Well, I survived the Hannah Montana partay and sleepover (barely)- lol. It was a whirlwind of planned activities, loud little girl shrieking, fattening foods ( ice cream cake, buttered popcorn, candy popcorn, sugary drinks, Starburst candy- Hannah's favourite apparently, cinnamon rolls and bacon (for breakfast). I DID make them Cooking Light buttermilk pancakes in the morning, too. I was expecting few to eat them- as little kids are often big food wasters at parties, but they went like proverbial hotcakes with rave reviews. ( cute, eh?! ) We also did a big fruit platter and OJ, so SOME healthy stuff was put out there anyway.
Today, for the actual bday AND the family party, we made the Cooking Light cake pictured above. My dd decided that she wanted a chocolate peanut butter cake ( the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say- that being my favourite combo in life in general :)), so I did a search of the Cooking Light site and came up with a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with Bittersweet Ganache. Words cannot do justice to describe the deliciousness of this cake. *sigh* It is seriously one of the best cakes I've ever had AND it looks so pretty, too. The ganache is poured over the top and it kind of drips over the side making this perfectly even and glossy coat. Everyone was like "You made that?" It definitely has a professional "smoothness" to it for little effort other than spooning and pouring.
The cake does have several steps to it and you have to wait for things to chill in the fridge for chunks of time here and there. I kind of made other stuff in between. ( I'll share more CL recipes from the meal tomorrow. ) The peanut butter filling is made from melted pb chips mixed with Cool Whip. The recipe calls for a mixture of pb AND milk chocolate chips, but after reading the recipe reviews, I only used pb ones. The rest of the cake is super chocolaty, so you don't really need more in the center.
A slice will cost you 7 points, but they are well worth it for a special occasion, like when your baby turns eight. :)