Strawberry Shortcake – One year Anniversary + Giveaway now closed- $50 Amazon Gift Card -(Winner Announced)

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A two layer light and tasty Strawberry Shortcake with a strawberry filling and topped with a stabilized whipped cream frosting. Perfect for any birthday celebration as well as Valentine’s Day.

 

GIVEAWAY UPDATE:

Thank you to everyone for your entries, the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card chosen randomly using the Rafflecopter (Random.org) IS  …….

Entry # 96 – JAIME B. # favorite cake - raspberry white chocolate - Congratulations Jaime!

 

Today is a special birthday celebration for Life made Sweeter – this little blog is ONE year old today!

I still can’t believe that a year ago I shared this fortune cookie recipe with whoever was reading – a.k.a. my mom, dad and husband ;)

I have learned so much about the food blogging world this past year and I am excited to continue to learn so much more.

 

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I originally started this blog as a way of encouraging me to enjoy my time in the kitchen more since I was starting to find myself in a cooking rut.

I began looking for different recipes online and eventually started reading food blogs which inspired me to start my own.

Little did I realize at the time what a big learning curve there is and how much time  running a food blog actually takes up.

No matter what happens down the road, I am so thankful that this blog has helped me to evolve my cooking as well as branch out of my comfort zone with making different types of food for my family.

It brought back so much joy to be in the kitchen again and hopefully I have been able to inspire some of you to get into the kitchen and get excited about all things food as well.

 

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My favorite part has definitely been being able to connect with so many fellow bloggers and readers.

Your kindness and friendship means a lot to me and I think you guys are seriously the best!

When I had to take a two month hiatus and step away from blogging because of this little reason, I truly considered not coming back if it weren’t for my loyal readers and friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely comments and words of encouragement.

You always inspire me and are the reason that this blog is around and why I continue to work at it  :)

So thank you! Thank you! Thank you :)

 

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To show you all how much I appreciate your love and support, I made you a Strawberry Shortcake for this celebration :)

The cake is a light and airy vanilla cake base with a strawberry filling and then frosted with a stabilized whipped cream frosting.

You can choose to frost the whole cake or just the top and add some sliced strawberries. I chose to decorate mine with Red Velvet Valentine Macarons , some heart sprinkles as well as a pink fondant flower.

This light and tasty cake is perfect for any birthday celebration as well as Valentine’s Day.

 

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Be sure to stop by Cooking on the Front Burner, Joyful Healthy Eats and Will Cook for Smiles to wish them a Happy Blogoversary too!

 

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day and wonderful weekend everyone!

 

Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: One Six-Inch Two Layered Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

A two layer light and tasty Strawberry Shortcake with a strawberry filling and topped with a stabilized whipped cream frosting. Perfect for any birthday celebration as well as Valentine's Day.

Ingredients

  • * 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • * 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • * 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • * 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • * 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting
  • * 1 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • * 4 teaspoons cold water
  • * 1 cups heavy whipping cream
  • * 1/4 cup sifted icing sugar
  • Strawberry Filling
  • * 2 cups diced strawberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen)
  • * 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • * 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and line the bottom of two round 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Whisk together the buttermilk and egg whites in a small bowl.
  4. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, cream the butte at medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add sugar and continue beating for another 3 minutes until the color is very light.
  5. Beat in the vanilla extract until combined.
  6. Slowly add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.
  7. Beat in half of the milk/egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
  8. Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool on racks for 10 minutes before loosening the sides with a small metal spatula, and invert onto greased wire racks.
  10. Gently turn cakes back up, so the tops are up and cool completely before filling and frosting.
  11. Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting
  12. Combine gelatin and cold water and let it stand until thick.
  13. Microwave on high for about 5 second intervals until the gelatin has dissolved.
  14. Remove from heat; cool (do not allow it to set).
  15. Using your stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the cream with the icing sugar, until slightly thick.
  16. While slowly beating, add the dissolved gelatin mix to whipping cream.
  17. Whip at high speed until stiff.
  18. Strawberry Filling
  19. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries and sugar stirring until the strawberry juices have been released.
  20. Add the cornstarch and continue to stir for another 2 minutes until the mixture becomes thicker.
  21. Assembly
  22. Using an offset spatula, spread strawberry filling on top of one layer.
  23. Layer top cake layer over the strawberry filling.
  24. Ice the whole cake with the rest of the frosting if desired or only the top part of the cake.
  25. Feel free to add fresh strawberries or fondant flowers as garnishes on top.
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Vanilla Cake adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting from Wilton

