Cake Boys Are Back With a New Episode! Here’s Season Two Episode One

Once again, we are behind at our house in completing Cake Boys episodes. This week, the boys finally finished this video that they began last January. So many videos, so little time!

Obviously, you’ll see that the boys add a little drama in an effort to be like the real show, Cake Boss. They always laugh at the real show when the characters are so dramatic over nothing. ;)

You can see more of our boys’ Cake Boys episodes here.

Cake Boys Season One Finale

While there are already Season Two episodes in the works, this is the final episode of Cake Boys Season One recorded in 2012. Why yes it did take seven months to finish this (which is why you’ll see a Christmas tree in the background in one clip). That’s because the boys have too many ideas and not enough time. You should hear the commercial ideas they come up with. Be thankful they don’t make all of them for your viewing pleasure. I love their creativity though!

If you haven’t watched any of these episodes, I really encourage you to watch this one if you can. The boys have really improved their movie making skills over the past few months. We got them new software for Christmas and I love seeing them learn how to use it and try new things. They’ve made some pretty neat changes in how they put together their movies and I think this one is their best so far. (Proud mom? Yes.)

Bet you’re just dying to try that awesome food from a box my boys are advertising, huh? :)

Happy 4th of July!

Cake Boys Episode 9 (And Why You Need Ping Pong Shoes)

Been waiting for your next dose of the Cake Boys? Here they are again, with another great cake, and another crazy commercial.

Admittedly, the cake didn’t look very pretty when all was said and done. But it sure was yummy! And even with all those disclaimers, I am completely convinced that I need to get myself a pair of Ping Pong Shoes…

Cake Boys Videos Are Back! {Episode 8}


Christmas travels threw us off just a little bit, and then the boys were determined (by popular request) to add a “commercial” to the video. After much work, silliness, and editing – here is Cake Boys Episode 8! (Watch previous episodes here.)

Just beware – Asa scripted this, then our whole family was invited to be a part of the commercial. Acting cheesy seems to be what we do best. The whole thing is ridiculous, if we do say so ourselves, but there’s no doubt about it – we sure do have fun around here. :)

Subscribers, click here to watch.

Real Food MakeOver: Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake (and Cake Boys Episode 7!)

Have a recipe you’d like me to try and make over?   Submit your recipes on this Real Food Recipe Makeover Submission Page.

Remember that cake I tried to make in a crock pot that ended up being tedious and difficult? After that, my friend Jenny emailed me a recipe for Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake, figuring that I could surely make over the ingredients to make this a healthier recipe.

I was excited, yet given my experience with cake in a crock pot, I couldn’t help but wonder:  Would this cake be a lot of work? Would it be tasty in the end?

The answer to those questions are:  No, this cake is not a lot of work…and YES this cake is incredibly tasty.

I actually handed the recipe to the Cake Boys (aka Justus and bros) to make this for Matt’s birthday last week. It was so easy for them to adapt that they did it without any help from me.   Yes indeed, this Real Food Makeover is brought to you by the Cake Boys. :)

You simply pour the batter into the crock pot, then drizzle over a layer of boiling water/cocoa/sucanat. The cake bakes in a crock pot for two hours, and when it’s finished, the cake has baked over the top and a layer of fudgy pudding is on the bottom.

This cake is dreamy, rich deliciousness. We all loved it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sucanat
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons melted butter (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine flour, cocoa, sucanat, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Make a well in the center and add milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir well, until batter is smooth. Stir in peanut butter (heat if needed, to thin). Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into a well greased slow cooker. Make the topping:

3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup sucanat
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Mix cocoa and sucanat, whisk in boiling water until smooth. Gently pour over batter in crock pot, but don’t stir. Cover and cook on HIGH until puffed and the top layer is set, about 2- 2 1/4 hours. Turn off crock pot and let stand, covered for at least 30 minutes. Serve the cake (which is now on top) with ice cream or whipped cream and drizzle the fudgy pudding from the bottom over both.

Makes 6-8 servings


And now, you can enjoy Episode 7 of Cake Boys, which includes a ridiculous commercial break by Asa. Wow, our boys have tooooo much fun putting these together. Also, I should note:  Justus says that he added “shortening” to the cake. He really added butter. He was just reading the original recipe when he recorded. :)  And then we had a little lesson about what shortening is and why we don’t eat it unless it’s Palm Shortening. But anyway…


Menu Plan for the Week (And Cake Boys Episode 6!)

