past the princess stage . . . self proclaimed tomboy

Jul 3

A few weeks ago my daughter celebrated her birthday.  She is now officially past the princess stage and recently declared herself a “tomboy.”  Ironically, when I was around her age I also made the same proclamation.

So what do you make for a self-proclaimed tomboy, who in your eyes, is still your little princess?  A pink tomboy cake!  It was all too perfect that one of my favorite books, Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop, had a Strawberry Tomboy Cake!  I’ve only been to Miette in the SF Ferry Building once and I was definitely overstimulated.  I had a macaron or two or three and was in heaven.

As a simple topper for the cake, I had ordered some gum paste plumerias from Sweet Bouquet–an Etsy shop.  Olga, the Etsy store owner, made the beautiful ranunculus flower that I used for my anniversary cake.  If you haven’t done so already, stop by her Etsy store.  She does beautiful work.

In my last cake post (celebrating an anniversary, eclipse, and ombre) I had promised to take more photos of the steps it takes to make a cake.  Having my iPhone nearby was the key.  Although these aren’t as sharp as photos taken with my Nikon, they are pretty darn good for a phone camera.

This is where I have to apologize.  As much as I want to share the step-by-step instructions on how to make this cake, it is a multi-step and fairly complicated cake to make despite the simplicity look of it.  Instead I give you some visual pics compliments of my iPhone.  I know, I know, I am going against my number one belief that sharing recipes is a must, but hang tight I have a surprise!

Here is a quick peak at the making of the double chocolate cake.

Now for the strawberry-raspberry buttercream.

And finally the assembly of the cake.

Now on to my surprise!  To make up for not posting ingredients and instructions on how to make this Double Chocolate Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Buttercream . . . I am giving away a copy of Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop book!  To enter, simply leave your answer to the following question in the comments section of this post.

There are three recipes in this book that I would love to try in the near future: Lime Meringue Tart, Graham Crackers, and Fleur de Sel Caramels.  If you had a copy of this book, which of the three would you try first?  

I am going to keep the rules of this giveaway simple.

  1. To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the three recipes above you would try first if you had a copy of the book.
  2. Deadline to enter is Saturday, July 7, 2012 (all comments dated prior or on this date will be accepted). Sorry giveaway is closed.  Winner has been selected at random.
  3. A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

Come on! Who wouldn’t want this book?!

One last Happy Birthday to my little girl, umm I mean tomboy!  Love you . . . you will always be my baby girl no matter what. Boy do they sure grow up quickly.

A huge thank you to all who took the time to enter this giveaway.  I truly appreciate your continued support.  A winner has been chosen at random using!  Congratulations to Lisa from!




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Comments: 8

  1. Paige Lyall July 3, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

    I would try the lime meringue tart, because it reminds me of the lime tree that I used to have in my backyard as a child. It would take me take to the memories that I have of my family when I was growing up. I love the recipes and the ideas from your website
    Thanks Paige 😉

  2. sweeterrific July 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Happy birthday to your daughter! The cake looks delicious!

    If I had to choose among the three recipes, I would try the graham crackers. Making the graham crackers would definitely be healthier and tastier than them buying them processed from the grocery store.


  3. Linda M. July 5, 2012 at 2:55 am Reply

    I would try the Fleur de Sel Caramels. I love the combination of salty and sweet!

  4. James Moran July 5, 2012 at 5:33 am Reply

    I’d make the Lime Meringue Tart. I love lemon meringue pie so I’d love to try a different flavour 😀

  5. Patsy July 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday to your daughter.. She’s so lucky to have a mama like you.. Out of the three recipes I would like to try the Lime Meringue Tart.. Lemon Meringue Pie or the Lemon Bars is my favorite desserts.. Thank you..

  6. Karen Rader July 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm Reply

    I would try the Fleur de Sel Caramel first. What a great combination of favors.

  7. Val Uchida July 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I guess I would try the graham cracker, once done, it can be used in so many ways.Hope she loved her cake.!

  8. sarina July 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    i would choose to do the graham crackers, then make some home made marshmallows topped with chocolate made with bacon and have me have me a delicious s’more!

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