 

 

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED, THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

THE WINNER THAT HAS RANDOMLY BEEN CHOSEN USING RAFFLECOPTER (RANDOM.ORG) IS  …….

JAIME B. - Entry # 96 – favorite cake - raspberry white chocolate - Congratulations Jaime!

 

Thank you all again for your support and for making this site what it is.

 

One winner will receive the following:

 

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HOW TO ENTER

 

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the question:

 

“What’s your favorite cake to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion?”

 

You can receive up to TWO additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Become a fan of Life made Sweeter on Facebook.

2. Follow @LifemadeSweeter on Twitter.

 

Contest closes on: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM EST.

 

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecoptor (Random.org) and will be announced at the top of this post. I will contact the selected winner but if the chosen winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Life made Sweeter.

Good luck everyone and thank you all again for the love and support!

 

 

Comments

  1. I really like ice cream cake with Oreo crumbles.

  2. Happy blogiversary, Kelly! Wow, this year went by so quickly! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love making new blogging friends (like you!). My favorite cake to celebrate with is Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Cake. I’ve tried a bunch of other recipes before but this one is still the best.

    • Thank you so much Eva! My favorite part is getting to “meet” such nice blogging friends like you. I am so glad I got to know you more over the last few months because you always inspire me with your recipes and skating and I love that Addie loves helping you out in the kitchen, she is super adorable! I totally agree, love Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake too :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  3. Happy 1yr Blogversary Kelly!!!
    This cake is absolutely fabulous – that “Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting” could seriously stabilize my hunger this morning! SERIOUSLY! And love your macaroon decorations!
    My favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting AND from now on this “Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting!!!
    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan recently posted…Chicken Curry With Thai Coconut Hummus is WIAW!

    • Thank you so much Shashi :) You are always so sweet and funny, I am so glad I got to “meet” you – you always know how to put a smile one my face when I see your comments or read your posts – they are always so inspiring! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  4. Kelly – Happy 1st anniversary! I honestly cannot believe it’s only been a year since you started this blog. It is amazing and I’m so glad to have found this spot and have had the chance to get to know you a bit through your food. : ) I can tell you work really hard and your patience and love really shows in your cooking. I can relate to how you feel about starting the blog, too…it’s made me stretch myself in the kitchen. Plus, all the nice people (like you) I’ve “met” along the way is a huge bonus! I know you will be very busy very soon with the new addition but hopefully, we will still meet up here…
    And when it comes to celebration cakes, I bet you won’t be surprised to know I favor chocolate ones! Yours is much prettier, however, and I’d take that any day, too! xo

    • Thank you so much Monica! I am so glad to have gotten to know you more too. You have been one of my biggest supporters from the beginning and are always so kind, genuine and encouraging. I always look forward to your posts because they inspire me so much. You are such a talented cook and baker and always know how to make food look so pretty and effortless. Your family is extremely lucky to have you :) Hope you have an incredible rest of the week and Valentine’s Day my sweet friend :)

  5. Congratulations, Kelly! You certainly make my life a little sweeter! Thank You. Beautiful cake, very festive! :) ela

  6. Happy Anniversary, Kelly! I am so glad that I discovered your blog months ago. You are so incredibly sweet and supportive, and I love all the sweet things you have to share :) You make so many amazing dishes. I can’t get over how much I love this strawberry shortcake. Seriously, this would be my ideal birthday cake. I LOVE strawberries and anything in cake form. The macarons really top it all off! Wishing you many more years of success! So glad to have “met” you :)
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…20 of the best Truffle Recipes

    • Thank you so much Ashley:) I am so glad to have found your blog and gotten to know you more over the months too. You have always been so kind, supportive and sweet and inspire me with all of your beautiful treats and yummy food you make. I always look forward to your posts because I know I will always find amazing recipes and stunning photography:) I am so glad to have “met” you too my sweet friend :) Hope you have an incredible rest of the week!

