Cake by Courtney

My husband, Adam, is always telling me I need to get more hobbies besides watching Netflix and taking naps. He is a man of many hobbies and always has some sort of project going on. When I came across Cake by Courtney on Instagram, I thought her cakes looked fun. I followed her for a while before I started looking for an excuse to try a cake. My opportunity came up when my sister said she was going to have a little party for my nephew so I asked her if I could try making a cake. The party got a little bigger so I was able to try out two cakes!

My sister said she wanted a chocolate cake and so I did a trial run just to make sure I could make something worth eating. It turned out OK but I thought it was a little bit dry so I think I overcooked it. When I made it for real a few weeks later, I think it turned out better.

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Chocolate cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting.

You can see that my frosting skills still have a long way to go but it looks alright and I’m happy with that as long as the cake tastes good. I ended up buying some tools to help make the process a little easier like pre-cut parchment paper, the spinning cake stand and the frosting scraper. I would still like to buy the plastic discs you can put on top of the cake while you frost. Courtney talks all about it on her website. Her recipes are actually really easy to follow especially for someone like me who is at the very beginner stage. She gives lots of tips and tricks. This cake is the high altitude friendly chocolate cake with the chocolate buttercream frosting.

For my niece’s cake, my brother kind of gave me the free reign to pick what I wanted. I knew as soon as Courtney posted about her Golden Grahams Cake that I wanted to try that one. I read the recipe and it looked like one I could try. I tried to bake the cake a few days before the party and this is how it turned out.

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it was an epic fail! The edges that did get cooked tasted really good though.

I thought it was cooked and it looked cooked but when I went to take it off the rack from cooling, it had literally dripped batter out of the cake. Not cooked at all! I was really glad I had started the process early.

Luckily when I tried it again the night before the party, things went a lot better. I made sure to cook them longer and it went pretty great. I did the cake the night before and then assembled and frosted the cake in the morning.

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For some reason, I had a harder time with the buttercream on this cake than I did with the chocolate. I just couldn’t seem to get it very smooth but I know that I just need to practice more.

Overall, I was really happy with the cakes because they tasted great. You would never think of making a cake based on cereal but it was so good! I got a lot of compliments on it too. They may not be perfectly frosted but I had a lot of fun doing it and I think that’s what counts. Now I’m just looking for another reason to try a new cake! Courtney has so many fun looking cakes on her website so you need to check it out and let me know if you try any!

Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday! We wanted to share our weekend highlights with you. What was your weekend like?

Stephanie

Adam and I went on a little motorcycle ride on Friday night. It was perfect because it was starting to cool down so we weren’t too hot on the bike. I love going on these summertime rides. Going on the freeways scare me a little but Adam is really good at watching out for other cars in case they aren’t paying attention.

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I stayed up late that night finishing up my first attempt at a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream from Cake by Courtney. The picture may make it look crooked but it’s not. I’ll do another post about it later after I’ve made it again. I definitely need some practice so don’t judge my skills too hard! I’m baking my niece and nephew’s cake for their birthday so this was a run-through. Baking cakes may be my new hobby, it was pretty fun.

4BDF01BD-2907-4E57-AAEB-362B7AC80924.jpgSaturday morning was spent doing yard work. I have to wake up early before it’s too hot otherwise you won’t catch me working outside.  Heat is not my friend unless it’s by the pool.

That afternoon, we went on a ride in the Teryx. We are lucky enough to be storing my in-laws’ Teryx for them and lucky enough that we just have to go up the street from our house and we are on a dirt trail. I have Adam drive the whole time because I like to go faster but I know if I drive, I will be too much of a chicken and be afraid of crashing.

Sunday was spent cleaning up my house to prepare to go out of town this week. Adam has a work conference this week in Minnesota and I get to tag along! I went last year so I’m excited to go back again. I’ll make sure and do a post about it when I get back.

Michelle

This weekend was busy but so fun!

On Saturday, my friends and I volunteered at the Care Fair hosted by the Junior League of Salt Lake. The Care Fair is an annual event where they provide all kinds of medical care to those that are uninsured or can’t afford medical services. We volunteered as interpreters since we all speak Spanish. This is my second time volunteering with them and it’s honestly so rewarding to use your Spanish for something as important as this. They are always so grateful for your help.

We’re all really excited because we’re planning on joining the Junior League this year so we can keep helping out and volunteer with them. There are Junior Leagues all over the country and it’s a women’s only group so if you want to help out in your community, check out their website here. They’re an amazing organization!

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On Sunday, my mom, sister and I went to the Phantom of the Opera musical at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake. First off, gorgeous building! It was the first time we had gone since it was built and it’s absolutely beautiful. Phantom is my sister’s favorite musical ever so it was fun to get to see it live. They did such a great job! It made me want to keep watching musicals.

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I’m on the left, my mom in the middle, and my sister on the right. Aren’t they the cutest human beings ever? We had so much fun. Then Sunday night, my boyfriend came home from being in Vegas all weekend so we stayed in and watched a movie together.

What did you do this weekend??