Saturday Six: Birthday Edition

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

In the spirit of my birthday weekend, this week’s Saturday Six is dedicated to the best thing a birthday has to offer: CAKE!

I originally wanted to do a cupcake-themed item round-up, but I had a surprisingly hard time finding enough items to share. If you find some cupcake things you love, send them my way!

Now let’s talk about cake!

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This Ultimate Funfetti Layer Cake by Beth Cakes looks insanely delicious! Someone make me a vegan version, please!?

 

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This vegan-friendly Oreo Brownie Bottom Funfetti Cake by Contentedness Cooking combines all my favorite flavors into one tasty-looking cake!

 

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Are you guys sensing a theme here? This Funfetti and Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake by Your Homebased Mom offers the best of both worlds (and would be easy enough to veganize!).

 

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OK, I guess I can switch it up briefly, but only for this BTS Cookie Dough Poke Cake by Something Swanky. Want to make it vegan? Try this recipe for vegan sweetened condensed milk.

 

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Sweetapolita’s cakes are gorgeous, and this Birthday Party Ice Cream Cake is no exception! Plus, a whole section of her sprinkles shop is devoted to vegan sprinkles!

 

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I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate! This Vegan Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Frosting by Fragrant Vanilla Cake looks so good and is sweetened with dates!

 

Tell me: What’s your favorite cake flavor? Do you like cake on your birthday or a different type of dessert?

Saturday Six: Donut Life

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Happy weekend! I’ve got donuts on the brain. I already did a donut-themed round up a while back, so this week, I’m sharing donut recipes!

Most are vegan-friendly, and if not, they can easily be made vegan with a few substitutions.

Let’s get to baking!

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These vegan churro doughnut holes can be made in the air fryer! Recipe by Glue and Glitter.

 

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Are you gluten free? Katalyst Health has you covered with these gluten- and dairy-free vanilla cake donuts! Just sub the eggs to make them vegan.

 

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Hard to believe these Tagalongs-inspired peanut butter donuts are vegan! Recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie.

 

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These vegan baked apple fritters count as a health food, right? Recipe by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

 

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These cookies and cream donuts look divine! The glaze even uses Oreo cream filling! Make them vegan with a few swaps. Recipe by A Beautiful Mess.

 

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Cookie dough on top of donuts!? Genius. Recipe by Produce on Parade. (Vegan!)

I wish I had a donut right now!

Tell me:
Do you like donuts? What’s your preferred breakfast pastry?

Easter Weekend Recap

Hi everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Mine was very nice. My husband had a half day on Friday, so I decided to take the afternoon off as well. We went out to lunch and to see Ready Player One. Having read the book, I have some thoughts, but ultimately I enjoyed it. I’ll recap in an upcoming Couch Life post.

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Veggie Bahn Mi Bowl at California Pizza Kitchen

On Saturday, I woke up for my morning workout class, and my mom surprised me with a little Easter basket! It made my day.

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Yay!

After I got home, my husband and I opted to stay in for the day. It was gloomy out and the couch was calling. We ended up watching all of season two of Santa Clarita Diet (whoops). I also made some cauliflower wings and chips in the air fryer–they turned out pretty good! I used this recipe; I think I’d cook for a bit longer next time, but they tasted really good.

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Cauliflower wings

I also baked my cake for Easter Sunday. I made Joy the Baker’s Strawberry Upside-Down Cardamom Cake with a few substitutions to make it vegan. I haven’t done a lot of experimentation with baking, so I was really happy with how this turned out! To Joy’s original recipe, I used Miyoko’s Creamery cultured vegan butter and subbed equal parts coconut cream for the sour cream and three tablespoons of aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas) for the egg.

If I made it again, I’d bake it slightly longer to compensate. It sunk a bit in the middle, so I’m not sure if that was purely due to the substitutions or if it was just a little underdone. To be honest, the middle tasted really good, ha–and no raw eggs to worry about! When serving, I just threw some coconut cream in the middle to hide the sunken center and called it good.

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I finally used the cake dish we received at our wedding shower almost four years ago, haha.

On Sunday, I finished making my other dishes (vegan scalloped potatoes and my Tofurkey ham) and we headed over to my sister’s house.

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Vegan scalloped potatoes

I have a vintage dress that I love that I never really wear, and I decided it’d be perfect for Easter.

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Marcia Brady vibes

I originally bought it to sell, but much to my surprise, it ended up fitting me perfectly. I’ve worn it once for Halloween, but I love it too much to just keep it as a costume! I’m hoping to find more 60/70s mod dresses.

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My husband and I… don’t tell him I posted a picture of him on the Internet.

We ate and were entertained by my niece for a couple hours (she’s 16 months and adorable as can be) before heading home.

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Easter dinner

Back home, we watched The Magnificent Seven (somehow we hadn’t got around to that one yet). I should say “watched” because I struggled to keep my eyes open… after a big meal, I’m dunzo.

All in all, it was a relaxing and food-centric weekend. Hope yours was great!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Did you eat anything delicious? Play any epic April Fool’s pranks?

Saturday Six: Luck o’ the Irish!

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I thought I’d share a round-up of some random St. Pat’s-inspired things (mostly food!). Whether you celebrate or not, hope you have a great weekend!

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Every year, we try to watch the Boondock Saint movies. The first is a true cult classic, but the second one is good for a laugh! // image via Kiss My Wonder Woman
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Shameless self-promotion, but this awesome vintage t-shirt is one of the many items for sale in my Etsy shop, Sofa King Awesome Vintage! It’s perfect for St. Pat’s.
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How about starting your day with an Irish Coffee? Iced Irish Whiskey Coffees with Whiskey Syrup and Whipped Coconut Cream, by How Sweet Eats.
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Follow up your coffee with these Guinness Waffles by Honestly Yum.
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We can’t forget dessert! I no longer eat marshmallows, but I used to love Lucky Charms. How Sweet Eats also has a number of recipes featuring the magically delicious cereal on her blog, including this One Bowl Whiskey Chocolate Fudge Cake.
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Wash it all down this Stout Hot Chocolate (and probably a green beer or two). I am intrigued by this recipe by Floating Kitchen. I have hot chocolate every night. The recipe adds a chocolate stout for the ultimate night cap!

BONUS! To get you in the spirit, here’s my St. Patrick’s Day playlist on Spotify!

Catch ya on the flip side…

Tell me: Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Are there any traditions that you follow? Do you have any songs to add to the playlist?