  7. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Favorite Is Red Velvet Cake! Happy Anniversary!

  8. Happy Blogging Anniversary! I am so impressed with all you do here! May your second year be full of many sweet surprises!
    For a celebration, I really like angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries. I’ve never made it from scratch though. :)
    Julia recently posted…Roses in the Snow Crepe Rolls

  9. Well happy blogiversary to you my friend! This cake looks delicious! I love strawberry shortcake. And I love that you put macarons on this. Hurray for dessert on dessert! My birthday is actually on Monday. We’re going out of town to beach for the long weekend. Can’t wait!
    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely recently posted…French Press Coffee

    • Thank you so much Natalie :) You have always been so sweet and kind and I hope you have an incredible time away for your birthday and all your wishes come true! Happy happy birthday sweet friend!

  10. Happy anniversary, Kelly! I’m so glad to have gotten to know you through blogging, and your dishes are always an inspiration! This cake is perfect for a celebration close to valentines day — that filling looks so delicious, too. When I celebrate occasions, I normally go chocolate, and German chocolate is one of my favorites!
    Marcie recently posted…Homemade Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

    • Thank you so much Marcie :) I am so glad to have gotten to know you more too! You always inspire me with your amazing looking food and desserts! I always look forward to reading your posts and your cooking school adventures along with your great tips. You have always been so kind and supportive and I truly appreciate that :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week Marcie :)

  11. The cake looks beautiful and the stabilized whipped cream fits perfectly as the frosting for the starwberry shortcake. You have a nice blog!!!

  12. Happy anniversary Kelly! I love following you and seeing the delicious looking recipes you share. This cake looks so good! I love all the hearts :D We usually do a classic vanilla or chocolate cake for celebrations. It would be nice to venture out and be more try more cakes :D

    • Thank you so much Cindy – you are always so sweet and kind :) I love visiting your blog and finding delicious and healthy meals along with helpful and nutritional facts about each ingredient. It inspires me to eat healthier and I love that. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week :)

  13. Love this cake it is sooo adorable!
    Vicky and Ruth recently posted…Vegan Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tartelettes

  14. Congrats on one year Kelly! This cake is gorgeous and perfect for Valentine’s Day. My favourite cake for celebrations is usually angel food cake with lots and lots of fruit :)
    Katy recently posted…Vegan Breakfast Patties

    • Thank you so much Katy :) I love cake with lots of fruit too! Thank you for always being so kind and supportive and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week :)

  15. Caramel cake….love it.

  16. Happy blogiversary darling!! I’m really happy that you started such wonderful blog, as it has become one of my favorite ones to read! Keep up the fantastic work Kelly!
    This cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate such special occasion. It does really sound delicious, and the crumb is beyond perfect. I really really like strawberries, so this would be a winner for me.
    Congrats again and lots of hugs for you and your loved ones! xxxx
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs recently posted…Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

    • Thank you so much Consuelo, you have always been so sweet and kind! I am so glad to have discovered your blog too, you always make food look so good and I love that they are healthy as well. You are so talented and have such a beautiful blog and it’s always so inspiring whenever I stop by. Big hugs to you and your loved ones as well and I hope you have a great rest of the week and good luck with studying :)

  17. Nothing says celebration to me like a chocolate brownie ice cream cake! Congrats on hitting this milestone with your blog!

