says:

    Those cakes look amazing!

  22. Laura says:

    So glad I’ve subscribed – everything I’ve made from your blog has received rave reviews! May you have many more delicious years to come. :-)

  23. Sarah says:

    Happy Birthday to the blog! This dessert looks amazing!

  24. susanne says:

    happy birthday my dear?thank you for sharing this birthday chocolate cake!

  25. May says:

    I stumbled upon your blog one day and been reading it ever since. Congrats!

  26. LeAnn says:

    Congrats on the blog!

  27. Bourbon optional? I don’t think so. ;-) Happy blog anniversary! So glad you’re here and I hope you stay around for many years to come!

  28. sabine says:

    What a cool combination of flavors to celebrate one´s 3rd birthday! I´ve discovered your blog through the Saveur winners site, so a double congratulations for both happy events! PS: Love the tone of your writing, fits the colors of your pictures so perfectly. Colored, with sometimes a hint of grey, if I may say so. Please keep on doing what you´re doing!

  29. Christine says:

    Congratulations to you! Wishing you all the best!

  30. Congrats on your blog-iversary AND Saveur!!! You are so talented, and this is such a lovely space. And OH MAN this is probably the most awesome giveaway I have ever seen. I want it all. If you secretly pick me on purpose I will love you forever. :-D Heheh just kidding …… but not really. Also, chocolate and basil are two of my favorite flavors. Cake and ice cream = two of my favorite food groups. So this post wins all around. xoxo

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Happy anniversary! I just love the space you’ve created here and have so enjoyed seeing all the great things happening for you. Here’s to three more amazing years!!!

  32. Jacqui Schmidt Stiverts says:

    That basil I’ve cream sounds especially tasty! YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Sonja says:

    Happy blogiversary! I often look to your site for inspiration and today’s visit did not fail to inspire me. I cannot wait to make these chocolate pudding cakes and basil ice cream!

  34. Naomi says:

    Happy blog birthday! I love your space here. It’s always full of great writing, food and photography.

  35. vicki browne says:

    i can always use another chocolate cake recipe! happy birthday!

  36. Oh, sweet Sarah, every time I come over here I am more in awe of your gifts. Beautiful space, beautiful post, beautiful cakes (!!!!) — congratulations on 3 years and here’s to many more!

  37. Melissa says:

    Happy birthday Sarah! I’m forever grateful that you started this blog. Inspired me endlessly. That I got to meet you in person after talking about it for years, and now we get to be real life neighbors-ish. I’m better for knowing you!

  38. Mirijam says:

    This looks delicious! Just like the chocolate loaf cake you posted a while ago which I still make on special occasions. I just got into serious making bread again and as I still have trouble with that I’d look particularly forward to the copy of the New Artisan Bread in Five. Now I’m already excited ;-)

  39. Happy, happy birthday, Sarah to you and your beautiful blog! You are one of the kindest and sweetest people I’ve gotten to know through blogging and remain a constant source of inspiration. Cheers!

  40. Happy birthday!! I can’t wait to try that basil ice cream – YUM! Gorgeous photos as always :)

  41. Happy happy blog birthday, Sarah!!!!!!! It was such a joy to meet you last week — thank you so much for sharing your blog with us. And oh my lord, this pudding cake — I can’t resist anything chocolate and gooey. And with basil ice cream, which is just blowing my mind in the BEST way. I need to try this so soon!

  42. Happy blogging birthday!!! I am so glad you created this space, soooo much inspiration.

  43. Shelley says:

    Congrats!! These cakes and ice cream look divine. I may sub coconut for condensed milk in the ice cream however :)

  44. Eilish Spear says:

    Happy happy birthday to your beautiful, lovely blog! It is endlessly inspiring for me, both in baking and in life, and I thank you for all that you do.

  45. Tasneem says:

    That ice cream sounds delicious. I remember making these pudding cakes off of your recipe before but I chickened out with the ice cream. No time like the present to revisit this recipe.

  46. Very cool, for both recipes. When I first got into baking I was all about no churn ice cream (I know its not technically baking but for me baking meant ‘making dessert’). Haven’t made one of those in a while. I guess its technically a semi freddo? And the cake looks amazing, that first picture is just everything.

  47. Dana says:

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring your readers with your photographs and recipes. You deserve everything you’ve received.

