Category Birthday

Red Velvet Cake

My sister-in-law lives in San Diego and we don’t get to see her as often as we would like. Her birthday falls just after the New Year so we thought it would be nice to celebrate her special day during Christmas this year. I asked my brother-in-law what her favorite dessert was and he said it was red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting...
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Grandma’s 3 Layer Swiss Chocolate Cake

My Grandma Bustle passed away earlier in the year and I was blessed with her recipe boxes. In going through them I found 6 index cards with the same exact recipe. I knew this one had to be good. There are three ways you can bake this cake. You can go with option #1, only bake a Swiss Chocolate Cake using Duncan Hines cake mix in 3 layers. It is really hard to find on the west coast...

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Coconut Sour Cream Layer Cake

My Grandma Bustle would make this cake for special occasions before she passed away. My Aunt Peggy says it is her favorite cake which inspired me to make it the very first time. Best decision ever! This cake is delightful. The key is to make it 3 days prior and keep it stored in an airtight container. This brings all the flavors together and makes each slice a piece of perfection...

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Rainbow Cupcakes

I saw these super cute cupcakes on Pinterest made by Day Dream Kitchen. They made them on cupcakes so I decided to make them on brownies for a friend’s birthday. They came out super cute.
One box of Ghiradelli brownie mix or cupcake mix
Favorite cream cheese frosting recipe (see below) or buy 2 tubs of cream cheese frosting already made from grocery store
1-2 packages of XTREMES Rainbow Ber...
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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

We were going camping with our new dual-sport club and heard it was one of the clubs member’s birthdays. Instead of baking a cake, I decided to make these margarita shooters the day prior so that we could celebrate with Jell-O shots! These came out so good and everyone enjoyed them.
Yields: 24-30 Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters
  • 1 box (3.9oz.) Strawberry (real, not generic) Jell-O
  • 3 green b...
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Lemon Cake

· 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
· 2 cups sugar
· 4 eggs
· 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
· 1 cup milk
· 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
· Lemon wedge, for garnish
· Mint sprig, for garnish
***If you don’t have time to make the cake from scratch, you can use Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake with 1 ¼ water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Bake for 23-25 minutes
· 1...
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Hawaiian Paradise Cake

Three layers of vivid sponge cake in the colors of guava, passion fruit and lime covered in whipped cream frosting. On top is a glaze, stripped in the same three colors. But the cake is more than just fun with food coloring, as each layer really does taste like the fruit it’s emulating...
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Mud Pie

Coffee ice cream, a chocolate-cookie crust and chocolate-covered espresso beans add up to a terrific party dessert. Begin making the cake one day before serving. I got this idea from a special restaurant in Santa Barbara that my Mother in Law and I visit frequently, called “Endless Summer Bar Cafe...
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Berry Flower Cake

I wanted to make a cake for one of my best friends. She loves fruit, so this Berry Cake was a perfect fit for her. You can use box cake or make a cake from scratch.
Visit my Rainbow Cake blog for directions on how to make your cake and frosting from scratch.
1 box of Classic White Cake mix (Pillsbury M...
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Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes.Cupcake Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1-1/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoons vanilla

2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


Beat butter until softened.

Add sugar and beat until light an...

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