Cakes, Cakes, and more Cakes

With so many life events taking place the last few months and recently spending an entire month in New York with my sister's family I am finally trying to post more on the blog.  I returned home from New York a week ago and had a birthday cake, a smash cake, and a wedding cake.  It was a busy, fun week and hope you enjoy.  If you need a cake email me.

Smash Cake

Birthday Cake

Wedding Cake

More cake

It has been a while since a blog post.  Lots of things going on!  Graduation, MCAT, job hunting, military.  Now that we are kind of back in a routine I feel like I have time.  Here are few cakes I have done!  So fun to be apart of other peoples celebrations.  If you need a cake, email me.

Graduation Cake

Scrabble Cake

Birthday Cakes

Here is a few cakes I did over the last few weeks for some Birthdays.  The polka dots can be fun even for a Dad's fiftieth party and the Ute cake was for a cousin who loves the Utah Utes and Ute football.  He puts up with a lot with a whole extended family of Cougar fans.  If you need a cake for anything, email me.

Jude's Day

Our cousins blessed there sweet baby Jude last week.  She doesn't know it but she had a cake just for her that everyone else ate.  She will be smashing her first birthday cake before we know it.  She is a doll and I was happy to make her a cake.  

Paleo Brownie Bites

I (Kara) have cut out refined white sugar and white flour for the past 5 days, ahhh! 

This is something I have never done, but my friend challenged me for 30 days so I 

am giving it a go! These brownie bites are delicious, give them a try!

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Paleo Brownie Bites

makes 12 - one inch balls

2/3 cup raw walnut halves and pieces
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 heaping cup soft medjool dates, pitted (about 17 - 20 medium sized dates)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut milk OR any liquid sweetener, like honey, agave, or maple syrup if 
you want your brownie bites to be sweeter. I used coconut milk and thought the brownie bites 
were perfectly sweet. 

2/3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Pulse coconut in food processor for 30 seconds to a minute to form coconut crumbs. 
Remove from food processor and set aside.

Place pitted dates in a bowl of warm water for a minute to soften them up.

Add unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts to food processor, blend until walnuts become 
fine crumbs, but do not over process or you will get some kind of chocolate walnut butter. 

Drain dates and place in the food processor with the cocoa walnut crumbs. Add vanilla. 
Process until mixture starts to combine. It may not fully combine until liquid is added. 
Add coconut milk or liquid sweetener (if desired) half a tablespoon at a time. Pulse. 
You will know the consistency is right when the dough combines into a ball in the middle 
of the food processor. 

If dough is too runny add a tablespoon or more cocoa powder to bring it back to a dough like state. 

Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cold 
dough is much easier to work with. I left my dough in the fridge over night. You could put 
it in the freezer if you need to speed the process up. 

Once dough is cold, put coconut crumbs from earlier into a shallow bowl. Scoop heaping 
tablespoons of dough and roll them between hands to form balls. Roll balls in coconut crumbs, 
pressing the crumbs gently into the ball. Continue until all dough is gone. You can moisten your
 hands with water if the dough begins to stick to your palms as you roll.

Keep chilled, they taste best that way. Bites will keep in fridge for quite some time, and freeze well also.

Polka Dots

A few weeks ago I did this cake for the cutest little girl!  A friend of Gracie turned two and had a Easter egg hunt party!  So cute!  We all had the best time and this cake fit perfectly!  If you need a cake email me.

Happy birthday nonna

My sweet Nonna had a birthday last week and it was so fun to celebrate her with all the family.  I was asked to make cupcakes but wanted to do something a little more fun with them, so I made a daisy flower for each one.  I think they turned out great!  If you need any cakes or cupcakes email me.

cake pops and cookies

I did these fun, cute, dice cake pops and dice sugar cookies for a friend a few weeks ago and I think they turned out great!  So fun for a game night with friends.  Enjoy!  If you need any cakes, cookies, or cake pops email me.

