My niece Sue turned seven last week and I got to help my sister throw her a Superhero Girl party! It was one of my favorite parties to date! The crafts and games around the theme were so fun! She considered a different theme, but once I showed her the SUPER cute Superhero Girl decorations and crafts on the Oriental Trading website, she was sold!
Trust me when I tell you that this Coconut Raspberry cake will take away your winter blues. It will transport you to springtime in one bite! It’s January and we are buried in snow. I made this cake for Easter last year and it was so delicious! I need something to give me the hope of Spring, so I made it again for a ladies night in we are having in my neighborhood to bid farewell to a friend/neighbor that is moving. The tangy raspberry paired with the luxurious coconut buttercream frosting topping the spongy french vanilla cake is the perfect combination.
Coconut Raspberry Cake
Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert
1 12oz bag Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Water
2 sticks (1 cup) Butter – room temperature
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 tsp Coconut Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut
Step 1: Bake the cake according to box directions
I used 2 – 9″ round pans and baked them for 25 minutes and then allowed them to cool on my stove before turning them out onto a cookie sheet to cool in the refrigerator. You can do this cake in a 9×13 pan or layer it the way I have done. Either way it is amazing. If you are doing the layer version, I recommend spraying your pan, adding a round of parchment paper and spraying it again with non-stick spray just to make sure they come out clean.
Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce
In a saucepan over Medium High heat whisk together the 2 cups of water and danish dessert powder. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in the frozen raspberries. Use the whisk to mash them up and incorporate them into the sauce. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the cake.
Step 3: Make the Coconut Buttercream
Using a hand mixer mix just the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, the vanilla, coconut and 1 Tbsp of water and mix thoroughly. Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of water and mix until fully incorporated. Start slowly so the powdered sugar doesn’t fly everywhere and then you can increase the speed of the mixer to get it light and fluffy.
Step 4: Assemble the Cake
Use a long serrated knife to cut each round cake in half. Place the bottom layer on a cake board or plate and top with 1/3 – 1/2 cup (approximately) of the raspberry sauce. Use the back of a spoon to spread it over the cake in an even layer.
Place the top layer from the first cake on top of the raspberry sauce and then pipe 1/2 of the coconut buttercream frosting onto the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread over the cake evenly. Top evenly with 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut.
Add the bottom layer from the second cake and top with raspberry sauce, just like the first layer. You will have some leftover, which is a great thing! It is amazing on waffles!
Add the last layer and top with the remaining buttercream frosting. Finish it with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, Chill cake in refrigerator for at least 1 hour,
When you serve the cake heat your knife by running it under hot water and hen drying it off, This will help it cut through the layers more cleanly.
Enjoy! I know you will!!
I think it’s safe to say that Inside Out was a favorite movie for people of all ages last year. It’s lighthearted and kid centered enough to keep my daughter enthralled, but had layers of deeper meaning that for the big kids/adults. It’s the perfect movie to turn into a birthday party if you ask me!
With my husbands birthday coming up I was delighted to develop a recipe for Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart to celebrate him and the return of M&M’s® Crispy! #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias
My husband is a tough one when it comes to his birthday. If you’ve spent any time around this blog you know how much I love to throw a themed party, but that just isn’t his thing. Instead, all he wants is really good food. He’s not much of a cake person (don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat it, but he prefers other treats) so this year I was so excited to make him this decadent M&M’s® Crispy dessert pizza. It’s out of this world delicious. It takes a couple of steps, but they are WORTH IT! Trust me!
The M&M’s® Crispy remind me of Jr. High, which is the last time I remember eating them. Lucky for all of us, they came back! What they add to this dessert is something you’ll really appreciate. You see, you’ve got the soft, chewy brownie, the silky frosting and smooth luxurious caramel. It needed a crunchy bite to add dimension – and load on even more chocolate. The crispy rice center really makes it a match made in heaven!
So, off to Walmart we went! And boy, was Lucy excited to help me load up! They come in the larger bags too, but she really wanted a bunch of the smaller bags, so we went to town. These bags say they are the “shareable size” – I dont think so, I’ll take care of a bag on my own. And, since the M&M’s® Crispy only have 180 calories per serving, you may decide you get two slices of dessert!
M&M’s® Crispy Dessert Pizza
1- Bake the brownies. I used a spring form pan but a pizza pan would work great too.
2- Whip up that chocolate buttercream – you want it light and fluffy! Don’t be stingy when putting it on the brownie. Make sure you get lots of peaks and valleys too, that’s where the caramel can pool and it turns into a little caramel Jacuzzi for the bits of candy.
3- Drizzle on the caramel. Remember all those valleys you created in the frosting? Fill ’em up! You may not use it all, and you may find yourself eating it with a spoon at midnight when you are up editing photos of the dessert pizza you put it on. 🙂 Thank me later.
