Cake never gets old, and chocolate cake is timeless. This Old Fashioned Chocolate Church Cake was a part of many of my memories growing up. It’s a delicious dessert, just begging to be a part of your family suppers too.
This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
A delicious dessert, this S’mores Poke Cake is easy and features your favorite Summertime treat’s key flavors. With a graham cracker and chocolate syrup infused batter, this cake features veins of marshmallow butter cream, and a generous topping of the same. It’s the tastiest way to embrace the season!
A quick, easy, but beautiful dessert- the poke cake is never going out of style. This Red White & Blue Poke Cake version looks like a bursting fire cracker, making it perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or even Veterans Day celebrations.
What are your dessert dreams made of? Mine are everything this Bananas Foster Upside Down Sheet Cake offers: boozy, caramelized, fruit filled, with a moist, spongy cake casing in a gorgeous presentation- that I can enjoy for breakfast OR dessert. Talk about options!
Do you love a sweet, caramelized Pineapple Upside Down Cake? What about a tried and true light, fluffy sugar cookie? Combine the two into one perfectly portioned dessert with these quick & easy Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookie Cakes.
This silky sweet Nutella cheesecake is sandwiched in between a crispy, crunchy hazelnut crust and a rich layer of Ferrero Rocher-style ganache. This Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cheesecake is a confectionery miracle.
This moist and spongy Vanilla Pudding Pumpkin Cake Bread lives up to it’s name. Your favorite Fall flavors in an easy, no fuss loaf recipe that tastes just like cake. It’s hands down our favorite dessert for the season.
A fluffy whipped cream filling sandwiched between two soft yellow cakes and covered in a luscious layer of white chocolate. This Copy Cat Hostess Zebra Cake is topped off with a chocolate drizzle before being sliced and served. This cake is a fun, delicious homage to one of your favorite childhood treats and an easy way to usher it in for a new generation.
The youngest son turned 6 a few weeks ago. And gone are the days of Mommy’s-pic, cute, cuddly party themes. We’ve finally graduated into picking our own, from last year’s Minecraft Party to this year’s choice of The TMNT.
Cowabunga Dudes (and Dude-ettes) !
Let’s take a look at our totally radical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party theme.
First, the cornerstone of any good party: The Cake.
We opted for an actual turtle to grace our cake, and the sons favorite it had to be. I thought our little Mikey (Michelangelo) turned out pretty well.
I frosted it completely with green, left it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then used a toothpick to lightly draw the outlines of the face into the frosting. I recommend starting with the nose line. If you get that right, everything else is *ahem* a piece of cake. Then we piped in frosting of various colors to fill in the lines, and used a spatula to gently smooth them out. We finished it off by piping a line of orange rosettes around the bottom edge.
The Turtles, Mikey especially, have a thing for pizza– so naturally we had to have some at the party. We picked up a few pizzas from Little Caesar’s for ‘eats’ and had pizza, and more pizza for dessert with these cute cookies. They’re sugar cookies I frosted red. The ‘cheese’ is finely grated white chocolate, with red M & M ‘pepperonis’. SOn # 2 works at a local pizzeria and snagged me a few pizza boxes for presentation, but I’m sure most local Mom & Pop joints wouldn’t mind giving you one or two upon request.
We had Oreo cookie ‘Sewer Lids’ to munch on too. And in a nod to our anthropomorphic friends radio-active origins, we had some Toxic ‘Ooze’ to wash it all down with.
We tend to keep the deocrations simple, using things we already have on hand. In this case? Nunchucks on the table (another nod to our beloved Mike) and talking turtle figurines. We used plastic bowls that happened to coordinate and red solo cups for untensil holders. I did splurge on coordinating plates and napkins ( each about $1 at Walmart) and a table cloth to keep clean up easy.
Another thing we don’t do? Goody bags. You get cake and ice cream. Copious amounts of sugar are my gift/ thank you to you. On the other hand, we all know how much I love a good diy, or any kind of imaginitive play the keeps them away from outlets and batteries. When I saw an idea to make your own wearable turtle shells? Every kid was gonna get one! And they were adorable 🙂 I’ll have a how-to up next week so you can out fit your own Ninja Turtles in proper DIY-couture.
And here’s my gorgeous sister so kindly modeling a shell for the birthday boy, and also using some of the photo props from a kit we found on clearance (again at Walmart) in the party planning section.
Simple. Straightforward. And the birthday boy and his friends thought it was all totally gnarly. Even the one boy who looked at my like I’d grown two heads when I asked him to eat over a plate as he was on his third bite of pizz-ookie, sprinkling my carpet with ‘cheese’.