January 12, 2011

In the Kitchen: Birthday Edition!


No Birthday is a BIRTHDAY without the cake and food…right?! A few of our Divas pulled together some mouthwatering ideas for your man’s next birthday. Check out what Corie, Kari, Kristen, Tara, and Wendy cooked up for their man’s last B-day! Oh…and there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end!!!

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My husband is a big fan of smores! Who isn’t? Chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers…wow, I am making some right now! For my man’s big 3-0, I decided to make smores with a twist. Check out this awesome and EASY recipe!

Indoor Smores

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1 pkg. chocolate chips

1 tsp. vanilla

3 tbsp. butter

1 box of Golden Graham Cereal

3 c. mini marshmallows

Heat syrup, butter, and chocolate chips to a boil (be sure to stir constantly). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal in a bowl. Be sure to coat all of the cereal. Add marshmallows 1 cup at a time. Finally, place cereal in a 9×13 pan. I like to press down the mix and let stand for one hour before serving.

Smore’s not your man’s thing? What about a carrot cake? This recipe has been in Kari’s family for generations.

My dad’s mother used to make this cake and when she passed away, her husband made it for us. So every time that I taste this cake it takes me back. When my grandfather passed away, I decided to make this cake as a surprise for my dad’s birthday. Since no one had learned how to make it (my grandfather made it to perfection – so why learn?), I decided to try my hand at it and see how it went. Luckily, the taste of this cake is divine.

This cake takes some practice but its SO good that it is worth it to try! Especially if your darling spouse is a carrot cake fan. Use this recipe – you can’t go wrong!

I LOVE the look of fondant on cake. You know that smooth frosting that looks so pretty and is seen mostly on wedding cakes it seems? Oooh, if only I could do this on every single birthday cake I made for my family…Oh wait, what? I can?? Most party stores have the option of buying pre-made fondant and is pretty easy to use and not too expensive. the downside? It tastes like chalk!  I then found this awesome recipe and tutorial on how to make marshmallow fondant.

What a brilliant idea! Marshmallow frosting! YUMMY!  So I tested it out on my daughters birthday cake this past year.  And you know who was caught gobbling this up and begging for more?? Hint…It wasn’t my daughter…

Try marshmallow fondant on your hubby’s next birthday cake and he sure will be pleased! (I bought circle cookie cutters from Michael’s to use for cutting out my polka dots.)

If fondant isn’t your thing, maybe this idea will be “FORE” you!

I about died when my friend showed me the cutest “Cupcake cake” which was decorated to look like a golf course. This cake is the perfect choice for any avid golfer. My husband’s favorite thing, besides me…lol, is golfing! It’s one of his passions, and he’s pretty darn good at it too! I am SOOO not a chef {that would be our Diva, Kari} but I decided to bite the bullet and produce a golf masterpiece for my man anyway. He is definitely worth the effort!

If you would like to recreate this…here are a few tips/ingredients I will pass along.

  • FIRST, frost all the sand traps with white frosting AND frost the rest of the cupcakes with green frosting.
  • The sand trap is made from crushing Vanilla Wafers into dust …ok, ok, not dust…but it sure crunches up great and it looks SO realistic! Just roll the tops of 6-7 cupcakes in it.
  • The “green” (area around the hole) is just those green crystal sprinkles you buy…it also looks SUPER realistic! Roll the tops of 7 cupcakes in this.
  • I took the “easy” way out and instead of doing a million and one blades of grass, I dyed coconut green and sprinkled that on top of the cupcakes that were representing the “rough.”
  • I cut out fruit leather to create the flag, a pretzel stick is the pole, and an over sized chocolate chip turned upside-down is the hole.
  • The golf ball…GULP! That was hard! It’s a gumball dipped in corn syrup and then coated with white sprinkles. It is balancing on a yellow smartie … as the tee!

That is everything you need to know to recreate this fabulous Golf Course Cake “fore” your man. He is going to love it…my man sure did!

Lastly, we have another cupcake idea that your man is sure to love. Peanut Butter Cupcakes!! Need I say more?? It started this year, and WILL be a tradition for my hubby’s birthday here on out. He is so in love!! And they are incredible! The recipe comes out of the most amazing book… 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 minutes, by Wendy Paul, AND it’s your lucky day! Wendy has given me permission to share this recipe as a sneak peek of her book with all of you!!


