I cannot BELIEVE that Carolina Girl Cooks is 3 today. I feel like my child has turned 3! Not only has it gone by so incredibly fast, it’s crazy what has come from a whim. I’m sure I probably told you this story last year on the 2nd Anniversary, but humor me as I tell it again.:) It was a gorgeous September day and I had just gotten the October issue of Bon Appetit in the mail. I was sitting in the driveway, flipping through it while Iris was sunning, and I remember the magazine featuring a girl in her late twenties who wrote an entertaining blog. I had had a couple people mention that I should start a food blog after all the cooking I had done over the summer, but it didn’t sink in until I read the article about the entertaining blogger that I really considered it. After finishing the article, I thought to myself “I can do this” so I walked back inside, sat down at my computer, and opened an account with blogger.
The next day, I went out and bought a camera and decided what I wanted to make first. Then, I started cooking and snapping photos. When I was beginning my fresh start from a previous life, I knew that whatever I did going forward would involve food and/or writing. By the grace of God, I’m fortunate enough to be doing both and then some. I never imagined in a million years that flipping through that magazine three years ago would lead to a food blog to channel my passion for cooking, free lance writing for a couple different publications: which is always a work in progress, but something that I love, photography: which has become my most favorite part of what I do, and a thriving specialty cookie business that kinda came out of nowhere. I couldn’t be happier and couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to share my love of all things delicious with my wonderful readers!! Thank you for continuing to follow what each new day holds in the world of Carolina Girl Cooks. I hope it’s as much of an adventure for you as it has been and is for me!
Now on to the party part! This cake…this CAKE!!! When I was planning what to do for the 3rd Anniversary, I knew I wanted to make a stunning cake and a really wonderful champagne cocktail. Very happily, I feel like I accomplished both. This cake was super easy to put together and visually, I think it’s so pretty! I went with a store bought helper on this one and just made an arrangement on top of flowers and greenery. Vanilla cake, white icing, BAM! DONE! The cocktail is a little bit of pear liqueur, sage simple syrup and bubbles. It doesn’t get much better. Or easier.
Here’s to another 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and hopefully more, years of Carolina Girl Cooks!
CakeSERVES 6-8 PrintDownload
- 1 box vanilla cake mix, prepared as directed and baked in two 6 1/2 round cake pans
- 2 containers of icing OR 1 recipe of Lemon Cream Cheese Icing (at room temperature)
- flowers of your choice
- Bake the cake as directed. Allow the layers to cool completely. Put about a 1/2 inch thick layer of icing on the bottom layer. Place the top layer on it, making sure it's even. Put a thin layer of icing on the whole cake. Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Ice the cake again with a thicker layer, smoothing it out as much as possible. Place it back in the freezer for another 20 minutes.
- Arrange the flowers on top.
Champagne CocktailSERVES 4-6 PrintDownload
- 1 cup of sage simple syrup (1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, 5 sage leaves. Boil until the sugar dissolves, allow the sage to infuse as the mixture cools. Strain the sage leaves from the syrup.)
- 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
- Pear slices and sage leaves, optional for garnish
- Pour 2-3 tablespoons of both pear liqueur and the sage simple syrup in a champagne glass. Pour the champagne over the mixture. Place a pear slice and sage leaf in the cocktail for garnish.