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Birthday Boy

30 Apr


I have a long hallway.  And this is my hallway having a party…

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Its amazing what zooming in on some streamers and balloons will do for ya!  This backdrop was super easy and can easily be adjusted to any color scheme or occasion.  And unless you choose to, you know perhaps for blogging purposes, you never have to zoom out and no one ever has to know that this is really just your boring old hallway.  Fill that frame and all you see is a party!

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My baby boy turns 1 today.  *Tear* My baby turns 1 today!  I made him this smash cake to celebrate.  Chocolate cake with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.  The cake is decorated by piping large dots and then smearing them to one side.  A little tedious but the effect is pretty great.   I don’t know if you can tell, but I think he liked it.  We literally couldn’t get him to crack a smile once the cake came out.  He was all business!

Birthday Bites

26 Feb


My baby is 7.  SEVEN!  Where has the time gone?  He is pretty special–and not just because he’s my first-born.  Although in all fairness I too am the first-born and I think we’re all pretty special.


He is funny, loving, incredibly empathetic, and a great big brother.  We’re lucky to be his parents.  Ugh…tears.

Okay, well the most important part of any birthday is the cake!  Since his birthday fell on a Saturday, I brought treats in to his class on Friday.  Life is more chaotic now so I wanted to make things on easy on myself. I went to Vons and purchased two boxes of Madeleine/Brownie Bites.  Whaaat?!  Yes.  They are half Madeleine and half Brownie, swirled together. Both light and rich and bite-sized, they are the little treat to hit the spot.

I added a personal touch by piping some white frosting on top, a dash of festive sprinkles, and a piece of Cake Batter Bark.  The kids thought they were amazing (one asked that I e-mail his mom the recipe–seriously).  Since I had extra, the teachers and office staff got to have some as well and they too thought they were just right and thanked me for bringing in kid-sized treats.

Riding the wave of Friday’s success, I planned Saturday’s birthday cake with the left over bark pieces in mind.  I made a basic chocolate layered cake with white frosting and added sprinkles and Cake Batter Bark as a decorative edging.


It was fun and cute…and most importantly, tasty!  Also, I love a good dual-purpose anything and the pieces of bark can kind of be used as spacers for slicing the cake.

This particular birthday carried over into Sunday as well when we celebrated with his schoolmates at a local Pump It Up.  I cut myself some slack though and ordered a cake for that celebration.

Now that I have a 7-year-old, I have come to the following conclusions:

  1. My days of cool are numbered;
  2. His increasing age doesn’t seem to make me feel older.  I don’t quite feel young.  But, I don’t quite feel old [or mature] enough to have a 7-year-old; and
  3. Thank God for cake.  No matter what is going on and how stressful life (or party planning) can be, sitting down and having a piece of birthday cake is such a relief.




Hummingbird Cupcakes

29 Aug

For my grandmother’s birthday, I made Hummingbird Cupcakes (No hummingbirds were harmed in the making of this ). The first time I had Hummingbird Cake was at our English Tea Party last year and it was so good! Hummingbird cake has crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, mashed bananas and chopped walnuts mixed into the batter with a little bit of cinnamon too! Since this cake is a little sweet, I chose to use creamcheese frosting on these cupcakes. In a large cake slice, this cake can be a little too much. Cupcakes are the perfect small serving and you don’t feel too full afterward. Have you ever tried Hummingbird Cake?

Trix Are For Kids

12 Jul

…And for kids’ birthday parties!

I had the pleasure of assisting our dear Summer with setting up for her daughters’ birthday party.  With a vintage circus/carnival theme, naturally there were many polk a dots incorporated.  For some crazy reason, party supplies in her area were limited so we got creative.

We used the classic rice krispie recipe but swapped out Rice Krispies cereal for Trix.  They are colorful and fun and a little extra sweet.  My favorite part?  When you cut into them, they creat a really pretty pol a dot pattern from the side.

To package each to be placed in favor bags, I wrapped each with a small piece of plastic wrap (so it won’t stick to anything).  For decoration and to further our theme, I took a couple of extra favor bags and cut them into strips just long enough to fit around the Trix Treat.  Then I wrapped a piece of Japanese washi tape in a coordinating color around the center of that.  They were placed in a basket near the favor bags and each of the small guests got to pick one to add to their favor bag before leaving.  There were a few extra for us big kids too…

A 75th Birthday!

26 Jun

Photo by: Caitlyn

Wow, so many big birthdays are ahead for my family.. my dad is going to be 50 this Friday, my brother turns 29 Saturday and next week I turn the big 3-0! I haven’t even mentioned that my Grandma, my mom and Summer’s two sweet girls have birthdays in June as well! Phew, I know that I am probably forgetting someone too!

I guess my grandfather’s 75th birthday, at the end of May, kicked started the festivities for me! The family went to dinner at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro. I’d say 75 is a pretty big birthday and I wanted to help make it special. I decided I would make the cake! I whipped up this chocolate cake in the morning, let it cool and frosted it before we left the house. This is the only photo I have of it since I was unable to locate a camera before we dug in!

We all had a great time! Afterward, we walked down where they had little carnival rides for the kids. When the weather is great, nothing beats hanging out at Ports O’ Call!

Individual Birthday Cakes

22 May

Today is a special day.  Today is both my God Mother’s birthday as well as my Father’s.  What a coincidence, right?!  Well, not so much.  They are twins!

