Ryland turns 2! A Pixar Cars celebration.

I can’t believe my baby is already 2! I want him to stay little forever!! Although I was sad that it is inevitable that my boy is growing up, I was also happy to create this special day for him to celebrate his birthday. It was so fun planning and preparing for his bday, Ryland loves cars so I wanted to create his own Radiator Springs. With lots of help from my husband and family, the party was a huge success! Here’s a few pics from his party…

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My secret to making a box cake taste homemade is all about the frosting! Most of the time I use box cake because it’s easier and I really don’t think it taste much different… I make sure that I take the cake out right before its done so its nice and moist and another secret is, I use olive oil instead on vegetable oil. I know you’re probably thinking that it’s so gross to use olive oil and it’ll add that olive taste but I think that It makes it taste better and more moist… I actually made it like that on accident because all I had was olive oil and I make it like that every time now… ok, back to the frosting, I never use that canned frosting, homemade frosting is so easy so why not. I found a recipe a while back for butter cream frosting and use it every time. unless the cake calls for cream cheese frosting that I absolutely love! The butter cream frosting is really thick and creamy and ices a cake really smooth. I get lots of compliments on my cakes and the magic is in the frosting 🙂

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Butter Cream Frosting-


3 cups confectioners powdered sugar

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon whipping cream


With a hand mixer, mix together sugar and butter. I usually cube the butter so it’s easier to blend. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and mix for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and mix on medium for another minute.

all done! good bye canned frosting!!

Cream Cheese Frosting


4 ounces of unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


with an electric hand mixer, mix together the butter and cream cheese on low til blended. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Then mix in the vanilla. *To add a little Christmas magic to it add a teaspoon of cinnamon 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!



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