If you are looking for the classic Funfetti flavor we all love in a birthday cake but with less sugar- look no further! This recipe has 50% less sugar than the standard cookie but it doesn't compromise the soft yet crunchy texture that want from a cookie.
I love a standard cookie recipe but what I don't like is that gross aftertaste from all the sugar. Our first attempt was making Funfetti cookies using a box cake mix which yields the sweetest cookies because you can't control the sugar level.
So I was on a mission to adjust the sugar content and get it as low as possible. The color of these cookies are slightly yellowish because we added cake batter extract which has a yellow die. If you don't have the cake batter extract on hand, no problem! Use Vanilla extract (sub amount listed in recipe). We use a combo of cake batter and vanilla to bring out the desirable taste we all love from cake batter!
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Our sweet boy turned 1! When I started planning his birthday, I wasn't a fan of all the popular first birthday themes out there and knew we wanted simple decor for an intimate family gathering. I looked at the book "The Wonderful Things You Will Be' sitting on the coffee table and said- thats it! We used this book in our baby announcement and I thought the illustrations, colors and message of the book were so perfect for a first birthday theme. Not even realizing the cute play on words 'The ONEderful Things You Will Be".
When I looked up this party theme- I couldn't find a ton of inspiration or vendors to source party decor from so I am going to give you my breakdown:
Balloons: We decided to use the book as inspiration for the colors and went with soft shades of peach, blue, mint green and a few pops of color with orange and red. It was so cute, gender neutral and I absolutely loved the couple of accent colors to really make the balloon garland pop! We found the soft colored balloons in a variety pack on Amazon and used the orange and red from your standard variety pack of balloons. We made small balloon garland and had blown up balloons standing next to the dessert table.
Acrylic Signs & Cake Topper: We love to support local small businesses and partnered with David and Leanna to design and create a custom acrylic calligraphy sign with a quote from the book "This is the first time there has ever been YOU, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do" and a dessert table sign that read "You are the icing on my cake". And she made the cutest ONE Cake topper! We also printed out several photos of our little guy and our baby announcement that had the book cover and put them in simple frames from Target to scatter around the house.
Napkins and Glassware: Balancing Balloons is a local rental company in Seattle and they have the most beautiful collection of glassware! We opted for different shades of light and dark blue glassware for our wine and cocktails and handmade soft blue napkins, that was also used on the dessert table for added color and texture!
Dessert Table: Our favorite part! Landen had to have an epic dessert table and birthday cake. The dessert table is usually the focal point of the party so we decided to decorate this table with the most decor and offer a variety of desserts (I'm not naive that cake isn't for everyone!)
We made the cloud backdrop and it honestly took less than 10 min! We just did a quick YouTube search and found a super easy method. I love the way they turned out and they absolutely made the dessert table! The Happy Birthday Banner was such a perfect addition and found this on Meri Meri, including the adorable paper plates!
Florals: These were also DIY! Trader Joes as the best prices and a variety of beautiful flowers. We got soft blue hydrangeas, peach colored roses and greenery and made 4-5 small bouquets to scatter on different tables, including the dessert table.
Dessert Menu: Not everyone likes cake as much as I do (spoiler alert- Landen was a big fan of the smash cake!) I always suggest offering 2-3 different desserts at a party. We had a Funfetti Smash Cake, Carrot Cake for the adults, homemade marshmallows for the kiddos that also made great party favors and we made cloud shape and 1 shape rice krispy treats with frosting and Cake Batter Flavored Caramels! We used the extra marshmallows to cut out a cloud and 1 shape for an edible cake topper!
There was a taco bar, spicy margaritas and lots of dessert! To make the party extra special, I made a quick video/slideshow of photos to recap Landen's first year and included all of his amazing family in the video! We also had a banner of his 1-11 month photos that added such a special touch. Happy Birthday baby boy- we love you so so much and can't wait to see all the wonderful things you will be!!
What do you LUV? I luv coffee, hiking, peanut butter, flowers, CAKE! and this unique watch by Jord Wood Watch that just happens to match my brand :)
Today I am celebrating one year in our first home, with our pup and 1 year of marriage. I just looked back on the goals my husband and I wrote together before we even got engaged, and its incredible how quickly time passes! We are tracking with most of our goals but only about a year behind on our projected timeline to start a family. Oops! It will happen when its supposed to happen. In the meantime, I fill my life with wine, chocolate, and lots and lots of C A K E.
I wanted to share an easy chocolate cake recipe in case you wanted to whip something up to surprise your loved one on Valentines Day! and to top it it all off- I am partnering with Jord Wood Watches to bring you all an incredible giveaway! If you have been following along my journey, you all know how much I love to gift (especially when its an giveaway where everyone wins!) Enter to win here and you automatically get a $25 credit to Jord Watches and place yourself in the running for $100 gift card too. They have awesome women watch and men watch options!
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Happy Baking, friends! I hope your Valentine's Day is sweeter than ever :)
Choco- Chocolate Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup black cocoa (if you don't have dark cocoa, then do 3/4 cup cocoa powder)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk (room temp)
½ cup oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed all work)
1 cup strong freshly brewed coffee
Chocolate Frosting: Enough to Fill and Frost Cake
2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
6-10 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup melted chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1) In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter for 5 minutes until creamy.
2) Sift sugar and add 1 cup at a time to the butter and mix until incorporated. Beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes, until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl
3.) Combine the remaining confectioners sugar and heavy cream and mix on low speed for 1 minute, until combined. Add melted chocolate and mix until incorporated
4) Raise the speed to high and mix for an additional 3 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. The buttercream should be spreadable
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!