Nov 25, 2019

{Birthday, Basketball, and a Recipe for the BEST Choclolate Frosting EVER}

YUM....yes I think I would like one of those please.....Who doesn't like chocolate covered strawberries or a piece of milk chocolate candy?

My granddaughter Mallory Grace just turned 12 years old and she asked me to bake her birthday cake. Just something simple....Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate covered strawberries.  Ladies, how can a Nana turn that down?

Her wish came true.... Best chocolate icing recipe ever! I will place recipe at the bottom.

She's a gal after my own heart. She's a Jesus loving girl that enjoys hunting, travel ball, dressing up, makeup, jewelry and well, she loves about everything. My well rounded girl for sure.

My FAVORITE grandson...yes, he's my only grandson, plays basketball. Well, he likes all sports and one doesn't end before he's playing another sport. We sure enjoy watching him play whatever sport he's in.

And, I took some time out for ME! A beautiful sun set sitting in a tree stand in the pines of Georgia caught my eye one afternoon. I was reminded of God's promise...

Psalm 113:3 

From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.

Thanksgiving is in a few days and I want to wish all of my wonderful blogging friends a most Happy Thanksgiving. May you eat your favorite foods, spend time with those you love the most and above all....remember to count your blessings.....

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

Recipe for Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (I used sweet butter) YES, I surely did!
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • Place softened butter and 1 cup powdered sugar in a large bowl (or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer) Using the whisk attachment, mix until combined, scrape the bowl, and repeat with remaining sugar, adding it 1 cup at a time. When all sugar has been added, turn speed to medium-high and whip about 5 minutes, until pale and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed.
    • Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt, and blend on low for 1 minute. Add heavy cream in a slow drizzle as it mixes.
    • Once the mixture is mostly combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
    • Whip buttercream on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes, until it is silky, light, and fluffy.

    Note: This recipe yields approximately 2.5-3 cups of frosting, enough to pipe on 16-18 cupcakes or fill and ice a 3-layer 6-inch cake.



  1. Oh Boy! The frosting looked so good and then you gave us a bonus, THE RECIPE! Yipeeeeee!!!

    I delight in seeing your family and to watch them get smothered with love from Grandma.

  2. Happy Birthday, Mallory Grace. A lovely name for a lovely young lady.
    I love how you can call your grandson your favourite ( because he's the only one). He sure is outnumbered. All your grands are sweet; you are blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  3. Happy Birthday to your darling, Mallory Grace! Yes, she certainly is a well-rounded girl. She and my Cissy would get along great together. Your grandson is so handsome and I know he holds a special place in your heart, as the only grandson. Yum on that chocolate cake with strawberries! I'd love a slice, and I'll be trying the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, my friend.

  4. Yum, Mallory’s cake looks delicious and I am saving the icing recipe. Wishing you and all of your family.a most wonderful Thanksgiving my friend!

  5. Awe, she's just a doll and that yummy cake, icing and strawberries. Wishing you and your sweet family a lovely Thanksgiving!

  6. Awww your granddaughter is adorable and so is your pic with your grandson. The frosting sounds Divine and yum the chocolate covered strawberries. My fave dessert. May you have the best time gathered with your sweet family for Thanksgiving. Enjoy.

  7. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones. All the pictures of your kids and their activities make me see how you stay so young. You are busy!
    Your cake looks delicious! Those chocolate covered strawberries are going to be calling to me until I make some.
    Happy Birthday to Mallory Grace! She is so pretty.
    Love the sunrise photo and scripture.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet, Cindy!

  8. That 'simple chocolate cake' looks luscious!! What a good grandma you are! Happy Birthday to Mallory Grace!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  9. That cake must have made her so happy! It looked amazing! I love seeing all your fun family events and goodies! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. I have a milestone birthday coming up .. would you make my birthday cake too? ☺ You're family is so blessed to have you! Happy Thanksgiving, sweet Friend!Love you.... 💜

  11. Nothing better than a home made chocolate cake and thanks for sharing the icing recipe! I know you will be busy counting your many blessings this week Cindy! Happy Thanksgiving 💕

  12. Oh, my! That frosting looks amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing, sweet friend! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  13. I forgot to mention in my last comment that I would love to have you share your favorite Christmas memory(ies) with us for a special Christmas sharing we are doing on our blog! We are gathering the articles being sent in and will start sharing them soon after Thanksgiving, Lord willing. I know you probably have some very sweet Christmas memories to share, so if you feel led to participate, we would be thrilled! God bless you, my friend!

    1. Thank you for the invite. If time allows I will surely do so sweet Cheryl.

  14. Happy Birthday to Mallory! Her chocolate birthday cake looks scrumptious! My sweet tooth has never met a chocolate cake that it didn't like. HA!

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. A very Happy Birthday to your granddaughter and very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family...and I am so thankful for you, friend. smiles

  16. Good Morning Sweet Cindy!
    You have the most darling family and it is easy to see why---it's because of YOU! Your vibrant smile, giving heart and all around love of Jesus and family makes it clear.
    Happy Birthday Mallory!
    Hugs and Blessings,

  17. I don't even have to ask if you had a good Thanksgiving...I already know you did! Just now catching up on reading blogs. There would happen to be any of those chocolate covered strawberries left would there?? :) Hugs & much love!

    1. Yep those chocolate covered strawberries didn't last long girl.

  18. That frosting sure sounds and looks mighty good, with strawberries too! Oh My! you are a super Grandma! Your grandkids are sure blessed to have you nearby to enjoy spending time together. That is a real blessing. I know you enjoy every minute of it too. Praise God!

  19. The frosting looks wonderful, thanks for sharing the recipe. And I could go for a pink bow tie right now :-)


So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy