pinterest test — chocolate italian cake

I needed a cake recipe for my husband’s birthday.  I was traveling and out of town on the actual date, no surprises there, so I had to make this one special.  I go where I always go….blogs, pinterest, pioneer woman, looking for inspiration to save the day.  I came across this recipe for Chocolate Italian Love cake on Pinterest.  Perfect!

I live in the middle of nowhere and so I have to plan ahead.  There are some ingredients in this cake that one does not just have hanging around.  I was headed to Fairbanks and started a list of ingredients.  I get so excited to make him new recipes.  He loves food.  No really….he LOVES it.  I will make him something new and he will talk about it for weeks.  It does my heart good to know he loves and appreciates it.  I really try to make it special.

This cake certainly did not disappoint.  He loved it.

Go here to get the recipe and try it out.

Her blog is Chew Nibble Nosh and it is full of yummy recipes just waiting for us to try them out.


P.S. Unless I modify the ingredients I always send you to the original source for the recipe.  If I do modify a recipe I will include the recipe and a link to the inspiration.  It helps me sleep at night.

cupcake wars — key lime cupcakes with lime custard

Baking for me HAS to be simple or I do not do it….EVER.  My friend always bakes us the most fabulous cakes for our birthdays.  This year for her birthday I thought I would return the favor in my own way.  I can’t make the elaborate productions she does but I needed to put some effort into it just to show her we care.  She loves mustaches that is why the die cut is on top.

Key Lime Cupcakes with Lime Custard (not really custard but it sounded fancy)

1 white cake mix
1 key lime cake mix
Mix together and bake according to the directions and cool.  (I added a package of vanilla pudding)

1 lg package of vanilla pudding
1 small sugar free lime jello
Mix together using the vanilla pudding directions.

Cut the center out of the cupcake and fill with the pudding.

2 containers key lime frosting
Whip frosting in a bowl and fill pastry bags.  Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with green sprinkles.