Vanilla Butter Cake with Vegan Vanilla/Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel Filling

Were you worried we still lacked an oven? It ended up only being about a week, which is nothing in the long run. I was so relieved to get it fixed. The guy left, I picked up the Fudgelet from school, then came home and made this cake spur of the moment.

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Classic Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Fudge (Chocolate Millionaire’s Cake)

I started to make this cake just as chocolate with chocolate, but then the recipe mentioned caramel and chocolate drizzle. It was 8 am and I had already been up for hours but decided to go for it. I’m glad I did! It ended up a lot like this cake I had made for my birthday awhile ago. But, it was basically the easier and better version. I had no issues with the caramel’s consistency for using it inside the cake. I didn’t quite follow the full recipe, but it was still good as is.

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Milk and Cookies Cupcakes

Sometimes I look at recipes and get excited for different reasons. Sometimes I get momentarily excited and then disappointed. Like the time I had bought extra large eggs to use in an Ina Garten recipe and realized I could make one of her cakes…only to see that she used an entire can of Hershey’s syrup in it (I didn’t even know it came in a can?). This recipe was both interesting and exciting from the pictures, but as I started to think of ways I could make it okay for the Chiplet, well. Yeah, I couldn’t. So, look at this as a great recipe that I will likely never make again unless he outgrows his dairy allergy. Oh well. Make it yourself and enjoy it.

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Fudge Frosting from BraveTart

About a year ago I attempted to make fudge from this same cookbook and I had the worst luck with it. The fudge was completely…well, nothing. It wasn’t edible, fudgelike, or anything salvageable. It was one of the biggest fails I have had in a long time. And particularly disheartening when your blog name is Fudging Ahead. Oh well. I decided to give it one more go and figured if it didn’t work, then I would make a different chocolate frosting instead.

In case you’re wondering about the size of this cake and the shape, I made it for the Fudgelet’s half birthday. He liked it…but said he wants his next cake to be a sheet cake because he didn’t like having frosting inside the cake…I have no words.

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King Arthur Flour Vanilla Birthday Cake

More pictures will be shared Wednesday when I share the frosting, but this cake was for the Fudgelet turning 4.5! I actually made it as a surprise for him. I baked the cake while he was at school, and then hid it (kind of…it was still on the counter cooling when he came home, and then I managed to wrap it up without him seeing it later). I made the frosting and frosted it while he was sleeping, so when I revealed the cake in the morning he was quite confused! He did appreciate the sprinkles.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Recent Successes

Lately I’ve been making lots of pasta dishes that I throw together in a skillet. It is an easy way to make some interesting flavors in a quick way, and I can pull out the food for the Chiplet before I add any dairy ingredients or any nuts. They have been hits for lunch, dinner, and in leftover form. For leftovers, I often add extra of an ingredient if I think we need more (like more vegetables or protein) and heat it up in a skillet. Adding a bit of oil or butter along with potentially some broth or extra seasoning helps make the leftovers seem fresh and new.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

I was super excited to try this recipe because I’ve been searching for my ultimate pound cake. But I was more excited because I realized it was a vanilla cake that the Chiplet could have. It has butter and sour cream, but the quantities are small enough that he can have it! I made this (mostly) as directed and plan to try it in a non-loaf pan to see if I could turn it into cupcakes. If I do, I will report back.

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