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They Say It’s Your Birthday…

They Say It’s Your Birthday…

…Well it’s my birthday too!  Yes, today is my 36th 29th birthday! Horray!

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Before my day even began, my 14 year old daughter, Emily, woke me before she left for school to sing me Happy Birthday.  It’s a tradition in my family that everyone gets sung to on their birthday.  Near or far, we make it happen.  So, this morning, Emily was the first to sing Happy Birthday to me!  Such a sweet gift from my baby girl.

My day officially started an hour later when I rolled out of bed with the sun shining through my window and a blanket of snow covering my neighborhood.  Just when I thought all the snow had melted, Mother Nature brought us more!  It was a beautiful sight from my window this morning! (I posted a pic of the snow on Instagram!)

My baby boy, Matty, woke up in a super good mood full of snuggle and love.  I love it when he’s in a happy mood in the mornings! He brings such joy and happiness to my day when he’s happy!  Great way to start my birthday!

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And then the best thing happened.  My husband called me from Afghanistan to with me a Happy Birthday and to tell me he loves me.  He told me that today, he had  an American flag flown over the Forward Operating Base he’s stationed at in my honor.  It’ll fly over the FOB for 24 hours and tomorrow he’ll take a few pictures of the flag and of him taking it down.  When he comes home, the flag will come with him and will have an official certificate saying where and when it was on the flagpole in Afghanistan.  What a an amazingly special birthday gift!   I am such a lucky woman to have a thoughtful, loving and brave Husband!

UPDATE:  Here are a few of the pictures! Aren’t they great?  I’m so proud to be married to such an amazing American soldier!

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On the agenda for my birthday… do a little laundry, take a hot bath and spend the evening with good friends over dinner and cake!

Cake! Yes, of course there will be cake!

I absolutely LOVE my chocolate cake recipe. I know I’ve said it a million times before, but it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  Moist, rich, and full of chocolate flavor.  It holds up perfectly to any frosting and is just so YUM!

So, for my birthday cake this year I made three layers of my favorite chocolate cake.  I used my Double Chocolate Layer Cake recipe and divided the cake in three 8in cake pans to bake.    I filled the cake with my Perfect Peanut Butter Buttercream… both layers inside.  To frost and decorate the outside of the cake, I made a double batch of my Mom’s chocolate fudge frosting recipe.    I had extra peanut butter and fudge frosting, but no worries… it won’t go to waste!  Finally, I decorated the edges with a simple piped scallop edge and topped the cake with chopped Reese’s!

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It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lovers dream cake.

And I’m not gonna lie.  I’ve made this cake before… well maybe not exactly this cake.  But the chocolate peanut butter combo I’ve made before.  But this one… it’s pretty darn amazing with both the peanut butter buttercream and fudge frosting.

Recipes to make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake:

So, besides my hubby not being here… it’s been a pretty darn good birthday!  Here’s to another great year of life!

Oh… and because I just learned how to make them… here’s a fun GIF of me serving a piece of this cake!

Enjoy!

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Margot

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

I've made this cake for EVERY birthday in our family. We're military, as well and have moved. I almost had a panic attack, when my middle child said this was the cake she wanted and I couldn't find your link! NO worries, I remembered that I had emailed it to a friend. I have take some pretty essential steps, to ensure that NEVER happens again. We cannot live without this cake!

Betsy Eves

Thursday 17th of December 2015

That is so fabulous to hear, Margot!!! xxoo Thank you so much for sharing this with me! <3 Love from one military family to another!

Esmeralda

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

My daughter wants a cake like this for her 10th bday, can't wait to make it! Her bday is in May :) Looks very yummy!

Betsy Eves

Friday 4th of April 2014

Yay! It's a great cake! I hope she has an amazing 10th birthday!

Cate @ Chez CateyLou

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

I know I am late, but I just had to wish you a happy birthday and tell you how amazing this cake looks! I am a huge PB lover, so this is literally the perfect way to celebrate a birthday!! And thanks for sharing the pictures of your husband - brings tears to my eyes! Thank you to him for his service.

Betsy Eves

Thursday 6th of March 2014

You are too sweet, Cate! THANK YOU for the birthday love! <3

Roxana

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

Happy belated birthday Betsy! My husband's birthday was the 8th... The kids ate his birthday cake cause unfortunately he was sick. Looks like I can make this for his "do over" cake. Lol

Betsy Eves

Thursday 20th of February 2014

Thanks Roxana! I hope your hubby loves this cake as much as I did!!

Mary

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

Happy Belated Birthday Betsy! Hope you had a nice day. Your cake looks absolutely delicious! The story about your husband and his gift was beautiful, thanks for sharing it and also the pictures! Thank you, your family and especially your husband for serving for all of us! God Bless!

Betsy Eves

Thursday 20th of February 2014

Thank you, Mary, for the kind words! :)

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