Remember how we hosted our church’s high schoolers for “Huddle” each Sunday night during the ’11-’12 school year? When school started this year, we were deep in the midst of Matt traveling many weekends for York College soccer, as well as being very involved in our city league soccer (Matt is currently president of the board) and of course our boys play and/or referee. I’ve talked about it plenty – you know our family eats, sleeps, and breathes, and loves soccer from August until November. 

During those months, we still wanted to be a part of Huddle, so we loved it that our friends hosted and fed the kids – and Matt and I just got to show up! Now that life has settled down a tiny bit for us, it’s our turn again! 

This morning I made Baked Oatmeal, using this recipe – baking it in a pyrex dish for about 25 minutes.

Here’s what we’ll be feeding the teens tonight, and what our family will be eating the rest of the week:

Sunday, November 11
Baked oatmeal, pears
Roasted chicken, potatoes, carrots, gravy
 Huddle – Cheesy salsa enchiladas, spanish rice, tossed salad, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Monday, November 12
Warm pumpkin soother, toast
Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, fruit
Chicken alfredo with pasta, steamed broccoli and carrots

Tuesday, November 13
Scrambled eggs, whole wheat biscuits, applesauce
Potato soup, zucchini muffins
Teriyaki chicken and veggies with rice

Wednesday, November 14
Blueberry struesel muffins, bananas
Creamy mac and cheese, peas
Calico beans, tossed salad

Thursday, November 15
Coconut flour muffins, pears
Pizza boats, fruit
Cheesy beef and rice, green beans

Friday, November 16
Whole wheat pancakes, fruit
Chicken and noodles, carrots
Taco potatoes, fruit salad

Saturday, November 17
Homemade donuts, fruit
Sloppy joes, potato wedges, peas

And now…Cake Boys Episode 6, in which Justus shares his recipe! And he also uses food coloring. Ugh.  Why yes, we do compromise every once in a while. ;)

Cake Boys Episode 5

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to post our boys’ latest Cake Boys Episode.   This one was put together a few weeks ago when we welcomed the 6th graders from church into the youth group. Justus thought it would be a nice idea to make a cake in their honor. :)

I’ve heard from many of you that your kids really enjoy watching the Cake Boys videos. For your convenience, I’ve created a link that will make it easy to find all of the episodes easily:

Cake Boys

I will also add the Cake Boys link to our “Search Categories” page. :)

They are already almost finished with Episode 6. Mom is behind on posting, obviously. Our boys are getting great experience in the kitchen, as well as on the computer creating and editing these “shows”. Thank you so much for your support of their efforts. They love watching their “number of views” increase. :)

Funky Fresh Kitchen Challenge #3 Check In ~ Serve Someone {Barbeque Brisket and Cake Boys Episode 4…But not at the same time.}

I have loved reading all of your comments this week as you’ve been serving friends, family, church members, and neighbors this week. Thank you all for joining with me in this Funky Fresh Service Challenge. I know that many have been blessed this week because of you. God is glorified! If you haven’t yet had the chance to serve someone, join this challenge anytime!

Our family had several friends over on Sunday for a meal and to play games. We served Barbecue Brisket, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Cream Cheese Corn, Tossed Salad, and Death by Chocolate.

 It was a blessing to have so many friends here, especially during our busy season. Taking time to relax, play games, and visit was just what we needed.

Later in the week, our boys made cupcakes to hand out to our York College Ladies Soccer Team. They recorded another episode of Cake Boys during the process.

Serving others is always a blessing to our family, and I’m so thankful that our boys are learning to experience this joy as well.

I’d love to hear more about how you were able to serve someone this week! Leave a comment here to share. All comments will be entered in our giveway for two $25 and one $50 gift certificates to the Heavenly Homemakers Shop.

Menu Plan for the Week…Plus Cake Boys Episode 3!