  48. Kara says:

    You are hands down my favorite food blog! Everything you make is just perfect but what’s even better is that I’ve been able to recreate many of your recipes and they have turned out just as lovely! Congrats on 3 years! :)

  49. Elizabeth says:

    A blog after my own heart. Lots of coffee, vanilla, and fantastic eclectic recipes. Your little space has been a big inspiration for my baking life. Have a wonderful blog birthday!

  50. I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time now- congrats on 3 years and the Saveur award! Keep up the good work.

  51. Allison says:

    Happy birthday! I enjoy reading your blog very much- thank you for all that you do. :)

  52. Georgia Thompson says:

    HOLY COW!! These two look so lucious! AND…congrats!! Im new here to your blog but I’m LOVING it! You are so talented: I love the pictures and the recipes look and sound so delicious! I cant wait to try the NO-CHURN ice cream since I dont have an ice cream maker! YAY!

  53. Molly says:

    Congratulations on your blogging journey that has kept us well fed and has reminded us of the beauty of food!

  54. I’m dying over here… That first picture? OOOOOH!!!! Gooey goodness. And no-churn ice cram? Perfect as I still don’t own an ice cream machine.

    Congrats on 3 years of blogging! You are one of the kindest souls on the whole world wide web, Sarah. Thank you so much for being such a never-ending source of inspiration. xoxo

  55. Stephanie says:

    Your blog is beautiful and continues to be inspiring. Happy birthday!

  56. Hey there Sarah, Congrats on your 3rd birthday! I have to tell you that I just saw Emma Gardner and Emma Galloway here in Berkeley and they were both singing your praises and saying how much they enjoyed hanging with you in Vegas:)
    xoxo
    E

  57. Kelsey says:

    Happy birthday to the blog! These look amazing, glad you decided to repost!

  58. Emily says:

    Holy cow these recipes look great. And there’s basil in my csa box today… Happy birthday to your blog!

  59. Lisa H. says:

    such an amazing three years, my friend. congratulations on all your success!

  60. Haley says:

    Congratulations on 3 years! I always am so happy to visit your blog. Looking forward to more wonderful recipes.
    Haleyberry@yahoo.com

  61. Congratulations and a very Happy Birthday!! Sadly I don’t live in the States, so no amazing giveaways for me, but melting chocolate heaven puddings make the perfect consolation (and will also make my husband’s weekend!) Your blog is wonderful and such an inspiration, looking forward to another three years of thoughtful posts and gorgeous recipes. Love from England x

  62. Wow, it must feel so good to have 3 lovely years under your belt. You have a stunning blog that I am so thankful for. Thank you for sharing everything that you do. These little cakes look like heaven, and topped off with basil ice cream? I can’t handle how yummy this all sounds. Congrats again of your nomination and win! It really was so nice to meet you at the saveur event. I must admit I was a bit nervous to say hi, but I am glad that we got to chat!.

  63. Amanda Paa says:

    I’m so happy you started this space three years ago – your food is beautiful, words are inspiring and so fun to watch your family grow. xo

  64. Happy birthday to the Vanilla Bean Blog! I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than with these chocolate pudding cakes!

  65. Constance says:

    Congratulations on your third blogiversary!

  66. Megan says:

    Happy Birthday!! You have such a lovely blog…congratulations. Thank you for such a great giveaway. Fingers crossed!

    ~megan

  67. courtney says:

    happy blog birthday! i was wondering, have you ever tried the recipe using a different herb?

  68. Staci says:

    Happy Birthday! It is a most wonderful, fruitful space indeed. Keep on rocking

  69. Jen says:

    Happiest of Birthdays!

  70. Heather Taylor says:

    Yay for blog birthdays!

  71. pamela p says:

    congratulations!!! such beautiful work you’ve done here. i remember making the chocolate pots and basil ice cream the first time it was posted – 3 years ago this summer i think? i made it for family in town for a little dinner party after the kids went to bed. many were skeptical about the basil but i promised them it would be amazing together and it totally was. thanks for sharing.

  72. Tuesday says:

    Happy Birthday to your Blog! I am so thankful that I stumbled across it and make it a regular place to land when trying something new in the kitchen. You have helped me get over the simple and mundane and venture into new kitchen territory! Thank you so much!!!

