Saturday, July 27, 2013

1st Birthday Cake, Smash Cake, and Cupcakes

My first order was for a very dear friend whose son is a couple weeks younger than my son. She asked me to make a cake for her son's party, as well as his smash cake. 

We decided to make a 9" cake for the adults, a 4" smash cake for her son, and cupcakes for the kids. 

The theme of the birthday party was a summer picnic and decorated with primary colors bunting. So my friend requested the cakes be decorated with bunting.

The 9" cake was a gluten- and dairy-free chocolate cake with a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.

The 4" smash cake was a gluten- and dairy-free vanilla cake with a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. The cupcakes were both the chocolate and vanilla.

Everyone loved the chocolate cake, saying that it was really good, especially since it was a gluten- and dairy-free cake. There were a few people who said they didn't want any cake and ended up eating a piece because they had to try it, and there were others who went back for a second piece.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been making these since I was in high school and so it is the only recipe I know by heart. It was the first thing I ever baked for my husband and it is still one of his favorites.

It is my one of my go-to recipes when I need to bake something at the last minute because who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

My husband loves Cinnabon, but the closest one is over two hours away. So I do the only thing I can do and make cinnamon rolls from scratch and top it with lots of cream cheese frosting.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ice Cream Sundaes in a Box

As a party favor for my son's birthday, I thought it would be fun to send everyone home with the makings of an ice cream sundae so they could end their 4th of July celebration with something fun and sweet. 

So I made salted caramel sauce and hot fudge sauce, added sprinkles, gummy bears, mini peanut butter cups, and M&M's, and put everything in cute little packaging and into a homemade box. My favorite sundae is simply a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of the caramel sauce, yum!

1st Birthday Smash Cake - Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake

This cake was for my son's smash cake.

He loves cake, but for some reason, he would not dig into the cake on his own. He would only eat it when I held the cake up to his face. 

Until...I cut the cake up for him.

Caramel Mousse-filled Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

My sister loved this cake the first time I made it two years ago for my daughter's birthday and has been wanting it again ever since.
So she requested it for my son's birthday since I had no idea what kind of cake to make for his party.
This cake has three layers of chocolate cake and two layers of delicious caramel mousse and then it is frosted with a dark chocolate ganache.
Everyone loved this cake, and my husband told me that this is the best cake I've made. By the time I remembered to get a pic of a slice, this was the last of the cake.