How to frost a smooth cake with buttercream

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Today’s tutorial is all about how to frost a smooth cake. Getting that nice, smooth finish when icing a cake can take some practice, but I have been asked so many times about how I get my icing so smooth, I’ve finally put together some instructions that I hope will be helpful. Just remember you have to be patient. My first cake did not look like my current cakes. It took practice - and the right tools.So to start, let’s talk about the tools you’ll need:Icing tips (this one - Wilton #789 - for icing the sides and this one - Ateco 844 - for piping the border) Icing bags Turntable (I use this one) Icing smoother (I 100% recommend this one over any other) 9 inch offset spatula (I use this one) Fondant smoother (I use this one) Viva paper towels (Viva brand specifically)Let’s talk about that … [Read more...]

Oreo Brookie Tiramisu

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This Oreo Brookie Tiramisu is my new favorite dessert - no joke. I mean, how can you go wrong with a layer of brownie, Oreos and chocolate chip cookies, kahlua and espresso, and tiramisu filling? You can't. It's pure awesome.So a few weeks ago, I made my mom her very own Facebook account. She had been using mine for years. She didn't want her own because she wasn't sure she wanted people to be able to find her (she's an outlaw like that).But then I started blogging. And slowly, over the past three years, my news feed has changed from updates about friends (that my mom knows) and family to all things blogging. She no longer liked my Facebook.So she finally got her own page and all her friends rejoiced!Then my mom had a birthday yesterday. As soon as I called her, she told me she wasn't so … [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake - full of maraschino cherry flavor and mini chocolate chips!

This Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake is so fun and has a great cherry and chocolate flavor! I'm totally in love with the naturally pink color too. :)So this past weekend, I tried to throw a legit virtual baby shower. Like for reals.If you are a regular blog reader, you may have seen bloggers celebrate a virtual baby shower for another blog. It's totally a thing (a couple examples - here and here).Well, one of my best and oldest friends (since we were 9) is pregnant and due in August. Our little group of friends has all known each other forever, but as time has gone on, we've moved away - even to different countries. So we weren't going to be able to celebrate with her in person. :(So inspired by blogger virtual showers where we all post on the same day about a blogger and her new addition, I … [Read more...]

Strawberry Vanilla Sweet Tea

Strawberry Vanilla Sweet Tea! Refreshing and perfect for summer!

This post is sponsored by Equal 0-Calorie Sweetener, but all opinions are my own.This Strawberry Vanilla Sweet Tea is refreshing, summery and low in calories! Inspired by Equal 0-Calorie sweetener and our recent trip to South Africa, it's one of my new favorite drinks!AND you get a chance to win a iced beverage pack so you can join in on the fun - just enter below!If you read my recent post about the time we spent in Cape Town, South Africa then you read about our high tea experience. One of my favorite parts of the high tea was the strawberry vanilla tea that I drank. So good! I thought it would be super fun to recreate a cold version of it.And since I'm not a huge fan of drinking my calories (I'd much rather save my calories for cake ;) ), using Equal to sweeten my tea was … [Read more...]

June 2015 Stitch Fix Review

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I'm back with another Stitch Fix box! As always, it was fun and I couldn't wait to try everything on. Let's get right into it.What is Stitch Fix? Well, basically it’s like having your own personal stylist. But better.More specifically, it’s a monthly subscription (although you can set it to every other month too). When you sign up, you fill out a profile where you specify all kinds of things like sizes, price, shapes and styles you prefer, colors and patterns you prefer. You can make a pinterest board and link to that so that your stylist can get a feel for what you like. You basically want to provide as much detail as you can so that they can pick stuff to match your style.Then you pick a date to have your box arrive. You’ll get 5 pieces. It can be clothing and accessories. You pay $20 a month … [Read more...]

Sparkly Pom Pom Cake

Sparkly Pom Pom Cake - so easy and fun! A great celebration cake!

This Sparkly Pom Pom Cake is so fun and so easy to make! It makes a great celebration cake and would even be fun with various colors for different holidays. I've been really excited to share it with you.So today's post is a little different because it doesn't have a recipe in it. Crazy! But it is still all about the cake.Believe it or not, back when I started this blog, I'd fully intended on including tutorials on decorating cakes. I really do enjoy doing it when I have time and that was actually what got me started reading blogs and blogging myself. If you haven't seen some of my very early posts, there were a couple tutorials (here, here, here). A good, old fashioned walk down memory lane. :)So I guess you could say I'm going back to my roots a little with this one. But while those older … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Truffle Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter Truffle Chocolate Cake - a layer of moist chocolate cake topped with a layer of peanut butter truffle!

This Peanut Butter Truffle Chocolate Cake is the new way your peanut butter and chocolate obsession will manifest itself. :) With a layer of my favorite chocolate cake topped with a layer of peanut butter truffle, this cake will definitely be your new favorite.So for the past month I've been reading a new book that I've got to share with you. It's called "A Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George. It has really been an awesome read.It focuses on pursuing God's priorities for us and has totally changed the way I prioritize. It looks at areas like your husband, your children, your home, etc. and after the first few chapters, I wrote down a list of the way I wanted to prioritize things. It was clear that I wasn't actually prioritizing things that way, so I've been working on it as I've … [Read more...]

Watermelon Elderflower Cocktail

Watermelon Elderflower Cocktail - watermelon, lime juice, cucumber, elderflower and rum make this one delicious summer cocktail!

This post is sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association, but all opinions are my own.This Watermelon Elderflower Cocktail is made with Georgia watermelons, cucumber and lime juice and it is a perfectly refreshing drink for summer!Watermelon is one of those fruits that just screams summer. It reminds me of watermelon eating contests and spitting the seeds all over the driveway.Of course that was when I was a kid. Now that I'm all grown up, I like to spike my watermelon. :)When I decided to make a watermelon cocktail, I knew I wanted to include Elderflower. I tried it for the first time about 6 months ago and fell in love.When combined with some lime juice and cucumber, the watermelon and Elderflower make what is my new favorite cocktail. It's so delicious and would appeal to so … [Read more...]

Peach Caramel Blondie Cheesecake

Peach Caramel Blondie Cheesecake - a cinnamon peach blondie, topped with caramel no bake cheesecake, cinnamon peaches, whipped cream and caramel! So good!

This Peach Caramel Blondie Cheesecake is the stuff dreams are made of. A peach and cinnamon filled blondie is topped with caramel no bake cheesecake, cinnamon peaches and caramel sauce. There is no better way to enjoy some peaches this summer!Well I hope everyone had a great fourth of July weekend. We went to visit my parents and see my grandmother. It had been a while since we’d been to visit, so it was quite nice. It’d also been years since we’d spent the fourth there, so it was nice to be back and see the fireworks. My parents have lived in the same house for about 20 years, so the fireworks show is the one I’ve been seeing since I was kid and their neighborhood puts on a great show.Thursday was also my grandmother’s 85th birthday. We had good food and a lemon cake - her favorite. And yes, I … [Read more...]

Cape Town, South Africa! {Part 2 of our trip}

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I’m back with more about our South African adventure today! A few weeks ago, I told you all about our visits with animals and the safari’s we went on. Today is all about Cape Town, known by many as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s very far south and has the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. We had lots of things in mind for this part of the trip, but we didn’t quite get to all of it.The view from our room.One bummer was that since we were in Cape Town during their winter, it ended up being pretty foggy around the mountains. Apparently it’s not like that during the summer. So one of the things I was most looking forward to (Table Mountain), we were unable to do. When it’s not foggy, you can see the mountain from the city and it’s supposed to be … [Read more...]

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