Sweet Baked Life

my sweet journey through life…


Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

As the clock reached 5:11 this morning I officially became the parent of a TEENAGER! So let’s go crazy and celebrate like any normal teen and dig into this S’mores Overload Cake! Where did the 13 years go? Not sure, but way too fast in my mind! I can’t believe my super smart, kind-hearted, fun-loving guy has now jumped into the next stage in his life. Oh no, what are we in for?

S'mores Overload Cake

Now let me think…what will this next phase hold for him? How about cars, girls, friends, not talking to your parents (well, that has already started!), mood swings, socializing, parties, new friends, new adventures, high school, and his first teenage crush, just to name a few. And hopefully as he goes through all of this, he will remember that his mom and dad love him, probably more than he knows. We do keep telling him that we were teenagers once, but that does not seem to make any difference, because we just don’t understand. Ok, I’m sure I had the same attitude, wanted my own space and had all the other feelings that invade your being when you’re a teen. But no matter what, we will always be there for him with open arms and our good listening ears on!

S'mores Overload Cake

So to celebrate this milestone, and to try to be a “cool mom” in his eyes, I’ve made this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake which has everything my new teenager loves — chocolate cake, marshmallows, milk chocolate chips and of course, Rolo candy pieces. Yes, you are right…it has a lot of sugar, a lot of chocolate — the perfect combination for a special birthday for my extra special teen! Go ahead, crush on this!

S'mores Overload Cake

Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

1 (15.25) box chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 large eggs
1 (7 oz. jar) marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup ground graham crackers
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Rolo candy, cut in half

Turn your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add cake mix, water, oil and eggs and mix using a hand-held mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan and set aside.

In a large bowl of your electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the marshmallow fluff and butter and beat on high-speed. Slowly add the vanilla extract, then add the graham crackers and sugar until well blended and fluffy. This will take about 2 minutes. Note, the mixture will be thick.

Using a large spoon, evenly place the dollops of the marshmallow filling on top of the chocolate cake batter. Then sprinkle the mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and Rolo candy on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake is done and the marshmallows are golden (note, it’s ok that the cake is a bit loose in the middle). Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve warm.

S'mores Overload Cake

Happy 13th Birthday my sweet one and only, may this new journey bring you much happiness as this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake does!

xxoo Mama



(recipe inspired from I Wash You Dry)

 Featured on Time to Sparkle #58



Happy Mother’s Day to My Favorite Patty

Yes, as a matter of fact I do have a favorite Patty. And I especially like to celebrate this Patty on Mother’s Day!  You may ask, how do you make the perfect Patty?  Well, I’m not quite sure exactly, but over the years I have discovered the amazing ingredients that make my Patty absolutely delightful and will linger in your mind, heart and soul forever.  One thing I do know for sure is that if you’ve got a Patty like mine, well, you are very lucky!

To start with, my Patty is rich in spirit with just the right amount of juicy warm laughter.  My Patty has been raised from the finest stock resulting in the highest quality of character and has been aged to perfection.  My Patty is uniquely seasoned with wisdom and has an amazingly zesty appeal.  Combine my Patty with a medley of spirited imagination along with an artful arrangement and you can’t go wrong!

Me & My Patty!

Me & My Patty!

My Favorite Patty
Pounds and pounds of a pure & passionate heart
A cup or more of unconditional love
Tablespoons (the more the better) of kindness & generosity
Teaspoon of truth & a pinch of bravery
Yields one marvelous Mom

Start from an early age and hold on tight to the core of your Patty.  Gently combine all ingredients.  Take caution not to over mix as could become tough.  Store in your heart.  Will become seasoned with age.  Will travel well wherever you go and in whatever you do.  Check on a regular basis over the years to ensure ingredients are well preserved.  Note, may lose its shape, but will still be your favorite Patty. Will absolutely last a lifetime.

Now, just warning you, one cannot fully duplicate the recipe for my favorite Patty, simply because she is truly one of a kind. You will not find these ingredients at your favorite market as they come naturally, without question or hesitation. Throughout my life I have come to know my Patty and my appetite for her has grown fonder each day. She is comforting and satisfying no matter the situation. Patty has allowed me to become the woman and mother that I am today, for which I am tremendously thankful!  My Patty’s special qualities and the way I cherish her have developed into the perfect combination, without a bun, just simply mother and daughter.

Patty thanks for being a true original and for being my deliciously inspiring mom!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  I love you!  xxoo