Not too little, not too much

Candy Cake 11/10/2010

Although we are not capable of understanding the miracle and wonders of birth and life, but we have watched with joy and amazement our lovely and beautiful daughter growing from newborn to one year old.

At birth everyone at the hospital adored and treated you with utmost care. We gave you the finest care and love enduring many sleepless nights, watching over you, our concern being at every turn your well-being and comfort. We sang you many nursery songs and read lots of stories and your gift back to us was, at first, a heart melting smile followed by your first “mama” and later “daddy” .

We have witnessed your fighting spirit at every turn. On November 2009, although you knew you are going to be loved unconditionally, you didn’t want to leave the comfort of my belly, panicking us and the hospital stuff. Despite the numbers ofย  stories you are read at bed-time, you let us know with no uncertain terms you are not satisfied going to bed. You have even protested by eating away at your crib :)))

At lunch or dinner time you are also a fighter, pushing my hand away with food you find distasteful. We often watch with laughter as you discard food from your tray, dumping the fruit and vegetables onto the floor. To our surprise, you made a great connection with the nature, and by saying this I mean eating flowers, grass and leaves.

Above all, we are amazed that you posses the gift and appreciation for the zest of life. At every turn you make your eyes take notice, something new to discover, something not yet touched and experienced. The inquisitiveness and interest for like you show will prove to be one of your greatest findings.

It was a year full of firsts, you’ve learned so much and had lots of fun.

Happy Birthday out dear Tiffany, may all your dreams come true


Mom & Dad

Candy Cake




2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

10 tbsp butter

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

few vanilla extract drops



Melt the butter and set it aside. In a big bowl mix well the flour, sugar and coconut


add the melted butter






eggs, one by one



and vanilla extract. Pour the batter in a 9 inch springform pan and bake the cake in preheated oven at 350F for 55-60 minutes.



Let it cool for few hours and then slice it in two.


For the coconut mousse you need


1 8oz package cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup heavy cream



Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl and slowly add the heavy cream mixing until stiff


Assembling the cake


In a foiled springform pan place the first layer. Add the coconut mousse and spread


place the second layer on top and cover everything in foil. Put the cake in the fridge for few hours or overnight


Remove the cake from the and place it on serving plate


Cover with a chocolate ganache made from 2/3 cup chocolate chips and scant 1/2 cup heavy cream.



Let the ganache set and start decorating the cake


welcome to CandyLand :d


An inside view

In the end, I’d like to apologize for being away these last couple of daysย  and not visiting your blogs. Now that everything is back to normal I’ll do my best to catch up with all those wonderful recipes you shared.


This recipe was featured on Foodbuzz

The recipe goes to Your Best Recipe @ Spicie Foodie


61 Responses to “Candy Cake”

  1. Your baby girl is adorable…happy birthday to her! What a gorgeous (and I’m sure delicious) cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. hey the birthday cake looks awesome! reallyyyyyy mouth watering! also wishing tiffany the very best in life !

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  4. Says:

    I’m in love with the photo that you cover the cake with a chocolate ganache… โค

  5. What a gorgeous little girl…and a gorgeous cake as well! Very creative…and love that you used a mousse between the cake layers. I love Lindo Balls, BTW…great idea for cake decor!! I’m not much of a baker, but I think I could do this…maybe ;)!


  6. What a great idea – I may try this for my son’s 3rd birthday. What a sweet baby ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Spice Sherpa Says:

    Going from pregnant belly to birth to the first year is a pretty amazing journey. Your Tiffany is a cutie and love her expression behind that flaming cake. That’s a kid who knows she’s loved.

    I have an 8 and 10 year old. Hard to believe but it just gets more amazing every year.

    Such an elegant cake and great decorations!

  8. fooddreamer Says:

    This is such a sweet, sweet post, and it tugged at my heart. Your girl is adorable! Your cake looks mind-blowing, I’d like to dive into that!

  9. Chef Dennis Says:

    what a beautiful cake for such a beautiful little girl. May God bless and keep her safe…..thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful post with us! Now if we could only share that incredible cake…..sigh


  10. great cake, and happy b-day to your beautiful daughter! Theresa

  11. RavieNomNoms Says:

    That is such a fun cake! Your little girl is so sweet!

  12. Stephanie Says:

    Beautiful! Both cake and the baby.

  13. Beautiful cake and a beautiful post! Happy birthday little one!

  14. Jessica Says:

    Your daughter is gorgeous! Happy Birthday to Tiffany! Also, that is a really awesome way to decorate a cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Monet Says:

    What a beautiful gift…she looks like such a happy, vibrant little girl. Thank you for sharing her…and this cake with us! I love the idea, and I imagine that everyone at your house did too. I hope your Friday is full of joy!

  16. jennynoowyn Says:

    she is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Liz Says:

    GORGEOUS! Congrats on the Top 9!

  18. Grace Says:

    What an adorable cake! Congrats on Top 9. What a beautiful little girl. It seems we are both celebrating our daughter’s birthdays with special cakes. All the best.

  19. briarrose Says:

    What a cutie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Absolutely beautiful cake…wonderful job.

