Harry's Delicious Cheese Cake

Do you want to try something different?  Harry announced that he wanted to do "an experiment."  Then he pulled out a brick of cheese and a cheese grater.  I asked him what we were making and he told me:  "a cake."  Say, what?  I was dubious, but I went along with it!  I even made a suggestion: vanilla and almond extracts!  And guess what...his experimental cake turned out amazing!  Who would have thought?!

Add these ingredients, in this order, to a mixing bowl.  Combine thoroughly.  **Please note, all amounts are approximate!**  We only wrote it down so we could make it again later, but we didn't actually measure anything as we went along.  It was a 5-year old's combination...mostly, I just watched.

* 1 cup shredded cheese (we used sharp cheddar)
* 1/3 cup hot water
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup white flour
* 1/2 cup oatmeal
* 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
* 3/4 cup Splenda
* 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2-3 drops almond extract
* 1 teaspoon baking powder

Cook at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until done!

You can frost it or leave it without frosting.  We actually enjoyed it with no frosting.

It is different than a normal cake, but we still enjoyed it...enough that we'd be happy to make it again.  Afterwards, Harry told me, "You guys doubted me, huh?  But I showed you!"  And he did!

Muddy Pigs Cake!!

Happy Birthday Jon!!

Our adventures with fun cakes began a couple years after we were married.  I asked Jon what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday.  I expected him to say something like "chocolate," but instead he said, "A Pirate Cake!"  I decided to go for it, and this was the result.  Almost every year since has brought new challenges, both from him and our kids!  This year, he wanted a "Muddy Pigs Cake!"  And this was the result:

We were inspired by this cake.  To make it safe for everyone in our home, we used a sugar-free chocolate cake mix and frosting...though they still tasted very much like "normal" cake and frosting!  The fence is from kit-kats with a green ribbon wrapped around them.  Hint: If you make a muddy pigs cake too, freeze the kit-kats before you unwrap them...they're a lot easier to work with!!

I made the pigs with a marshmallow fondant (yep, none for Ryleigh!):

Jon had lots of help blowing out the candles!

And the kids even made him his own birthday banner:

Happy birthday to the best man EVER!!!