They say that twins are connected in a very special way.  Twins often get stuck in a matchy matchy situation and the lines of individuality can be blurry.  But I believe everyone should at least have their own birthday cake.

One way to ensure everyone enjoys their own treat, is to make cupcakes.  Cupcakes are so typical though.

So, I made individual lemon cakes with buttercream frosting.

I used lemon cake mix and baked it in a jelly roll pan.  Once it was finished and completely cooled, I used a biscuit cutter to cut out 24 rounds of cake.  Simply frost a layer of buttercream on top of one round and top it with another.  Finally decoratively frost the top with more frosting and add some festive sprinkles.

Happy Birthday Dad and Nina!!

Seuss-like Sweets

3 Apr

The baby shower has come and gone. Now I can share the best part… SWEETS! Here are cakes 3 ways:

1- Thing 1 & Thing 2 inspired cupcakes. These tasty treats were Red Velvet cupcakes with a single top layer of cream cheese frosting followed by a stack of homemade buttercream, dyed blue, to create the “hair”.

2- Truffula Tree inspired cake pops.  I made these pops with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. I melted different candy colored coating and sprinkled with coordinating colored sugar. I chose to wrap these up for take home treats.

3- Chocolate cake with homemade buttercream in electric blue. I made this chocolate cake with layers of vanilla frosting and the outside piped in buttercream to match the cupcakes.

All of the delicious treats were either gobbled up of sent to good homes! Thank goodness!

Donuts for Dessert

21 Feb

Hi there, old friend! It’s been quite awhile. Its a story as old as time…

Girl meets boy. Girl marries boy. Girl gets pregnant (and then again and again). Girl vomits for months…

That’s right, baby no. 3 is now well on his way. But his unexpected appearance in my womb led to months of all day sickness, multiple trips to the urgent care for fluids and many many days spent entirely in bed. Needless to say, I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. Why pregnancy would be accompanied by both a super sense of smell and a super sensitive gag reflex is beyond me!

Despite my nausea, my first born turned yet another year older recently and its customary to bring treats to his class at their designated snack time. Since snack time is before lunch, we thought it was appropriate to serve donuts. I didn’t want to pack these kids full of regular sized donuts and then send them back to class, so I decided to make them myself, a la the Sunbeam Donut Maker.

Having no experience making (or in this case, baking) donuts before, I had to try it out prior to the big day of course!  So I started with the standard vanilla recipe that came with the donut maker and topped them with a simple chocolate glaze.

They won’t taste like your standard donuts of course since they aren’t fried, but I love me some cake so I didn’t mind.  The only real problem with the donut maker that I could find was that it only makes five at a time.  Feeding a class of 30 kids, I decided to go with cake mix instead of the recipes that came with the maker since it yields more batter, faster.  I used a simple vanilla glaze topped with festive sprinkles.

The kids were very excited to see donuts that morning.  Wouldn’t you be?!

We celebrated his birthday again with family and had banana donuts with mini chocolate chips, powdered.

These were awesome, although they sweat and by morning the powdered sugar was no longer visible.  But that didn’t affect flavor.

So now you can feel free to eat donuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Tower of Cupcakes

3 Oct

We have been celebrating lots of birthdays lately! Yvette’s little one turned 2 last week (check out her party post here) and my little one turned two the week before that! You could say we’ve been more than busy these days.

For my son’s special day, I chose to make him cupcakes over the traditional birthday cake. My son loves to eat cupcakes and I thought this was an opportunity to break the cake mold. It’s also a plus to not have to cut the cake!

I baked chocolate cupcakes and chose to dye the vanilla frosting blue. After piping the frosting on the cupcakes, I sprinkled the tops with sharks, fish and turtles. I used a cupcake tower and added the two candles to the top cupcake. I thought the tower was a little bare.. so I used my Cricut and cut out my son’s name. I taped the letters carefully to toothpicks and viole!

We didn’t just serve cupcakes… we chose Italian! We had homemade spaghetti, italian bread, cucumber salad and lots of wine! The party was intimate and fun. The best part was watching my little boy blow out the candles! Happy Birthday Calvin!

A Little Birthday Bling

26 Sep

My youngest turned 2 over the weekend! Yay, terrible twos!!

For his birthday I planned a small grilled cheese party. We called it a “Whine and Cheese” party. Cause terrible two-year olds whine, and he adores cheese…Get it? Okay, just checking.

I went to the deli and bought 1/3 lbs of 6 different cheeses and laid out other fix-ins like, onion, tomato, peach salsa, tomato chutney, avocado and pears. To butter the bread we had regular butter as well as herb butter (my fav). We provided sourdough, country white and whole wheat bread sliced and cut in half so that guests only had to eat a half a sandwich at a time, leaving room to try another combination! I had the Panini press hot and ready to go when guests arrived. Not only was it great faire, it turned out to make for great conversation. Everyone was a buzz about the different combos!

We had to have birthday cake. Since I was a little under the weather, my dear sister Keila did the baking for me. She made a small chocolate cake and a dozen chocolate cupcakes. I frosted everything and topped the cake off with a little birthday bling!

To make the glittery no. 2 just pipe vanilla melting candy in the shape of a two on to a piece of parchment paper, making to sure to add a little tab at the bottom to be pressed into the cake. Then, add your glittery sprinkles and let it set in the fridge.

Happy Birthday Magoo!

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