Rustic Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flower Topper

Rustic Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flower Topper

Rustic Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flower Topper

I’m proud of this one, it turned out so pretty mostly because of that gorgeous flower topper, which really made this cake stand out.  The wedding cake was for my friend Kasey who got married yesterday.  It’s a chocolate cake, recipe here, with buttercream icing, recipe here.  Congratulations to Kasey and Dan!  And thanks for letting me make the cake!

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Raspberry Lemon Tartlettes

Raspberry Lemon Tartlettes

Raspberry Lemon Tartlettes

I made these little cuties for my friend Kasey’s Bridal Shower.  They are quick, easy and delicious not to mention adorable!

1 package sugar cookie mix plus ingredients to make cookies or 1 tube sugar cookie dough

1 jar lemon curd (found with the jams and jellies in the grocery store) or 1 recipe homemade lemon curd, recipe here

1 package fresh raspberries

1  Prepare sugar cookie dough as directed on package.  Spray the wells of a mini muffin pan with cooking spray for baking (the kind with flour in it).  Place 1 tablespoon of dough into each well and bake for about 10 minutes at 350.

2  Remove pan from oven and immediately press centers of each cookie down with a tart shaper or the back of a small spoon.  Allow to cool in pan 10 – 15 minutes before removing.

3  When cookie shells are completely cool, put a small spoonful of lemon curd into each shell (lemon curd is pretty flavorful so you don’t need a lot), spreading to cover bottom then top with a fresh raspberry.

Rustic Chocolate “Naked” Wedding Cake

Rustic Chocolate "Naked" Wedding Cake

Rustic Chocolate “Naked” Wedding Cake

Latest wedding cake for my friend Sidney who wanted a chocolate naked cake!  It was fun to make, almost matches the log that it was sitting on.  The cake is adapted from the White Almond Sour Cream Cake recipe that I love and the frosting is my ever favorite Buttercream Icing.  I love making cakes for friends and being a small part of their special days.  Congrats to Sidney and Jesse!

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

It was Bob’s birthday on Friday and he loves Snickers Bars so I decided to make him a Snickers birthday cake.  It was delicious!

cake

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup sugar

3 sticks butter, softened

5 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup milk

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 (8 oz) bag Snickers Unwrapped Bites

icing

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

chopped up Snickers regular size or fun size bars

1  For the cake, preheat oven to 325.  Liberally grease bundt pan with flour cooking spray.

2  Cream together brown sugar, white sugar and butter until fluffy about 3 minutes.  Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until incorporated, followed by vanilla.

3  Alternate adding flour and milk gradually to batter, ending with milk then add in baking powder.  Stir in bag of Snickers bites by hand.

4  Bake for 60 – 70 minutes until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan 15 – 20 minutes before inverting onto serving platter.  Cool completely before icing.

5  For the icing, in a shallow saucepan, thoroughly whisk together brown sugar and flour.  Stir in butter and milk and cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil.  Boil 1 1/2 minutes.

6  Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes.  Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to thicken.  Mix in vanilla and continue beating for no more than 1 – 2 minutes.

7  Drizzle over cooled cake immediately then quickly sprinkle chopped up Snickers bars over the frosting.

cake recipe from The Domestic Rebel

caramel frosting recipe from All Recipes

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

I’m not gonna lie, I’m eating one of these for second breakfast while I type this post.  They are delicious!  And easy!  And did I mention delicious? You should try them.  Right now!  What are you waiting for? GO!

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (3.9 oz) package chocolate instant pudding mix

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup white chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup for topping

3/4 cup chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup for topping

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 9 x 13″ pan lightly with cooking spray.

2  Cream together butter, brown sugar, pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla until mixture gets lighter in color.

3  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt then add to wet mixture and mix until combined.

4  Stir in white chocolate chips and chocolate chips by hand.  Press dough mixture onto bottom of pan, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of each kind of chip, then press chips lightly into batter.

5  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until no longer wet looking in middle.

recipe from I Dig Pinterest

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

I got to try out a new cake frosting technique on this wedding cake for my friend Shannon.  It was stressful but fun!  This is a chocolate cake (click here for cake recipe) with buttercream frosting (click here for frosting recipe).  The bottom layer is 8″ and the top is 6″.  Below is another picture without the flowers on the cake so you can see the frosting stripes a little better.

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Congratulations to Shannon and Tom!  Thanks for making me a part of your special day!

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Made this for Father’s Day and even though I don’t really like Strawberry Shortcake (not enough chocolate for me), it was pretty good and a little easier than traditional Strawberry Shortcake.

cake

1 box white cake mix

1 (3.9 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs whites

whipped cream cheese layer

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

2 – 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1  For the cake, preheat oven to 350.  Spray a large jelly roll pan (15 x 10 x 1″ with cooking spray.

2  Beat together all cake ingredients on low for about two minutes until batter is smooth.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center.  Let cool.

3  For the topping, Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip and stir until well combined.  Spread over cake.  Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.  Top with berries.

recipe from Six Sisters Stuff