A Pinterest inspired birthday cake.

As I'm sure most of you do, I LOVE perusing Pinterest and pinning any and every picture that makes my tummy grumble. My Yummy  Pinterest board has over 300 pins on it! But the fact is I'm intimidated by 99% of the recipes I come across. As much as I love playing in the kitchen, I'm such an amateur cook and baker! I don't know the first thing about the right way to chop this or the right proportions of ingredients for that consistency. I do it because I love it, not because I feel I have any real talent at it. Food is good! Making things to feed people I love is good! Whether the food I make is good is up for debate on a case by case basis.

That being said, you can't get better without practicing.

So clearly, the best way to "practice" said skills is to attempt to bake a cake from a recipe you've never tried for your boyfriend's birthday party.

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What the hell was I thinking?! I lucked out and it turned out delicious. But this could've been disastrous!  I haven't really baked and put together a multilayer cake from scratch since I was in High School.

I have such great ideas. 

So here's the original pin- 

Picky Palate is one of my very favorite blogs to go to for drool worthy recipes but I've never had the guts to try anything she posts. If you haven't heard of her, go check her out. From sweets to entrees, she does it all and she does it all in a picture perfect way! I've been intimidated by these recipes but I really wanted to make something special for my guy's birthday- so I thought this would be perfect!

I know when I first posted the cake pictures, I had a lot of people asking for the recipe. Just like I do w/ my Skinny in the Kitchen posts, I don't like to post the recipe directly on my blog. I post my experiences w/ recipes here so everyone can see that anyone can do this! But by sending you to the original link I made it from, I give the credit where it's due! 

So if you'd like the recipe for this amazing Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake, head over to Jenny's blog!  Trust me, you'll end up pinning just about everything you come across over there. So you're welcome in advance!

So here are the pics from my adventure in making this cake come to life- 

The baked layers! The little ramekin in the corner was a mini cake so I could taste it as I went along... Partially to make sure it didn't suck, partially because I really wanted some cake.

The baked layers! The little ramekin in the corner was a mini cake so I could taste it as I went along... Partially to make sure it didn't suck, partially because I really wanted some cake.

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Yes, it was as delicious as it looks! I actually took the leftover frosting and filling, put that in a tupperware, took the cake shavings from leveling off the layers, put that in a ziploc, and a week later we had a delicious dessert I like to call "Fat Kid Birthday Cake Leftovers in a Bowl." Original and so creative, I know. It's like a cupcake... but bigger because it's in a bowl... but still as delicious though not cute at all! I highly recommend you do this next time you bake a cake!

Now that I've made 1 recipe from my "Yummy" board, I only have 368 more to try... not counting whatever I come across that strikes my fancy today. 

Excuse me, I'll be in the kitchen! 

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