  73. Leah Thompson says:

    Congratulations on the Vanilla Bean Blog turning three and for winning the Saveur Food Blog Awards!

    I just love your blog. Every time I see a new recipe, it just makes me salivate. Please continue to add more sweetness to our lives!

  74. Kelly Jesch says:

    Congratulation! I enjoy following you and wish you a wonderful year to come’.

  75. dee says:

    HappyBirthday, let’s all have basil ice cream Vanilla Bean!. I really enjoy your recipes. Congratulations on your Saveur win too. I found you through Pinterest photos and drilling down to your blog! Maybe that is not the main way folks find you – anyhow I did. You always create the good things I like to cook and eat too. So I look forward to trying your latest. Basil is about my favorite item on the planet. Never thought of ice cream though Yum.

  76. Rose says:

    Happy 3 year anniversary! I love your blog and the recipes you post. I am so glad I came across you on Facebook! Keep baking.

  77. Emily says:

    Hi Sarah! Happy birthday all around!!!! But, mostly I wanted to say that I so wish I were able to come down to the cities for your celebration of your (SO well deserved) Saveur award, but we have an event up here in Duluth on Thursday that I can’t miss (and day trips with babies are complicated anyway). Your blog is ever an inspiration! Congratulations to you.

  78. Kansen says:

    Congrats! Classy and very attractive site. Without fail, your posts leave me dreaming and drooling (the good kind of drooling, and yes, there is such a thing) whenever I read and take in the delisousness that goes on here.

  79. Maddy says:

    I love everything about your blog and visit it often. Your recipes strike such the right balance between decadent and wholesome, innovative and comforting… I’m never disappointed, and frequently inspired to experiment in flavors and styles. Happy three years! I only wish I still lived in Minneapolis and could come taste for myself the magic of your chocolate cake.

  80. Bill says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your Saveur win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Madeline says:

    Awesome giveaway! And congratulations!! What I wouldn’t give for a scoop of that ice cream :)

  82. Krys says:

    This chocolate pudding looks delicious! I’m a sucker for a gooey center. So happy you re-posted this recipe. Congrats on such a beautiful, well written blog that I enjoy visiting time and time again.

  83. amy says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Inspired as a fellow blogger by all the beautiful work you do here. Keep it up, we appreciate your beautiful photos and dreamy recipes (like basil ice cream, gahhh!)

  84. Guinnevere says:

    Happy birthday! I’m just starting my own blog and I love the styling in your photos! I find it to be very hard to get good shots of ingredients on a table. I’ll just have to keep trying, though.
    The flavor combinations in these recipes sound delicious, by the way.

  85. Grace says:

    Happy blog birthday! So glad you share this space with us. I can’t wait to get the GF Artisan Bread in 5 book!!

  86. Stephanie says:

    Ever since I found this blog, I’ve loved looking at all of your pictures and discovering how you can write such beautiful prose. Happy birthday, and best of luck for the future!

  87. Kasey says:

    You are one of the most inspiring people I have been lucky enough to stumble into thanks to this wild Internet thing we do. Thank you for creating such a beautiful, humble, and warm place for us to come to. I hope someday soon we get to meet in person. Like for real. xoxo

  88. Rebecca says:

    Yummm – Happy Birthday!

  89. Ala says:

    Aw, I love a good follow-through (especially when it’s chocolate cake–and ESPECIALLY when I can count on so little in my life to follow through!). You’re splendid and I’m so lucky to have started following your lovely blog recently. I also made a no-churn ice cream recipe lately that you might enjoy, since we’re on the topic of ice cream! http://www.wallflourgirl.com/2014/05/26/biscoff-meringue-ice-cream-ice-cream-maker-sweetened-condensed-milk/ Thanks again for sharing these awesome cakes with us!

  90. Rebecca says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! Basil ice-cream sounds amazing!!

  91. Happy anniversary! Also – so bummed I’m just now seeing that you’re making chocolate cake TONIGHT! If we weren’t having people over tonight I’d be all over that cake ;)

  92. Marie says:

    I can’t wait to use my basil plants to try out some of this delicious ice cream! I’m planning to put the bowl of my ice cream maker in the freezer this afternoon to whip some up this weekend :)

  93. Linn says:

    I’m a relatively new visitor to your blog, and I absolutely love it! Keep it up! :)

  94. meghan says:

    happy happy birthday to your sweet blog!

