Apple Cake


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

Gilbert {wedding cake}

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Thanks to my dear friend, Jen from J Panache Photography for popping by and snapping some great shots of this wedding cake! What a happy cake!! The color scheme was obviously yellow and orange!

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I was hesitant at first as I am not really a yellow girl but, this buttery yellow was just beautiful. All the flowers are fresh and everything, but the roses came from the Farmer’s Market.

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Can you see the fantab fabric? The bride found this and I just LOVE the fun pattern and addition of colors. Her granddad made a wooden box and covered it with the fabric making  the cake an even bigger centerpiece!! I love the use of fabric and I love the square with the round cake!! 

What do you think?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Mad Scientist Party

A good friend is planning a  Mad Science theme party for her son and I wanted to gather some really fun inspiration ideas!!

Pure Joy Events Mad Science Party had my favorite invitation and test tube party favors!!

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Posh Party Cakes had some really, really wonderful “projects” to do for the party! I love it! I am a huge fan of activites for the kids to do and she just gave me the best ideas! I hope I can remember this for when Jack gets older!! Melissa got geyser tubes, instant snow mix, and slime mix from Steve Spangler Science. I also love how she did the slime and the smoke coming down the cake. FUN!!
Just found this cake that Judy over at Party Blog posted. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS CAKE!!!

mad science

xoxo, Mama Bird

Garden Fairy Birthday

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I recently had the pleasure of doing a Garden Fairy Princess Party at the Catawba Science Center. This was a great challenge to incorporate a “princess” with an insect party!! I think the results were amazing and probably my favorite cake to date!!

And the cupcakes are just too cute for words!!


garden cupcakes

xoxo, Mama Bird

{My} Wish List

PC071655 It is a mere 5 weeks to Christmas I am going to post my WISH LIST 2010!

My obsession

to die for

must have item

to make this Christmas complete is

(drum roll, please…)


I need it, I want it, I MUST have it!!


Look for my  Christmas Gift Giving Guides!! Great homemade treats, gifts for the friends, teachers, kids and even hard to buy for family members!!

Ta Ta for now, Mama Bird

Happy Birthday S! {Skateboard Cake}

S is turning 9 and he loved the Orange Cream Cake I made for his Mom so much that he requested it as his Birthday cake!!
I baked the cake in a 9×13 cake pan and then carved the skateboard shape.  For the wheels I used chocolate covered doughnuts.
Here is a pic of his skateboard and the inspiration for the cake.

 Birthday Cake on FoodistaBirthday Cake