  18. Wow!! This looks amazing!! What a fun, festive way to celebrate!! YUM! Happy Valentines Day!
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  19. chocolate

  20. Stephanie Ann says:

    I love Red Velvet cake to celebrate!! I always use chocolate icing on it

  21. Christy Spurlock says:

    Fudgy Texas Chocolate Cake

  22. Happy, happy Blogiversary!!! This cake looks like such a sweet way to celebrate. Congrats on your success!
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife recently posted…Beet Risotto

    • Thank you so so much Erin:) I have so much more to learn especially from you – your blog is amazing and always inspires me :) Hope you have a great rest of the week girl!

  23. Congrats! I love chocolate cake

  24. I love carrot cake!

  25. Strawberry cake is my favorite.

  26. Happy happy one year anniversary!!! I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you over the year Kelly! And this shortcake looks like the perfect way to celebrate : ) Cheers to what’s ahead for Life Made Sweeter friend!
    Ashley recently posted…Strawberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Ice Cream

    • Thank you so so much Ashley :) You have always been so supportive and kind and I am so glad that I have gotten to know you over the year too. I always look forward to your blog posts because they are always so creative and inspiring :) Cheers my sweet friend and hope you enjoy the rest of the week:)

  27. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    We are huge fans of making a Red Velvet cake for special occasions. We always make it with fresh vanilla bean buttercream icing. It is our go to recipe!

  28. Can never go wrong with a good cheesecake for any special occassion

  29. followed on both facebook and twitter (as vilmark)

  30. Happy Blogiversary! My favorite cake is a Smores cake, handmade by my boyfriend for my birthday earlier this year. Not only did he attempt a recipe from another food blog I follow, it turned out absolutely delicious and I couldn’t believe he went to so much work to make me the perfect birthday cake.
    I followed both on Twitter (Fit2BRick) and on Facebook! I look forward to more of your posts and trying out some of the recipes everything sounds amazing!

  31. Rachel Cartucci says:

    Italian creme cake is my favorite cake for everything!!! YUM!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !!!

  32. I love black forest cake

  33. Congratulations on the first blog anniversary! I didn’t realize that your blog is just one year old Kelly! You blog like a pro. ;) Love this gorgeous strawberry shortcake! Perfect for your celebration. :)

    • You are always way too sweet and kind. I am so glad to have found your blog because you inspire me so much with your incredible looking dishes that you make for your family. They always look like a work of art! Thank you so much for your kind wishes and hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

  34. Congratz Kelly!!!
    Can’t wait t loook forward whats coming post within your blog…
    My faourite cake was chocolate cake, even i almost regret it all the time!
    i love opera cake, black forest cake, or a simple dark choco cake with covered with butter cream frosting and shaved chocolate…
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    • Thanks so much for all your support and lovely comments all the time Dedy! Can’t wait to continue seeing more of your amazing food too! Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  35. This is so cute! I love strawberry shortcake and the fact that this one is crowned with macarons makes me weak in the knees :) And my favorite treat for birthday celebrations is pie–blueberry pie to be specific!
    Amy | Club Narwhal recently posted…BEET BAGELS WITH WHIPPED BLUE CHEESE

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Amy! Blueberry pie sounds like a wonderful celebration dessert! Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  36. Happy Blog Anniversary Kelly! So nice to have met you through the blogosphere! Can’t wait to see where you go in 2014.
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Quinoa Fudge Brownies Recipe

    • Thank you so much Jeanette! I am so glad to have met you through the blogosphere as well – I love following your blog and amazing healthy recipes! It is so amazing all the things you do for others and the fact that you strive to come up with so many healthy recipes for different dietary concerns all the time is truly an inspiration to me! No matter what happens down the road, I feel truly blessed to have come across your blog.

  37. What a lovely cake and macaroons on top are a dream come true. Happy Birthday lifemadesweeter! I just love your blog and am so happy that we were there to support you! I look forward to reading more post and hearing about the new baby Kelly :)!