  20. Beautiful cake for a special occasion! Happy Birthday to your adorable daughter!

  21. Peggy Says:

    Happy Birthday to your little one! She’s a cutie! Great cake too!

  22. What a clever, luscious dessert! The candy ON the cake makes it so festive. Simply beautiful…..

  23. Kimberly Says:

    You can make one hell of a cake!! Your daughter looks so happy! Congratulations on your first year together! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Adelina Says:

    LOVE this cake!!! I love the creativity and using Lindt Chocolate. I love your design. Thanks for sharing.


  25. Anne Says:

    This cake is absolutely beautiful. Using the candy is such a great idea and looks so elegant!

  26. Coffeebeans Says:

    Congratulations on your top 9 entry and happy birthday to your sweet Tiffany!
    That’s a wonderful cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Debs Says:

    Happy birthday Tiffany, she is adorable.

    Please make this cake for my birthday too LOL.

  28. Avril Says:

    I am in awe of the beauty of your little girl! – and the cake…well, what a master piece!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. JehanP Says:

    Wow…I’ve gained a few pounds just looking at this cake! But I have no doubt that it is beyond delicious…I’m a huge fan of coconut. And you daughter is absolutely adorable!!

  30. Imwaytoobusy Says:

    What an ambitious cake! Looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Sandra Says:

    Adorable cake, even more adorable baby girl. Congratulations on Top 9. Not swiping pieces of candy would be a challenge at our house!

  32. Reeni Says:

    Happy Birthday to your precious little girl! Your candy cake is heavenly! I’m dreaming of one for my upcoming birthday!

  33. Jeannie Says:

    Wow! That looks really delicious n full of flavors would love to give this a try! tq for sharing

  34. January Says:

    what an adorable baby! she’s so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ the candy cake looks fabulous. it really is a candy land ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Amy Says:

    Your daughter is beautiful! Your cake looks absolutely heavenly :)!

  36. Lynn Says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! She is beautiful!
    The cake looks amazing too. I love the idea of decorating with candy.

  37. Your daughter is so cute! I love that you wrote this post for her! And the cake is absolutely amazing! Great job!

    Happy, happy Birthday to Tiffany!

  38. Happy Birthday Tiffany! Congrats on the Top 9.This cake is gorgeous!!!!!! I want a piece right now:)Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

  39. She is just the sweetest thing! How lucky you are, and so is she. The cake looks delish!

  40. Happy First Birthday beautiful girl…
    She is adorable and may she remain so blessed for a lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely cake…I want one for my birthday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. pansy Says:

    tare dragalasa mai e ! sa traiasca sa fie sanatoasa si norocoasa ! torta e pe gustul meu ! LA MULTI ANI!

  42. The Mom Chef Says:

    Oh wow, that’s gorgeous. I love the idea of using the chocolate balls like that. They’re so decadent but so playful too. Wonderful job. Happy birthday to a beautiful little lady.

  43. Holy Cow! That is an outrageous cake! I would have loved to have a big slice.

    Lovely little lady you have!

  44. Karen Says:

    What a gorgeous cake! I love the idea of using the candy balls as decoration. And they taste great too!
    You have a beautiful daughter!

  45. Dimah Says:

    Awesome and beautiful looking cake!

  46. norma Says:

    Your daughter is precious and the cake…yummmmmmm!

  47. kismoni Says:

    Sa-ti traiasca Bubu, ce dulce e foto 1 serioasa si cu trasaturi fine tot mai clare,deh creste printesa ๐Ÿ™‚ va pup

  48. What an adorable cake, just like the baby.

  49. Stunning! This cake is absolutely beautiful…and it looks so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

  50. pansy Says:

    ce repede a trecut un an ! e o adevarata stiu cum mi-a scapat postul asta dar mai bine mai taziu decat niciodata ! LA MULTI ANI SANATOSI SI FERICITI SI NOROCOSI!

  51. zerrin Says:

    Your daughter is such a cute baby! And this is a wonderful post. I’m sure it will be a great surprise for her when she learns how to read. Wish her a nice, happy, healthy, long life. The cake is absolutely perfect for her birthday!

  52. Happy Birthday to your little precious baby girl! She is beautiful. The candy cake is absolutely divine. You are an amazing baker.
    Thank you for sharing…Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  53. This is such a lovely idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Birthday cakes for your own kids are always so much fun and worth the work! Congrats on the Top 9!

  55. I love readying your post, it’s so beautiful. Your cake looks like it belongs in a high end cake shop. Congrats on your beautiful daughter ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for participating in the YBR.

  56. Sandra Says:

    My birthday is in February….I would love you stopping by with this cake:)))
    I saw it in a YBR at the SpicieFoodie, and I just love it! Beautiful looking cake!

  57. I love this cake, I love those chocolates, but they look so much better unwrapped and on top of the cake! Hope it was a wonderful b-day for your daughter!

  58. Fabulous! I love how Foodbuzz has connected me with so many amazing fellow foodies !

    I would like to present you with “The Versatile Blogger” Award drop my site later to pick it up :0)

  59. baby is so cute… love the cake …amazing.

  60. Sue Says:

    Love this! Your cake looks INCREDIBLE!

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