{Best Birthday Cake}

This is our favorite cake for birthdays!

 

Ingredients:

1  15-16 oz Funfetti box cake mix

1  3.4 oz box Instant Vanilla Pudding mix dry

4 large eggs

1/2 cup  canola oil

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla

FOR FROSTING:

1   cup softened butter

4-5 cups powdered sugar

2 pinches of salt about ⅛ teaspoon

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 tablespoons milk cream or half and half

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set rack in middle of oven. Grease, line with parchment and lightly flour two-9 inch cake pans, set aside.
Place eggs, oil, water, sour cream and vanilla in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix for about 1 minute on medium speed.
Add cake mix and dry pudding mix to the wet ingredients. Mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds, scraping down sides once.  Make sure all wet and dry ingredients are mixed well. Do not over mix.
Pour batter into each cake pan, distributing evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then loosen sides of cake from pan with butter knife and let cool on a rack.  Let cool.
For the frosting:
Place butter in a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
Turn on medium speed and start mixing butter until the tablespoons of butter are broken down and smooth.
Turn mixer off, add 2 cups of powdered sugar to bowl. Mix on low until sugar is no longer visible. Turn mixer off again, scrape down sides.
Add remaining powdered sugar, salt, vanilla (and food coloring if using)  to bowl. Mix on low until sugar is incorporated and no longer visible.
Add milk or cream while mixing on low.
When all ingredients are in bowl, turn mixer to high and mix for about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down sides a couple of times and then resume beating frosting.
Add more milk if needed to spreading consistency.
When cake is completely cooled, place on stand or plate. Frost bottom layer with about 1 cup of frosting, then add top layer of cake (I usually turn this layer upside down) so the top of the cake is facing the base layer, or dome side down. I rarely cut my cake to make it even!
Frost the sides then top of the cake. Immediately top with any sprinkles or cake topper and refrigerate to set or serve immediately.
Recipe Source: A Bountiful Kitchen
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{American Flag Cake}

I’m re-posting this one because its one of my favorite 4th of July desserts! This is a really tasty cake, and it’s big so it’s great for get togethers. Enjoy

2 1/4 sticks butter at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Butter and flour cookie sheet pan.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and stir until smooth.

Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes on 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.

Topping:

2 (8oz) cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 bag of confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 Pint heavy whipping cream (whip and fold into the other 3)

Assemble with fresh blueberries and strawberries.

{Recipe Ideas for Cinco de Mayo}

We really love Mexican food! I feel like I make Mexican dishes A LOT. There is just something about a lime and cilantro flavor combination that I crave all the time. Since it is Cinco de Mayo tomorrow I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Mexican dishes, and give you some new recipes to try out!

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tex-Mex Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

Seven Layer Dip

Cilantro Lime Rice

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Enjoy!!

Lets get started shall we??

I have always wanted to have a food blog for a few different reasons. First-because I have sooo many recipes kinda scattered all over the place that it would actually be amazing to just have them all in one spot where it would only take me seconds to find them. And second-to share my love for cooking with others and getting feedback. I would say it’s kind of one of my hobbies to collect recipes and try them out. So far my husband and kids are my only fans, but I love seeing the enjoyment on their faces when they eat something I make them. Hopefully whoever happens to stumble upon this blog will enjoy the different recipes too 🙂