I’m not big into celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Yes, I do wear green to avoid getting pinched, but I’m not a fan of beer and rambunctious people, so that’s the extent of my involvement. But I decided to get a little crazy this year and make a cake. After all, I love cake. There are a lot of recipes for Guiness and other beer infused confections, but I’m not going to buy a six pack of stout beer for just one bottle so, I went with an alternative. Coffee. I mean, the Irish are known for good coffee right??
Y’all, this cake is. the. bomb!!! It’s moist and chocolate-y and delicious. Now, it’s made from a mix, but before you judge, let me share with you my cake philosophy. For the most part, I use cake mixes (with some adaptations) and instead go all out with homemade icing (because, let’s be honest the icing is what we really live for!!). And I feel like I hit a little stroke of genius with this icing in particular. I used my standard vanilla icing recipe but added some amazing CINNABON FLAVORED COFFEE CREAMER!!! It made the icing fluffy and damn tasty.
I also went a little crafty on it and made these fun fabric toppers from this tutorial here! There pretty easy to make and they make great cake accessories!
Now, you need to make this cake!
Irish Coffee Chocolate Cake:
- 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee grounds
- black food coloring (optional)
- Mix the 3 tablespoons instant coffee grounds into the cup of water.
- Prepare mix as instructed on the box.
- I added a few drops of black food coloring to darken the cake.
- Bake at 350F until the top doesn’t jiggle and bounces back when you touch it. (Check the box for options depending on how you’re baking it!)
Cream & Vanilla Icing:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1.5 – 2.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons liquid coffee creamer (have fun with you choice!)
- Using an electric mixer, beat your butter at a medium-high speed until light and fluffy. (About 1.5-2 minutes)
- Add powdered sugar and salt
- Add vanilla and coffee creamer and beat until mixed and fluffy. It’s it’s too loose you can add a little more powdered sugar to stiffen it up again. (*Note on the coffee creamer: I used a Cinnamon Roll Creamer which turned out amazing (!!), but you could easily mix it up and use any favorite creamer!)
- Spread on top of completely cooled cake and devour!
It’s beautiful, delicious, and the perfect way for you to celebrate St. Patrick’s day without getting… you know… crazy. Wins all around!
**Hey! We’re going to be trying out four posts a week!! Now, you’ll get new Two Live Colorfully content Monday through Thursday! Don’t miss out!!**
The last time Josh and I had professional pictures taken was at our wedding… over 2.5 years ago. Needless to say, we were overdue for some fun photos. So a couple weeks ago, we headed to one of our favorite areas in Dallas, the Bishop Arts District, with my new blog friend (and amazing photographer) Savannah Smiled!
I also took the opportunity to have a few solo shots taken for the blog. After all, I have this fancy-pants new design, I might as well have some photos to match! (You can see these in action on our new about page!)
When I broke out the confetti Josh pretty much fled the area but it was really fun! And, yes, there was confetti everywhere by the end of this shoot. We had so much fun hanging out and doing some excessive smiling! I’m hoping it won’t be another 2.5 years before we do it again! And by the way, you need to know, Savannah is a total pro. If you’re in Dallas and in need of a photographer…. book her.. now! Here’s her photography site!
Let’s just say that Josh is not the biggest believer in birthday celebrations… Well, I hate to break it to you, husband, but you married someone who is crazy about them!!
But hey, I know when to tone it down, so instead of confetti and streamers accompanying your alarm this morning, you get a lovely birthday post… and extra coffee!This is a picture of us at a high school band dance. Oh, yes, we were major band nerds and proud of it. I found this photo in a scrapbook I made that been stored away in this little memory box of our relationship and it just makes me smile to see how far we’ve come. From two kids just counting down the days until we could leave our hometown, to broke college kids, to, now, full-fledged adults. It’s kind of crazy, but, I still love you just the same as when we were teenagers driving around looking for good make-out spots (sorry Mom!). Happy Birthday, love!
Let me start off by saying I have zero patience. A few days ago, I mentioned that Two Live Colorfully was moving to self-hosted wordpress and that we’d be debuting a new site design in March. Well, I just can’t contain it, so I put it up this week. We’re still working hard to revamp some things and create awesome project galleries for your enjoyment, but so far, I am dying over our new design.
Over the past few months, I’d say that I have changed my blogging relationship status from “casual” to “hella serious”. I’ve got calendars and post ideas on scraps of paper all over the place. I’m ready to make this into something rad. Yes, rad… And part of that transformation is learning as much as possible about how to do this whole “I actually want to be a full-time blogger” thing right. So, today I’m sharing my super-awesome, fantastically amazing, “raving-lunatic” favorite resources for diving into “blogging business”.
- Alt Channel: Alt Summit is a big conference for anyone wanting to build an awesome blog. And when you have awesome bloggers like Nicole from Making it Lovely and Victoria from A Subtle Revelry involved, you know it’s awesome. But if you’re like me and can’t quite afford the fare to the conference, you can sign up for little mini online classes covering different blogging topics taught by the experts! They are one hour long and only cost $15.00!! I’ve taken “Building Your Blog with Photography” and “Using an Editorial Calendar to Grow Your Blog” and they were both so great. You get to interact with other bloggers, ask questions, and you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck! (See what classes are coming up here!)
- The Business of Blogging E-Course: A while back, I mentioned that I was taking this online course, taught by the lovely Victoria of A Subtle Revelry, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about it. In the course, we covered site design, building readership, and exactly how the whole “making money while blogging” thing works. But, without a doubt, the very best part of this course is, at the end, you get a one-on-one phone consultation with Victoria where you delve into your site and get really insightful feedback on what you’re rocking, where you can improve, and your next steps. It’s a little bit of an investment at $249.00, but, seriously people, this information is invaluable and I would 100% recommend this to anyone even entertaining the idea of monetizing their blog!! (Read more about the course and up-coming sessions here!)
- The Young House Love Blog-iversary Posts: I think we all know how much I love Young House Love (and how we’re practically best friends after our meeting at their Dallas book signing!). One of the most amazing things about them is that they share. it. all! Every year, they do a week of blog-iversary posts where they cover topics about growing their blog, monetizing, the daily lives of full-time bloggers, and so much more. You can get so many of your blog-o-sphere questions answered right there… FOR FREE! (Here’s their collection of Blogging FAQ posts for your enjoyment!)
- Blog, Inc by Oh Joy!: Joy is a seriously fantastic blogger. Every post on Oh Joy! is gorgeous to see and addicting to read, so getting blogging insight from her is like hitting the jackpot. This book takes you all the way from the basics of blogging all the way through monetizing and making it into your dream job. Plus, there are interviews from so many other amazing bloggers like Emily Henderson (another big favorite of mine) and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. For about $12.00, you can have this on your bookcase forever! (Get Blog, Inc. on Amazon here!)
There are so many amazing resources out there for people who are looking to turn their blogging
addiction hobby into more but these are the one’s I can’t rave about enough.
What are your favorites blogging tips/tutorials/resources for the professional blogger in all of us? Share below!!