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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This decadent carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the perfect springtime dessert.  Moist, flavorful cake with a creamy, sweet frosting will have you licking the plate clean!

Happy day after Easter!!   Did you have a good one?  Ours was very low-key.  It was just the four of us, so the girls got up and checked out their Easter baskets, hunted for eggs and feasted on pumpkin pancakes.  Then the girls played with their new toys.  A LEGO set for Cupcake.  And My Little Pony set for Pumpkin.  We watched a movie together and we had ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Because the 4 of us don’t need a whole ham.  And for dessert we had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeMaybe you think I’m a day late with this recipe.  If so, I’m sorry.  Maybe you’re wondering why you didn’t have carrot cake yesterday.  In that case, you’re welcome.  Now you can make a carrot cake with this fantastic recipe.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeDespite containing a vegetable, this cake is in no way good for you.  But it tastes so good and that is what dessert is all about. 

We may not have had family in town to celebrate the holiday, but I have a family cookbook and that is where this recipe comes from.  My mother-in-law made it some time ago and I thought it was amazing.  I was very happy when she told me the recipe was in the family cookbook!  I love a good carrot cake!  Especially with cream cheese frosting.  That’s the only way to serve it!  Cute carrot decorations optional.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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  1. 2 C flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/2 C vegetable oil
  7. 2 C sugar
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 C carrots, finely grated
  10. 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  11. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  12. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
  14. 1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the oil and sugar and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well. All the carrots, mixing well.
  3. Divide batter evenly among two greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat until light. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. Add in nuts if using. If the frosting is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Last week hubby asked me to make a dessert to take over to a coworkers house.  Sticking with my “Use What I’ve Got” theme for the month I dug through the pantry and decided I had everything I needed to make a Flourless Chocolate Cake.  This is a recipe my friend Jessica gave me.  (Hi, Jess!!)

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is rich and fudgy.  It’s quite dense.  It doesn’t look like much but it tastes divine!

Flourless Chocolate Cake #dessert #chocolate

Luckily for me my waistline we took this to dinner precut on a disposable plate, so none of it came home with us.  I didn’t even eat any while we were there because I was too busy chasing the toddler.  I might have sampled a small piece after cutting it and it was just as good as I remember.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake


  • 1/2 C butter
  • 3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until chocolate is completely melted. Remove chocolate from heat.
  3. Beat 4 eggs until fluffy in a large bowl, then add sugar and vanilla and mix well until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Temper the egg mixture by mixing in just a few tablespoons of the warm chocolate. Add the rest of the chocolate and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a 9-inch springform pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until middle of the cake begins to firm up. Remove, cool, cover and chill the cake until you are ready to serve it.

I did glance over at the dessert table while we were thanking our gracious hosts and it was mostly gone.  I think it was a hit.  Next time I think I’ll have to top this off with some vanilla ice cream.  Wouldn’t that be delish?

Flourless Chocolate Cake #dessert #chocolate

A Whale of a Good Time – Cupcake’s Whale Party

If you follow me over on Facebook you saw a few sneak peeks of Cupcake’s 3rd birthday whale party that we had on Saturday.  When I started thinking about a theme for her birthday party I of course went straight to Pinterest and started looking around.  I thought about a garden party, or a fairy party, but the theme Under the Sea seemed like the winner.  But as I started planning (and kept in mind her interests) it became clear that the theme couldn’t be under the sea.  It had to be narrowed down even further to whales.  This girl is obsessed with whales.  She has two whale bathtub toys that she takes with her almost everywhere she goes.  And you can often hear her making whale calls from the backseat of the car.  Ah-ooooo-ah!!!!

Whale InviteIt all started with the invites, which I created in Stampin’ Up!‘s My Digital Studio. (And it might end with similar looking thank you’s.)

Whale Party

I went with blue and orange for our colors.  I absolutely adore Riley Blake’s fabric so I was so excited to use some to make her party dress.  I also made Pumpkin a coordinating romper using this tutorial from Make It & Love It.

Party HatOne of her requests for her party was that she have a party hat.  I couldn’t find any coordinating party hats, so I had to make one.  I unassembled a paper party hat, covered it with fabric, glued it back together, attached a thicker piece of elastic, added some trim and a pom pom and she had herself a party hat.

