I love mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s fair to say that I’ve had almost a life long obsession with it, and it is one of the reasons that I am such a dessert fiend today. It all started when my mom was pregnant with my little brother. She was one of those rare ladies who was not gaining enough weight during the latter half of her pregnancy, so the doctor put her on a high calorie, milkshake a day diet. As an eight-year-old, it thrilled me to go to the ice cream store every day after school with her. It was even better that my mother, who was usually strict about how many sweets I could have, let me have ice cream every day! Every day for about 2 months, she would get a chocolate milkshake and I would get mint chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone. I’m not sure why, but we never strayed from our usual.
Last weekend, my dear friend Cat turned 30. We met when we were roommates and graduate students at the University of Southern California, and have been great friends ever since. Cat is a candy-a-holic. She can (and often does) eat 3 candy bars in one sitting and does not gain a pound. Not fair, I know. After we finished our studies, I ended up in Texas and Cat now lives in Florida. We don’t often get to see each other on birthdays, so I felt lucky to get to spend her 30th with her.
I’ve seen this cake popping up all over Pinterest as well as blogs like Paige’s Pantry and Recipe Girl. I’ve been wanting to make it forever, but Cat is the only person I know who would truly appreciate this cake and be able to handle the sugar shock. This cake really is as easy to make and decorate as it seems. I used a doctored boxed cake mix and a 3 ingredient homemade frosting (because canned frosting is just yuck), and I didn’t even bother with a crumb coat. The candy decorations hide all of the flaws. I made a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, but you can use any flavor combination you want.
August is a month of birthdays for some of the people that are nearest and dearest to me. 23 years ago today, my little brother Neil was born. Neil also happens to be my webmaster, and my go to person for tech support. Without him, this website would not exist.
Neil is not a foodie. He does not spend hours in the kitchen trying out new recipes or googling the best restaurants in the area. If he’s hungry, he’ll order a pizza or make a sandwich. He does not spend the majority of his day dreaming about layer cakes or swiss meringue buttercream. If he wants dessert, he’ll eat a piece of candy. Sometimes I wonder if we’re related.
Last week, I got to escape the heat and go to my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne is not a bustling metropolis, but it beautiful in the summer, and there is a bounty of fresh produce. My parents are avid gardeners, and I love spending time in the kitchen with my mom and cooking with the freshly picked vegetables.
Just down the road, there is a farm that has some of the best berries I’ve every tasted. Even though there’s been a drought in Indiana this year, there were still plenty of berries. They were smaller than usual, but still just as sweet.