Red Velvet Half-Birthday Cake {Gluten Free & Vegetarian}

Red velvet cake.  Cream cheese frosting.  And finally a way to shut up my lovable husband.

Red velvet cake. Cream cheese frosting. And finally a way to shut up my lovable husband.

Last weekend, my husband and I were sitting around over morning coffee talking about the upcoming week.  Nonchalantly, he mentioned, “It’s my half-birthday, you know.”  I sort of shrugged my shoulders.  “Ok…”  “You should bake me a cake!”  This garnered some raised eyebrows.  We aren’t talking about a six year old here…this is my 6’4″, grown-ass man husband.  When I reminded him of this, he sort of gave me puppy dog eyes.  “But my half-birthday!  And cake!”  I flatly responded, “You are a dork.”  To which he answered, “Yes, but you love me.”  Touche, my friend.

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Caramel Apple Cake

Apple Cake with a whipped caramel filling and vanilla butter cream

Apple Cake with a whipped caramel filling and vanilla butter cream

Now that we’re midway through October Halloween is popping up all over the place.  And as much as I prefer summer to autumn, I’ve always had a soft spot for Halloween.  Maybe it’s because I love an excuse to dress up in fun costumes (and now, cooing over adorable children in costumes).  Maybe it’s because my birthday is the next day, so it’s always been an excuse to eat candy and cake for 48 hours.  Maybe it’s because Christmas movies start shortly afterwards.  I really can’t pinpoint what it is, but Halloween makes me happy.

As a kid, and especially a teenager, a key part of Halloween was going to Fright Fest at Six Flags.  My friends and I would go to the park in costume and giggle-scream as the goblins came up to startle us.  We’d wait in line for the haunted hayride, and inevitably jump when the masked chainsaw operator lurked out of the woods.  And we’d get giant caramel apples and call it a meal.

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The Prodigal Blogger Returns (Bringing Rum Cake)

Rum Cake

Thank goodness there isn’t a blog police.  If there were, they would have hauled me off long ago for negligence.  If it counts for anything, I thought about posting.  Whenever I whipped up a new type of cupcakes, or concocted a hearty stew, or figured out a novel way of eating abundant squash, I would think wistfully of you lovely readers.  And yet, life continued to get in the way.  Starting with the holiday season and running right through a wedding and move, I just wasn’t finding time to sit down and write.  Now, though, I’m all wed and settled.  Thus, I return!  So, without any further ado, onto the food!

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