When finding the best birthday cake, eat it.

Bakery Nouvea's signature triple layer chocolate cake.

Bakery Nouveau triple layer chocolate cake with macarons .

This week while getting ready to celebrate the joint birthdays of a few of our friends, we set out to find the perfect birthday cake. Something moist, rich, and incredibly chocolatey. In other words the kind of cake that you eat with a tall glass of milk.

Living in Seattle that takes you to one place in particular, Bakery Nouveau. It’s an amazing Italian bakery complete¬†with a small seating area¬†where you can enjoy everything from slices of cake, macarons, and other pastries, to more savory fare such as thick pieces of pizza, and delicious sandwiches.

It was definitely a treat to get to sit down and have a sandwich while the cake was lovingly decorated by the extremely helpful staff. I can’t wait to try their Spring cake next.

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Recipe: Southern Strawberry Peach Pie

This incredible fruit pie has a delicate crust that has that perfect crunch from its light egg wash, a thick layer of fresh picked spring fruit, and a rich custard like middle. The thick batter that you spread on top, bakes together with the fruit to become this beautiful pink, cream, and orange custard. It’s sweet, slightly tart and has hints of caramel. The top becomes golden brown and crisp. Mixing the strawberries and peaches, together with the cinnamon and batter really makes for something special. Especially with home-made whipped cream and fresh mint.

I made it yesterday and couldn’t help myself, I had a piece today for breakfast. It’s that good!

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Spring Treat: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Every year I wait for the beginning of spring for strawberry season so I can make my Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. It’s become quite the tradition, with the pies disappearing faster and faster each time I bake them. I love the sweet tartness of the berries and rhubarb paired with the crisp crust, and put that together with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and it just taste’s like home and spring in the South.

I’m lucky enough to live right up the road from a beautiful strawberry farm, so this basket of strawberries was picked the same day that I bought it. It’s one of the perks of living in the middle of farm country.

Here’s the recipe for my Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Fresh and Minty Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I took a cup of fresh mint from the garden, mixed it with about 3 cups of delicious vanilla ice cream from Trader Joes in the food processor. Then tossed in some chocolate chips, for an incredible mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Look at all of those yummy green flecks of mint studding that luscious vanilla ice cream! Sooo yummy!

Pour into a ziploc bag then roll it up to get out all of the air, throw it into the freezer and enjoy!