Taber turned 34 last month and for his birthday he requested a homemade German Chocolate cake. I confess I am more of a Betty Crocker box kind of cake maker, so this was truly a labor of love.
My super pro baking goddess friend Darby, gave me her recipe for German chocolate cake. It was, shall we say, rather involved...Way more ingredients than cake mix, eggs, and oil! It called for things like melting chocolate, separating eggs, whipping and folding in egg whites, (folding??!!) yeah, I was way out of my league with this one.
Luckily I had my little helpers on hand to get through it all
After making a ginormous mess, the batter was ready. We put it in the oven and started on the frosting which called for more involved stuff like chopping and toasting pecans, toasting coconut, separating more eggs and constantly stirring the pot for almost 30 minutes.
When the cake came out of the oven I had serious issues getting the cakes out of their pans and one of the layers kind of got mutilated. I tried to salvage it as best I could but the end result was a 2 1/2ish layered cake instead of 3.
I took this pic while the frosting was still warm and gooey. Wasn't the prettiest cake I've ever baked (thanks to mutilated top piece) but it was BY FAR the most insanely DELICIOUS cake I've ever made. Taber was a happy man : )
Here's another pic I took with my phone after the frosting cooled a little. Forgot to buy b-day candles so we improvised : )
I did all the cake baking on Saturday (day before T's b-day) so once it was done we took the kids out for a nature walk.
Taber loves the outdoors and so do the kids so this was perfect.
We hiked around at Mine Falls and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
The next day as soon as they woke up, the girls wanted Daddy to open his presents. They couldn't even wait to eat breakfast first.
He got lots of fun things to play with outdoors from the kids, an apple gift card and a new BBQ cookbook from his parents, and I got him an iGrill device, which is a cooking thermometer that connects to your iPhone, iPod or iPad and notifies you via Bluetooth, when your meat has reached the right temp. It also tells you how long it will be till the meat is ready and I guess you can play some grilling games with it too. Anyway, I figured he loves grilling and he loves apple products, so perfect combo!
Later after church we had some friends over for Kalua pig and cake and ice cream.
Some of the tasty b-day grub
Great friends, the Ures, the Hoods, and the Silvestros.
(random fun fact, Taber and Steve Silvestro served together in the same mission. Kind of cool to now be in the same ward, all the way across the country, 13 years later!)
My two handsomes getting ready for cake and ice cream
And a happy family photo with the birthday and his labor of love cake.
Happy Birthday Tabes! Another year older and still hotter than eva! ; )