German Chocolate Cake, My 2nd Blogiversary & A Present For You!

by Kate on November 10, 2012

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Another year has passed and I can hardly believe that Food Babbles is 2 years old! I baked a cake for the occasion, German chocolate cake. This is my very favorite cake. It’s funny. My step-mother makes German chocolate cake for my dad each year for his birthday because it also happens to be Dad’s favorite cake. My brother, Matt gets German chocolate cake for his birthday too. Yep, you guessed it, Matt’s favorite cake also. But me? I have never been baked a German chocolate cake. No one has ever even given me a store-bought German chocolate cake! You know what I get? Usually it’s a store-bought nondescript cake with overly sweet grocery store bakery icing that I don’t even eat. Truth be told, I actually cannot stand most birthday cake. I’m just picky that way. Thankfully, Mike’s mother made me homemade cupcakes this year that were out of this world. Vanilla on vanilla and perfect in their simplicity. But each year I do wonder why in the world do Dad and Matt get the good cake, huh?? So this year, I made my own damn cake.

I had planned on making this for my birthday at the end of last month but instead, I got a hurricane for my birthday and as you know, my family and I were dealing with my brother being in the ICU so there were a few reasons this cake didn’t happen until today. Speaking of Doug, I am thrilled to report that he has made a full recovery! He was released from the hospital last weekend as we had hoped. He’s completely back to his old self, like nothing ever happened. I am in awe and amazed at this miracle. It truly is just that, a miracle. Now the plan is to make sure that he is monitored more closely and blood work will be done more frequently to ensure that his medication levels are within normal levels so that hopefully nothing like this ever happens again!

So back to cake and anniversaries. This year has been fantastic for Food Babbles. As you remember, this site got a fabulous facelift and now looks exactly like I envisioned it. I also learned even more about photography this year. I learned more about how my camera actually works. I went from shooting on the auto setting to experimenting with the manual settings. I read a lot about aperture, depth of field, and all sorts of photo geeky stuff but I truly learned a lot. I found that I gathered a lot of amazing information from the Tasty Food Photography e-book from Pinch of Yum. Great information! So much so that I posted a link to it over in the far right side bar in case you also want to learn more about food photography. I don’t think I had as much of a drastic change in my photographs this year as I did last year but I do feel like I started to see more consistent results over the course of the year.

The first year I went from this…

This is SO tasty but that picture, Yikes!

… to this.

Have some lighting issues but better than that pasta!

The first post of my second year looked like this…

Cinnamon Cider & Caramel Cider Apples looking good with better lighting

… and a recent post now.

Progress

I also learned this year that there is absolutely NO WAY I can possibly manage to do those nice sequence shots of recipes that I used to do. Honestly, I look back on that first year and I’m not sure how I accomplished that with Maddy but now with two little girls running around (did I mention Molly started walking!?!?) there’s no way I have the time to do that. Perhaps at some time in the future I’ll get back to that but in the meantime, I hope you like the way I’ve been doing things.

Last year I remember telling all of you how I started this blog because I had stopped working full-time to stay home with Maddy. With time on my hands, I found myself baking and cooking more and decided to put it all out there for the world to see. Another year later, I can officially say I no longer have time on my hands! Thanks to all of you! Yes, this lack of free time is actually a good thing. The girls take up the majority of my time but any other time I may have is not spent on Food Babbles. Sometimes it’s baking and taking pictures. Other times it’s writing posts and trying to find a bit of time to chat to you all on Facebook or Twitter. The rest of the time is spent reading and responding to the lovely comments you all leave me!

I love that you all have become so much more engaged! I feel like there are so many readers that I’ve really connected with and come to know more about your lives. I love that aspect of this blog. I love “meeting” all of you and connecting with your through common interests. I truly love hearing from you and appreciate each comment you leave me. I adore when you take time out of your day to share your thoughts with me. Thank you again for another fantastic year here. I can’t tell you how very much I appreciate all of you. Thank you for reading my words, making my food and talking to me. You guys make me so happy and I hope that I make you happy as well!

German Chocolate Cake

2 hours

Yield: 1 large cake | about 16 servings

German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake between layers of coconut pecan filling frosted with rich chocolate icing.

