So, it’s been a bit longer since my last post. I’d really like to be able to post every day, but I just can never find time. Ever wish there were a few extra hours in a day? I’d love 3 or 4 extra hours. You know what I’d do? Bake, sew, knit, scrapbook… and READ. I love to read. In fact, I just finished (I couldn’t put it down… it only took me a few days) the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I read the first one in the series, and it was SO good. I can’t wait to read the next two. However, I’m in the middle of 2 or 3 other books, so I’d better wait. It’s just so hard though! I. Want. To. Read. The. Next. Book. SO. BAD!
Anyways, a few weeks ago, I posted a few cake posts. Check out my KitKat birthday cake, and my rose birthday cake. Since then, I’ve made another cake. This one was a character cake for my hubby’s birthday. He turned 22! Old eh? 😉 Happy Birthday Babe!
It just so happens that he likes to play Super Smash Brothers with my younger brothers. And I just so happened to have a Mario cake pan. Therefore…. well, you know what happened…
Tada! Super Mario!
Now, you can tell who he is here… right? But when I first started, it was kind of scary. First of all, how could this possibly be Mario?
But, after much time, effort [and frustration]… hemhem… Mario came to life. My mother came to me when it was done and said, ‘So, it is Kirby?’ Which it most obviously is not. But she enjoyed the exasperated look on my face, I’m sure.
After the cake was done, I made icing for it, and dyed it the colours I needed (Warning:red is HARD to achieve). Then I coated the cake with a layer of white icing. I then outlined my Mario and started to fill him in. There are a LOT of little stars of icing on this guy!
I have to tell you though, the hardest part of this whole cake experience was cutting into it. All the work… Eaten. At least it tasted good. 🙂
Cael enjoyed it too. He loves EVERYTHING.
Back to cakes – I have done other cakes as well, and I’ll share those with you some day soon. There are always so many things that I want to try and share with you, but again – never enough time. Those who live close to me – need anything baked – call me. I’d love to help you out (my dream is to bake for a living – wouldn’t that be great?).
By the way, any suggestions, questions, etc – please let me know! Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!
Sorry it’s been too long again. I know I keep saying that and not doing anything about it. But hey, life is busy, baby boys don’t just stop when I want to bake or do a post. (However, he is down right now…. And I did find time to bake this…)
How was Valentine’s Day? We had a fairly normal day. I got FOOD for Valentine’s. It was great. Coffee ice cream, chocolates, organic vanilla yogurt and a smoothie. Pretty close to heavenly I’d say. I provided hubby with breakfast in bed – brown sugar french toast and coffee. We had some friends over deseert that evening and enjoyed a German apple cake/pie thing, cupcakes, and mousse. Each couple brought a dessert. I made the mousse. Did I mention it was in chocolate or peanut butter cups, also made by me? Soooo good. My hubby doesn’t eat a whole lot of baked goodness, but that is one dessert he’ll eat. Sorry to say I didn’t get any photos of those desserts, but I’m sure I’ll get around to doing it another day.
Did I mention that this is our …. 7th Valentine’s day together? (I think… I’m starting to lose count…) But only our second married. It’s been great.
It’s still winter! But it has been wonderfully warm and sunny out the past 2 days, it almost feels like spring! And spring IS coming, which is amazing. I cannot believe how fast this year is going! Me and the baby went for a walk yesterday with another mom and baby and had a blast. It was a great almost 2 hour walk. The awesome thing about walking with someone else is you don’t even notice how long you’ve been walking because you are so preoccupied with what women do best… Talking! So encouraging to talk to other ladies, especially when you can relate to them and share a faith with them.
Anyways! February had two busy weeks in it for me and mine. And it includes a lot of cake-eating and baking. My mother’s, aunt’s and husband’s birthdays. Plus, Valentine’s Day. AND, we had company over last week one day for lunch, and made a cake-type thing for dessert that day as well. I am a fan of cakes. But truly, it’s not the cake that I look forward to eating the most. It’s most certainly the icing. I. LOVE. Icing. When I slice my cake, I make sure to scrape that little bit of icing that stays on the platter off of that platter and onto my plate. My mother on the other hand, will scrape any of what she calls, ‘excess’ (I NEVER have had ANY excess icing!) icing and I normally will inform her that she’s wasting and proceed in transferring it from her plate to my cake. Did I mention that I love icing??