4- Top it with the candy. You can leave them whole, I decided to cut them in half with a serrated knife just to make sure everyone knew the crispy goodness they were about to partake of.
- ½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
- ¼ c. Cocoa powder
- 1 c. Granulated Sugar
- 2 Eggs – beaten slightly
- ½ tsp. Vanilla
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- ¾ c. Flour – all purpose
- 1/2 c. Butter - room temperature
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 c. Powdered Sugar
- 2 - 4 Tbsp. Milk
- 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
- 4 Tbsp. Butter (I use salted, if not just add a pinch of salt)
- 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1/4 c. Heavy Cream
- 3/4 - 1 cup M&M's® Crispy
- Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. Add sugar, vanilla, eggs and cocoa powder and mix well with a rubber spatula. Add flour and salt and mix to combine. Don't over mix. Pour into a greased spring form pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
- In a mixer with the wisk attachment whip butter for a few seconds. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. of milk and mix together well. Add cocoa powder and additional milk and whip for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
- In a microwave safe bowl add the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. Microwave an additional 90 seconds and stir. Microwave a final 90 seconds and remove. Add vanilla and cream and stir well to combine.
Are your girls as in love with the Tinkerbell movies as mine is? When they introduced Periwinkle as Tinkerbell’s winter fairy sister, we instantly had to start pretend playing like it was snowing all the time and our wings were frozen. 🙂
My friend Ember did this adorable Tinkerbell and Periwinkle birthday party for her daughter and I’m so happy she is sharing her creative ideas with us! Let’s take a look:
Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party
Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Decorations:
– Using her Cricut machine, she cut out lots of small cardstock snowflakes and sewed them together into a garland. Draping that from the ceiling made it feel like a winter wonderland!
– Pastel blues and purple tissue papers were used to make Tissue Paper Pom Poms to hang from the ceiling
– Glittered snowflake ornaments were scattered on the food table (here’s where you can purchase Glitter Snowflake Christmas Ornaments)
Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Treats:
– Don’t these blue frosted cupcakes look delicious?! They are accented with a white chocolate snowflake. (Here’s where you can get the Snowflake Chocolate Mold)
Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Favors:
– Each girl took home a goodie bag filled with stickers, a pen and some candies (here are tons of Tinkerbell Party Favors)
– They also got a Tinkerbell Water Bottle – watch for these at your Dollar Store or the dollar spot at Target. I’ve seen them at both. Another option to save money is to purchase plain water bottles and just add a Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Sticker.
Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Activities:
– Each party guest got a sugar cone to frost and decorate with candy – their own winter wonderland tree!
– They played Pin the Snowflake on the Snowman
– Each girl was given a paper plate with a bit of frosting and they “Ice Skated” on the frosting. My daughter would really love this!
– They made bead bracelets using lots of pastel/winter color beads – so fun!
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My friend Amy always does a fantastic job with themed party and I’m so excited to share one of her latest today. This Army Birthday Party for her son Carter is totally awesome, and she only spent $52.00 (minus the cake) which is a party for a BARGAIN! She got inventive and I love all the details. Let’s take a look at them:
Army Birthday Party Favors:
For the favors she purchased some holiday tins at the dollar store and spray painted them, wrapped them in camo duct tape and scuffed them up a bit. Here’s where you can get some Scotch Duct Tape – Camo.
To fill them she headed to the local recruiting station and asked for any free stickers or things they would let her have. They hooked her up! They gave her stickers, pens and a little football for EACH child’s favor box! Then she went to a specialty supply store called Uncle Sams where she found the REAL army patches and used shotgun shells for $1.00 each!
Army Birthday Party Cake:
Isn’t that cake fantastic? She had our neighbor make it. I’ve just discovered that this neighbor does cakes, and I’m stoked about it! Now my cakes don’t have to look awful at parties I host! This camouflage cake adds the perfect centerpiece.
She wrapped more camouflage duct tape around water bottles.
Army Birthday Party Decorations:
Using various shades of green fabric, she draped some across the ceiling, and more on the table accenting with lots of rope and twine.
She purchased a Camo Pennant Banner to hang from the ceiling as well.
The American Flag was a must to display at the party.
She printed an Army advertisement off the internet and framed it and flanked it with some “medals” she her boys had from participating in various activities.
Army Birthday Party Activities:
Now, this is what I love most about the party! These boys are just too cute and I can just picture how much fun they had with the creative activities she planned for them.
They had a Tug-O-War and other relay races.
They played Wounded Soldier and through giggles, dressed each others “wounds” in toilet paper.
They also had a push up contest – hilarious!!
Army Birthday Party Invitations:
Here are some FREE PRINTABLE Army Birthday Party Invitations I designed that would work perfectly with this party! Simply open the link and print at home or send to your local print shop (recommended).
Amy and her darling family of boys are hoping to adopt a little girl. If you want more information about their family search for a sister, go here.