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup + ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • For the syrup:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
  • For the chocolate icing:
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Butter two 9-inch cake pans and line each with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Place both chocolates in a heatproof bowl together with the 6 tablespoons of water. Set over a pot of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth, then set aside until room temperature.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1 ¼ cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the cooled, melted chocolate. Next add the egg yolks, one at a time.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and mix just until combined. Add the buttermilk and the vanilla extract, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
  6. In a very clean metal or glass bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold soft, droopy peaks. Beat in the ¼ cup of sugar until stiff.
  7. Fold about one-third of the egg whites into the cake batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining egg whites and gently mix just until there’s no trace of egg white visible. Don't overmix.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans, smooth the tops, and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  9. To make the filling:
  10. Mix the cream, sugar, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Put the butter, salt, toasted coconut, and pecan pieces in a large bowl.
  11. Heat the cream mixture and stir constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon.
  12. Pour the cream mixture immediately into the pecan and coconut. Stir until the butter is melted. Cool completely to room temperature. It will thicken as it stands.
  13. To make the syrup:
  14. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and water until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rum. Set aside.
  15. To make the icing:
  16. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl with the corn syrup and butter.
  17. Heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand one minute, then stir until smooth. Set aside too cool to room temperature.
  18. To assemble the cake:
  19. Remove the cake layers from the pans. Using a long serrated knife, cut both cake layers in half horizontally, forming 4 layers.
  20. Set the first cake layer on a cake plate. Brush well with syrup. Spread ¾ cup of the coconut filling over the cake layer all the way to the edges. Set the next cake layer on top. Repeat the steps for each remaining layer, including the top layer.
  21. Ice the sides with the chocolate icing, then pipe border of chocolate icing around the top, encircling the coconut topping.
  22. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from David Lebovitz

http://foodbabbles.com/2012/11/german-chocolate-cake/

So for my second anniversary, I have a little present for you! You know how I adore Abby Dodge. I feel so lucky to have met her several times now and to be a part of her Bake Together projects each month. Each of her recipes inspires me and makes me drool. As one of our parting gifts from Pie Party this year, we each received a copy of her latest cookbook Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets: 100 Delicious Desserts to Pick Up and Eat.

I love this cookbook! It has quickly become a favorite of mine. Mini pies, tarts, cakes, whoopie pies, cookies, candy and ice cream! I adore all things mini and think you will also. So I have a copy for you too!

Here’s the scoop:

To Enter: {Mandatory Entry} Simply leave me a comment telling me, what would you like to see in the coming year here on Food Babbles? More of something? Less of something? Or is there something else entirely that you’d like to see a post about? Tell me! I’d love to know how to make this site even better for you.

Optional Bonus Entries: Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of these that you complete since each individual item completed will be counted as an entry!

- “Like” Food Babbles on Facebook

-  The Tate’s Bake Shop Bake-Off is in its final days so I would love for you to head on over and vote for my Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread. Thank you!!

- Share this post on your Facebook timeline.

- Follow me on Pinterest and pin a picture from this post.

- Follow Food Babbles on Twitter

- Tweet the following:  It’s a blogiversary! Enter to win a copy of @AbbyDodge ‘s Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets via @KDBabbles http://wp.me/p2x6xO-1fJ #giveaway

- Follow Food Babbles on Google+

Entries will be accepted until 9pm EST on November 14th. Winner will be selected via random.org. The winner will be contacted by the email address provided and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within that time frame, another winner will be selected via random.org. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies… Tasted these at Pie Party. Amazing!

Good Luck!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

 

*Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by Food Babbles. The cookbook was purchased by me and I was not compensated in any way. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Jessica | Oh Cake November 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

Congratulations on your blog birthday and a huge “thank goodness!” that your brother is okay. Really, you had me at chocolate with this post. :D That cake looks incredibly decadent – perfect for a birthday. Congrats!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Thanks Jessica! I’m so glad you like the cake and thanks for all your kind words.

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Kel November 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

I am a new reader – so looking forward to reading more. I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes. But your german chocolate cake is gorgeous and I will be saving that one too!! thanks – would love to win.

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi Kel! Welcome to Food Babbles! So glad you found me and I hope you like it here. I will definitely try to incorporate some healthier recipes in the coming year. That’s something I haven’t done too much of in the past, only a few posts here and there. In “real life,” I actually tend to eat very healthy. These are all my indulgences ;) I have a little bit and then quickly quickly give the rest away. Good luck and thanks again for reading!!

