Okay, maybe I lied…There isn’t really any cake involved. It’s technically just graham crackers. But its shaped like a cake, I guess.
At any rate, this is good. Like really really good. But this story begins in Portland, OR. While visiting the infamous Miss Summer, we took a detour on the way to the airport and had some delicious ice cream at Salt & Straw. Inspired by their Sea Salt Ice cream with Caramel Ribbons, I came home and hunted around Pinterest for a Sea Salt Ice Cream recipe. I found this one…I mean three ingredients. Doesn’t get any easier.
I made the ice cream as directed and let it firm up in the freezer for about an hour and a half. I lined a loaf pan with plastic wrap while I waited….and waited…
When you can’t wait anymore, throw down a layer of graham crackers–break them as needed to make sure you get full coverage. Top that with a layer of ice cream (which is still pretty soft at this point) and then squeeze some caramel sauce on top of that. Sorry, I’m not sure how much. I just kept going until everything was good and covered. Then you layer–like a lasagna.
Graham, ice cream, caramel, graham, ice cream, caramel, graham, ice cream.
Put it all back in the freezer to completely harden, probably overnight. Slice and serve.
These two pieces that I photographed for you are literally the last two. This “cake” went fast. Next time I may consider doubling everything!
I have a long hallway. And this is my hallway having a party…
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!
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!
I got married…again! I only do it once every ten years.
The first time we got married it was in Japan and it was just us and our Japanese translators. Well, we finally got around to getting married in our church and celebrating with our family.
This all came together fairly quickly so I tried to keep it simple and as inexpensive as a wedding ceremony could be. I’m a DIY kind of girl so I did a lot myself.
I’ll start with the flowers. And they start with Succulents. I knew that I wanted succulents. What I didn’t know was that they aren’t cheap. But, while hunting for Easter eggs at my Grandmother’s house I found that she had several beautiful succulent plants. She was gracious enough to give me one and it was enough to give me 24 favors and 6 centerpieces.
Having that one plant saved me A LOT! I priced the individual succulents for the 24 favors and the cheapest plants I could find (at Home Depot) were $2 each!
I found the metallic pots at a wholesale flower store for $6 each, where I also purchased glass candle holders for $8/dozen and painted them silver for the favors. The ranunculus, roses and mums I literally found late at night at Trader Joe’s!
I was also able to save on the cake by ordering a 9 inch round and decorating it with [faux] succulents myself. That cake was placed on the table for everyone to see.
The second cake was just a sheet cake that was kept in the kitchen, ultimately cut and served to guests. This helped me avoid the “wedding surcharge.”
Be sure to check back to see more!
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:
- My days of cool are numbered;
- 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
- 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.
Here’s my second attempt. This time I tried to use more “spots” and made them much smaller…about half the size actually. I was happier with the resuls this time. Either way, we got to munch on a second birthday cake! There’s always room for cake! A Happy Birthday indeed!
Today my little baby sister turns 19! Ahhh…remember those days?! For her birthday I tried to take one of her favs and put it inside the cake. Can you tell that its leopard print? Well its supposed to be. It didn’t turn out exactly like I envisioned it. But lucky for me I have another shot at it! I’m going to do the whole thing all over again this weekend.
I made the “spots” using the cake pop method. I simply added a small amount of chocolate frosting to cake that had been dyed and baked. I formed odd-shaped balls of the brown and then wrapped them with the black cake. I dropped “spots” in the bottom of the plan and poured some of the batter on top and added some more spots that were sticking up out of the batter a little. As the cake baked it rose up over them. You’ll need a lot of spots. I thought I used a lot on my first attempt, but I can see that I will need many more and probably smaller and less uniform…
Wish me luck on take two…
For her name, I simply wrote it out with melting candy and then generously sprinkled it with gold sugar sprinkles. Place it in the fridge to set and pouf…super cute cake topper!
Happy Birthday Keila!
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!