Category: Starbucks vs Patty Cake


I love recreating Starbucks pastries/cakes at home.  It brings me back to a time of  late night studying under terrible lighting, hunched over a table that barely had space for my textbook and lap top while sipping old coffee and munching on dried out pastries….oh those were the days! Which brings me to my point….every time I enjoy a baked good from Starbucks..they taste like they’ve been sitting in that display for days. When I make their pastries at home they taste fresh and full of flavor, not to mention the yummy aroma that fills up my house. Here’s an easy way to make Starbuck’s coffee cake:


(1) Box  of yellow cake mix (& the ingredients the mix requires)
(2) c. Flour
(2 1/2) c. Light Brown Sugar
(1) c. Butter or Margarine
(3) tsp. Cinnamon
(1) c. Pecan Chips

Directions Oven @ 350

(1) Follow instructions on back of the yellow cake mix box.  Line a cake pan w/ parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.  Spread mix in pan. (I know I didn’t really need to show a pic of this but look at my new ceramic egg crate holder from Anthropologie!)


(2) Combine the rest of the ingredients. You should get a sandy crumble-like texture.  Do not over mix.  If the mixture seems too buttery, add more brown sugar until the texture gets a sandy/crumble look.



(3) Spread half of the mixture on top of the cake batter.  Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cake is golden brown. Take cake out of the oven & let cool (The topping will sink to the bottom while in the oven creating a nice carmalization and taste through the cake.)


(4) Once the cake has cooled place the remaining coffee crumble on top of the cake. You want to make sure you cover the whole top area of the cake.  Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, or until the crumble is golden.


Cut up and enjoy! This truly one of my personal favorites! Xo, Pattycake


Dear Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar,
After I saw you on display so nicely at your store, I decided to make you at home.  At the price of 2 ($4.95/ea) Cranberry Bars ( & stuff I had lying around my fridge/pantry) I was able to make 12 of  you, and if I do say so myself- a little tastier and less pasty. I even boxed them up just like your owner and gave some away as gifts.
Love always, Pattycake  ♥

Time To Head To The Supermarket

1 c. Butter
1 1/4 c. Light Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Ginger
1 1/2 c. Flour
1 1/2 c. Cranberries
6 oz. (Half Bag) White Chocolate Chips
4 oz. Cream Cheese
3 1/2 c. Confectioners  sugar
1/2 (Small-Med size) Lemon
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
1 tbsp. Milk (Non-fat)
2 tsp. Vegetable Shortening

No Closing Hours on These Guys Preheat oven to 350

(1) Mix together brown sugar and butter until well combined.  Next add  eggs, vanilla, ginger,  flour ,white chocolate  & a pinch of salt beat well

(2) Dice up one cup of cranberries and throw into the batter- excuse the leftover autumn fall plate ^^

(3) Line a cake pan with parchment paper, spray w/ pam (you can never be too cautious) and spread batter evenly bake for 35 minutes until golden on top

Once the cake is cooled mixed together cream cheese, 3 cups of powdered sugar, lemon & vanilla Spread evenly on top of cake- This is no joke one of the best frostings I have ever tasted in my life!

Mix remainder of the confectioners sugar, shortening & milk , set aside.  Spread remainder of the cranberries evenly on the cake and drizzle icing on top.  Add more milk if you feel like you’re not getting the right drizzle effect Refrigerate for 20 minutes, once the icing has completely hardened cut in 12 pieces and serve.

Packaging/Gift Ideas

I purchased a few different types of treat boxes-I got mine @ The Container Store.   I sealed the box with a snowflake sticker and placed a holiday themed To/From Sticker on the box.   This is an excellent gift for the holidays- Bon Appetit!

You’ve probably seen this guy at all the major coffee houses around this time of year.  Here’s  a no fuss way to  make him @ home where  it costs almost the same amount of money to make a whole loaf it does to get a slice @ starbucks.

You’ll need a loaf pan (around 11 x 6)

The Goods

(1) Store bought gingerbread bread mix-(I found mine @ Trader Joes, if you can’t find it you can get it at Williams Sanoma or Betty Crocker makes it for about $3 around this time of year)

(1) Store bought Cream Cheese Frosting

Optional: Sugar in the raw (you could also use brown sugar or put a couple sugar in the raw packets in your purse next time you’re at any restaurant or drink place — times are tough lol)

Optional: Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon


(1) Follow directions on the back of the bread mix and place in loaf pan. Be sure to use veggie oil or pam so the bread doesn’t stick to the pan.  I used parchment paper in the loaf pan and pam so the bread would fall right out onto the platter).

(2) Let the loaf cool for about 60 minutes-when its at room temperature place a nice 1/4 inch layer of cream cheese frosting over the top of the bread. If you don’t wait for it to be cool your frosting will melt into the bread-although tasty, not as pretty.

(3) Decorate icing with pinches of pumpkin pie spice and sugar in the raw.  I also sprinkled a little spice on the platter for a oh la la factor.

Stay tuned for Thursday’s post where I make  some special treats for some special ladies.

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