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PostHeaderIcon Minecraft Birthday Cake

Chocolate Creeper Cake
My son loves Minecraft. A lot. When given the chance, he will play it all day and night, coming up with all kinds of cool things to share with me. Since he’s home schooled, he even did a few art projects using Minecraft. It is really neat to see him so interested in something creative and that requires a bit of thought.

When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for his birthday. His grandpa had gotten him a T-shirt from Tanga featuring a “creeper”. (For those of you who do not know Minecraft lingo, those are kind of like “bad guys”)

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PostHeaderIcon Easy Dessert Recipes

Searching through recipes, you see all kinds of variations and unique dessert recipes. However, finding just the basic recipes can be somewhat of a challenge. What if you don’t want anything fancy? That’s where this article comes in – here you’ll find the top five basic dessert recipes. This is nothing more than simple recipes, with no extra ingredients. They make great every day desserts, or perfect dishes for those just learning to cook.

Sugar Cookies
This particular sugar cookie recipe is not the type you can roll out and make into shapes. It is a very simple recipe for “drop” sugar cookies, which means you spoon them onto a pan and bake.


2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

¾ cup sugar

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Add flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Mix well and set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk eggs. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients.

3. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on baking sheet, pressing down slightly and dusting with sugar.

4. Bake at 400* for 8 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.

Pudding Pie

If you’ve never made a pudding pie using basic pudding mix, you are in for a treat! These pies are ridiculously easy to make, and extremely delicious. It only requires a pre-made pie crust and 3 ingredients!


1 pkg. Instant Pudding (chocolate, butterscotch, etc – your choice)

1 ½ cup cold milk

2 cups Whipped Cream

1 Pie Crust (Your choice, but Oreo pie crust is suggested)


1. Beat pudding mix and milk with hand blender for 2 minutes.

2. Add pudding mixture to pie crust, top with whipped cream.

3. Chill for 3 hours or overnight.

Chocolate Cake

Even though it’s much easier to buy a box of chocolate cake mix, sometimes you want homemade all the way. This recipe is super easy for a homemade chocolate cake, and doesn’t take as much time and energy as you may think. Also included is an easy recipe for frosting to go along with this cake. Of course, you can use any kind you want, but what’s included is a chocolate frosting recipe.

Cake Ingredients:

2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1 c. water

3/4 c. sour cream

1/4 c. shortening (You may want to use easy-to-measure shortening in a package)

1 1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted

Cake Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch pan.

2. Add all cake ingredients into large mixing bowl, and mix well by hand. Beat with a hand blender for 3 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.

3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely before adding frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

1/3 c. butter

3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted

3 c. sugar

1/2 c. sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting Instructions:

1. Mix butter and chocolate thoroughly.

2. Blend in sugar.

3. Stir in sour cream and vanilla.

4. Beat until smooth.


Again, while it may be easier to make brownies from a box, sometimes you just want to make it yourself. This is about as easy as it gets for brownies, and you can add your own additional ingredients if you like (such as chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.).


2 cups sugar

1 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Add ingredients in a bowl in order, mixing well.

2. Grease a 9×13 pan. Pour in mixture.

3. Bake at 350 for 20 – 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick, and if it comes out clean, it’s done.


Most cheesecake recipes use springform pans, but not everyone have these in their kitchens, since they are only used for cheesecake. This recipe does not require a springform pan, and does not even need to be baked!


1 graham cracker pie crust

8 oz. soft cream cheese

1/3 c. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. sour cream

8 oz. Cool Whip, slightly thawed


1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, and mix well. Fold in Cool Whip until well blended.

2. Pour into pie crust and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these basic recipes for desserts, and have fun making your own variations!

PostHeaderIcon Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

It may seem easier to go out and buy a cake for a birthday party, remember how much time and money you’re spending. Even though you have plenty of tasks to complete before the birthday party, making the cake can take less time than you think. Plus, you’ll be providing a special gift made by your own hands.

