Coconut Key Lime Jars

Coconut Key Lime No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

 Where is it said that crust has to go on the bottom?  I’m going full rebellion today and making crust that I am going to crumble on the top of my cheesecakes!  Every time I think I’m being slightly rebellious, I hear the Judd Nelson quote from the movie The Breakfast Club when the principal allows someone to get up, much to the chagrin of the rebel.

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Anarchy starts now with crust on the top!  Anarchy is also the description of my kids morning routine when neither one wants to brush their teeth or get dressed in a timely fashion.  What ever happened to waking up and grooming yourself and sitting down to a healthy breakfast like all those commercials we see?  Nope, Nope, and Nope.  At my house it’s all fighting, shoving, bodily noises competitions, disapproval of lunch box foods, and running to the car with one shoe on.  Plus who gets Shotgun!

Let’s focus on Anarchy in this case, which is crust on top!  Buttery, crumbly, sweet and cinnamony graham cracker crust.  Underneath the anarchy? Heaven!

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Jars | taketwotapas.com

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Jars | taketwotapas.com

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Jars | taketwotapas.com

Heaven is paved with cheesecake, I firmly believe that.  Angels playing harps and floating on clouds made of cheesecake.  I really love cheesecake. And Key Lime Pie. I see them together all the time but I have never made a key lime cheesecake.  Imagine the two flavors mingling together to create the perfect dessert.  Light and bright citrus flavors juxtaposed with a rich, creamy texture.  Together, they remind me of the unobtainable hot boy in high school that would never in a million years go on a date with me.  Now, with my no-bake cheese cake jars, I can go on that date.  And just like high school, the date involves me, at home in my sweatpants, eating dessert!

At least my date tells me I’m beautiful before I eat it!

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Yes my cheesecake speaks to me…

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Jars
 
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These small cheesecakes are cute and they don't have to be baked! Even better!
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Serves: 8 jars
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cheesecake:
  • 2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (such as Coco Lopez)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweet condensed milk
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Garnish:
  • Toasted coconut and whipped cream for garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the cheesecake ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. If you want the graham cracker crumble for crust then you need to mix the crumbs and melted butter together.
  3. Heat in 350F oven, on a baking sheet, for 5 minutes.
  4. Cool.
  5. When ready to serve, portion out cheesecake mixture into jars.
  6. Sprinkle with toasted graham crumbs.
  7. Top with whipped cream if you desire.

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Dark Chocolate Chai Bites | taketwotapas.com

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

I’m trying a little experiment today.  Most of you thought that I was crazy when I made the Louisiana Stranger Cake and put the can of frosting in the cake batter.  I wasn’t too far off my rocker and I think we can all agree that the frosting made the cake very moist and delicious.  Was it a one hit wonder?  I wanted to try to see if it would work with any cake mix and can of frosting and I think, after you taste this cake you can agree with me, that this was a successful experiment!

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

This cake saved me this week in more ways than one.  Fresh off a cut to the hand last week, and a wounded toe thanks to my husband dropping a Costco sized bottle of shampoo on my big toe, a looming garage sale to rid myself of some unnecessary scrapbooking materials (pricing everything is going painfully slow), and a hubby that is travelling on business, I needed something easy to make and quick to bring to you!  I also needed a dessert for church last night.  I baked it and they tasted it since I am still avoiding chocolate for Lent, but I did smell this cake and it made me drool!  

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Either way this cake is for you!  Make it large or small, eat it all or share it, anyway you like it, it is a great cake!  The addition of the Chai Spice Mix balances the richness of the dark chocolate and keeps the sweetness down.

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I used a small petit fors cake pan but you can use anything from a bundt or tube pan, cupcake, mini-muffin, or decorative pan.  These took 9 minutes but a bundt cake would take up to 45 minutes.  Whichever cake pan you use for your cake, make sure you keep a close eye on it and check it often to make sure you don’t overcook it.

Enjoy!

If you need a recipe for Chai Spice Mix, click here!

 

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites
 
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The Chai Spice in this cake brings out the rich flavor of chocolate without being too sweet!
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Serves: 80 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can Dark Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 3 teaspoons Chai Spice Mix
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour into cake pan (bundt, or mini muffin pan, or any other decorative pan you like).
  3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  4. This time varies based on the pan used. My pan needed 9 minutes. A bundt pan may take up to 45 minutes. A mini muffin pan is about 15 minutes. Just watch your cakes and test for completion often.

 Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

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