I had never actually heard of a gooey butter cake until recently. It is not something you come across regularly here in Southern California, but I am so glad I did. This cake is dense and rich-and a little goes a long way.
I knew that this would be a great recipe to showcase the creaminess of Plugrá’s new tub of butter. Indeed the cake was creamy and delicious. Because I had used salted butter, I omitted the salt in the bottom layer in order to not over salt.
I LOVE salted butter. It takes me back to my childhood when my grandfather would take some fresh bread out of the bread maker and my grandmother would immediately spread salted butter all over the bread. To this day it is still the only thing she buys. In fact, whenever she comes to stay with me (or anyone for that matter) she always has a little cold pack filled with her salted butter.
I recently brought her a few tubs of Plugrá salted butter and a piece of this cake and she just about went crazy! Definitely a new family favorite in both categories!
Last weekend we finally threw my daughter’s birthday party. It was only about a month late Thankfully, I have an insanely creative mother to whom I can simply tell the theme to and she goes wild.
For the last year, we have been planning a rainbow/unicorn party. Then, as we were going through the invitations Anna suddenly decided that she wanted a cowgirl party. Thankfully the colors weren’t too much different.
After a ridiculous amount of time pinning, I had decided what I wanted the cake to look like. Now, I love to bake, and can make a delicious tasting cake, but I am NOT a cake decorator. After a few recommendations I was in touch with Jennifer from Ourlifewithkids.com.
Despite having never done a cake shaped as boots before, Jennifer rocked this cake. The details were above and beyond what I had expected. It was truly the “piece de resistance” of the party.
Of course no party is complete without some deliciously shaped cookies from Sweet10s Bakery. Shaped as little cowboy boots and hats, these cookies were gobbled up by kids and adults alike.
Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the food, but I have to say it was pretty darn good. We served BBQ pulled Pork Sandwiches with Chipotle Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Potato Salad. I will be posting recipes of these items soon.
I just wanted to point out the adorable gumball on the cupcakes. These are by Sweet Worksand they are my new favorite cupcake decoration. They are great because they retain their color and don’t get smudged off by fingers or frosting like some sprinkles and dragees do. Not to mention they come in adorable colors!
For the take home gift we (by we I mean my HUSBAND-thank you hunny) made Cow Girl Cookie Mixes. I found the recipe and Print outs for these over at Bakerella.com. We made one of the extras last week and the cookies came out fabulous!
Needless to say this party would not have been what it was without the help of my amazingly talented mother, Jennifer from Ourlifewithkids.com, Alice from Sweet10s.com, and of course my wonderful husband.