18th Birthday

The cutest, sweetest, nicest, girl turned 18 yesterday.  Madison is my cousin and I just adore her.  I remember her as a baby like it was yesterday.  She was my first cousin I remember being born, and the cousin I wanted to hold all the time.  Now just like that she is 18 and seriously so amazing.  I always think she would be so fun to hang out with, but Im sure the last thing she wants to do is hang out with her married cousin.  haha!  For Christmas as long as I can remember our families have breakfast together and I always love to see what Madison got because she never has anything like anyone else.  Last year for Christmas she asked for a cheese making kit.  Seriously!  I love that!  I love this girl and hope she had a fabulous birthday, and enjoyed her birthday cake!

Birthday golf cake

I made this golf cake for a birthday a few weeks ago and had a fun time doing it.  I had done a golf cake before and wanted to do something a little different.  I think it turned out great, and it was fun to come up with something new.

cabbage steaks

You may all be thinking a cabbage steak is the last thing I want to eat.  But trust me, they're delicious.  The first time I made them they were so good I made them again two more times that week.  Trust me, you just need to try it out.

Cabbage Steaks

1 head cabbage
1 Tbsp Olive oil (1 Tbsp for each steak)
Garlic (chopped up fine)

Preheat oven to 400.  Cut as many steaks as you need 1 inch thick.  Lay on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Spread 1 Tbsp olive oil over cabbage steak.  May need more or less depending on size of steak. You just want to make sure the entire top facing up is evenly coated.  Then sprinkle as little or as much garlic on top as you want.  Finish with salt and pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes until edges are lightly browned.  Enjoy!

Blessing day cakes

Little Saylor Kate was blessed last week and I was asked to make a couple cakes!  Such a fun day to celebrate this little girl, and so great that my sister and her family were able to come to Utah so all family could be there.  My sister wanted cookies and cream and chocolate.  Such a fun day with plenty of cake for everyone.

If you need a cake email Joni for pricing and details.

Cookies and Cream


Smash Cake

I did this smash cake a few weeks back for the cutest little boy!  How fun to do black, gold, and white!  Different than your regular blue.  So fun and so cute!

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Bright Blue Rose Cake

This cake was so fun to make.  The cake was blueberry with blueberry frosting!  And then some fun rough buttercream rose swirls!  Enjoy!  If you need a cake email me.

Soccer Cake

I did this birthday cake for my cousin who loves soccer and was going to a soccer tournament the next day!  Enjoy!  If you need a cake email me.

Valentines Wreath

I (Joni) had a fun time making this wreath the other day, and had most of the supplies already at home.  I already have it up on my door and I am sure my neighbors think I am weird but with Valentines only being one day I feel like I have to have it up as long as I can.  I love how it turned out and it was so fast to make.

Valentines Wreath

Wreath Form
Hot glue gun
Embroidery floss
needles (For embroidery floss)
Ribbon (To hang wreath from door)
Felt (Individual squares sold at Hobby Lobby for .79)

All you have to do is wrap the Jute tightly around the wreath form.  Then cut all sizes of hearts and be creative.  I stitched a few with embroidery floss but you wouldn't have too if you didn't want.  I even had some burlap that I cut into hearts as well.  Then get creative, place where you want on wreath.  The ribbon I used to hang the wreath with was some I had left over from Christmas and I think it worked great.

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Gluten Free Chocolate snack bites

My sister (Joni) was just diagnosed with a wheat allergy and was told she needed to eat gluten free. I know this has been an adjustment for her, so I have been trying to find recipes that included ingredients she could eat. This recipe below is a winner and a great snack for after school or in between lunch and dinner!

Makes approximately 12 snack bites 

2/3 cup quick oats
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp oat flour (just grind some oats up in the blender)
2 tbsp coca
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix melted coconut oil, water, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for 1/2 hour, then form into balls 1 and 1/2 inch balls. Keep balls in refrigerator.

Recipe Source:  Adapted from