Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Italian coconut cake

the happiest birthday to me.
i was surprised all day by friends and family
with flowers, cards, balloons
my work family singing to me while helping a customer
Susan's warm raspberry coffee cake
sunshine outside, favorite mexican food with my bffs
friends over for cake, a gift certificate for a TATTOO!

for someone who hates surprises,
i was pleasantly surprised all day.
thank you, all ♥

Being able to bake my birthday cake was so much fun!
I was able to make it exactly the way I wanted
and even lick the spoons when I was done!

this cake was so dreamy.
a moist coconut pecan cake
topped with a buttery frosting & coconut
made for one hell of a cake.

What's your favorite birthday cake?


Thursday, February 2, 2012

cranberry vanilla coffee cake

[oh dear. it really has been too long.]

Cranberries are one of the best fruits to use during the winter.
I love baking and cooking with them because they are so versatile.
For this cake, the berries break down into a jam-like filling
squished in-between layers of butter coffee cake.

this cake is just divine.
the moment I spotted this recipe, I fell in love.
cranberries & vanilla sugar
all piled into one cake
makes for a wonderful winter treat!

simply make the batter, divide into two
fill the pan with half
top with cranberries & vanilla sugar
top with remaining batter

smooth the batter on top
sprinkle with sugar topping
bake until perfection!

[unfortunately when I baked this on Christmas morning, it needed about 10 more minutes in the oven. Therefore, the center was a bit raw, but that didn't stop us from devouring it!]

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