  95. kristie says:

    Chocolate and basil, yes please! I must have this in my life right now!

  96. Gigi Guerrette says:

    Good evening Sarah ….. congratulations on your 3yr Anniversary – amazing!
    I’m deeply in love with your Chocolate Cake w/ Basil Frosting. The recipe is perfect and the flavor combination is divine. My husband and I celebrate the Vanilla Bean Blog each time we create a delectable creation from one of your recipes.
    I sincerely wish I lived in Minnesota in order to enjoy a piece of cake and celebrate your Saveur Food Blog Award. I wish you continued success and look forward to more posts from the Vanilla Bean Blog.

  97. tina says:

    So excited to discover your blog!

  98. Laurel N says:

    I;ll have to try the ice ream–did that come from ATK? (LOVE them.)

  99. Johanna says:

    Thank you cooks illustrated for tweeting this post! Now I have a new awesome blog to follow! happy birthday!

  100. Omuruga says:

    Happy 3rd Bday blog!!!
    I stumbled upon your blog today, may be its a sign for me to win? Congrats!

  101. Kari Evans says:

    I’m enjoying your Vanilla Bean Blog so much; it is inspiring (and with such delicious results!). Congratulations to you on the birthday and here’s to the years ahead!

  102. Ashley says:

    The New Artisian Bread in Five book is simply amazing! I am so intrigued by Pure Green Magazine, looks beautiful, want to see more!

  103. Talia says:

    Happy 3rd year of blogging!Thank you for creating a beautiful, calming space filled with lovely (and real) stories and of course, delicious recipes. ????

  104. Caroline says:

    Happy birthday! I love your blog – it always has such lovely recipes and beautiful photos!

  105. Grace B. says:

    Thanks for sponsoring this generous giveaway :) Congrats to your blog!

  106. Kelsey says:

    Love your blog! Congrats on the wonderful birthday! Here’s to many more years!

  107. Minda says:

    Saw this recipe for your chocolate pudding cakes. Thought they would go with vanilla ice cream we are making this weekend. I had some vanilla beans I got for my birthday that we want to use. Happy birthday to you! Can’t wait to make them. Love your blog.

  108. Danzel says:

    I’m so excited by the recipes, I keep forgetting to leave a comment. Happy Birthday, Vanilla Bean Blog! Congrats!

  109. […] chocolate pudding cake with no churn basil ice cream. um, what? […]

  110. stargirl says:

    Love this blog. I just spent hours on here last night and made that amazing Iice cream with some purple basil I had that was leftover from the farmers market last week. So so good. I’m going to melt some to make it just a tad thinner and put it in my zoku today. YAYYY!!!

  111. Hillary says:

    I haven’t thought about pudding cake for ages and I think I need some in my life, like, right now!!

  112. How wonderful! Happiest of birthdays!

  113. Abby says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  114. Sarah says:

    Congratulations!

  115. Wow! 3 years! congrats!
    This looks like the perfect dessert. I love it!

  116. Yoojin says:

    Your blog is so so so lovely :)
    Happy anniversary! And I can’t wait to make the chocolate pudding cakes.. yum~

  117. Diana says:

    Tasty looking cakes and ice cream!

  118. Linda says:

    Happy 3 year anniversary. I lived in the Twin Cities for 17 years but now have lived in Oregon for nearly 12. Your invitation makes it sound like a reason to move back. Sounds like a great adventure and you sound like an amazing person to meet and get to know. Keep up the great work!

  119. Happy blog birthday!!!!! :) Those cakes look AMAZING aswell, may I add!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  120. Courtney says:

    !!!
    Happy 3rd birthday !
    I just recently followed this blog. So happy I did.
    Hope I win! I’d freak!

  121. Sarah says:

    Yay! Happy blog-birthday!

  122. Rena says:

    happy birthday!!! this looks delicious!!

  123. Nickie Gorsky says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been with you almost from the beginning…I have learned so much and I thank you for your creative and super delicious recipes most of which I have journaled into my personal favorites. Long live Vanilla Bean!

  124. Hollie says:

    Happy Birthday and thank you for all the inspirations! I have a slight obsession with the sweet/herb combo and love referencing your blog!

  125. Danie says:

    It’s all so happy I can’t handle it! Congrats to you!