Mom got a very, very chocolate cake on her birthday. I was on Pinterest, and discovered some pictures of this cake. You use a chocolate cake, frost it, and then stick KitKat bars the whole way around. Mom’s favourite chocolate bar just so happens to be the KitKat bar. Therefore, I knew I just had to make this cake.
I used our traditional, family chocolate cake recipe and made some chocolate icing to frost the cake. Then I used 8 KitKat bars for around the sides. I wasn’t sure what to put on the top, but I found some Rocket candies, and some SweetHearts. It looked really pretty. 🙂
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 5 HEAPING Tbsp cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup hot water
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- Pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 375. Grease and flour 2 9' round pans or a 13x9 baking dish.
- Blend together the oil and sugar. Add eggs, salt and vanilla.
- Stir in cocoa and hot water. Mix in 1 cup flour and baking soda. Stir in 1 cup milk. Add remaining flour, mix. Stir in remaining milk. Batter will be runny and oh, so chocolaty.
- Make sure to lick the bowl out when you're done. Pour into greased pans.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until middle is set. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Take cakes out of pans.
- Cool completely before frosting (or you will have a mess!).
Today, I’m starting a cake for a birthday celebration for my mother and aunt tomorrow.
This will be completely different from Mom’s previous cake. Notice the light colour (not chocolate at all). It won’t have chocolate frosting either.
This finished cake will be posted this weekend – I’m not quite sure how it will look yet, but keep checking for those pictures!
I will also be posting the cake that I previously mentioned that I made for company earlier this week. With testimonials! (Company’s idea…) 😉 It’s really cool. Here’s a sneak peak:
If you are more a fan of coffee cakes, (ie – no icing, less sweet…) check out this Blueberry Cake recipe.
How was your Valentine’s Day? How did you celebrate? Who did you celebrate with?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t give those groundhogs very much faith. I don’t remember having an ‘early’ spring…. ever. I keep seeing a post on Facebook, it’s a picture of a groundhog holding a sign that says, “I’m a rodent, not a meteorologist”. I agree with him.
So you know what’s crazy? That we’re now in our second month of 2012 already! I cannot believe how fast time flies. Especially when you have kids. People tell you it flies by, but you don’t really realize quite how fast until it happens.
Anyhow, it’s February 2012, it’s winter, and it’s cold outside. There’s not a whole lot to do some days, especially in the Maritimes. There are a lot of cold, dreary, rainy days when you can’t even really go outside, let alone go skating, sledding, etc. Tonight however… Skating it is! We’ve finally had enough executive cold days that the ice has frozen! And we’re taking the bull by its horns and going skating. I’m soo excited! I haven’t skated in 2 years, as I was pregnant last year and didn’t feel it was quite the safest thing to do. And, today was a lovely sunny day, so I enjoyed a nice brisk walk all by myself! It makes such a difference being alone (for me anyways). I so enjoy that time to 1) pray, 2) listen to music and 3) think without distraction. It was absolutely wonderful.
The only problem with that walk however, was that I was chilled to the bone when I got home. BUT I now have a solution! If you’re trying to watch your calorie intake a bit, or are just tired of hot chocolate (I do not understand how that could EVER happen, hot chocolate is the best thing ever!), or just need something new, I have something for you to try. And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! I got the idea from Charissa at ColourfulPalate, and slightly adapted it to my own pantry and taste. Here she be:
Hot Sweet Milk
As I said, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1) Fill up a mug with milk and put in the microwave until warm
2) Stir in some honey (to your taste).
3) Add 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract (more if it’s artificial extract) or to taste, and ENJOY!
It’s sooo yummy. Especially right before bed. There’s just something about warm milk that soothes and makes sleep come just so easy. And it’s such an easy thing to make, and different from chocolate. You can use any kind of milk you want too.
Just saying, but Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly. What better thing to make for your sweetheart than breakfast in bed, including of course, some nice, warm Hot Sweet Milk. If they’re fans of blueberries, this blueberry cake recipe is a great breakfast item too!
Oh yah! And I got my hair cut a few weeks ago too! Here’s a picture of me and my boy after last week’s snow storm. Do you like my hair short??
I’ll do another post soon! Promise… (don’t hold me to that, but I’ll try!)
What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Any traditions?