Black forest cake is a traditional German torte originating from a bakery in the Black Forest. This recipe is a more chocolate-rich version of the original.
I developed a whole new appreciation for the original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm last year on our trip to Germany. We drove through part of the Black Forest – the setting for many of the tales. It’s absolutely gorgeous, but a dense forest is not someplace I’d want to be alone after reading the tales! You know what I mean if you’ve read the original and not just watched the Disney movies. On our drive, we stopped in Triberg to hike a waterfall and try Black Forest Cake since that’s where the cake was originally created. No vacation is complete without a little dessert tasting, am I right? Besides, I wanted to know how “real” Black Forest cake tasted. (more…)
In this post I share how I used a buttercream transfer to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake for a friend’s son!
I feel very fortunate to have found many friends with infants after our move to Virginia – mainly because it means that from time to time, I get to make smash cakes! I absolutely love making smash cakes for first birthday photo shoots. I think it’s a fun and unique way to mark a first birthday, and the pictures are so cute! Mostly because the babies have no idea what to do with their own cake. When my friend Alesya of Alesya Flynn Photography asked me to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake for her son’s first, I was thrilled! She asked me to make a Little Blue Truck smash cake, inspired by her son’s favorite children’s book. (more…)
My old fashioned peanut butter cake recipe is a classic cake perfect for peanut butter lovers and has peanut butter baked right into the batter and whipped into the frosting!
Peanut butter cake was one of the very first cake recipes I made from scratch. My first memory of making this cake was while we were newlyweds, but eating this cake came first… this was the bottom tier of our wedding cake (the middle tier was almond cake, the top tier key lime!) When I searched for a peanut butter cake recipe shortly after our wedding to try out, I came across an “award winning” peanut butter cake on PeanutButterLovers.com. It used shortening and didn’t have quite as much peanut butter as I wanted, but it seemed a good starting place. So I swapped butter for shortening, messed with maybe 1 more thing, and made the cake. Not only was it a hit, a friend requested it for a potluck party a few months later! Talk about a vote of confidence for this novice cake baker! (more…)
Perfectly tart with the right amount of sweet, this key lime cake recipe holds a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!).
The top layer of our wedding cake was key lime cake. We had it recreated for our first year anniversary. While it’s made an appearance here and there for birthdays and other celebrations, we always always associate key lime cake with our wedding cake. Since our 10 year wedding anniversary is a few short days away, I couldn’t resist sharing the recipe on the blog. How else does one celebrate such a milestone without cake? In fact, by the time our anniversary rolls around, I’ll have posted recipes for all three tiers of our wedding cake. One is already on the blog… can you guess which? (more…)
Fresh strawberries add the perfect amount of flavor and even a bit of natural color to this fresh strawberry cake from scratch! No box mix or artificial flavoring required!
As a kid, I thought you could only get strawberry cake from the box. It never even occurred to me that fresh berries could (and do) make an amazing strawberry cake! My conversion to fresh strawberry cake happened while we lived in California near some amazing strawberry farms. The berries were so sweet, they were practically dessert on their own. You know me though, I can’t be trusted around any ingredient – I always want to bake! (more…)