Get Well Soon Chocolate Lasagna

Baking date: April 29, 2017

Friends we met through baseball years ago have a daughter who I made Sweet Sixteen cupcakes for last year, a son the same age as our oldest who hit the first grand slam on the travel baseball team, and a youngest son who played baseball with our youngest, before our youngest moved on to lacrosse.

The youngest had to have emergency surgery in April, so a get well treat was in order. After checking with his mom to make sure their were no doctor-ordered dietary restrictions, I opted for a chocolate lasagna.

I used some of the leftover chocolate buttercream frosting from a peanut butter cake I had made the previous week to pipe on the get well message and a border around the top edge.

Here’s the finished product:

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And here’s the sweet note I received from him after dropping the dessert off and sending his mom some pictures of him from the basketball team this season to help cheer him up.

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Get well soon, Andrew!

Fourth of July Flag Cake

Baking Date: July 3, 2014

My family was having a get together on July 4, and I was asked to bring desserts. I wanted something patriotic, and this picture had popped up in my Facebook feed a few days earlier.

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I’ve “liked” The Barefoot Contessa on Facebook, so I see her amazing creations all the time. I figured I could make this, as the recipe looked fairly straightforward.

I prepared the berries.

Berries!

Berries!

I made and baked the cake (it took closer to 30 minutes to bake fully).  I made the frosting the night before and found that it was not easy to pipe on after being in the fridge.  In the future, I would make the cake earlier in the day, let it cool, then make the frosting and put it on right away.

So, here’s how mine turned out:

Flag Cake 1In hindsight, I should have made the icing stars bigger, but overall, I think I nailed it:

Flag_Cake_Nailed_It_001Don’t worry — there have been plenty of times I didn’t “nail it”:

Nailed It!

Um…Nailed It?

Here’s hoping you had an amazing Fourth of July with people who are special to you.