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Coconut Raspberry Cake

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

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Cake:
Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil

Raspberry Sauce:
1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert
1  12oz bag Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Water

Coconut Buttercream:
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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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, 

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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.

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Enjoy! I know you will!!

Peanuts Birthday Party Ideas

My son is so in love with the Peanuts Movie and LOVES Snoopy, so as his second birthday approached I knew I wanted to have a Peanuts birthday party. Hold on tight, I usually separate these posts since they are so photo heavy, but I’m combining all of the Peanuts birthday party ideas I used into one giant post today!

Peanuts Birthday Party Ideas

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Nutella Wontons with Macerated Strawberries

If you think Nutella is only for Valentine’s Day, you’re really missing out. I did happen to make these Nutella Wontons with macerated strawberries for our Valentine’s Day dinner but they are so delicious and SO easy to make, they shouldn’t be a once-a-year dessert! 

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I frequently purchase wonton wrappers for a salad we use them in  and have left overs I’m not sure what to do with. Then one day I decided to stuff them with Nutella and fry them. It was a very good day indeed. 

There are just a few steps and you’ll be on your way to being ready for your stretchy pants and a chick-flick. 

Nutella Wontons

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Step #1:

I purchase the large square wonton wraps and cut them in half. Take one half and using a bit of water on your finger, wet the edges of the bottom half and across the middle where the fold will be. 

Step #2:

Scoop a couple of teaspoons of Nutella into the center. I used a Small Cookie Scoop and it helped immensely! It has a release trigger to push the Nutella out of the scoop. Then, when you’re all done (and really, for the sake of your guests you should wait until you’re really all done), you can lick the entire scoop!

Step #3:

Fold one end over the other. Start pressing just around the ball of Nutella pushing out any air bubbles and sealing all of the edges. If you’re making this in advance (up to a full day), you can layer them in a plastic storage container and separate layers with a slightly damp paper towel.

Step #4:

Heat a few inches of vegetable oil in a sauce pan to 275 degrees and then gently place your filled wontons in one at a time. Cook for about 30-60 seconds per side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Dust generously with powdered sugar through a fine mesh strainer just before serving. 

I cut up a pint of strawberries and added 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, mixed it together and let it rest in my fridge for about an hour so the juices could mix together and make a delicious bowl of macerated strawberries to spoon over the top. The slight acidity in the strawberries really helps cut through the richness of the wontons. 

I’ve seen some recipes put a banana or strawberry slice inside the wonton with the Nutella, but I really prefer the contrast of the crispy shell and hot, gooey chocolate to the cold fruit. I just think it pairs together perfectly!

Please tell me you won’t save this until Valentine’s Day! Celebrate today!

Holiday Pie Buffet

Entertaining for the holidays is one of my favorite things (along with rain drops on roses and red woolen mittens)! Being sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser to create this holiday pie buffet sweetens the whole thing considerably! This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission on purchases made through these. 

Holiday Pie Buffet with recipes and free printables - eventstocelebrate.netWith the hurried pace of the holidays, using ready made pie and whipped topping is the way to share the joy without spending all day in the kitchen. 

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Easy Baseball Cake Tutorial

My baby boy just turned one and to celebrate we had a Baseball Themed birthday party for him. I decided to make his birthday cake, which as you may remember, has backfired on me in the past. But I went with a simple design and took pictures along the way so I could show you how I did it. If I can do it, you can do it! Just follow this easy baseball cake tutorial!

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Marshmallow Beach Balls: Pool Party Treats

I’ve had this idea for marshmallow beach balls in my head all summer and I’ve been meaning to post it, but I swear this week everyone is posting back to school updates on facebook and I feel like summer just ran away from me! But, I figure all of my fans in Australia (insert crickets chirping) who are just headed into the summer will love that I’m posting this now! 

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These would be so cute to do for a swimming pool party or slip n’ slide party. The absolute best thing about them is that the kool-aid flavors the chocolate! Sure, you could just purchase different color candy melts, but the flavor the kool-aid gives is awesome and makes them taste as good as they look!

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Disney Princess Birthday Party Ideas: Games & Activities

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My daughter was extra excited for the games I had planned for her Disney Princess Birthday Party. I got some of the ideas from other blogs through Pinterest (check out my entire Disney Princess Birthday Party board on my Pinterest account). There are so many Disney Princess birthday party ideas out there, it was actually hard to narrow it down for her party, but I think we hit the perfect balance. 

Disney Princess Birthday Party Games

Snow White’s True Loves Kiss

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