1 box of chocolate cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1 bag of chocolate peanut butter cups

Mix together cake mix, eggs, and milk. Pour 2 tablespoons of batter into paper liners and place peanut butter cup on top. Fill papers 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


1 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup of butter (room temperature)

2 cups of powdered sugar

3-4 Tbsp. of milk or cream

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Cream butter and peanut butter together in a bowl, mix until light and fluffy. Add sugar, 3 Tbsp. milk or cream and vanilla. Start slow, mix together increasing the speed. Mix until smooth and creamy. Add 1 Tbsp milk or cream if too thick.

Now, here is the best part! Wendy also has written 101 Gourmet Cookies for Everyone, and she was so kind to let us give one of each of these books away to 2 lucky readers! So be sure to enter in the giveaway below !! These cook books are a MUST HAVE!! Treat all your friends and family to decadent treats! You can check out her web page for more ideas too, http://www.wendypaulcreations.com/.


1. Be a subscriber to The Dating Diva Weekly Newsletter (top right hand corner of the website) and letting us know you are an official “newsletter reader.”


2. Tell us your (or your man’s) favorite birthday treat/food!

The giveaway will end Thursday, January 13 at 11:00 PST. We will announce the winner on Friday, January 14th on our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget to check back to see if you won!


Thank you to all who entered. Please check out our Facebook Fan Page to see who the winners are!

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242 Responses to “In the Kitchen: Birthday Edition! ”

  1. Sarahdanette says:

    I subscribed!

  2. Sarahdanette says:

    My husband’s all time favorite is to be able to pig-out on sushi . . . and not just the cheap stuff, but the good Happy Sumo, Takashi, or Koi restaurant sushi! Very expensive, but he’s worth it.

  3. It’s my birthday & I’ll cry if I want to!”

    My all-time favorite birthday was when my boyfriend surprised me and threw a birthday party for me!!! It was awesome because for once I wasn’t doing the planning so I was completely caught off guard <33

  4. Rachel says:

    It’s my birthday & I’ll cry if I want to

    My favorite birthday was last year. We didn’t do anything spetacular, but I was holding our brand new baby girl in my arms and we spent it just the three of us. She was the best birthday present ever.

    My husband’s favorite birthday treat is cheeseburgers. He doesn’t have a big sweet tooth and would rather eat anything than ice cream.

  5. Torrri Mahoney says:

    It’s my birthday & I’ll cry if I want to!

    I loved my birthday last year–we went out to eat (which we never do!), got free ice cream at Cold Stone, and then seeing a movie at the dollar theater I had no idea existed (Percy Jackson–I had just barely finished reading the books) we went and saw it on a whim! It was awesome. :)

  6. Lily says:

    I’m a subscriber, my husband loves chocolate cake!

  7. Jen says:

    I subscribed & already got my first newsletter…

    My hubby’s favorite treat is German Chocolate cake… I’m thinking this year since I am addicted to making cake pops that I would do some with chocolate cake and dip them in chocolate and top with the coconut icing too! Hopefully it’s really yummy – in my head it looks awesome.

  8. Maren says:

    Great Birthday week, Erika!!! I’m excited to start planning some parties! Thanks!

  9. Brittany says:

    It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to!

    Ladies, I just wanted you to know how much I absolutely LOVE reading your blog. Upon receiving my first newsletter, I was so excited to hear about all the fantastic up and coming posts on the website! My idea of a fantastic birthday happened a while ago. I received a gift certificate for a couple’s massage and soak at Sego Lily Spa. Talk about a steamy time! My husband and I had such a romantic and relaxing time and it was such a nice break from our busy lives. It was such a great Birthday and I hope some of you have had the chance to try this great spa experience!!!

  10. Christy says:

    I LOVE all of these ideas for my hubby’s birthday! I just wish that you all had done this a week earlier because that’s when his birthday is. I’ve showed him all of the fun things you ladies have put together, and he LOVES it. I’ll just do it next year for him, and he won’t remember any of it so it’ll still be a surprise!

    Thanks, ladies for all you do! I’m addicted to your blog and new website!

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