Roaring Good Lion Cake

April is birthday month for my boys and I have been so busy planning birthday parties and enjoying time with out of town guests, that there just has not been any time left for blogging. So this is far from my usual posts, more like a quick update on whats been going on in the cakestudent household and a very big shout out to my little baby boys who are now 1 and 4 years old! My 4 year old is so completely consumed with their new ages, our conversations go something like this:

little guy: “Mommy… this is the first time a 4 year old and a 1 year are in the bathtub together!!”

little guy: “Mommy… I like monster trucks more than I like 1 year olds.”

little guy: “Mommy… 1 year olds can’t have pez candy like 4 year olds can!” “Yes, you are right buddy.” “Then why is a 1 year old eating my pez!” Woops! What can I say.. the 1 year old is very clever.

So, hopefully April showers will bring more May blog posts… but until then here is a quick shot of the brave lion cake I made for my beautiful, curious, courageous, happy, crabby, restless and hilarious 1 year old boy. Happy Birthday M! As the 4 year old would say… I love you to Jupiter and back.

Lion Birthday Cake

I tried a new fondant recipe, very easy to make and better tasting than the store bought stuff Mashmallow Fondant.

For the cake, I tried a recipe from Savour-fare (one of my all time favorite bloggers) that took some time to make, but it sure made my 1 year old very happy!

Yogurt Cake and Bringing up Bébé

I am one proud mama, my 3 year old made this cake!

Tea for Three with Yogurt Cake
I am currently enjoying a new book, Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. Its unlike other parenting books I have read; an easy read about her very interesting life as an American mommy in France. She compares her American parenting style to that of the French in a humorous and insightful way. I wish I had this book when my boys were infants, they may have better sleeping habits now.

UPDATE – Got a little farther on this book, I’m quite depressed by it all.. I feel like I’m doing everything wrong! Are the French really such wonderful parents? Do all their babies sleep through the night? Sigh.

ANOTHER UPDATE – My thoughts on a similar book with another great French baking recipe (Spice Bread).
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Happy Birthday Cake Student!

Celebrating 1 full year of food blogging!

Frozen Treat

Two years ago I started CakeStudent because I needed a hobby and, well, a food blog just sounded like fun. Turns out it wasn’t much fun… my posts were pretty bad and I had zero visitors. After only a few months, I threw in the towel. The next year, when my domain name was set to expire, I logged into google analytics out of sheer curiosity. Low and behold… I had over 5000 page views! I couldn’t believe it. Turns out my Cat in the Hat cake was bringing in some traffic.
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Apple Kuchen

Apple Kuchen One bite of this and I’m 10 years old again sneaking into the kitchen to pick off a chunk of the crumb topping from this fresh baked coffee cake. Between me and my two siblings, and quite possibly my dad, the cake was in sad shape by the time the guests came and mom was ready to serve. Poor mom!
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