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Deb November 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

Congratulations on your anniversary! I am very fond of recipes that have seasonal fruit as a main component. But then again I also like chocolate……More desserts!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

More desserts? I can definitely handle that request ;) Thanks for reading, thanks for the congratulations and good luck!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Congrats on 2 years! This German chocolate cake looks amazing!!! It’s SO beautiful! What I would like to see for the coming year? I love seeing sweet treat/dessert recipe and healthier meal options. :)

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Alice for both the congratulations as well as the compliments to the cake! In the coming year I will definitely continue the sweet treat and dessert trend. I don’t know that you’ll find any meals here unless I change the whole blog ;) but I can certainly accommodate some healthier baked goods around here!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

I liked Food Babbles on FB

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

I already follow you on twitter! :)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this recipe!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

I tweeted this: It’s a blogiversary! Enter to win a copy of @AbbyDodge ‘s Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets via @KDBabbles http://wp.me/p2x6xO-1fJ #giveaway

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Carrian@ohsweetbasil November 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

Two years flew by! It is amazing to see our progress over the years. If I really need to say what I want to see more of or less of, we all know that more desserts can never get old! Congrats on the two years, amazing job!!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Thanks Carrian!! Time really does fly and I love to see how things have progressed on both my blog, as well as others. I’m hoping to always keep improving! Good luck!

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Chris November 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

That German chocolate cake looks great, although I’m still trying to make the connection of chocolate cake and Germany here. I have never seen a special German chocolate cake at a German bakery. But then again, can’t know everything …

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Thanks Chris! I’m glad you like the cake. Actually you’re not wrong in your confusion. German Chocolate Cake has no connection to Germany at all. The original recipe where recipes like this stem from are a reference to the brand Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. Their recipe using their brand of chocolate is where the name comes from.

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Amanda Thompson November 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Happy 2nd Blogiversary! I love your blog and don’t want you to change a thing!! Keep those decadent desserts coming, especially ones like those Salted Caramel Squares ~ WOW!!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Wow, thank you so much Amanda! It makes me so happy to hear that you love my site and are enjoying what you see here. Thanks for the feedback! I’ll keep up the good work ;) and those Salted Caramel Squares were probably one of my favorite things EVER!! Did you make them?

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MaryB November 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Congrats! I found your blog a little while back and love it. I would like to see more fruit desserts and also healthy, great tasting entree options.

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Thanks Mary! So glad you found me and I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it. Thanks so much for your feedback. I can definitely throw more fruit desserts in here. I don’t know if entrees will work so well on a dessert and baking blog ;) but I’ll definitely try to come up with something. Good luck!!

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MaryB November 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I like FoodBabbles on Facebook.

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Lisa November 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Happy 2nd Blogiversary, Kate! Your German chocolate cake looks phenomenal, amazing..stunning..and most importantly..delicious! Like I always say…I follow you everywhere I social network..and I’m going to tweet this lovely book giveaway AND vote for your Cranberry Pear tea bread! xoxo

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Thanks Lisa!! xoxo

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Happy blogiversary! :) So great to get to know you better over the last year! :) What would I want to see more of…? Hmm… I like how you’re doing things right now. Life is busy, but I love reading your posts!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Thanks Carrie! I’m glad to hear that you like what I’m doing and enjoy what you’re reading. And I love that we’ve become friends through our blogs and can’t wait to finally meet you in person some day!!

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I like you on Facebook! :)

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I tweeted! Here’s to blogiversary #3 next year!
https://twitter.com/PoetInThePantry/status/267363602988679168

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Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) November 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Happy 2nd birthday Food Babbles!! It’s been so wonderful meeting you online and a special treat to actually meet you in person at TECHMunch :) I can always count on your posts to give me a lift and yummy recipe and photo to boot (your photos are awesome, girl!)

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Aww! Thanks so much! I feel like I have SO much further to go in the area of photography so thank you. I’m so glad you like what I’m creating. I loved meeting you at TECHmunch and definitely hope to get to spend time together again in the future. Really, we could probably meet halfway somewhere for lunch! I actually do that with Wendy (La Phemme Phoodie) and Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks every now and then. So if you’re up for a little road trip and lunch one day let me know ;)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I like Babbles on FB!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Happy Anniversary! I vote for you on FB!! Good luck!!

