A Hunter's Birthday Cake

Baking birthday cakes for family members has been fun throughout the years, but I never know what will be requested for the next celebration. As the kids grow up, their tastes and interests change, so it's rare that anyone ever wants the same kind of cake twice. One of my more recent cakes was topped with a hunting rifle. I didn't have a clue how to make a rifle, but with modeling chocolate and a bit of trial and error, the birthday cake was produced.

The honoree requested a half chocolate, half vanilla cake, so I baked the cake using an 8 x 14-inch pan I could split with dividers. 

The dividers gave the center of the cake a checkerboard look.

I had only tried using modeling chocolate once before, but it's easy to make. The recipe can be found here. Instead of using white candy melts and adding coloring, I used caramel candy melts for the stock of the gun and black candy melts for the barrel and scope.

Modeling chocolate is fun to use, and I hope to get the hang of it after a few more cakes.



Blueberry Muffins 5 Ways

All blueberry muffins are not created equal. Although the muffins may contain blueberries, there are as many ways to bake a blueberry muffin as there are varieties of blueberries. I've pulled five yummy recipes from my collection, but there are many more good blueberry muffin recipes out there. Each of these has a distinct difference that sets it apart.

1. Sparkling Blueberry Muffins

The sparkling sugar gives these blueberry muffins a pretty presentation and makes them look extra tempting. This is a recipe to keep handy.

2. Blueberry Hawaiian Muffins

If you have no time to get away, take a tropical vacation for breakfast. Coconut and chopped macadamia nuts make a crunchy topping on these muffins.

3. Alien Blueberry Muffins

This may be a strange name, but these muffins are unique with blueberries and white chocolate chips.

4. Citrus Blueberry Muffins

Lemon, orange, and lime zest combine to make these blueberry muffins one of a kind.

5. Mandarin Blueberry Muffins

What's better than a blueberry muffin? A blueberry muffin with mandarin oranges, too. Plus these are made with whole wheat flour and oat bran.

There are dozens of great blueberry muffin recipes. If you have a favorite, I'd love for you to leave a link in the comments so I can try it.