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.