First Birthday's are a big milestone for both baby and parents! For starters- it means that you kept a tiny human alive for a full year and thats pretty big in itself! Second- it marks your baby entering toddlerhood and a whole new set of independence from mom! WAHOOO!
I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with baby's very own smash cake! Throw in rainbow sprinkles for a classic Funfetti Birthday Cake vibe and your little one is on their way to some serious cake in the face! AKA the birth of SMASH CAKE.
If baking cake Isn't your thing but you still want to be involved in making your kiddos smash cake- we've got the perfect solution for you! Our Mini Celebration Cake Activity Box. It comes with all your party cake items including balloons and a birthday candle! And during these social distancing times- we've partnered with another local mamma owned and operated business to offer you custom birthday signs for birthday party parade or to decorate a party room in the house!
My son turned the big 1 a few months ago now and I've been receiving a lot of questions about how to make a smash cake. You will be surprised how easy it is! I decided to make him a classic Funfetti Vanilla Birthday Cake. I also made homemade marshmallows, rice krispie treats, and a carrot cake for the dessert table.
For the full party details and additional tips about styling a beautiful and simple dessert table, you can check out Landen's First Birthday Party Recap here! I just loved his theme based off the children's book- The Wonderful Things You Will Be.
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Quick note on making homemade Buttermilk: I NEVER buy Buttermilk. For one- its hard to find full fat buttermilk and I also never use an entire carton before it goes bad. So I just have Whole Milk on hand and make my own!
For every 1 cup of Whole Milk- combine 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. Let sit for 5-8 minutes (will start to curdle which you want- and done!).
*Recipe Adopted by Cake by Courtney
1) Using an electric mixer or hand held mixer with the paddle attachment- cream butter for 5 minutes, until lightened.
2) Add Vanilla Extract and mix until combined
3) Add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. After the final 1/2 cup is incorporated, slowly add the heavy whipping cream. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes or until frosting is light and fluffy.
*Frosting can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in the refrigerator. It can be made 3 months in advance and placed in an airtight container in the freezer. If frozen- thaw the day before by placing in the refrigerator over night. Allow buttercream to sit at room temperature and rewhip in an electric mixer for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
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There you have it! Now you can make your very own Smash Cake at home and watch all the glory of your little one eating their very first C A K E.
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When it comes to Spring time desserts and Easter Brunch- nothing beats a classic carrot cake! Our Carrot Cake has quickly become one of the most requested cakes and I'm going to share a few simple ways that you can elevate a classic carrot cake recipe so that you can impress your guests!
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Easter is going to look different for most of us this year. But that shouldn't stop us from celebrating over Easter Brunch with cake! Last weekend- we hosted our very first FREE Bake Along on Instagram Live. I shared my Carrot Cake Recipe and cake baking tips with my Instagram family (if you missed it- you can find the step by step video here on IGTV). I had the BEST time! We drank spicy margaritas and made our highly requested Carrot Cake! Didn't snag the recipe? There is still time! Fill out the form below and we will deliver to your inbox!
We are continuing the Bake Along April 11th at 11am PT and you are invited! I will be teaching how to frost, fill and stack cake layers (pictured here). If you are interested in learning how to make a layered cake- this is a completely FREE online tutorial. We would love to see you there! Or just pop on and say hello- I love meeting new faces and let's be honest, were all craving community right about now.
5 Easy Ways to Elevate your Classic Carrot Cake Recipe
Wishing you all a lovely Easter with your families. Happy Baking!
Photography by: Bailey Michelle Photography
I love how easy Rice Krispy Treats are to make. Not only because they are no-bake dessert but how quick they are to whip up for last minute sweet cravings or even as a fun activity to be in the kitchen with the kids! Add pastel colored candies and these Rice Krispy Treats are ready for the Easter Bunny! Or just a couple of hungry mouths to feed.
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If you're anything like me, you might be doing some last minute Easter prep and need a quick and easy dessert- STAT! This year is going to be extra cozy due to the health crisis- another week at home, another week with our own little families. I bet you're feeling like you need a break or more activities for the kids? These Easter Rice Krispies hit all the cords!
They did not last long in our house and I felt like I could escape to the ocean breeze in Hawaii, if only for a sweet sweet second.
Hawaii because that is where I'm dreaming of going on vacation. In fact, we were supposed to be there this weekend (Easter) but had to cancel due to Covid-19 and its so disappointing!
So instead, we have been baking up a storm the last couple of weeks and will have some new recipes coming your way soon! Like Better than Boxed Chocolate Cake (with ingredients you already have at home). Are you excited? I'm EXCITED!
A quick announcement- we hosted our very first FREE Bake Along on Instagram Live last weekend and I had the best time! We drank spicy margaritas and made our highly requested Carrot Cake! Didn't snag the recipe? There is still time!
And Join us on IG live Saturday, April 11th at 11am PT as we demo how to frost and fill your cake just in time for Easter Sunday!
How to Make East Rice Krispy Treats
Step 1: Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper- coat with softened butter or spray with oil
Step 2: Combine butter and marshmallows into a medium pot on the stovetop and melt over low-medium heat (stirring constantly) until marshmallows are completely melted.
Step 3: Take off the heat and stir in vanilla and Rice Krispy Cereal. Once combined- mix in your favorite Easter Candy!
Step 4: Spray hands with oil, quickly spoon mixture into prepared baking pan and press into the pan evenly.
Step 5: Allow the Rice Krispies to cool for 25-30 minutes before cutting into individual serving.
Easter Rice Krispy Treat Recipe
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3-4 cups of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Cereal
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup of Easter candy of choice (pictured are pastel M&M)
*Tip- Add additional marshmallows for ooey-gooey perfection!
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!