Chocolate Cake with Pudding (aka Brooklyn Blackout Cake)

There was a rough patch for me with stress a little while ago. Basically, I didn’t pass the first glucose test (pregnancy thing), and I needed to take the long one. It caught me off guard that I would need to do this and I was really worried about having gestational diabetes. During the next few days, I did a lot of research into it and found out it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought, but it still had some not pleasant effects (like increasing your risk for Type II diabetes later in life). Initially I had planned on making this cake because we were celebrating one year in our house. When I found out I might not be able to eat the cake, I held off. The same day as our house anniversary, I found out the good news that I passed every section of the test with no problem. Yay! Such a relief. After my happy tears were shed, I immediately got up and made this cake.

IMG_0438

Continue reading

Tips-y Tuesdays: Halloween Treats

I didn’t think I would be creating any Halloween goodies. I’m not normally very creative in the whole decorating/making things look good way. But, we were hosting a party this past weekend and I wanted some themed treats. So, I came up with the Meringue Ghosts you saw yesterday and the Pudding Graveyards you see today. Both have been done before, but I put my own spin on the treats. Do you like to do gross treats for your Halloween parties, or stick to the ideas of Halloween (like ghosts and tombstones)? I couldn’t bring myself to do the gross kind, but I might for a kid party. Are you a party-thrower who does themes? I usually don’t, but again, that goes with my lack of creativity in that department. After visiting my friend Kim and seeing all of her amazing decorations I felt ashamed that I haven’t done more, but I just can’t think of what to do! So, feel free to share your decorating tips here.

IMG_9143

DSC01134

 

Continue reading