When I was younger and starting my family, my friends were also having babies and they knew they could could count on me for one thing…and it wasn’t just a cocktail! I used to sew a lot; I made my own clothes, my kids clothes, Halloween costumes, gifts…you name it and I was probably making it!. So when I was pregnant with my first child, I made most of the accessories for her room including her baby bumpers, a quilt, pillows, a cover for her changing table and a second quilt I used as a wall hanging. My friends loved them so much they made no secret of wanting a quilt of their own. So in my own twist on delivery a patchwork quilt I made one out of this White Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting!
So in keeping with that tradition, I decided to make a quilt cake for a virtual blogging friend since making a real one just doesn’t happen anymore. This was just as much fun and certainly good to eat; my friends celebrated Rachel too since they got cake!
This White Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is a decadent and amazing cake from my friend Lana at Never Enough Thyme; she a full blown Southerner and I am simply one that will forever hold the South dear in my heart…that’s where both of my babies were born. All of the cupcakes are the same cake base and frosting but have just been decorated to create a patchwork; some with coconut, some with grated dark chocolate and some with my favorite…sugared cranberries. Though it was fun decorating those little quilt pieces I have to admit; I was over it after a dozen and the cake is just as lovely without near as much decorating work. If I can keep from digging into it, my blogging group might get a bite next Saturday. If. Big IF!
The sugared cranberries that I made to decorate both the cupcakes and the cake are so pretty; it’s a bonus that they are so fun to eat. It’s like a little touch of softened cranberry that explodes when you bite into that crispy sugared shell. Very easy to make too but if there is one thing that requires constant looking after this is it. Still; 3 minutes of cooking, c’mon you can do that! I also tried VERY hard for someone so used to girly girl stuff to keep this more suited to a boy in all ways but guess what happens when cranberries get mixed with sugar…ahem, pink. So I went with it on the cupcakes…I smushed some of those berries and mixed them up with sparkling sugar and for future reference have a great way to colorize sugar naturally.
I loved having both cupcakes and a cake and this cake is pretty enough that it might happen again for the Christmas holiday; it’s no secret I LOVE cranberries and these sweet little crunchy ones? Absolutely addictive. You’ll see.
White chocolate cake with coconuts, toasted pecans; covered with a white chocolate frosting and either shaved chocolate, coconut or sugared cranberries? I know you want some!
Congratulations Rachel…I know you are so excited about your new addition and I hope this cupcake ‘quilt’ gives you more than a virtual feeling of the love that surrounds you. XOXO
An Uninvited Guest!
Sooo, I guess my ‘little one’ wanted to come to the party? I heard my dog Abbie behind me in the family room and realized she was eating something; of late she has pulled graham crackers out of the cupboard and managed to snag an apple from the table so when she hurriedly finished her ‘score’ I had a sneaking suspicion and I was right. She can not typically get things off of the table; that girl was determined! This quick snap with my phone proves she must like coconut?
The whole idea of babies and quilts made me super nostalgic…so look what I had to go find…I made the quilt and elephant before my first daughter was born and it made it through two kids unscathed…and I’m saving it until they have kids and want to use it too…or sure hope they do!
Talk about memories; my daughter Emily will be 33 on December 3rd…the patchwork quilt I made her is threadbare and I couldn’t even find it; I’m hoping now that means she has it…but still, I’m just happy I have these two pieces. Digging them out for a photo had me thankful they were always just for display; they’re in pristine shape; hoping to grace a Grandbaby’s wall one day. (No, no…not now, neither of my girls are married yet and I’m old fashioned that way, I can wait!).