We have a special treat today!
It’s Chelsea’s 18th birthday! The picture above was taken one year ago around Chelsea’s last birthday. And this next picture was taken around the same time.
Are you wondering who that weird lurker is behind us, photo bombing our picture? Surprise! It’s our brother, Ben!
In honor of Chelsea’s birthday, our amazing and witty brother Ben is going to guest post for us! He is the second oldest in our family. He may not be as passionate about the no-sugar thing as we are but he still comes up with great recipe ideas and is a really talented chef! Even though we don’t include him in all of our in-depth recipe collaborations, he is a big help behind the scenes and gives us great inspiration. Today, he’s going to share one or two (keep reading below the recipe) awesome dessert ideas in honor of Chelsea’s entrance into adulthood. Here he is!
In Ben’s Own Words. . . . .
Middle children are often neglected and unappreciated. One day as my 3 sisters were off laughing and blogging and cupcaking without me (all in matching aprons), I was plotting my revenge. I envisioned spiking their Stevia with Fun Dip or letting Holly’s children drink from my carcinogenic plastic water bottle. However, my daydreaming birthed this nobler idea. Chelsea’s birthday is at the tail end of summer and, in my opinion, is one of the last opportunities to BBQ. In keeping with the BBQ and birthday theme, here are. . .
Cake Pop Kabobs!
Cake Kabobs are a great dessert that appreciates ALL components of the kabob family. It is great for your middle child complex or a treat for the last BBQ’s of the summer.
Cake Pop Kabobs
This chocolate cupcake recipe or your favorite cake recipe
Sugar Free Chocolate, melted
Cake Pop Pan
Mix up the cake batter according to the recipe. Pour the batter into a cake pop pan, filling the bottom full. Place the top pan over it and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. The cake will expand when cooking and create full circles. Once the cake pops are cooled, cover with melted chocolate and top with natural sprinkles or nuts.
Some other ideas to add to your kabobs:
And…. Ice Cream!
My sister photographed this with healthy ice cream on the side, but my brilliant idea for the kabobs includes 1 package of Mango Mochi from Trader Joes. Although the Mango Mochi has real sugar and other processed sins, it has great texture and taste (even though my sisters won’t vouch for it).
Sisters’ Side Note: We think the color and shape of Mochi are absolutely perfect added to a dessert kabob. We just can’t condone them here due to their sugar content! But we love the idea, Ben!!
Alternate the kabob ingredients of your choice on wooden or metal skewers.
Hope you have fun with these kabobs. If you’re looking for more brilliant dessert ideas, I am full of them. For instance, one idea I had for a birthday dessert came from Birthday Girl Chelsea’s family nickname: Twinksie. My original vote for a birthday dessert was to highlight Twinkies in a wedding cake structure of these yellow imperishable bricks. You can imagine the sweep of Holly and Annie’s eyes as they rolled back and reminded me that I don’t get a vote. But even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while and I was able to convince them to try out my second best idea, the Cake Kabobs!
As we enter the last days of summer, think about adding some dessert kabobs to your savory ones!
Happy 18th Birthday, Chels!