Tuesday, December 4

BEHiND the SCENES | Amazing Cake + Crafting + Surprises

Hello friends.
I was without internet all weekend due to some construction in our neighborhood *frown*
So I was busy all day yesterday trying to catch up on orders, etc.

Still playing catch-up today...
and wanted to share with you a few things that have been going on behind the scenes...

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE

It was J's birthday weekend...
so along with a wonderful dinner with friends Friday night...
I also made him his requested "Birthday Dinner" on Sunday with family - Lasagna
and his requested "Birthday Dessert"...German Chocolate Cake.


I'm not a huge fan of German Chocolate cake...
However, it's not MY birthday, so it doesn't really matter.
With this being one of J's favorite cakes...
I knew it had to impress.
I did a quick search online for "The Best German Chocolate Cake"...
and stumbled upon David Lebovitz's recipe spotted on Annie's Eats.
Wow.
It is amazing.
I cannot begin to tell you how fabulously delicious this cake turned out to be.
In. LOVE with the chocolate ganache-like frosting. That was my favorite part. YUM!!

Because the cake wasn't ready until after dinner Sunday night...
I didn't photograph the cake in it's entirety.
I don't like taking photos at night...indoors...using harsh light.

After everyone devoured it...
I barely had a nice wedge to photograph the next day.

Caution: Baking this cake is not for the faint-of-heart. Be sure to read the "minor issues" portion of 
Annie's post to avoid some pitfalls - especially in regards to the frosting. I decided to make the frosting first
so it could be chilling the entire time I was making/cooling the cake. It was perfect by the time I was ready to frost.
However, it warms quickly so I was racing against the clock to get it completely frosted before it started drooping.
Keep refrigerated.

SURPRISE BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR J
Oversized print I had made of his favorite Grandmother, standing with J's grandfather.
This is gigantic and has great impact! I LOVE it! We'll be framing it out and adding more of these!!

MASON JAR LID RINGS
You won't believe what I've been doing with these!! 

WOODEN BLOCKS AND WOOD PIECES
A couple of fun crafting projects I've been working and re-working...

ANTIQUE SILVER COASTERS
Part of another fun project I'll be revealing soon...

I hope I've caught your interest!

There's even MORE fun to share with you:
Click on the link above for details as well as to see the ADORABLE snowman cookies I want to recreate!!

AND...
A fun Holiday Surprise you won't want to miss tomorrow!!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
I should really invest in a mounted flash...
I mean I can't continue to schedule events based on lighting conditions...
just so I can get great photos...
can I?

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