Monthly Archives: March 2016

S’mores Cake

I love baking & decorating (& let’s face it – eating) cakes.

A few weeks ago I got the itch to bake a cake – but I needed an occasion to do so. There’s no way I was going to have a whole cake sitting around my house for me to eat all of. Not when I’ve been doing more or less OK at this whole trying to be healthy thing & have actually dropped a few lbs.

Finally I had an occasion. My husband & I threw our first backyard barbecue of 2016 a few weekends ago. While other places were just starting to defrost – or worse, getting even MORE snow! – the Sunshine State lived up to its name in February.

I was trying to think of what kind of cake to make when it hit me: s’mores!

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There are times where I am all about making complex  recipes from scratch, and then there are times I take more of a “Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee” type of approach. This is the latter.

I’m all about doctoring up a boxed cake mix to get it to taste more homemade. So this cake recipe was made with a box of chocolate cake mix. I added a splash of milk to the batter as a little something extra – it gives it just a little more personality!

Besides the chocolate cake itself, what really gives this s’mores cake some ‘oomph’ is the Hershey’s chocolate frosting & Biscoff cookie butter.

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That’s right, cookie butter! I finally had an excuse to buy some – I loveeeee Biscoff cookies!

I know it’s not the same thing as graham crackers – but trust me on this one. It’s got that yummy cookie flavor & goes oh so well with the chocolate and marshmallow! So this cake has cookie butter in the center & piped around the bottom.

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On top there’s crushed graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate pieces, & mini marshmallows.

Full disclosure: I don’t have one of those fancy kitchen torches, so I used a lighter to toast these little marshmallows!

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The mini marshmallows alone don’t give this cake enough of a s’mores feel. I recommend serving it with a dollop of marshmallow fluff (not pictured – the cake, once served, went pretty quickly!)

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I’m so blessed to have family & friends to share cakes like this with – so I don’t eat the whole thing!

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Easter Cake

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday!

Easter came early this year, which happens from time to time since its date is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring.

Maybe that’s why this year Lent has seemed a little less Jesus-y for me than in years prior. We just celebrated Christmas & here is Easter already.

Nonetheless, just like Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season.

My coworker is throwing her annual Easter picnic & egg hunt. Last year I made a bunny cake & brought my niece with me to the egg hunt. It was a lot of fun.

This year I am so over all the bunnies.

Easter isn’t about bunnies & egg hunts. It isn’t even about family & good food. It’s about Jesus.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

With that being said, Easter is a celebration! Up from the grave he arose! So it should be bright & fun 🙂

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I hope I captured that spirit in this cake.

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Funfetti cake with crushed M&Ms in the center, cream cheese frosting & malted eggs for decor.

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Easter should be fun, especially for children. But it’s that cross in the center that is the most important piece of this whole weekend.

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Happy Easter! He is risen, indeed!

It’s The Little Things

I firmly believe that in any relationship it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

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Two years ago an amazing man took me out to a movie & then dinner on a Saturday night. Afterward, we went for a walk along Ft. Lauderdale beach. That’s where he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes.

Why did we watch Mr. Peabody & Sherman? He says it’s because it was the only one available that ended at a reasonable time for us to get to our (surprise to me at the time) reservation.

For our first real date back in 2012, he took me to Seasons 52. He took me back to that restaurant on March 8, 2014.

After dinner on our first date back in 2012, we went out to Ft. Lauderdale beach for a night time stroll. We did the same on March 8, 2014.

The movie was almost like a decoy. I enjoyed it! It was very cute & funny. We’ve been saying for the past 2 years that we should buy it & watch it again sometime.

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I surprised him with it today 🙂

Just one of those little things to let him know that I love him.

Happy engage-aversary, mi amor!

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