Meeska, Mooska, Minnie Mouse!
One of my best friends from high school recently threw this amazing Minnie Mouse Birthday Party for her two year old daughter. The creativity is outstanding and the details are as darling as they get for this little lady’s special day. I love the mix of store purchased elements with the DIY touches – it makes it feel doable, but custom at the same time! Win-win!
Let’s look at the fun details:
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Invitations:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it every time. If you’re having a themed party, that theme has got to begin with the invitations. Let your guests get excited for the fun they’ll have with a cute themed invite! These were made with an electronic paper cutter (a Cricut or Silhouette machine) and she added a grossgrain ribbon for a pop of 3D that makes it all Minnie Mouse!
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Decorations:
This wreath is the perfect thing to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the right place. It would also make a darling room decoration after the party!
– Paper pinwheels added a punch of color to the party space – you can find Paper Pinwheels
in a variety of colors and sizes on Amazon.
– Little tables for little guests were covered in a simple Red Plastic Table covers accented with a cardstock cutout of Minnie Mouse.
– Three handmade garlands hang below the ceiling treatment including cardstock circles sewn together, “Happy Birthday” cardstock Mickey Mouse silhouettes, and a Minnie Mouse bow garland. So perfect!
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Food Display:
One of my favorite elements of a themed party is naming the food and they did such a fantastic job!
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Cake:
What two year old girl wouldn’t be over the moon for this cake?! It’s simply incredible. The Minnie Mouse border on the bottom with those impossibly small bows are my favorite detail!
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Favors:
I’m in love with these DIY Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse party hats! Can you imagine the excitement of the kids when they walk in and see these?! The sign above them says “We’ve got ears, say cheers!” just like they do on the show!
I love the decor, food and fun details of this Minnie Mouse themed birthday party, but these next two pictures are my favorite of the entire party. The look on the face of this birthday girl is PRICELESS!
Happiest Birthday Wishes to you Jacqueline! I hope your day ended with the Hot Dog Dance! So long for now!
My adorable niece Erica just turned 13. In fact, her birthday is December 26th – which can be a tricky day to celebrate on, so they held her party the Saturday before Christmas. She and her Mom love to bake, cook and do anything in the kitchen (her mom is the famous Amy at Super Healthy Kids) – so it made sense that she wanted a Baking Birthday Party! I had so much fun brainstorming ideas with her and was so happy she used a couple of the ones I suggested, and even more happy that she came up with some of her own (that were way better than mine)!
This party theme isn’t just for girls either, making pizza and decorating cupcakes is a pretty universal thing. Everyone can get in on the fun!
We started by finding a collection of FREE Baking Themed Party Printables and using them as our jumping off point for the colors of the party.
Baking Birthday Party Invitations:
To accompany the invitation to the party, Erica attached a wooden spoon with ribbon. She also made each girl an apron from some cute chevron print material. I love when an invitation lets you know exactly what type of party it is!
*If you aren’t up for making the aprons – here are some really cute and inexpensive Children’s Aprons
Baking Birthday Party Food & Activities:
As the girls arrived they were invited to create their very own pizza. They got creative with their pizza shape and topping combinations. This can be as quick and easy (buy prepackaged items) or as gourmet (make your own sauce, chop your own veggies) as you like. The young girls were super happy with the selection, and the pizzas tasted great!
Need to amp up your supply of Rolling Pins? These 14 Inch Wooden Rolling Pin are CRAZY inexpensive!
While the pizza’s were baking they had a food guessing contest. Each girl was blind folded and given 6 brown paper bags containing a mystery food item. They had to taste each item and write down on their paper what they thought it was. At the end, the points were tallied and the winner got a prize! They were simple, recognizable foods (or so they thought), but many had a difficult time guessing correctly! 🙂
After eating pizza, they played a second game. The object is to unwrap candy with baking utencils. They satt on the floor in a circle and had to roll a pair of dice until they got doubles. Once they got doubles they handed the dice off to the person next to them and put on a pair of oven mits and using a wood spoon and spatula, tried to unwrap a Hershey Kiss. If they got the wrapper off they could eat it, but as soon as the person next to them rolled doubles they had to stop where they were and hand over the items for that person to try. They had a really great time playing this! I’ve also seen this done with a king sized wrapped candy bar.
The final activity was to decorate cupcakes. Piping bags were pre-filled with frosting and there were several options for sprinkles and toppings. Each girl decorated 4 cupcakes and then took them home in a cute little bakery style gift box (like these Pastry Box with Window)
I just have to point out – don’t you LOVE that baking cups garland?!! I want to do it at every. single. one. of my parties! Want to make one? You can purchase the baking cups here: Wilton Blue Dots Baking Cups, Wilton Pink Dots Baking Cups
Happiest Birthday wishes to you my dear Erica! Thank you for letting us share all of your cute, creative and FUN ideas!!
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