Choco-Chip Cream Cheese (a cheat)

I have found another amazing recipe on Pinterest that I REALLY wanted to try. But guess who didn’t have all the ingredients in stock, that’s right, Target! I will post the link to the original recipe I found, as well as include my “cheat” recipe.

Here is the link to the original recipe that I planned to use. Below is what I actually did.

  1. Get yourself your fave chocolate chip cookie dough. I just bought 2 bags of Betty Crocker’s cookie mix and followed the directions.
  2. I then took a 9x 13 pan and lined it with parchment paper.
  3. Firmly press dough to fill the bottom of the pan.
  4. Following the original recipe’s instructions, I created the filling.
    1. I doubled the recipe so I used 2 8 oz boxes of cream cheese (softened), 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat well.
  5. After placing the filling, cover with remaining cookie dough.
  6. Bake on 350 for about 40 minutes or until the cream cheese sets and the dough is golden.
  7. Chill.


Happy baking and enjoy! * I highly recommend ice cream with this! ūüôā

Callie & Gabbie


Oreo “Cheat-cake”Bites

Let’s be honest really quick. We don’t always have our pantries stocked with baking ingredients (I know I don’t), and sometimes, we get ¬†REALLY hungry and start to crave something, or you have a family gathering and need to put something together really quick. Also, Target didn’t have half the ingredients I needed to make a complete oreo cheesecake cupcake. Thankfully, I had a no-bake recipe saved to my Pinterest! It is SO easy and literally requires only 3 ingredients!

Click here for the recipe! For the Chocolate Oreo Mousse Cheesecake I used in a previous post, click here.

My only comment regarding the no-bake recipe is that refrigerating the cheesecakes for a few hours before serving works just as good, and taste amazing!!


Happy Baking!

Callie & Gabbie



What are Callie Cakes

The Callie Cakes tab showcases some of Callie’s favorite cupcake and dessert creations made by Gabbie, inspired by Callie.

Gabbie enjoys making cupcakes and desserts for fun, and especially being able to share them with others. Unfortunately, she is not a professional (although she would love to be),  therefore her treats are not for sale.

If you have any baking tips, tricks, or ideas, be sure to send them our way!



One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Orange cupcake?!

In honor of Children in Youth Day, a day filled with activities for Hawai’i’s youth, hosted at the State Capitol, I decided to try my hand at a Dr. Seuss inspired cupcake! I am a part of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, and we, along with our state affiliate, will be having a Dr. Seuss themed booth. Activities we will provide are a bean-bag toss, go-fish, as well as a small Photo Booth. (Unfortunately, my cupcakes will not be there)



Vanilla cupcake with cinnamon-sugar butter cream with a hint of lemon. I initially wanted the frosting to be yellow, therefore, the lemon flavor. My boyfriend had other ideas of adding cinnamon, and too much orange food gel. (oops!) img_0264


The Basic Chocolate Cake

This is my go-to recipe for anything requiring chocolate cake! I found it on Pinterest, and I am SO glad I wrote down the recipe because I can no longer seem to find it :/ Oh well.

Let’s dive right in!



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water (boiling)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg



  1. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Add the cocoa to the boiling water and mix. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter. (beat for 2 minutes on high)
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients and half of the cocoa and beat on low for 1 minute.
  6. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat for 2 minutes on high.

For cupcakes, bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

This¬†recipe calls for a bunch of ingredients and time, which most of us may not have a lot of. Therefore, by all means, substitute with your favorite chocolate cake mix. In all honesty, when I’m in a rush or lacking ingredients, I use¬†Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food cake mix.

Happy Baking!

Callie & Gabbie


Callie’s Coffee Chocolate Cupcake


A beautiful combination of Gabbie’s FAVORITE treats! Coffee. Chocolate. Cupcakes! All in one!

This delicious cupcake started with a chocolate cupcake (see chocolate cupcake post for recipe), topped with a homemade butter cream frosting with coffee liqueur.

See Below for Recipe!


Coffee Liqueur Buttercream Frosting: (Frosts apx. ~ 36)


  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 4 tablespoons of Kahlua coffee liqueur


  1. Beat the softened butter with a mixer (preferred) until smooth and fluffy. {basically ’til it starts to look like frosting}
  2. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, and beat on medium speed.
  3. Once the frosting looks smooth, add the Kahlua and beat for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Frost the cooled cupcakes, and enjoy!


~Callie & Gabbie