Rock Star 1st Birthday!

How much fun did I have doing the “Rock Star” themed birthday party this weekend? TONS!!!
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I did a big guitar cake for all the guests at G-man’s Party and this adorable smash cake for the Birthday Boy!  His cake was a banana pound cake with chocolate frosting and the guitar was a choco-chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. OMG it is MY new fav! De-fricking lish!!

Best EVER Peanut Butter Frosting

1 stick of butter
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 cup peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
1 32 oz bag powdered sugar
Cream all ingredients, but sugar. Slowly add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments.  Sometimes you will use the whole bag, sometimes more, sometimes less. I think it has to do with the humidity. Which here in NC we already have had 90 degree sticky days and I am finding I am using more sugar in all my frosting recipes. Who knows?
For G’s cake I used red fondant stars and threaded craft wire between 2 stars and sealed with a little vodka! I know you must have just gasped! It was literally less than a drop! I read somewhere that we working with fondant using alcohol opposed to water would seal quicker as the alcohol evaporates and the water just makes a sticky mess. It worked! I made them around midnight last night and the were perfect this morning!! And didn’t they turn out cute! I am posting another pic cause I just love it!!
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I know I am a dork!

me 

mixer love
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Paw-Paw’s Golf Cake
How to Train your Dragon cake & cupcakes

Peanutty Flank Steak

Flank Steak is on sale at the local HT quit often and I have found that by marinating it over night or longer if you can and cooking it under the broiler for about 11 mins it is the perfect medium to med/rare temp that I like. This is a marinade has an Asian flare and don’t let the peanut butter turn you off, the combo of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and red pepper flakes is great. Reserve some of the marinade and toss with broccoli for a great side dish! yum
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Tb garlic, minced
1 in piece fresh ginger
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
1 Tb brown sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper
1-2 lb flank steak
Mix all ingredients together in food processor and pour over meat. Marinate over night or at least 4hrs, longer is better!