Since my last post I went on vacation for about three weeks. I’m not telling you this to make you jealous- it sets up the story of the recipe I’m posting this week. I spent two weeks in Croatia and then jetted off to California a few days after I got back. Both amazing trips, but after three weeks of being gone I was ready to be back home! Obviously I had to completely clean out my pantry and refrigerator before I left so I wouldn’t have new things growing in my kitchen when I came back. This is what brings me to this recipe.
I decided last minute one night to bake something to take to the lake the next day. The only problem with this is that I hadn’t really restocked my kitchen since before vacation. I scrounged around to find what ingredients I DID have and then hit up pinterest to see what I could do with it. This is what I found:
If you’re wondering why I would have cake mix when I bake all my cakes from scratch, it’s because I have a habit of buying cake mix when it’s on sale. One of my parents told me once that they do that (I can’t remember which one!) and it’s just something that I picked up on. You never know when you might need some! I couldn’t make a cake or cupcakes because I didn’t have anything to make frosting. I narrowed my search to cookies and found this recipe at Cookies and Cups. They were incredibly easy to make and they disappeared FAST the next day! Funfetti is pretty hard to resist! I love the flavor that the cream cheese adds. These cookies are super light and fluffy and perfect for any get together!
Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 box French Vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add in the egg, mix to combine. Gradually mix in the cake mix. Fold in the sprinkles. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour (Mine was still pretty soft after this, you could also put it in the freezer to firm up the dough).
Preheat the oven to 350*. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1″ balls and dip in the powdered sugar. Place balls at least 1″ apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a minute before moving them to a wire rack. Enjoy!
I am REALLY slacking on posts here. Actually I just missed last week, for which I have a semi-decent excuse. This past week I was baking for a wedding. This totaled out to 300+ cupcakes, a cake for the couple to cut into, and a groom’s cake. Needless to say…I spent a good 72 hours baking. Normally I would have at least one good freak out pop up in there, but I somehow managed to get it all done without a covered-in-frosting-meltdown. Even when this happened.
I think I might have been in denial that there was a chance I’d have to bake another cake. Flipping large cakes out of the pan gives me a heart attack. Every time. Mainly because this can happen. However, I fixed it and no one ever knew the difference (Until now.) This was the final product- a duck hunting themed cake. They had fun with the duck call after cutting it at the reception. For those of you who don’t watch Duck Dynasty, “Happy, happy, happy” is a quote from that show that the bride thought of to write on the cake.
For the bride’s “cake”, we did four flavors of cupcakes. The bride happened to be one of my friends and also one of my main taste testers. The original list of flavors she gave me was about eight flavors long and I had to tell her to cut it back. We settled on strawberry, brown sugar pound cake, red velvet, and chocolate- covering her favorites, crowd favorites, and chocolate since the groom’s cake was funfetti (his favorite.) I also made a smaller cake for them to cut into- can’t skip that tradition! Cutting into a cupcake just isn’t very exciting.
I loved getting to be a part of this couple’s wedding. Seeing happy customers makes me happy, and this picture pretty much says it all!
Gender reveal cakes seem to be the new trendy thing to do. Have a big party and tell everyone what you’re having (sounds like a lot more fun than a baby shower if you ask me). When my friend Jodie shared with me that she was pregnant, after congratulating her and everything I immediately asked if I could do the gender reveal cake. I didn’t even really ask if that was something they wanted to do or not…I pretty much just signed myself up for it. I had to keep her pregnancy a secret for over month until they told everyone, so I figured it was a fair trade!
I first met Jodie and her husband, Stephen, when they started working out at the same gym as me last summer. I tend to be on the shy side, while Jodie is most certainly not. And Jodie didn’t care that I was. We quickly became friends, albeit slightly competitive friends. Jodie is one of those people where I don’t even have to tell her things- she just knows and says the right thing anyways. Fast forward to this past spring, when Jodie and I were in the middle of an intense swim workout (read chatting while using the kickboards) and Jodie informs me she is preggers. Fast forward again to last week when she had her appointment to find out if it was a boy or girl. Everyone had been saying they thought it was a boy, even I thought that. Jodie’s mom called me after the appointment and asked me if I had any blue. So yes- everyone was right and they are having a boy!
The cake turned out a really nice bright blue, no questions about what that baby is! The hard part was making sure not even a crumb was showing through the frosting, that there wasn’t any possible way for them to figure out what the inside of the cake was until they cut it. I decorated the cake with white and green frosting, since I knew the nursery was green and the party decorations would be green. And Jodie hates the whole cheesy idea of baby blue and pink. I also made them some almond cupcakes with blueberry frosting so they would have something to snack on instead of digging into the cake before the party.
I really wish I could have been there when they cut the cake, but unfortunately I had another wedding to be in. Jodie and Stephen were pretty excited to find out they were having a boy though (they already had a name picked out for a boy, but not one for a girl). When Jodie first saw the cake, she texted me saying that a year ago she would have never have thought I would be the one who knew the sex of her baby before her, and that she got emotionally stupid when she saw the cake. She blamed it on hormones. I love baking for events like this that mean so much to people. Especially for people that mean so much to me!