I know, four isn't super old, but still. She's my baby who no longer resembles a baby even slightly.
Even her dimply knuckles are starting to disappear.
We threw her a birthday party at our house yesterday. Beforehand, she and I whipped up a "High Altitude Dark Chocolate Cake" (recipe is at the bottom of this post, if you're interested).
She's my baking buddy. Our wood floors frequently take a beating because as soon as she hears me rummaging around in the kitchen, she runs to the dining room and pushes one of the chairs into the kitchen so she can help.
She's also a good batter-licker. But then, what kiddo isn't?
The day of the party we spent some time frosting the cake and hanging up streamers everywhere.
Lily with a few friends as they were arriving.
Her birthday banner that I made for a mere $2. You just need 6 sheets of scrapbook paper and to print the letters out on your computer.
Right before the party I decided to put up a wall of streamers. The kiddos couldn't have enough fun running back and forth through those.
It's still up. My husband's had quite a bit of fun sliding through them as well. :)
The place settings.
Her cake. I can't frost a cake to save my life. It was a Candyland themed party so the cake was supposed to resemble the classic Candyland castle.
This Summer needs to be the one that I finally take the cake decorating class at Michaels.
But anyhow, that frosting was seriously good. One of the best I've ever had because it's not too sweet and not too buttery. Just light, fluffy, goodness. You can find it on Our Best Bites.
Random fact: I had a really similar birthday cake, made by my mommy, when I turned five. Making it gave me warm fuzzy feelings. Hi, mom!
At each child's place on the table, I had party favor bags waiting. I got the bags at Target and then just cut out each child's initials with the extra scrapbook paper. As we played games, the kids got to take their bags and put prizes in them. Although I think the two candy prizes never made it to the bags. :)
I tried to get a photo of the birthday girl but she just made this face and asked when they could eat the cake. It was pretty tasty though so I don't blame her. :)
If you live in a low-altitude place, know that the cake may not turn out. Sorry!
High-Altitude Dark Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 oz. vanilla flavored yogurt
2/3 c. shortening
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. dark cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Preheat your oven to 370ish (slightly higher temperatures are supposed to help the cake from falling).
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, shortening and yogurt. Add in the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla, blend until creamy. Pour in cocoa, flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until just combined.
Rub two 9" cake pans or three 8" cake pans with butter/shortening. Evenly divide cake batter among each pan. Bake at 370 until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle.