Six Month Blog-iversary

Is it kosher to throw yourself a party? Today is my 6-month blog-iversary and I could not be more excited about where I am. Getting back in the kitchen has opened up a world of creativity for me, something that I felt I had been lacking since college. Mostly, it has been a stress reliever from my everyday demanding, busy, work life.

I love being in the kitchen and creating desserts for others to enjoy. It was tough over the winter to keep up with snowboarding, work, blogging and traveling but I enjoyed the challenge (most of the time!). I have picked up many books and thumbed through numerous blog posts to help improve my skills. I am so thankful for the guidance I have found through some of the blogs that I follow. There are some amazing and talented folks out there.

Blogging is a full time job in and of itself. Through Beyond Frosting, I have pushed myself to really understand the ins and outs of social media and how they relate to my blog. I have avoided Twitter for years, and finally signed up for an account a couple of months ago. There are days when I don’t have time to open Twitter until I am in bed, and catching up on a days worth of tweets is crazy. It is one of the many ways in which I have come to find new blogs, delicious recipes and seen how relationships can grow without ever meeting a person face to face. Are you on Twitter? Come by and say hi @beyondfrosting.

If I can take a moment to reflect on my accomplishments over the past 6 months, I am happy to see my photography improving and having my submissions accepted to websites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting. I am overjoyed to see my cupcakes appear on various “best of” websites. I am still learning the power of Pinterest, but it is amazing to see what kind of traffic it drives to a blog. It motivates me to continue to push myself in new directions, trying new things and creating desserts to call my own.

The next 6 months looks to be pretty exciting for me. One of my goals for this year was to partner with a brand, and I am excited to announce that I will begin a blogging/brand ambassador partnership this May; stayed tuned! I am traveling to Austin to attend the Blogher Food conference in June, and I hope to meet a few of the faces behind the blogs that I look forward to reading everyday. I am also catering a HUGE wedding this summer with upwards of 300 cupcakes! Mostly, I look forward to continuing to bring creativity from my kitchen to my blog and using my blog as an excuse to consume more cupcakes than I can count. Thanks for reading! Make sure to come back tomorrow for French Toast Poke Cake!

To keep up with Beyond Frosting, you can follow me on Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

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Here are the top five more popular posts from the past 6 months. Apparently, you all like whipepd cream.

1. Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream

2. Cake Batter Whipped Cream

3. Ghirardelli and Chocolate Strawberries Cupcake

4. Mocha Irish Cream Cupcakes for Two

5. Triple Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

My personal, favorite creation was Cabury Cookie Brittle

My first post to be accepted to Foodgawker was:
Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cupcakes 

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with Cake Batter Whipped Cream

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! It’s been awhile since I have been home to celebrate his birthday with him. However, it never fails that my dad makes himself an ice cream cake for his birthday. This is sort of our family tradition when it comes to birthdays. I decided I would make a mini ice cream cake with cake batter whipped cream frosting for his birthday. Don’t worry dad, we ate the whole thing!

Ice cream cakes are pretty easy to put together, and I mean really, what goes better with cake than ice cream? My favorite flavors are grasshopper pie (editor’s note: I don’t know what that is) ice cream with chocolate cake. There are so many flavor combinations with the ice cream cake, which is why it is one of my favorite cakes! If I wanted some serious calories, I would choose Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream, that is my jam! Continue reading

Dessert Nachos for Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Dessert

Do you like easy to make desserts that will impress your friends? I thought so! I made these dessert nachos last weekend and then proceeded to each half of them by myself.

I first saw dessert nachos when I was in high school. I was visiting one of my friends in Hawaii and we went to dinner before I had to board my long flight back to Vermont. Her mom asked if anyone wanted dessert, and everyone, except my friend passed on the idea. She ordered a massive plate of dessert nachos. When they showed up at the table, she literally would not share, declaring that anyone could order their own plate if they wanted some. She turned to me and said, “You have known me since kindergarten; you know I don’t share my food. I love you, but buzz off”. Despite this betrayal, she is still one my best friends, but guess what, I am NOT sharing these dessert nachos with her! XO.

Cinco de Mayo Desserts

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Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Shooters

 Margarita cupcakes

When booze gets combined with cake, something great usually happens. In this case, it’s Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Shooters with fresh strawberries, lime juice, tequila and cake! These shooters are made with a strawberry cupcake infused with tequila and tequila cream cheese frosting.

Margarita cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy to make and can be a fun addition to your Cinco De Mayo festivities! Maybe you feel guilty for drinking a margarita at noon, but you can’t feel bad about eating a cupcake at noon right? That’s my excuse anyway.

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Grandma’s Classic Pound Cake with Champagne Glaze

Pound cake

Ugh, moving is such a pain and it’s never easy! I have moved so many times, I could be a professional. That’s why we need things like Pound Cake with Champagne Glaze in our lives.  Last week I received an email from Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking inviting me to attend a virtual housewarming party for Ashton of the Something Swanky blog. Ashton moved into a new house this week and since we can’t be there in person, we are throwing her a virtual housewarming party!  Welcome to your new home, Ashton!

Although I have never met Ashton in person, I am a huge fan of hers (blog stalker). Besides creating amazing desserts (I swear by her poke cake recipes), Ashton provides her readers with extremely helpful and easy to follow design tutorials. I have learned so much from her already; I am hoping to get the chance to meet her in person someday!

To welcome Ashton to her new house, I made my grandmother’s classic pound cake with a champagne glaze. After all, champagne is the best way to celebrate, right?! My mom raves about this pound cake and now I know why. It’s dense and full of vanilla flavor. My Grandmother always baked with margarine, so I figured she must have done that for a reason. My mom says it’s “the best pound cake she has ever had.”

Pound cake

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