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thanks so much for the anniversary wishes and all your entries! Don’t forget to do the mandatory main entry. All these others are optional :) I appreciate all your hard work entering this giveaway though so I don’t want to see it be for nothing ;) All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you’d like to see here in the coming year. Less of something I’m already doing? More of something? Or something entirely new? Let me know! And good luck!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Following you on Pintrest

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Following you on Twitter

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Tweeted your giveaway!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Added you to Google Plus! :)

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Emily November 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I love your blog just the way it is–I think you have a great mixture of different types of recipes! However, if you insist we leave a comment, how about more recipes for “ethnic” type foods (Greek, Indian, etc.)?

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

That is fantastic feedback Emily!! Thanks! I love taking on new challenges. I definitely don’t do a lot of ethnic baking or desserts. It’s not something I know much about but I’d love to learn. Thanks again and good luck!

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Emily November 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I voted for your tea bread!

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Emily November 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I also shared this post on facebook.

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Robin C November 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Congrats on your 2 year blogaverseary! I’d like to see more chocolate anything.

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

We can TOTALLY do more chocolate Robin! Thanks and good luck!

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Robin C November 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I voted for your tea bread in the bake-off and shared on my wall, good luck!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary November 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Congrats Kate…and I love this cake too…probably my favorite but sometimes I question…is it the cake or the frosting?

Couple of things…when I did research on it because of my German background I found out that it’s a totally American cake, the first recipe used German’s chocolate and the rest is history.

Secondly; I just added some text to Abby’s site I know she would like EVERYONE with this book to be aware of, so please go to Abby’s site at http://www.abbydodge.com and look in the right sidebar for 2 corrections to the book. Also a nice new video!

Again, congrats to you, good luck to a reader and please count me out. I have the book already and love it.

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Kate November 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Oh, for me I absolutely know the answer to the cake vs frosting question. It is most definitely, without a single doubt… the frosting!! That chocolate cake is merely a means to politely get the frosting to my mouth otherwise you’d see me with a spoon and a bowl. As for the German’s chocolate history, I did know that. I probably should have mentioned that in the post. I had a reader mention that he wasn’t sure how this cake was German and I had to explain the roots a little bit. Last, Abby did alert me to the corrections so I’ll be sure to pass that information onto the winner as well as make a notation to myself cause I too have my own copy. Love this cookbook!! That’s why I chose to buy another copy to share with my readers. Too good not to! But I’ll be over to Abby’s to check out the new video :) Thanks for the congratulations!! xoxo

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Wendy Read November 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

Gorgeous Cake!!! I love your blog, congrats on your 2 year anniversary too :) I voted for you just now!

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Kate November 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks Wendy, for both the congratulations, compliments to the cake and also your vote!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

Congratulations on your milestone! YAY!! You are doing an amazing job. I am relatively new to your blog and I love it here. Seems like comparing first photos to the current ones is a really good indicator of how much we all grow our blogs. Your pics are stunning! Have a fabulous Sunday, Kate!

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Kate November 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

Thanks Anna! I’m so glad you like what you’ve seen here so far. I really appreciate you reading and I’m so glad you connected with me because that helped me find your amazing blog. Talk about stunning! It’s sucking up a lot of my Sunday looking at all your posts. Love it though!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

Liking you on FB!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

Voted for your fabulous bread!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Following you on Pinterest! Pinned the pic.

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

Following you on Twitter!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

Tweeted the giveaway!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

Following you on G+.

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Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta November 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Congrats on the blogiversary!! That cake looks amazing, maybe people are too nervous to bake for you because you’re so exceptional at it :D Off to check out that photography e-book!!

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Perhaps that’s the case ;) And hope you like the e-book. I found it to be a really great resource! I’ve learned a lot from it.

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Kristen November 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Congratulations to Food Babble for it 2nd year running.

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Kristen!

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Claire November 12, 2012 at 2:28 am

recipe reviews or comparisons might be fun :D

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Great idea Claire!