Here is our menu for this week. But more importantly, below you will find Cake Boys Episode 3! (Watch Espisode 1 and Episode 2 if you haven’t already.)  This time, the boys made a cake for Matt and me as we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. It was so very sweet.  Be sure to admire my very messy kitchen and cluttery countertops as you watch. Yikes. ;)

Sunday, August 26
Oatmeal, fruit
Cheeseburger macaroni, tossed salad, green beans
Potluck picnic – taking drinks, veggie tray, and Texas sheet cake (made by the Cake Boys – Episode 4 coming up!)

Monday, August 27
Whole wheat pancakes, blueberries
Taco salad
Creamy chicken and rice casserole, carrots

Tuesday, August 28
Honey whole wheat bagels, cantaloupe
Tuna salad on tomatoes, pickles, olives, watermelon
Grilled bbq chicken, corn on the cob, zucchini

Wednesday, August 29
Crepes with jelly, applesauce
Italian roast wraps, tomatoes, lettuce, sweet peppers, green beans
Chicken patty sandwiches, ranch potato wedges, peas

Thursday, August 30
Fried eggs on toast, creamy orange cooler
Hamburger patties, steamed broccoli and carrots
Pizza casserole, tossed salad

Friday, August 31
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, apple slices
Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, carrots

Saturday, September 1
Whole wheat donuts, grapes
Steak on the grill, creamy cole slaw, corn on the cob

And now, Cake Boys Episode 3!

Menu Plan for the Week and The Cake Boys Episode 2 (Special Birthday Edition!)

Here’s my menu for this week if you’re interested. If not, just scroll down saying “blah, blah, blah” until you get to the bottom so you can see the birthday cake my boys made for me!! It was so cute – I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Sunday, August 5
Oatmeal, fruit
Grilled bbq chicken, corn on the cob, sweet peppers, cantaloupe, tossed salad, brownies

Monday, August 6
Whole wheat pancakes, blueberries
Tuna salad on crackers, tomatoes, cherries, carrots
Chicken fried steak strips, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas

Tuesday, August 7
Scrambled eggs, creamy orange coolers
BLTs, cantaloupe, carrots
Alfedo sauce with pasta, steamed broccoli, zucchini

Wednesday, August 8
Peanut butter honey toast, strawberries
Easy noodle stir fry with broccoli, yellow squash, and carrots
Pizza with the YC soccer team

Thursday, August 9
Chocolate chocolate chip muffins, applesauce
Chicken veggie quesadillas, grapes
Chicken patty sandwiches, tomatoes, green beans, watermelon

Friday, August 10
Crustless breakfast quiches, oranges
Pigs in a blanket, peaches, sweet peppers
Homemade pizza, fruit salad

Saturday, August 11
Whole wheat donuts, fruit
Cheesy salsa enchiladas, tossed salad

Okay, birthday cake time. But first, let’s review something about me that you may or may not know:


I don’t hold back on butter, I think butter has many health benefits, butter is real food, butter tastes awesome, and when I put butter on my bread or in mashed potatoes, moderation is not really a word that we can use to describe my portion size. I would never go so far as to eat a stick of butter by itself, because…yuck. And I do balance my butter with plenty of veggies and good protein.

But yeah, I love butter. So much so that my boys like to tease me about finding me a t-shirt that says “I eat butter with my butter.”  Wouldn’t that be cute? (or not)

This is why, for my birthday, these creative geniuses (my husband and all four sons) came up with an idea to surprise me with a Butter Cake. “A cake made with butter?” you ask. Well yes, there is butter in the cake. But how about a cake that is shaped and decorated like a stick of butter?

Is that awesome or what?!

How did they do it? Well, you can watch the newest episode of “Cake Boys” and see for yourself. And then you can see my reaction at the end of the video when I walked in and saw the surprise cake for the first time. I think I look quite ridiculous, but that’s how we all feel when we see ourselves on video right? Ugh. I also look quite sunburned. We’d been at the pool for swimming lessons that morning. The sunburn isn’t nearly as bad as it looks – I had just put coconut oil on my face before walking into the kitchen, so I was kind of…shiny.

Oh, and the “drama” added to the video? The boys assure me that they were totally pretending and not really mad at each other while making the cake. Since the actual “Cake Boss” show often shows intensity and “heat of the moment” situations, my boys decided they needed to add that too. Love these kids.

I tell you what, the Butter Cake totally made my day. (Tasted pretty awesome too!)