Thursday, March 20, 2014

Annali Turned One...and had Cake!

We celebrated Annali's first birthday last month!!!

We kept is simple. I had scouts that night, so we did dinner and cake when I got home. I made this super yummy yellow cake...from scratch. I will give you the recipe, but first I want to be a proud mama for a second.

My blog is titled Toadly Good and I love to do tutorials of crafts and yummy food that I  think are good (and I hope you do too). But today I just want to talk a little about the best good thing in my life. My family! I seriously can't get enough of them! I am able to stay home and be with Anne every day, all day. My husband is the best supporter in this, he works hard to make it possible for us. Yes, having a baby is hard...especially when she is just now sleeping through the night and she doesn't want to eat anything so I am constantly worried that she isn't getting the goodness she needs in her body. But she is the best little girl that it is easy to look past that and see what an amazing blessing she is. She has turned into a very snuggly little girl and I LOVE it! She is always smiling and laughing. And I love the look she gets when she accomplishes something she believes a great feat. I can just tell she is so proud of herself! I love her so much and I am the luckiest mom in the world!

I could go on and on, but I promised a cake recipe, so here it is...
This is the link for the original recipe, there are a lot of tips and different ideas in the reviews that I used to make my cake a success.

Yummy Yellow Cake

2 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup Milk
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside for later. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating really well before adding the next. Add a bit of the flour mixture, mix, add a little milk, mix, add the flour etc... Stir in the vanilla. Pour batter into a greased 9X13 pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

*My Notes*
~To avoid the heavy cornbread like texture that can be produced by a scratch cake you want to incorporate lots of air into the batter. So I beat the batter a lot between the eggs and the flour/milk trade off.

Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

2 cups Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar (adjust for taste preference)
1 small box Chocolate Pudding

Whip cream until it just begins to thicken. Add the powdered sugar, and continue beating until stiff peaks form, but before it turns to butter! Dump dry pudding mix in and carefully fold into the cream. MMMmmm!

It is a two layer, star shaped cake. It isn't pretty, and I didn't get a very good picture of it before Anne dug in. But she loved it and that's all that matters!

Her birthday was quiet, but we did do a bigger party for her a couple of weeks ago down in Ephraim. I will have a post up about that tomorrow...hopefully.


  1. "she has your eyes."
    "my brown eyes?"

    haha I love this little girl. And she really is like a little Ness. She is perfect. And don't TEMPT ME WITH THAT SATAN CAKE.

    1. She is perfect! Beautiful blue eyes and all! Satan cake is calling you...