Goddaughter Bonding

I may not have any children of my own (yet) but that’s ok, because I’m blessed to have 4 amazing godchildren. 2 boys (Andrew and Isaac) and 2 girls (Leila and Julia) between the ages of 11 and 15 and MAN are they a blast!

Today is Andrew’s 15th birthday so last night I went over their house and baked a secret cake for him with Leila. The kid is obsessed with Monster Energy Drink so we decided to make him a cake that looks like the can and we even flavored the cake and buttercream with Monster. I’m sure he’ll like it, hopefully the rest of us will too! I’ll report back on that tomorrow.

Leila and I both like to bake from scratch and try and not use box mixes whenever possible but last night, it wasn’t possible given our time constraints. As it was, we weren’t done decorating the cake until after 9pm and she still needed to shower and go to bed so she could be up for school today. We did make our own frosting and fondant though, and here’s how:



  • 1 box funfetti cake mix
  • 1 + 1/4 cup Monster Energy Drink

Mix it together and bake like the box says. Super easy.

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 sticks of room temp butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • a few spashes of Monster Energy Drink

Beat the butter until it’s smooth; add the vanilla; add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time; add the Monster until you have the right consistency.


  • 1 small bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2tbs water
  • almost a whole bag of confectioners sugar
  • crisco

Put the marshmallows and water in a microwaveable bowl; in 30 second increments heat it up and stir until they’re melted; spread crisco on your work space and cover your hands like it’s lotion; knead the confectioners sugar into the marshmallows until it’s no longer sticky (this works best if you have someone helping so they can add more sugar as needed).

While we waited for the cake to bake and cool we played Threesies (a card game) and regardless of the valiant effort I made, Andrew was still kicking my butt. At this point Julia got home from her school concert with her dad and they took over for us so Leila and I could finish the cake.

Here are some pictures from the night. Enjoy!

ImageLeila making the fondant

ImageI made the buttercream

ImageFINAL PRODUCT!ImageImageLeila made a little tough guy out of fondant

ImageUs with our masterpiece

ImageAnd I had to add a picture of Julia, because she looked so pretty all dressed up for her concert!