The following recipe is a bit different, but still in the realm of “chocolate cake”. It’s absolutely fantastic for a change from normal, often dry, birthday cake.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake and Frosting

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
3/4 c. sour cream
1/4 c. shortening
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted

1/3 c. butter
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla

Preparing the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch pan. Add all cake ingredients into large mixing bowl, and mix well by hand. Beat with a hand blender for 3 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Preparing the Frosting:
Mix butter and chocolate thoroughly. Blend in sugar. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

If it’s a child’s birthday party, let the kids decorate the cake with chocolate sprinkles, candy, and candles. Allow them to be creative, and enjoy themselves too. It’s a great activity to do before opening the presents, and entertainment for the little guests.

Enjoy the party!

PostHeaderIcon Hosting an Elmo Birthday Party

What kid doesn’t love Elmo? At some point in time, it seems that every child seems to grow some sort of fascination with this favorite character. Though Sesame Street has always been a favorite through the years, Elmo always tends to steal the show. It starts early for some kids, as the fascination seems to set in around the toddler years. As kids are old enough to watch Sesame Street and to really understand it, most of them tend to have a special affinity for Elmo as their character of choice.

Because of his popularity, it only makes sense to have a birthday party with Elmo! Here’s how to go about hosting one.


In this electronic world, it’s nice to take the time and mail personal invitations to your child’s friends. And because Elmo is so easy to draw, you can make them yourself out of red construction paper. Simply cut out the shape of his head and eyes with red paper, and glue white, black and yellow paper to make his face.

On the back, or inside the card, add the details of the party in the third person, as that’s how Elmo always talks. “Tina is having an Elmo’s World Party” or “Hooray! Elmo invites you to Tina’s birthday Party!”

Create Elmo’s World

If you’ve ever watched Elmo on Sesame Street, then you know firsthand that it’s all about “Elmo’s World”. This segment of the show focuses solely on Elmo, his goldfish Dorothy, the cute little crayon-created place where he lives, as well as a few favorites such as Mr. Noodle, talking to babies, and his sometimes uncooperative furniture and window blind. Do your best with an Elmo birthday party to recreate “Elmo’s World” in the comfort of your own home.

For instance, if your child has a playhouse, cover it with large sheets of white paper and draw it as a cartoon house with crayons. Either that, or cover your walls in the party area with paper and draw windows and a door in crayon. As part of the activities, you can even have your guests draw on the walls with various crayons to create Elmo’s furniture and Dorothy the goldfish.

Elmo, Elmo, Everywhere

It’s not going to take much to get the kids excited about Elmo. You’ll likely have some Elmo stuffed animals and figures on hand, but as he has been around for decades, it won’t be too difficult to find him, either new or at second-hand stores. Though you can certainly incorporate all sorts of decorations with the Elmo theme, just having stuffed animals or puppets is plenty for your child’s birthday theme party. The idea is to think of shapes and primary colors, as this is what Elmo is all about – circles, squares and cheery color. Be creative and think like a kid!

Don’t forget Mr. Noodle. For fun entertainment, have somebody (Dad?) volunteer to act as this goofy character. Think of some activity (such as how to use a skipping rope) that Mr. Noodle always gets wrong, with plenty of slapstick. Have your guests call out on how to get it right. Because Mr. Noodle is always silent and full of body expression, a great alternative would be to play a game of charades.

A Simply Delicious Elmo Cake

As Elmo is simple to draw (basically a bunch of circles and ovals), you can easily bake a cake of Elmo’s cheerful face. Since Elmo is furry, after the cake is baked and cooled, use a serrated knife and cut indents along the edges to create fur. Trace his eyes with a toothpick to finish the outline of his face. Then, trace an outline of his features (eyes, nose and mouth), and fill those in with white, black and yellow icing. Fill the remainder of the cake with red icing. For his nose, wait for the yellow icing to slightly harden, then roll it into a nose and stick onto his face. Serve with ice cream.

Other snacks to serve at the party are Goldfish crackers and fruit such as sliced watermelon or cantelope – they are the shape of Elmo’s mouth.

Party Favors and Creative Thank You Cards

Before the children leave, be sure that each child leaves with a goodie bag of Elmo memorabilia. At your local dollar store, you can find stickers, pencils and small Elmo figures, as well as crayons, of course! Another neat idea is to have a personalized Elmo candy bar in the goodie bag, or even as part of you child’s thank you card. Your little guests will fondly remember your child’s party for months to come!

by Chris Molnar