  126. Jayne says:

    Congrats on 3 years! I only recently started following your blog, and have really enjoyed trying out some of your recipes! The no-churn ice creams are a favorite in my house, and I have a huge amount of basil to use up! Can’t wait to try these chocolate pudding cakes and basil ice cream!

  127. Lisa says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for months now! It’s great! Thank you!

  128. Sarah! So sorry to be late, but happy birthday! You have really done an awesome job! I’ll be following of course, and I can’t wait to see this blog go on!

    I absolutely gotta try this basil ice cream. I once saw it at a gelateria but didn’t get it (and immediately regretted it) but I love the idea!

  129. salvegging says:

    Hey Sarah, Congrats. There’s a lot of blogs out there and yours is one I keep coming back to. I love your flavor pairings, more involved projects and dedication to dough! It encourages us to take risks and go forth, what more can you ask for in baking? Bravo.
    Love, Salvegging. mermaid.meredith@gmail.com

  130. Danielle T. says:

    Happy blog birthday! I have a ton of basil growing on my balcony and can’t wait to make some ice cream with it. Thanks for the great recipes, always.

  131. Ali says:

    Congratulations on your birthday blog!

  132. Annie says:

    I love that Anne Lamott quote. Congratulations on 3 years! Hope you had a great time at Forage – such a wonderful space.

  133. Danielle says:

    Congrats on your blog birthday! These cakes look like a great way to celebrate!

  134. Lu says:

    That basil ice cream is so unique! Happy blog-versary :)

  135. Allie says:

    Congrats on your blog’s anniversary, and thanks for the no-churn basil ice cream recipe! I can’t wait to try it out!

  136. Victoria says:

    This sounds amazing! Two of my favorite flavors together :)

  137. Leah says:

    happy happy blog birthday! Your blog is a continual source of inspiration for me!! :)

  138. Suzi H says:

    Thank you thank you for the no-churn ice cream recipe! I’ve been drooling over all the beautiful ice creams that are popping up on various blogs with the warmer weather, but without an ice cream maker I thought I’d have to miss out. I can’t wait to put a batch in my freezer!

  139. jacquie says:

    Happy birthday to your blog!

  140. isabelle says:

    Happy celebration! It’s definitely frozen treat season so thank you!

  141. Happy Birthday! Can’t wait to use up more rhubarb and make your latest pie.

  142. Amy Huff says:

    Happy blog birthday and this recipe looks fantastic.

  143. Savannagal says:

    The pudding looks delish. I was looking for a recipe like this over the weekend. I ended up making a flourless chocolate cake instead. But I’m going to give this one a try next. Thanks.

  144. Chaya says:

    happy birthday! i’m a huge fan of your blog. keep it up. and post some more frangelico recipes- i’ve got liquor that needs using up :)

  145. Lucrecer says:

    Found your blog recently and truly enjoying it. I will visit often.

  146. Grace says:

    Looks so good!

  147. Candy says:

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I am so glad I found your blog…

  148. Heather says:

    A decadent treat just right for celebrating a birthday! Made blackberry basil ice cream the last time my folks were here, and that was darn good. Now I’ll have to progress to straight basil. Game on! And happiest of blog birthdays! Look forward to many more…

  149. jessie says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  150. […] Chocolate pudding cakes ~ it is hard to say no to chocolate. […]

  151. Erika says:

    Congrats on your blog birthday! You’ve created such a beautiful, beautiful space in just three short years. I’m always in awe of your gorgeous photography + writing. (And I LOVE that you’re hosting a party for your blog with chocolate cake! Ahh! If only I lived closer!)

  152. Nancy Henry says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! Love the wonderful pictures and recipes!!!

  153. congratulations on your blog-day! will definitely be making these! always a huge fan of your recipes + amazing photography!

  154. Marti J says:

    Did I miss the Give-away? Hope not. Gorgeous blog and great style. I came for the rhubarb, blueberry and apple pie. ;)

  155. […] how badly I want to make basil ice cream, but it sounds like something right up my alley. Here is a way to make it without an ice cream […]

  156. cakefordinner says:

    Tip: tie the basil up in a cheesecloth bag. Remove when the cream has cooled, squeezing to get out all the flavor. Remove the basil from the cheesecloth, mince it finely then return to the cream. This will avoid any chance of over processing. Chill the basil cream then whip as usual. Thanks for the recipes!

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