May 25, 2010

A Birthday present from "The Happy Baker"

I had a lovely Birthday (long) weekend filled with good food, beautiful weather and wonderful people.

On Friday night, my fiancĂ© and I went for dinner and then a show at our local theatre. On Sunday, my parents took us out for dinner at this Italian place that we love. And the rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, sipping mojitos and chilling with friends. Birthday celebrations don't seem as crazy now that I'm getting older (24!)

Since I thought it would be weird to make my own Birthday cake, I gave Mike a recipe for something I wanted.

He made a Bailey's Strawberry Frozen Cheesecake by the lovely Erin Bolger, "The Happy Baker." I met Erin at a few weeks ago at our local Farmer's Market and she is just as wonderful in person as she is in her book, "The Happy Baker: A Dater's Guide to Emotional Baking."

Her recipes are delicious and her stories are hilarious (more on "The Happy Baker" coming soon). The Strawberry Cheesecake was creamy, fruity and refreshing with just a hint of chocolaty Bailey's.

Mike decorated the top of the cake with even more Strawberries and whipped cream. Who says men can't bake?

The cake was eaten at an alarming speed....

Mike loves cooking and baking just as much as I do. When we were in University, he used to come over to my house and bake Chocolate Banana Bread or Lemon Poppyseed loaves for us. And now, he loves when I don't cook, so he can take over the kitchen and make what he likes to call his "masterpieces" (usually a huge plate of pasta or stir fry). Gotta love a man who cooks (and bakes!)

Full cheesecake recipe here.


  1. Thanks for being my first follower! I LOVE your blog - no idea you had one on here! This is my go-to baking reference now...looking forward to future posts and mouth-watering food pics lol.

  2. So great! Definitely love a man that can cook! Happy birthday lady!

  3. Thanks :)

    Jenna, I didn't know you had a blog either!
    I wanted to start a wedding blog, but it has since turned into a cooking/baking related blog, lol


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