Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting Ready for the Little Man

We had a baby shower for my cute friend, Jennie. 
She is having a little boy in May. 
I seriously can't wait! 
She doesn't even look pregnant...rude.
Here she is with a few of her college girlfriends.

 The Food:
Crepe Bar.

 And for the activity: 
Iron on ties, bow tie, mustache onesies!

I made these cakes, don't they look divine?
Well if it be possible, they taste even better.
It's my sister Aleena's made-up recipe so I thought I would share.

Start out making vanilla or french vanilla cake mix.
Then add the powder from a vanilla pudding. 

You will need to make a strawberry puree.
Super easy, just blend strawberries and add sugar until it's sweet but not overly sweet.

Spoon the cake mixture into your pan and about a heaping tablespoon of the puree.

Swirl together. 
If you don't want the cakes to overflow when they bake be sure you only fill each square half way.

I baked them for about 22-25 minutes. Be sure you don't overcook them. 
Let them cool a bit before you remove them from the pan. 

Now for the frosting. 
I actually made a ganache. 
Don't be afraid, it's super easy. 

You will need a double boiler. 
(Again, don't be afraid... easy.)
If you don't have one, make one.
Take a pan and put a few inches of water in the bottom. Place a glass bowl on top.

Pour your chocolate chips in the glass bowl and melt. I used white chocolate chips.
Add cream about 3 tablespoons at the beginning and just keep adding until it's a good smooth consistency, a little runny.

Pour a spoon-full on top of the cake and spread around the top letting the excess dribble over the edges. You don't need to completely cover the sides of the cake because the ganache is pretty rich.

The ganache hardens and holds it's shape so it stays nice and pretty.

(If you want to make chocolate ganache be sure to use milk chocolate chips and NOT semi-sweet.)

Dice Cakes (I call them dice cakes because when Aleena first made these cakes she decorated them like dice)
-vanilla cake mix
-vanilla pudding mix
-sugar (enough to sweeten the strawberries, maybe 1/4 cup)
-white or milk chocolate chips
-heavy whipping cream (again maybe 1/4 cup)

Trust me these cakes are sooooo good!


  1. Oh, they look super yummy!! I am going to have to try them out at a party I am having on Saturday night!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. ok. so how fun!! im going to have to steal some ideas (esp. the onsies with mustaches/bowties) for when we have a babby shower for my little boys

  3. I am so happy you posted pics. I WISH i could have been there. Thanks for taking care of my baby sis.

  4. April you are amazing! I cannot say it enough! Thank you! Thank you, thank you! I am a bit sad we didn't get a picture of us together.... I love you a thousand times over!

  5. How about I just invite you over and you bring some you already made? What a darling shower! Yeah she doesn't even look pregnant!!! Seriously where is she hiding that baby? I love the onsies! SOOOOOOOOOO CUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTE!!