Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Golfer Cake

Each year I look forward to baking Matt a birthday cake. However, with a crazy toddler running between my legs and pulling out every pot and pan in the kitchen it's really hard to find time (or patience) to whip up an elaborate cake these days. And believe me, as I was shopping for the ingredients for the cake, it crossed my mind several times throughout the trip to just throw a package of bakery cupcakes in my shopping cart and call it a day. After all, I could easily use the "but I'm 32454543 weeks pregnant" excuse to skip the baking, but ultimately decided at the checkout counter to continue on with the original plan.
 
Believe it or not, this isn't Matt's first golf cake either. His mom surprised him at our rehearsal dinner with an incredible Caddyshack themed golf cake and he loved it! So I already knew a golf cake would be a guaranteed success if I could pull it off for his 35th birthday. 

Mission accomplished. 
Ingredients
 
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (plus eggs, oil, water, etc)
2 sticks salted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 5 teaspoons of cream or milk
Green Food Coloring
Wilton #233 Decorating Tip (here)
Wilton Leaf Green Coloring Paste (here)
Wilton Disposable Decorating Bags (here)
Small Juice Glass
Golf ball
Golf Flag
 
Directions
 
Bake cake according to package directions. Note: I reduced the temperature from 350 to 325 degrees and added a few minutes of bake time to allow the cake to bake much slower so it would be flat instead of raising in the middle with a slight hump. Make sure the cake cools completely before frosting. In fact, you can even bake your cake the day before if you want.

Meanwhile, make your buttercream frosting. In a large mixing bowl whip the butter. Slowly add in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Add the vanilla and 1 more cup of powdered sugar and continue mixing. At this point you may need to add a teaspoon or two of milk to thin the frosting down. Add in your last cup of powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add more or less milk depending on the consistency. You want the frosting to be thick, creamy and to be able to hold a point. 

BEFORE you mix in the green coloring, spread a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake to create a "crumb coat" to seal in any loose crumbs and ensure the grass sticks to the cake.
 
To create the golf hole, grease a juice glass and press it upside down into the cake, slightly twisting until you hit the bottom. Slowly remove the glass, along with the entire cake circle. Crumble the cake and place half of it back in the hole as "dirt." 
 
Add a 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring to your remaining icing. Feel free to add more until you've reached your desired grass color. Scoop your frosting into a decorating bag (make sure the tip is in first) and begin creating your grass! This is truly a labor of love.

Once you've grassed your entire cake, plop a golf ball in the hole and add a flag!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other delicious birthday cakes I've baked for Matt include Summer Strawberry Coconut Cake and Easy Funfetti Double Layered Cake.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Matt's 35th Birthday Weekend

Matt turns 35 on Wednesday! I am crossing my fingers that Thomas decides to arrive a little early and share a birthday with his dad. We'll see...

Over the long weekend we spent a lot of time on last minute baby preparations and errands but also sprinkled in a little early birthday celebration for Matt too. We had Friday off from work so we scheduled his birthday dinner at one of our very favorite restaurants, Good Food on Montford. This place never disappoints. We stuffed our faces with 6 plates of food and even managed to squeeze in Snickers blizzards on the way home. After all, this may be our last night out as just the two of us for quite awhile.
Matt found his birthday gift earlier that day while cleaning out my car so I decided not to make him wait until Wednesday to open it. A few days earlier I snagged a pair of Southern Marsh Seersucker Swim Trunks during a major 4th of July sale at The Sporting Gent. Since Matt loves anything seersucker, it was no surprise that he loved his gift!
On Saturday we relaxed at home, grilled Cabernet burgers for dinner and I baked a golf themed birthday cake...
It was truly a labor of love (no seriously, I thought I was going to go into labor) but it was worth it. He thought it was so awesome (and delicious)!
 Our little 4th of July BBQ...
It was a great, productive 4th of July weekend! Happy early birthday, Matt! We love you!!

Other Birthday Posts: Matt's 31st Birthday // Matt's 32nd Birthday // Matt's 33rd Birthday // Matt's 34th Birthday
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In June...

We officially found a church home (after 5 years of shopping) and became members.
We celebrated my best friends wedding! Well, technically this was the last weekend in May but I couldn't leave such an important event out!
And I got a 2 minute impromptu maternity session from my photog friend shooting the wedding while the bridey was busy.
Caroline began summer swim lessons.
We attended 3 birthday pool parties.
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We celebrated Father's Day with a daddy-daughter pancake breakfast.
We celebrated the life of Matt's Grandmom. Such a special lady who we will dearly miss!
We spent lots of time with this little ham...
 And received some hilarious pictures from daycare.
June was a crazy busy month and I'm so glad I stepped away from regularly blogging to soak in these moments! Something tells me July is going to be just as wild...
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