Party foodWe had a midday party so we had some light refreshments.  Chicken salad and croissants, whale PB&Js for the kids, chips, crackers, salsa, fruit and not pictured veggies and cheese.

Whale CrackersI was pretty excited when I found these whale crackers in the dollar section at Target!

Whale PB&JsThe whale shaped PB&J sandwiches were a hit with the kids.  I used a cookie cutter from Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply on Etsy.  It was the perfect size for cutting two whales from each sandwich.

Whale PartyDessert!  My favorite part.  I ruffled the streamers and hung them the whole length of the wall and added the balloons down the side (because I ran out of streamers).  We had cookies and cake this year.  And I also put the goody bags on this table.

Whale PartyAnd there are a few plush whales scattered about. Those were from Oriental Trading Company and there was one for each kid in their goody bag.

Whale PartyI used some leftover fabric to stitch up a drawstring goody bag for each of the kids who came to the party.  I also took some white fabric and stenciled their first initial on it and stitched it to the front of the bag.  That P right there in front?  That one is for Sweetey Petey.

Whale partyI made cut out cookies with the whale cookie cutter and a scalloped square cutter and decorated them with royal icing.  The cookies are always a hit.  There were very few leftover (and now they’re all gone!).

Whale partyThis is my first tiered cake!  I could have gotten away with a smaller cake (we have a lot of leftovers!) but I was really eager to try my hand at a tiered one.  I went with the messy frosting technique since I wanted it to look like water.  I used leftover royal icing from the cookies and a leaf tip to make the seaweed.  I piped it onto wax paper a few days ahead of time and let it dry.  I had to carefully pry them off the wax paper to attach them to the cake.  I’m glad I made way more than I thought I would need because I broke quite a few along the way.  I then used some Sixlet Pearls I found at HomeGoods as my bubbles.  I added a whale bathtub squirt toy to the top and some brown sugar around the bottom.  I was so happy with how it turned out.  And it’s a good thing, too, since I waited until the morning of the party to decorate it and I was the only one home with a fussy baby at the time (luckily I put her on my back in the woven wrap and she slept the whole time!).

Whale partyThe kids had fun playing with balloons, playing on the swingset, chasing the bubbles that came out of the bubble machine and with a pullstring pinata.  Another of Cupcake’s requests was a pinata, so I figured I’d have to make one because the chance of finding a whale pinata would be nil, but I lucked out and found this pullstring pinata at Celebrate Express.  It was perfect!  I was worried that 3 year olds would have a hard time opening a regular pinata, so this was just what we needed.  It was filled with jelly bracelets, bouncy balls, whale squirt toys (also from Celebrate Express and the same as what was used on top of the cake), and of course candy!  The kids used their goody bags to collect their pinata finds.

Singing Happy BirthdayOf course we sang Happy Birthday.  Pumpkin must have thought we were singing to her because she absolutely lit up when everyone started singing.  Cupcake got all bashful.  The big girl made a wish and blew out her candle and we all dived in to the cake and ice cream.  She opened all her wonderful gifts and spent more time with family and friends who were so great for taking time out of their day (or weekend!) to celebrate.

The party turned out great.  Cupcake said it was the best birthday party she’d ever seen.  And that just melts my heart.

Whale partyHappy 3rd birthday, Cupcake!



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Ho Ho Cake – The Recipe

This is the Ho Ho Cake recipe my mom used to make when I was younger.  It was always such a huge treat for us.  Of course when I grew up and moved out I needed the recipe, too!  Thankfully momma shared it.  It’s so super easy and you can cheat for most of it, but the cream filling, you know the part a Ho Ho is known for is the special part and that’s the main part of the recipe.

Start with a box of Devil’s Food Cake and bake it according to the directions on the box in a 9×13 pan. Allow to cool.

Gather your cream filling ingredients.

Fat, sugar, butter, sugary milk………you know this is going to be good!

It doesn’t look like much to start, but 15 minutes later……..

Yeah, 15 minutes, so you better have a stand mixer for this job!  mmm…..creamy

Cake + cream……..spread it around

Cheater’s frosting………..throw it in the microwave for 30 or so seconds.

