Apple Cake

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On Friday j’s class went on a field trip to Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC. It is a great place and the kids love it! Part of the fun is that you get to bring home a bag of apples. I adapted a recipe that I found in Pull Up a Chair  from the Lenoir Service League. You can make this cake in a Bundt pan (my fav way) or in a muffin tin. You also can frost these or not. They are wonderful both ways. Obviously more like a cupcake if they have frosting and a muffin without.

Apple Hill Orchard Country Store

How cute is the General Store? They have TO DIE FOR Apple Muffins that remind me a lot of this recipe. They sprinkle the top with brown sugar!! YUM and they also make Fantab Apple Cider Delish!

Fresh Apple Cake

1c vegetable oil

2 c sugar

2 t vanilla

juice from 1 lemon

3 c flour

11/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

3 c chopped apples

cream oil, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice with mixer. Add eggs, combine well after each egg.  Mix dry ingredients and slowly add to egg mixture. Stir in apples and pour into a greased bundt pan or into cupcake liners. Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours.

Carmel Frosting

1/2 stick butter

1/2 c brown sugar

1/8 c evaporated milk

1 c powdered sugar

Melt butter, add sugarand bring to a slow boil over low heat for 2 mins, stir constantly. Add milk, stir, bring back to boil. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake. ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Sesame Street Pals Party!

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Happy Birthday Harper!! OMG I did baby Harper’s 1st birthday and my oh my how much my skills have improved! I can not believe it has been a year! (I only started decorating cakes a little over a year ago). I know I say this every time but wow this one is SO CUTE!! I made all the “pals” on cupcakes and Abby Cadabby cake for Miss Harper!
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xoxo, Mama Bird

The Cha-Cha {chocolate cake with Nutella buttercream}

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Our Birthday “Fairy Cha-Cha” celebrated her 4th birthday today amidst the backlash of the “Blizzard of Jan 2011”. The kids were so excited to be out of the house that they were WILD!! We had to let them run around outside just the wear off some energy! The star of this cake was the Nutella buttercream. Delish!!
Nutella Buttercream
1 stick softened butter
1 cup Nutella
1 t vanilla
milk (splash or two)
4 cups (apx) powdered sugar (may need more or less depending on humidity)
Mix butter, nutella & vanilla together, slowly adding 1/2 cup of sugar at a time to desired consistency; may need to add a little milk to get a smooth frosting.
xoxo, Mama Bird

J’s 1st Birthday

Cupcake-Tuesday-3 A dear friend asked me to make her grandson’s FIRST birthday cake! She was so excited to have him, his Mommy & Daddy home for a visit and the BONUS of a Birthday  party was just too fun!!

BirthdayBibNew She shared with me a great bib she found at Jenny’s, one of our favorite gift shops, it was the perfect inspiration for the cake!! I made baby j his own personal cake with orange fondant stripes and blue polka dots and cupcakes for all the family and friends with #1 in fondant and sprinkles!

I just LOVE a BIRTHDAY and the FIRST one is Super Special!! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!!

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xoxo, Mama Bird