    • Thank you so much Shundara! You have always been so supportive and kind and I love reading your savy blog to learn about so many natural and healthy foods and beauty products. Hope you and Josh have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and weekend :)

  38. I love Italian Rum cakes

  39. thischickwins says:

    Tiramisu, for all occasions

  40. Wow, this looks delicious, Kelly! Congrats on your blog anniversary! :)
    Jess recently posted…Valentine’s Day Gift: Quick Homemade Chocolates

  41. Congrats and happy blog birthday! My favorite cake is a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting

  42. Chocolate cake is my favorite! Congrats Kelly on your one year blog’s birthday. You are absolutely inspiring and a fantastic food blogger! You leave the most genuine and sweet comments on so many blogs and I’m so glad I get to come over to life made sweeter and read your posts and see your beautiful creations. Congrats Kelly! And thanks for the chance to win the $50 Amazon card!

    • Thank you so much Chelsea! That means so much and I really appreciate all of your kind and sweet words all the time. You have always been so supportive and sweet and I love reading your amazing blog because you make the most gorgeous looking food and take stunning photos! You always know how to come up with so many new dishes and your creativity really shows and I feel so inspired every time I stop by :) Thank you again for all your support, hope you have an amazing Valentine’s Day today and wonderful weekend!

  43. Happy birthday to your wonderful blog! I cannot believe you’ve only been blogging a year!!!! My favorite celebratory cake is carrot with cream cheese frosting :)

    • Thank you so much Liz! Your blog always inspires me with all of your stunning creations :) Hope you and Bill have a lovely Valentine’s Day and a wonderful weekend Liz!

  44. Happy blogoversary!
    I love chocolate cake any time! !!

  45. Happy Happy Blogiversary!! It’s been so great to get to know you this past few months and I am always just in love with your recipes. Like this cake, so so beautiful! Those macarons are a great touch :) I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

    PS: I love a great vanilla cake for any celebration!!

    • Thank you so so much Zainab! I am so happy we got to know each other more recently since I am always in awe of your stunning and mouthwatering creations! You are super talented and always inspire me with your beautiful creations girl! Just like your Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie – I still can’t get that off my mind and am definitely going to have to make it this weekend hehe! Hope you feel better soon girl and that you and Mr. J have a super sweet and special Valentine’s Day today and amazing weekend!

  46. Congratulations on 1 year Kelly! February is a great month to start a blog ;)
    I always love coming to your blog and seeing your next recipe. Your creativity and gorgeous photography always amaze me and I love so much from reading your posts.
    Here’s to many more years!
    Oh, and almond cake is my favorite- but this strawberry shortcake is looking pretty darn good too.

    • Thanks so much Christin! I’ve noticed that too, so many people have started their blog around this week.
      You have always been super supportive and kind and I always love stopping by your site to see your amazing looking food and creative recipes. Your stories inspire me and I am looking forward to continue following along SSK as well :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  47. I love a german chocolate, or a red velvet cake best. Im just a chocolate lover

  48. I’m not particular fond of cake in general so no favorites.

  49. Happy Anniversary Kelly :D big congratulations from me to you. I know how much hard work it takes (they never tell you that when doing the research on how to start your own blog do they!!!) and how hard it is to fit everything in around real life I can only imagine how busy you must be with a little one at home (soon to be 2, you must be so excited!) so keep up the great work and here is to another fabulous 12 months. By the way this cake looks so good I love a good vanilla cake :)

    • Thank you so much Emma! You have been so supportive right from the beginning and I’m so glad to have gotten to meet you through blogging. I love stopping by and seeing all of your pretty creations. Hehe, you are right, nobody tells you all of the time commitment it takes to run a food blog, it must be tough for you to manage especially since you are out on the ship a lot. Thanks again for all your support and I look forward to following you along for many more years as well :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  50. Happy Blog Anniversary Kelly – so wonderful to get to know you and your tasty treats!! Thanks for linking up my anniversary and I’ll add this one to mine as well!!! Believe it or not, we just like a plain yellow cake mix with chocolate fudge frosting and sprinkles…. easy and good!
    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner recently posted…Linzer Tart Cookies

    • Thank you so much Deb:) It’s been wonderful getting to know you and seeing all of your fantastic treats and creations as well – love your photos and everything always looks so good and tasty :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and have a wonderful rest of the day!

