2 DIY Boys Birthday Cakes + New 30-Day Challenge

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Do weekends go by faster in the summertime? I think so.

We celebrated the boys’ birthdays (G turned 9 in June, B turns 10 in July) and remember how I talked about spending 3 hours making their birthday cakes? They turned out amazing!

They each chose what they wanted and I helped them make it come to life. They did a really great job!

Here’s B’s:

chocolate lasagna cake

This is the infamous “Chocolate Lasagna” I’ve seen floating around Pinterest. The original source is here.

We cut the pieces in 3 x 3″ squares and that was way too big. This stuff is rich! I’m sure we could’ve gotten away with handing out 1 x 1″ pieces just fine. It was really delicious though!


Next up, here’s G’s:

vanilla birthday cake

This is a two-layer 8″ round vanilla cake with crushed Oreos sprinkled on top. He also requested that the bottom of the cake have an Oreo crust so we did that too and it actually worked out pretty well!

Here’s the inside:

birthday cake

As far as the cake recipe goes, I basically followed the box with just a couple of changes:

  • Added 1 package of vanilla pudding mix
  • Subbed 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup plain yogurt (for the 3/4 cup oil that the box calls for)
  • Bake time was approximately 45-50 minutes and it was perfect!

The frosting was amazing. I always make buttercream frosting so I followed the recipe I always use (link below) and then I also added in one 8-ounce package of cream cheese.

Best frosting ever.

I have the original recipe pinned here if you use Pinterest or the original source is here.

brothers sparklers

We finished the day with sparklers. I love this picture. <3


In other news, I said before that I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador and how I was excited to get my pink laces.

Well guess what? I got ’em! NINE PAIRS.

sweat pink shoelaces

Lookit my Nikes’ makeover:

sweat pink shoelaces1

Much better!


And finally,

I pulled the trigger. A new workout is headed my way!

focus t25

Focus T25 is an Insanity-ish style workout that lasts only 25 minutes. I haven’t attempted Insanity yet, though I hope to at some point, but I’m thrilled these workouts are basically cut in HALF compared to Insanity workouts.

I will do a full review and breakdown once I receive my stuff but here are the basics:

  • 25 minute workouts
  • 5 days a week
  • 10 weeks
  • 10 workouts (plus an extra bonus workout when ordered through your coach!)
  • Available as a base kit or challenge pack

There is free shipping on T25 and the brand new Vanilla Shakeology for a limited time – until 7/7/13. If you’re interested in trying Vanilla Shakeology and I am your coach, please send me a message through your Team Beachbody account to request one complimentary sample. If you do not have a coach you can sign up to have me as your coach here.


Off to see Monsters University with two of my boys today. Can’t wait!

Q. What is your favorite kind of cake?



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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  1. Both of those cakes look so yummy, and very cute and creative!

  2. Thank you! :) I just traced a big number, cut it out and placed it on the cake and then the boys sprinkled all around it. Another idea from Pinterest!

    It appears to be a lot of body-weight movements. I’ve also seen dumbbells used in some of the workouts so we’ll see! I haven’t ever done any of Shaun T’s workouts so I’m a little nervous. 25 minutes shouldn’t be too bad…!

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