Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday Favorites || Cade is 30

Despite his best efforts to make everything low key, how can you not celebrate the big 3-0?  
I at least went to Gigi's & got cupcakes for myself on my big day last year ...
(& had a job interview😝).  

Last week, I started the prep.  Ordered balloons, a platter from Sonny's Barbecue, & got all the ingredients for the cake.  I called in our neighbor buddies & recruited them for a mini surprise party.  Had it been the weekend, how nice it would have been to have with the whole family, but it all turned out just fine & I think a great time was had by all.
Tuesday evening he caught on to something.  I had went upstairs & while I was gone, Mr. Nosey had  been texting my group message back about a little favor they needed to do.  The group message in which I had been texting about the surprise party.  Now, to have him tell it...he didn't see anything.  But he became "suspicious" after I showed concern over him answering the group message.  
What secret are you keeping?  Are you leaving me?  Are you pregnant?  Oh, the drama!  
Of all the things to ask!  Bahhaaha.  

For the rest of the week, he walked in practicing his surprise face.  He finally convinced himself we were in fact having him a surprise party.  Thursday, birthday day, our neighbor Drew, text him to ask to help him move furniture that evening.  Something that has happened before.  He said he didn't think anything about it until a couple of hours later, & by the time I called him, he said "I'm on to your little plan."

What plan??  We are going to eat Mexican!  Hurry, I'm hungry!  (I'm always hangry after work🤷🏻‍♀️)
I know he didn't believe me, because then he said, "Okay, then just meet me there."🙄

I finally convinced him without cracking (I'm so terrible at lying) to go move furniture first & then we would ride *together* to Mexican.

One family of neighbors missed the surprise part-he ended up being way earlier than anticipated-
but despite the flaws, I think it made his day memorable & special as I hoped it would.

I definitely died Thursday night, though.  I was pooped.  And here I sit on Friday night, brewing a pot of coffee to MAKE myself stay up past 10 pm (Cade has already thrown in the towel-he is working tomorrow 😂.)  No Gossip Girl/Office marathon/watch the first ten seconds of When A Stranger Calls tonight...Saturday night, it is then!

It's really not about us...but we are the only cooperative ones with pictures👯‍♀️
About the cake...
It turned out to be quite the task when you factor in the fact that I worked on it secretly for three days.  I will say I'm happy with how it turned out, though!

Cake Ingredients
  • 8 (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate Truffle Filling
  • Ganache
  • 2 (14 ounce) containers of Pepperidge Farm Pirouline hazelnut rolled wafer cookies
Microwave chocolate in medium glass bowl for 1 minute or until melted. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and then chocolate and vanilla and mix until blended. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended after each addition. Pour batter in 3 greased 9-inch cakepans dusted with cocoa. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooking racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Truffle Filling
  • 4 (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 6 TBS. butter
  • 6 TBS. whipping cream
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
Microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute or until melted. Stir in whipping cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until blended and smooth. On cake stand, place first cake and then spread truffle filling between each layer as you stack.

  • 10 (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • ½ cup whipping cream
Microwave chocolate for 1 minute or until melted. Add whipping cream and stir until smooth. Spread ganache on sides and top of cake. Break cookies into long pieces and and line the sides of the cake with them. Decorate with thick ribbon and tie or hold in place with a long pin.
*What made it even cuter was the chocolate chip cookies that came with our bbq platter...they added SO much to the cake by lining them up around the cake!

Friends, I just don't have that much chatter left in me tonight.
 The Super Bowl.  Would you believe I used to be a Patriots fan?  Only because I thought Tom Brady was hot.  Now, I feel too much of a bandwagoner to care...We are going to do a mini Super Bowl thing.  Are you?  I read that $81.17 is the average spent on food and decorations for a party on Super Bowl Sunday.  Yikes!
Happy weekending!

Amie said...

That cake looks so yummy!!! We did nothing for the super bowl..haha

Cassidy Adams said...

We ended up doing nothing as well! That was actually the most appealing option to me🤷🏻‍♀️🤗