  51. Awwww happy Blogaversary Kelly!! This cake looks so yummy – I hope you enjoy your blogaversary! You’re doing so well !!

    • Aaw, you are so sweet Jessica, thank you so much :) I’m so glad to have gotten to know you and your amazing looking treats recently :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  52. Congratulations sweetie and what a beautiful cake! <3

    Diana
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  53. I love a classic vanilla cake with buttercream OR whipped cream frosting ;)
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  54. happy Annv!! I wish you a great year to come!
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker recently posted…Quick and Easy 15 minute Chicken Pasta

  55. Happy blogiversary, Kelly! I can’t get enough of chocolate-on-chocolate, like a truffle cake or just plain ultra dark chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. thanks for the giveaway.
    Jelli recently posted…Fig Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake

  56. Happy Blog Anniversary Kelly!
    That’s a gorgeous layered cake to celebrate!

  57. Happy One Year Anniversary, Kelly! You have one of the best recipe blogs around. What makes your site so wonderful is you! I love how you interact with each one of your readers. It so nice to call you one of my “bloggy” friends.

    And now, I must add your strawberry shortcake to my must bake list!
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    • Thank you so much Chastity! You are always so sweet, kind and extremely supportive :) I am so glad to have gotten to know you more throughout the months, you are truly one of the sweetest people with such a kind heart and soul. I love stopping by and reading all of your inspirational stories and I wish you and your beautiful family nothing but good things coming your way :) I am so happy to call you one of my “bloggy” friends too sweetie! Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

  58. Homemade carrot cake : )

  59. Susan Christy says:

    I like to make a triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

  60. This is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing at Marv Mondays, pinned !
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  61. Alicia Morris says:

    Chocolate with butter cream icing and decorate it for that person

  62. Banana cake!

  63. I love Chocolate chocolate chocolate :) chocolate cake!

  64. Oh Kelly, this cake is just too pretty for words! I mean it, it looks like something from the cover of a magazine! Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for a year; you are such a pro! I’m so happy to have met you through blogging and I wish you tons more success and “joy in the kitchen!” xoxo
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Red Velvet Zebra Bundt Cake

    • Oh Allie, you are always way too sweet – that means a lot coming from you since your creations always have me in awe! Thank you so much for your support through the months and I’m so glad I have gotten to know you more through blogging too. Seeing your beautiful work definitely helps to inspire me and gives me “joy in the kitchen” and I want to thank you so much for that my sweet friend! xo

  65. Happy 1st Blogiversary, Kelly! I’m so glad we met via our blogs and yours has definitely made the blogosphere sweeter. :) Your vanilla cake looks so moist and airy and there’s nothing better in my mind to pair it with than fresh strawberries and whipped cream! Love the addition of the macarons, too. Such a pretty color pop with all the red and white. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any celebration! (So sorry I missed this on V-Day. I was sick and miserable with the flu. Ugh. I hope had a wonderful celebration!) And, yes…I missed you last summer when you took two months off. I was so concerned but later relieved to know it was all for a very special reason! :) Wishing you and your family all the best as well as continued success with your blog! xoxo

    • Thank you so much Stacy for all your kind words Stacy, that means so much coming from you:) I’m so glad we met through blogging too because I love stopping by your site and seeing your stunning photography and your wicked amazing recipes that I know you work hard to develop so that they are perfect and just right to accommodate various other diets as well. You have always been really sweet and supportive and are truly a gorgeous person inside and outside :) I’m so sorry to hear that you got sick and hope you feel back to your wonderful self really soon :) Wishing you, the big lug and your family all the best for a happy and healthy year and and many more! xoxo

  66. Happy Blogging anniversary Kelly!! And I must say that this is one of the cutest, prettiest cakes I have seen in a while. I love it. xxx

  67. Jaime Blackwood says:

    Happy anniversary! My favorite cake is raspberry white chocolate.

