Friday, May 25, 2012

Meet Megan @AbsoluteMommy {large sponsor intro & givewaway}

Megan is absolutely one of the most special people I've met blogging!
She's amazing, guys... if you're not already a fan, head on over asap and get to know her better! She doesn't disappoint!  She's here today with a recipe... and she's generously giving away a $15 Michael's Gift Card! Who doesn't love Michael's!? 
{I'm not that crafty, but even I love that store!!}


  Hello friends and readers of Mom2Memphis and Ruby.  I'm Megan from AbsoluteMommy.
I feel like I'm a regular here.  It's because I adore Lena.  I even referred to her casually in conversation the other night with my hubby.  "Yeah, well my friend Lena...", and he was like, "Who's Lena", and I was like, "Uh, Lena, from the blog.  Duh".  So yeah, in my head, me and Lena are besties.  And why not we talk like every day, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Ok, so now I sound like a stalker.  But she always answers so that's something right?
Anyway, if you don't know me, then here is the recap;  I'm a stay at home mom in Fresno, CA.  I'm on a 100% grain free, sugar free, and caffeine free diet (Booooo!), I have 2 girls, and one awesome and hysterical husband.  I write about my girls, my non existent fashion, my health (hence, the diet), and lots and lots of pop culture.  I'm currently having a love affair with Twitter, I wasn't crazy about Fifty Shades of Grey, and I'm in mourning as all my favorite TV shows are currently on summer vay-cay.  For more about me and my journey to rediscover Megan who is now exclusively mom, check me out here.

Me and the Hubbs.
Caitlin and Mackenzie
So since I'm here, I'm going to share a little something.  I may not be able to eat cake, but I can make cake.  From scratch.  I know what you are thinking.  Here comes this "mommy" blogger, straight off Pinterest, with her Martha Stewart Kitchen, and her cute little apron... Well you're wrong.  I don't bake anything that requires things like sifting, piping, or making any kind of essence of anything.  It's just not my thing.  If it ain't easy, mama don't make it.  So imagine my surprise when this scratch cake, change my life, and almost convinced my husband that he needed to re-marry me.  Seriously, after one bite he gave a look I hadn't seen in years.  It's like he fell in love with me all over again. 
Meet The Peanut Butter Monster Cupcake (originally found here)

These were a hit! And they were the easiest!
And Meet his cute sister, Mac's 2nd Birthday Cake

Big sis Caitlin provided the sprinkle work. It's pretty genius if you ask me. And we didn't light all the candles. I promise!
Now both the cupcakes and the frostings are from scratch.  And I promise you will only need a hand mixer.  I swear.  I don't own one of those fancy schmancy Kitchen Aids.  Because if I were going to invest that kind of money, I'd probably say "WTH" and buy an iPad.  See, I'm not a baker, I just play one on my blog...

Ok, let's get down to biz:
From Scratch Amaze-balls Chocolate Cake (original recipe found here**)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa (I used Hershey's Baking Cocoa powder)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup oil ( I used standard vegetable)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS vinegar (yes, vinegar, I used white)

In a bowl whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.  In another bowl mix all wet ingredients together.  Then combine the two and whisk until you have no lumps.  I swear NO MIXER needed.  Pour batter into a prepared pan (mine was a lg Pyrex) or cupcake pan with liners.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes for a cake or 22-25 minutes for cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Wowzer Frosting (original recipe for basic butter cream here**)
original recipe for the peanut butter frosting found here
3 sticks butter softened
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup. peanut butter (I used Planters All Natural)
Now, you will need a hand mixer to beat the butter and peanut butter together.  Then add your vanilla, then slowly add your powdered sugar until you like the consistency.  I actually went out and bought piping bags and frosting tips when I made these for the hubby's birthday in January.  The piping wasn't so bad once you get the hang of it but it's not necessary.
Also the cherry on top, isn't really a cherry, it's a peanut butter cup.  And it's delicious!

As a side note, if you just want some basic frosting, leave out the peanut butter and you will have a cake or cupcakes similar to Mac's 2nd Birthday Cake.  Which I let big sister Caitlin cover in the sprinkles of her choice.  I felt it was a nice touch. 

So what do you think?  Are you going to get your inner Betty Crocker on and bake from scratch?  I promise friends, if I can do it, while my 2 girls run and scream about My Little Ponies, anyone can.  

And if you are worried about things like cupcake liners, cake pans, or piping bags, I can help. 

I'm going to go ahead and motivate you to try this cake out with a $15 gift card to Michael's, so you can get your bake on!


 Ah! Megan always makes me feel like I can do anything!
Heck, I might even attempt this one... if not, I'll definitely my sure my mom gets the recipe! ;)

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Dirty Secret Saturday!
Feel free to link up ANY  honest post, and maybe get something off your chest!
You can see examples of my past dirty secrets here, here & here!

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  1. HA Megan's guest post just cracked me up! And I do the exact same thing... I'm like "oh my friend..." and the husband stops me and says "blog friend or real life friend" and I say "well blog friends ARE real life friends. duh."

  2. PS You KNOW I've been a follower of yours forever but I changed my account so I re followed ;)

  3. I loved this entry, and it sounds like she and I have things in common! I will definitely stop by!

    One thing...I couldn't get the raffle copter to work, and I already have an account. Maybe it's just down, will try later!

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