Phoenix's First Birthday

Birthday Party, First Birthday, Doughnut Cake, Smash Cake, Breakfast Cookies, Boy's BirthdayI think I started planning my baby's first birthday party when he was just a few weeks old, and now, here we are, a year later, and I can hardly believe how fast he's grown.  Becoming a parent has been a wonderful, frustrating, exhausting and amazing experience, and I can't imagine our lives without him.

We invited a few friends over to celebrate with us last weekend, and the breakfast theme for the party made for some yummy food...

Chocolate White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate White Chocolate Sandwich CookiesIt's been more and more autumn-like here, with cold, rainy weather all weekend; we actually turned the pilot light in our fireplace on over the weekend so we could enjoy a fire.  Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, a warm fire, French toast, cozy pajamas, popcorn, cookies, and my husband and little boy playing and laughing on the living room rug made for the most perfect weekend...

Chocolate Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Chocolate Brownies - Curly Girl KitchenIt was just any old day, the day that I made these brownies, because when the need to fill the kitchen with the aroma of dark chocolate and melted butter suggests itself, the day doesn't need to be a particularly noteworthy day to be worthy of brownie-baking.  And brownie eating.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Lemon Curd Ice CreamAlthough winter is really the season for lemons, to me, they are summer.  Lemon cakes with sweet tart buttercream, lemon cream pies, and creamy lemon curd spooned over freshly baked blueberry muffins are reminiscent of a cold glass of lemonade on hot summer days...

Cake Art

Curly Girl Kitchen Etsy Shop Digital Downloads
I'm excited to announce that I've added new inventory to my Etsy shop!  I've curated some of my favorite photos I've taken of my baking - mostly cakes - and turned them into digital art to sell as instant downloads.  I've been neglecting my baking projects for the past week to focus on this new project, but I'm happy to have finished - or begun, since this will likely be an ongoing project as I add new pieces...

Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup

9 3/4 Birthday, Cauldron Cakes with Treacle Syrup, Pancakes, Baby Boy
When your son is named Phoenix, you simply can't let his 9 3/4 month birthday pass by without celebrating.  I am such a fan of Harry Potter, although I didn't discover its magical world until my 30s.  I was a freshman in college when the first book was published 20 years ago, and it wasn't until I met my husband that I started watching the movies from the beginning, and then read through all the books one summer.  I've since seen the movies at least two dozen times, and I never tire of them.  I especially love watching them at Christmas; they make me feel warm, cozy and loved.  I hope Phoenix loves them as much as I do, and I so look forward to the day when that's something I can share with him.

So to celebrate his 9 3/4 month birthday, what better than a stack of cauldron cakes - a.k.a. pancakes - topped with treacle syrup?

Almond Raspberry Birthday Cake

Almond Raspberry CakeAnother year, another birthday, another cake.  It's the last year of my 30's, but that doesn't bother me.  All the best things in my life have happened in my 30's - falling in love, getting married, buying a home, giving birth to my beautiful baby boy - and I can only imagine all the amazing adventures that await our family in the years to come.

I've gotten in the habit the last few years of making myself an ice cream cake for my birthday, but this year, I really just wanted cake and buttercream.  The almond cake has a tender, moist crumb, and I filled each layer with raspberry amaretto jam.  Almond buttercream, covered in sliced almonds and fresh raspberries, dusted with a little edible shimmer powder make this cake simply irresistible...