A little while ago I shared that I had made a vanilla cake recipe from my favorite cake book to make cupcakes for the Fudgelet. I also used the same recipe to try out my new number/letter cake pan. Maybe not the best idea to use a new recipe and a new pan, but it worked pretty well. The cake pan had a little bit of a learning curve but nothing crazy and we liked the cakes we got. Basically, the letter pan is about the same amount of batter as an 8 inch cake, so I ended up having some batter left that I used for a round cake.
A friend was getting married and she was doing a smaller celebration, but had invited me to be a witness. I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a cake, but I knew her favorite cake flavor and I wanted to make one for them, even if they were also having additional cake. So, I had this plan but didn’t tell her since I wanted it to be a surprise. I had also thought of incorporating these brownies somehow since they are one of her favorite treats but I didn’t think it would work well as a cake layer. I bought a box for the cake and it was a bit larger than I intended so I had to make a cake to match. I went from making “maybe a 3 layer 6 inch cake” to a 4 layer 8 inch cake with lots of frosting.
Did you read the title? If you did then you can see that I made multiple cakes for the Fudgelet this year. We made rainbow cupcakes for his actual birthday and then his birthday party was a few weeks later. Since his birthday is so close to K’s birthday, we just made a small batch of cupcakes and then made a big cake for K this year (some years I do a smaller cake for K). And I knew the Fudgelet would get more cake at his party.
Let’s start with the cupcakes!
K and I are welcoming another year of marriage and this was something I made to welcome him home one night. It was really easy to make since no mixer needed to get pulled out and it was small amounts of ingredients, so no large bowls required.
I have made carrot cake before, but not since I lived in Maryland. It has been that long! I have made a version of carrot cake muffins so that I was able to send some to my dad (cream cheese frosting wouldn’t ship very well) but not the actual cake. My dad had requested it for one of the possible treats I could make him when we visited this spring. I am not positive which recipe I made the first time for him. But this time I pulled from my favorite cake book: Layered. I took pictures with my phone of the recipe to do my best version there. I knew it couldn’t be identical since I wasn’t going to bring cake pans and all this time.
Here I go sharing a recipe from many months ago. But, thankfully, you can make this cake at any point in the year. The Chiplet was just over a week old and we were celebrating Thanksgiving as a family of 4. The Fudgelet helped me make this cake while K helped take care of the Chiplet. I try to soak up my mom/toddler time since it is difficult when the baby wants to take his fair share of time, too. There were some pictures of the process that I took, but K also took some pictures of us baking. There were some cute ones of the two of us but it’s funny seeing myself with a belly that looked about 6 months pregnant. I know I was super tired too, so I’m not sure how I made a cake, but I did!