Drizzle and spread.

Dig in!!!

Have two pieces.  I won’t tell!


Ho Ho Cake – The Recipe


  • Box Devil's Food Cake Mix (and ingredients to prepare as directed on box)
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup condensed milk
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can fudge frosting


  1. 1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions in a 9x13 pan. Allow to cool.
  2. 2. Combine shortening, condensed milk, butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beat for 15 minutes.
  3. 3. Spread cream filling on cooled cake.
  4. 4. Microwave can of fudge frosting for 30 seconds. Spread over cream filling.
  5. 5. Refrigerate.



A Day in the Life: Independence Day

I hope you all had a fantastic 4th!  This was the first time we actually stayed home for the holiday, so we had to figure out how to celebrate without having family around.  Friends!!!!!!!!  We made plans with friends!

Our city didn’t have any festivities going on, so we went to the next town over which was having a big festival.  We took Cupcake to her first 4th of July parade!  Not only did she get to see a parade she got to see it with a friend!

And an airplane kept flying by!!!

She got the view from up high with daddy.

The view from down low with mommy.

There wasn’t much candy.  We only caught about 5 pieces.  Cupcake couldn’t resist eating a piece!

We were sweaty and tired, so we headed into the restaurant we were sitting in front of for some AC and some lunch!  That makes pregnant mommas and toddlers happy!  After cooling down a bit and getting some food in our bellies we made our way down to the festival.  It was packed!  There were several vendors that caught my eye (hello, tie dye and wood toys), but we didn’t buy anything.  We did go down to the kids area, but a lot of the activities seemed too old for the 2 year olds, so we just let them play on the playground.

After a long hike back to the car (sans shoes for most of the walk for me) we blasted the AC and drank our warm water on the way home.  Cupcake was off to bed, hubby was off to the office to work on some homework, and I took shelter in the basement (where it’s even cooler!) to hike up my swollen feet and drink a bunch of ice water.  And I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I might have fallen asleep for a bit (until the phone rang).

After nap we started on some food preparations for the afternoon.  I had a cake to frost, ground beef to turn into hamburgers, burger toppings to chop.  We had friends coming to celebrate (and eat) with us!  There was some chatting, some kids playing, some cooking and some eating.  But first, we had a tradition to adhere to!

There’s Joanna from Midwestern Bite taking her turn at reading the Declaration of Independence before we started our meal.

And let’s eat!!

Hubby grilled up some burgers.  I cooked up some corn on the cob.  Joanna brought some delicious Sweet Potato Salad.  Update: Check out the recipe over on her blog.

For dessert I made a simple cake.  A super simple, but cute cake!

It doesn’t look fancy, but it has a surprise!

Ta da!  How cute is that?  It’s a Jello cake!  I knew I had to make a Jello cake for dessert.  This was a family favorite growing up and I don’t think I remember a 4th of July celebration where it wasn’t on the table.  Typically, though it was made in a 13″x9″ pan and only one color.  I decided to have some fun with it!  Want to make a delicious Jello cake for yourself?  Here’s the “recipe.”

Your favorite white cake recipe (or box of cake mix!)
Box of Jello
Container of Cool Whip

Bake the cake.  Allow to cool.
Poke a few holes in your cake with a toothpick.
Prepare Jello as directed, but before refrigerating pour Jello over cake.  Refrigerate.
After Jello has set frost with Cool Whip.

It’s so super simple I almost can’t call it a recipe!  But I don’t know what else to call it!  I used a Duncan Hines cake mix (it was on sale!!!) and Cherry Jello for the red and Berry Blue for the blue.  The flavors worked great together!

After dessert the kids played, the adults chatted and a good time was had by all.  Soon it was approaching bed time for the wee ones, so we said our goodbyes and bedtime routine began.  Cupcake was tuckered after a long day (3 hours of which were spent outdoors in 90+ degree weather) and was off to dream land.  Hubby headed back to the office to finish up his homework.  I made myself comfy back down in the basement to finish my movie, transfer my pictures over to the computer, do a little photo editing, a little blog posting, and mainly rest up from a fun day.