Goodbye, Summer

Hey, Pretty’s.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Usually, once my birthday hits, the summer flies by.

This year I had a milestone birthday. So did my baby brother. His 21st birthday officially marked the end of the summer. It was also Ella’s four month birthday. Gawd, I can’t believe I gave birth to her 4 months ago already!

CJ has been looking forward to going back to school all summer. Classes started ON Labor Day. The day after his birthday, which means he didn’t get to do much celebrating. Before he left, my brothers 3rd annual fantasy football draft took place:

This was our (Ella and my) very first draft. Michael is in THREE football leagues this year. God help us all:


We actually just showed up at the very end so I could bring over the cake I made for CJ.

I made a Vanilla Bean Cake using the recipe for Golden Vanilla Cupcakes from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.I layered strawberries (CJ’s favorite) between the cakes and on the sides.

I doubled the recipe and made two 8 inch round cakes. Instead of the extra extracts I use two vanilla beans. So it was 4 tsp of vanilla and 2 vanilla beans total:

I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk to curdle with the apple cider vinegar instead of plain soy milk:

I also swapped 1/3 cup of unsweetened organic apple sauce instead of the oil.

The cake was a major hit. It was when I made them into cupcakes for Michael’s birthday (as per Chantal’s suggestion).

There were only a couple pieces left when we were through singing happy birthday πŸ™‚

To convert the cupcakes into cake I added about 5 minutes onto the baking time and it came out perfect.

For the icing I made my vegan cream cheese icing into a glaze. I pretty much cut out half the sugar to it wasn’t as sweet and went on thin. I don’t have exact measurements, I started with a half a cup and kept adding a little from there of the powdered sugar:

I actually prefer the real deal of the icing. It’s so freaking good and not too sweet anyway. Trying to do a glaze it was really runny, but still tasted good.

Baking Tips:

One professional baking secret to making sure cakes bake evenly is to swirl the batter around the pan to the top so that it starts cooking there down. For some reason this makes the cakes bake nice and even:

Now for MY baking mishap. Something I KNOW not to do, but was reinforced. Thankfully, the cake was for my forgiving brother who only cared about taste, and not how it looked.

I planned on baking the cakes on Thursday night because I knew I would be out most of the day Friday between work, running errands and getting to the gym. That didn’t happen. I ended up not getting it into the oven until 3pm on Friday, and the draft was starting at 5. We didn’t leave until 7:3o but Ella was napping when I was baking.

Meaning, once she got up I was dunzo and needed to get it all done. I probably could have waited until last minute to layer it and do the berries and icing but I didn’t want to risk it. I just wanted to get it all done while she was sleeping then try and get myself ready so we could get out the door.

NEVER put a cake together (layer it, ice it, etc) until it is completely cool. Or else..this happens:

cracks πŸ™

Like I said though…it still tasted delicious. If I made he regular “cream cheese”Β  icing and not the glaze I would have been able to hide it more. Oh well. Lesson re-learned.


I used my gymboss interval timer to do the following in the gym before we head off to Atlantic City:

I always start with a 5-10 minute dynamic warm-up (which an upcoming post will cover) as well as 1 minute of jump rope

then the intervals

12 rounds of 50 second intervals with 10 seconds between:

-plyo push-ups on the Smith machine bar

-one legged squat on bosu with hop (from foot to foot)

-close grip lat pull down/60lbs (since my form on the pull ups are not so perfect)

-medicine ball roll-up using 12lb medicine ball

I followed this up with some more ab work for about 10 minutes and 20 minutes on the elliptical and foam rolling.

Tomorrow I will fill you in on some fashion, dinner in AC and other trouble we got into πŸ˜‰

How did you say goodbye to summer????

Have you ever made a baking or cooking mistake that you knew better not to do and hoped for the best?


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  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    I’d still eat that cake, that’s for darn sure.

    Could Ella be any cuter with that lil animal? Loves it!

    September in Cali is more like the height of the Summer – I”m ready for Fall though!

    September 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I always break that measuring flour rule where you’re not supposed to scoop it directly out of the source and spoon it out instead. So far, nothing has happened to keep me from continuing that…

    September 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Awesome workout girl. I can’t wait to see your post-baby body progress! You are so sweet to make that bday cake for your brother. Hope you had a fab time in AC! Today means back to work for me!

    September 6, 2011 at 6:17 am
    • Reply laury

      happy first day of school, teach!

      September 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    Cracked or not that cake just looks and sounds delicious!
    I didn’t end my summer off with a bang of any sort. I started school already awhile ago and spent this weekend at home studying…While TRYING to study haha ;D

    September 6, 2011 at 10:34 am
    • Reply laury

      happy studying πŸ™‚

      September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    Fantasy football leagues seem like so much fun, but I’ve never done one. How cool, and cake to boot? I’m in.

    Baking mistakes? Me? Never πŸ™‚

    We went whale watching! Wow, so many killer whales, it was amazing.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 am
    • Reply laury

      that sounds amazing, Alisa!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    That cake looks delish, mishap and all!

    September 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    hey heeeeeey! I love the pic sooooo much of Ezz to tha Weez! She snuggling her little stuffed frog and I feel like I could squeeze her cutenees! I can’t believe you had her 4 months ago too!!!! That flew by so fast! i feel like you JUST had her! I am loving the cake idea!!! BTW, I just celebrated my birthday on Sept. 3rd also and my husband went way out of his way to get a ridiculously expensive vegan cake for me and we were so beyond disappointed!! It was NOT GOOD AT ALL! And so so expensive for a tiny little cake! Maybe it is the foody in me but we threw most of it away and then just laughed about it! Because it was just, well, yeah, you get the point! See, I needed my Laury to coe and bake me a birthday cake like that! I am 100% positive yours was delicious1 I have made those cupcakes before and they are so yummy!
    How are you liking that interval timer? I ALWAYS think about getting one but never do. LOL I just need to take the plunge and finally get one! Do you feel like it helps a lot with the workouts? Is it totally worth the purchase?
    Oh, and speaking of Fantasy football…my husband is OBSESSED! One year he was in like 6 different leagues! haha We love football season in our house so much since my hubby hubby played all through high school and also college football. I think a man in his football uniform is MUCHO sexy. πŸ˜€
    We will officially be moved to Newport Beach on the 24th of this month so I am packing packing packing! But I have more time now to make my most special appearances on here so get excited…get very excited. hehe
    Have a FABULOUS Tues beautiful girl!!!!!
    xoxo Auntie Mo Mo

    September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aghh I missed your bday! I hope it was happy happy! If I could have I would have made you some cake too! That really sucks he paid so much and it was lousy πŸ™

      Good luck packing and congrats on the new pad!!! That’s so exciting!!!

      Our hubbys would get along great. SIX leagues! Wow!!!

      September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    The cake looks awesome, cracks and all! I do things like that all the time—knowing that I’m probably causing a problem. But…sometimes time constraints just make it necessary!

    I ended summer by doing work. Nothing special about that!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply corningware

    I was wondering what may be subbed for the maple syrup?

    September 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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