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Siew Hwee November 12, 2012 at 2:58 am

It would be good to have more recipes of hand held sweets and whoopie pies! :)

Thanks!

Cheers,
Siew Hwee

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Now that I own this fabulous cookbook, I can definitely make more hand held sweets :) and I keep meaning to make whoopie pies!! I need to just do that already. Thanks for the suggestions and good luck!

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Jenne November 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

Gorgeous cake! I’m a new reader but I am always looking for savory dishes :)

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Jenne! I do some savory things now and then so I’ll be sure to do even more in the coming year. Good luck!

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Jenne November 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

I liked food babbles on Facebook

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Jenne November 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

I tweeted about the giveaway via @mooshujenne

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Happy blogiversary!! I cannot think of anything I’d like tos ee more or less of, so keep up the good work!

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thanks Erin and good luck!!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

I like you on Facebook

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

I follow you on Twitter

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

I tweeted about the giveaway

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

I follow you on Google+

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Happy 2cnd blogiversary, Kate! I love your take charge attitude; your cake looks amazing. If you need help eating it, I’m always available ;)

Your photography has come a long way. You are truly talented. Hmm, what would I like to see more of? This is totally biased, but I love cocktails.

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks so much, Jennie! I really appreciate all your kind words and I’m so glad you like my blog and photography. And cocktails, we can definitely do more of those! I actually hope to have one coming up very shortly. Just need time to write the post ;) But sometime before the end of the month I’ll have one just for you!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I like you on FB!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I follow you on Google +!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I follow you on pinterest!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I follow you on Twitter! Apparently, I’m a stalker :)

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

That’s okay, you can stalk me ;) I kinda like it!

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Alice November 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I’m fairly new to your blog, but I love what you are putting out and I think you should keep at it! :) Congrats on the anniversary! :)

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

A warm welcome to Food Babbles, Alice! So glad you’re enjoying what you find here so far. Thanks for the congratulations and good luck on the giveaway! Thanks for entering.

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Alice November 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I voted for your Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pear Tea Bread.

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Alice November 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I “Like” Food Babbles on Facebook

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Terra November 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Happy Blogiversary! You cake looks like a perfect way to celebrate!!!! This is my grandfathers favorite cake, it is a delicious mix of flavors:-) Hugs, Terra

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

It really is such a wonderful cake! I can completely understand why it’s your grandfather’s favorite. Thanks for the congrats!

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Jamie November 13, 2012 at 3:29 am

Happy Blog Birthday!!! And congrats on your brother’s improving health! Good news all around! I think the last time I ate a German Chocolate Cake – which I love – was way back in high school German Club, can you believe it? Thanks for sharing a great recipe…now no excuses not to make and eat one again. And a great cake for a blog birthday!!!

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Well, Jamie, it sounds like it’s high time you had German chocolate cake again! Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for the congratulations on both my anniversary as well as my brother. He’s doing wonderfully! Completely back to normal and is truly a miracle. We’re so happy! Thanks again!

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Mary Kay November 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Congratulations on your two year anniversary! This cake looks amazing, and for the record I also make my own birthday cake because I want a good one! I’m happy with anything you come up with to post about :)

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Kate November 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Ha! My stepmother makes a killer German chocolate cake, for some reason I just never get it made for me!! Grrr ;) Thanks for the congratulations and good luck!

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

i am all for desserts and this cake looks fantastic! so, i would love to see more cakes and cookies and even traditional desserts :D
great giveaway… i am so glad to be connected to you and your wonderful blog :)

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Kate November 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks so much! I’m so glad we connected as well. I love your blog and I look forward to reading regularly. It’s amazing!

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Following you on twitter

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

liked you on facebook

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

following you on pinterest and pinned your cake (it looks soooo good… i would have pinned it without you even asking…lol ;)

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Kate November 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks! I appreciate it :)

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

voted for you…hope you win :)

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Kate November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Thanks!

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cakewhiz November 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

shared your giveaway on facebook…

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ChristineM November 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Happy Anniversary on the blog Kate! SOOO happy to read about Doug. WEW!!!!
took me a while to get back here, ya know, computer issues can get ya!
Can’t wait for this coming year and the fun you will have…..

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Kate November 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you for all your well wishes Christine! Looking forward to another wonderful year with you along for the ride by my side.

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