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Puppy Peanut Butter Birthday Cake!

I’m not above spoiling my dogs, and Brent would even argue that I spoil them too much. But, I’ve been wanting to make something for Oreo’s birthday for, well, the past 2 months because he birthday is just before Christmas.

With everything that has been going on, I haven’t had time to make something for the two of them. After deciding that paleo was going to be the plan for the next month, it became a great time to use up some flour.

Puppy Birthday Cake

Ingredients:

1 Eggg 1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Canola Oil 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the egg, peanut butter, oil, honey and vanilla. Then mix the flour and baking soda together. Add it to the wet mixture.

2. Split the batter in half and pour it into 2 ramekins. Bake for 20 minutes.

2. Once cooled, top with peanut butter.

Dog Cupcake Collage

Even though Oreo looks completely unexcited to eat her cupcake, she was actually working on her cute face so I would give into her and let her eat it.

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Look at those tortured little eyes. When she finally got a taste, she wasn’t really sure how to eat it and just licked the peanut butter off the top until I broke it into pieces for her.

Bacon on the other hand, knew exactly what to do.

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What doggie is going to argue with a yummy peanut butter treat??

For other dog treats, check out:

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Cupcake Decorating

This past month or so, I’ve been on a little kick of decorating cupcakes with a little pizazz. My sister Maggie’s birthday was this past month and I wanted to take advantage of my spurt of creativity and make her something a little different. When I was trying to come up with an idea for her, the only thing that came to mind was pugs. Maggie loves EVERYTHING PUG.

When it came to the fondant situation, I decided to make my own based upon watching someone about a year and a half ago make some for a wedding cake. It just seemed easy enough. Right?? If you buy fondant in the store, it can get quite expensive and I did need a few different colors. Well, after about 4 or 5 hours of mixing fondant, playing with colors, cutting out a million different shapes and playing around a bit, I had 6 pug cupcakes. Six. Which was the original plan, because I thought have 6 cupcakes with just some green grass would be balance out the plate.

Pug Cupcake Collage

 

For my first adventure into SERIOUS cupcake decorating, I would say they came out pretty well. I definitely took a few notes on what would have make this project a little easier and will make sure I have everything I need the next time a doggie cupcake needs baking. And Maggie loved them.

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The second cupcake that I wanted to do was for Christmas. I really wanted to make something that was more simple and easy. Chocolate shapes. For this one, I topped them off with my own buttercream frosting and went to work on drawing with melted chocolate on wax paper. This wasn’t as easy as I anticipated. In my mind, tracing cookie cutter shapes would have been an easy way to get a nice shape. NOPE. Epic fail. Instead, I ended up free handing them, which I don’t think came out bad at all. I also used shaved coconut flakes on several to make a snow effect.

Christmas Cupcake Collage

 

Just the beginning, but I think a good start!

Blueberry Chocolate Cake with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

Sunday night was also my Dad’s birthday and birthdays are kind of a big deal in our family. There are a few unique things that I think make a birthday in this house a bit different than what you might see elsewhere.

  • There are usually 7 of us, and now with Brent there are 8. So, it’s loud. Picture the stereotypical Italian family getting together and multiply that by 6 girls. Seriously loud.
  • Dinner is all out. The birthday person gets to pick what they what for dinner and that is what is whipped up. This time was a seafood pasta.
  • When singing Happy Birthday, sing as loud and as out of key as possible. Ear splitting high notes, piercing notes and anything else you can make your voice do. This is usually when the dogs run away in terror. If we have company, they think it’s weird at first then they join in with something we’ve never heard before. We all think it’s hilarious.
  • When picking out a card, it NEEDS to pop up. If it doesn’t pop up, put it down and find another. If you can find one that sings AND pops up, you probably have a winner. There is a competition for the best card and strangely enough, we have never shown up with the same card. Only every once in a while from year to year. Those immediately lose. Sorry.
  • Have fun. Obviously.

For my Dad’s birthday, I decided that I would make the cake and his favorite thing in the world is blueberry. So I decided to make a blueberry cake. Originally it was going to be a Blueberry Lemon Cake, but he didn’t really like that idea. He wanted chocolate. Chocolate it is.

Chocolate Blueberry Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Blueberries, melted
1 Egg

 

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter, softened 4 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla 3 Tablepsoon Milk
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, thawed and drained

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients. Then, with a blender, blend the blueberries, egg and water.

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2. Whisk the wet ingredients in with the dry. Be careful not to over mix the batter.

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3. Bake in a greased round 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I made two of them in order to stack them for the cake.

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For the Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Then gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar. Lastly, mix in the blueberries, and milk. Use the milk to get the consistency that you would like.

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Easy! When the cake is completely cooled, COMPLETELY cooled. You can start frosting it. Just know that it needs to be stored in a chilled area because the frosting is made of butter.

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I was struggling a little bit with the icing of it. But that’s a skill that I will pick up eventually 🙂

We all sat down for dinner and Maggie gave us a mini wine lesson on the two that she had picked out for dinner.

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We sat down and had some seafood pasta with a delicious red sauce.

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As we were sitting down, I grabbed one of the naked rigatoni still sitting in the strainer just to munch on. I was talking at the same time, and decided to goof around a little bit, so I blew through the rigatoni…IT WHISTLED! I felt like a five year old that just discovered the best thing ever! Why I never realized this when I was younger, I have no idea. I know I would have driven my mom nuts if I did figure it out earlier.

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So fun! You just have to pinch the sides of it a little bit to restrict the air flow and it will make this loud, high pitched whistling noise. 🙂

 

After dinner, the cake came out and I was honestly a bit nervous about how it was going to go over. I have never made one of a birthday cakes and this one was a bit different in itself. I don’t know if you noticed…it has NO OIL. There is no butter, no canola oil, no nothing. The icing obviously has butter but the cake itself. Nada. It’s a healthy chocolate cake. YUP.

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But it was delicious! The cake itself was really rich. The chocolate flavor really came through in it. The blueberries were also really apparent in the frosting. Big hit!

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It was even better the second day. The blueberry flavor came out a lot more the second day.

When cake was finished and we were starting to clean up, my dad brought over the wish bone that I had been waiting to dry out for a few days. Brent and I broke it and I guesssssss my wish won’t come true. MER.

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Happy Birthday!!

Do you have any weird traditions in your family??