  68. What a beautiful cake! I always make the same thing on my birthday: chocolate stout cake with irish buttercream frosting. My birthday is on St Patrick’s Day….

  69. We have a couple of favorites. I make a fruit tart that has a mango creme base and everyone loves it. This year, my husband decided that he wants the chestnut dark chocolate gateau. My daughter has gone back to wanting the fresh strawberry cake and my blueberry cake for her birthday!

  70. Happy Birthday to your Blog! What a lovely cake you had to celebrate! Perfect for the V-day too. My favorite cake for celebration is a chocolate crepe layer cake with hazelnut cream. My family simply adore chocolate and hazelnuts together. :)

    Can’t wait to see more wonderful recipes and posts from your blog and thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    • Thanks so much for the kind wishes :) Love your gorgeous recipes and so glad to have found your blog :) Yum, I love chocolate and hazelnuts together too and your favorite cake sounds amazing!

  71. Happy Blogiversary, Kelly!! You surely did very well in just one year into blogging!! Congrats :)
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  72. Happy Blogiversary, Kelly! I love this cake, so so pretty. My favorite birthday cake is chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting. My mama makes it for me every year! lol.
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  73. I can’t believe I missed this post! CONGRATuLATIONS on your 1 year blogiversary Kelly!! That is SO exciting!! You are such a sweet and kind person inside and out! I am so excited for the success you have already had. I for one, have enjoyed getting to know you through the blogging world. You are one of the most supportive bloggers out there!! :)

    I pretty much love ANY cake!! Especially when it’s a birthday cake!

    • Thank you so much for your kind and sweet words Renee! I am so glad that I have gotten to know you through blogging recently too – you always have the nicest things to say and have been so supportive. I love stopping by your site and seeing all the mouthwatering desserts and food that you and Erik make – you two make such an awesome team :) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  74. congratulations on the 1year anniversary. I’m not a cake person myself so to celebrate I would go with a big batch of yummy cookies or a nice fruit crumble.

  75. yellow cake with chocolate frosting

  76. Strawberry shortcake is a good one, but I also love red velvet or chocolate.
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  77. I love spice cake for any occasion!

  78. Audrey crisp says:

    Chocolate cake!

  79. That’s a tough call because I have a wicked sweet tooth. Lately I have been relying on chocolate lava cakes for special occasions.

  80. Joni Caraway (trippygrandmaof3) says:

    Happy I year Anniversary in the blogging world. I love strawberry short cake and it is one of my husbands favorites. His favorite would have to be Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese icing.

  81. Danielle Z says:

    Happy Anniversary! My favorite is anything chocolate :-)

  82. Rochelle Mullin says:

    I love a light and fluffy chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and strawberry filling between the layers.

  83. My favorite cake to celebrate with would be a raspberry lemon chiffon! Yummmmmy deliciousness! ;)
    Happy anniversary with your blog.

  84. My favorite celebration cake is a traditional Hungarian cake, Dobos’ Torte. It usually averages around 20 layers, and the layers are as thin as crepes. It takes a long time to make, so it is usually served only for special occasions.

  85. We love ice cream sandwich cake in our house.

  86. My favorite celebration cake is: Italian Cream Cake

  87. We love to make Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate cake. You add boiling water to the mix – it makes it super moist!

  88. A BIG congrats on one year, Kelly! So happy you found your way into the world of blogging….and it’s been great meeting you! This shortcake looks incredible!!!!
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  89. I just found your blog via Cookiemonster Cooking (Great blog!), Kelly, and didn’t know which lovely-sounding post to comment on first! Congratulations on your one-year blog-o-versary! That must feel like such an accomplishment, and what a cake to celebrate with! Love the pretty garnish!
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