Birthday Dinner Preparations And Chocolate Fudge Frosting


Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday.

I thought about sending him an Edible Arrangement knowing he would offer to share it with me but I decided not to go with a completely selfish birthday gift.

I don’t even think he likes chocolate dipped fruit, or really any fruit besides an apple.

Instead, I decided to prepare and host a birthday dinner this evening complete with a super special homemade, from scratch, layer cake.


The cake is hidden under the aluminum foil but I can’t show you or elaborate any further at this point since my father is a blog reader.


The best I can do is let you know that this giant bowl of chocolate fudge frosting is involved and I absolutely promise to share the recipe with you as soon as I can.

It is the kind of frosting that requires you to chew gum or tape your mouth shut to avoid eating it all while you frost your cake.

Needless to say, besides going on a cookie baking binge this week, we have been busy in the kitchen and grocery stores picking up everything we need for dinner and dessert tonight.

When I say “we”, I mean the little boy and me.

This little birthday meal became a joint venture. And, if you want to know the truth, I have learned that I do not work well with others when it comes to food.

This shouldn’t shock me since I hate to share my dessert so why on earth would I want to share the decision-making process for not only choosing and cooking the dinner but deciding upon the perfect cake to bake?


If planning the menu and exact cake recipe wasn’t enough, we did the grocery shopping for ingredients together as well.

Food shopping with children is always interesting. And more expensive.

When you bring them with you, you always end up buying more things than you planned upon. In fact, I spent a lot of time pulling OUT of the shopping cart what he kept putting IN.

I did allow this new find of his though:


These vegetable tempura-like pancake things were the samples being served in Trader Joe’s yesterday. I couldn’t deny him when he asked for them simply because they are made of kale and carrots and he was aware of the ingredients.

Anyway, it seems to be the weekend which feels odd, doesn’t it? Holiday weeks, especially when the holiday falls midweek, gets me all kinds of confused.

If tomorrow is Saturday, that means I have a long run on the schedule. I can’t say enough about my love for my new Adidas Energy Boost shoes.

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I know, I know, I know…the start of any new relationship seems all sunshine and unicorns but I really believe it to be true with these sneakers. My feet have never been happier and the rest of my body is in agreement.

If you are wondering how many miles I am planning on running, I think it will depend upon how well chocolate fudge frosting works as pre-run fuel.

If you haven’t noticed, I just can’t get that cake out of my mind. I better leave the house before I break down and eat it.


This may end up the perfect birthday card. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Have a great weekend!


Do end up spending more when the kids come food shopping with you?

Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Vegetable Bird’s Nests? They are really good!

Ever bake a cake from scratch?

Favorite type of frosting? Chocolate fudge all the way…



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  1. says

    I can definitely relate to having cake on the brain… I’m in the process of trying to decide what kind of cake I want for my birthday next week, and it’s proving to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated. Apparently, plain old chocolate cake is a thing of the past — now it’s all about what you can stuff it with 😆 When it comes to frosting, though, I have to admit that I’m not the hugest fan — I prefer cakes that are layered/topped with whipped cream. And I remember my mom always complaining about how big of a pain it was to take me shopping… mostly because I’d always beg her for Lucky Charms :mrgreen: