Since 2011, a bit of a birthday tradition has arisen on the blog (I lost post from '07 through '09 and for whatever reason made risotto for 2010- not sure what I was thinking). However, in the past few years I have typically made my own cake, talked about the year before and held some sort of giveaway of some of my favorite things (I'm not a big person on receiving gifts and much prefer to give). While the cake and giveaway is still happening, I'm at a bit of a change in my life as I sit on the precipice of a new chapter, with baby. So instead of reflecting on what has happened, I'm just here, soaking it all in (and doing a modicum of looking forward, I mean, we are having a baby).
M and I headed out of town for the weekend and flew up to Seattle (which was pretty obvious if you follow me on instagram). We've eaten some lovely food, saw a few sites, and for my birthday are taking a drive to see a bit of scenery and eat more wonderful food (the perfect day). In honor of this trip, I decided to do a sweet 'Seattle bundle' giveaway of a few items I picked up when we walked to Pike Place along with some Marge granola and two cookbooks by two lovely Seattle ladies (I wish I could giveaway all the cookbooks by people from Seattle but I've determined that Seattle is land of magical cookbook writing + there are tons).
Oh, and this cake? You can find the instructions on The Fauxmartha. She convinced me this cake was the bomb (and she wasn't kidding). I decided to go with a simple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and this cake recipe is from the book, Cake Love. As Melissa describes it- the tight crumb on this cake is really what makes it (and also, subsequently makes this cake amazing to eat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream because all birthdays deserve a little cake and ice cream.)
Below are the instructions on how to enter (and a few of my photos thus far from around Seattle!)