Let them eat cake.

Long weekends are the best – especially ones that you spend with your best friends eating delicious food! I traveled to Boston this past weekend for a friend’s birthday party and it was full of yummy recipes, friends, running, and CAKE.

Upon arriving in beantown, we immediately set out to find some lunch. Someone recommended a little Italian shop in Davis Square called Dave’s Fresh Pasta and it was really cool. The store was stocked with all sorts of unique foodie products – like jars of pickled veggies!

Pickled veggies

The muffaletta sandwich looked very interesting…

Muffaletta

My sandwich of choice was homemade whole wheat bread with roasted eggplant, spinach, red pepper, and fresh Vermont goat cheese. I ate it all, yum.

Goat cheese and veggie sandwich

And an amaretti cookie for dessert. This was fine, but I’ve decided that I do NOT like almond-flavored baked goods (amaretti cookies, marzipan, etc).

Amaretti cookie

After an afternoon of party prep and a glorious 7 mile run with Hannah (finished in 57:30 with negative splits, woo-hoo!), the party began! There was a lot of good beer, wine, and food. And the company wasn’t so bad either….

Agnes made garlic hummus and homemade tortilla chips.

Garlic hummus

Anj outdid herself with a beautiful apple custard tarte. You MUST try this recipe – I didn’t think I liked custard pies, but this was one of the best baked goods I’ve ever eaten!

Apple Custard Pie

A box of Italian cookies was brought by friends – my favorite was the chocolate filled coconut macaroon!

Italian Cookies

Anj used a Paula Deen recipe to make brie en croute with walnuts and raspberry jam – it was the perfect combo of savory and sweet!

Brie en croute

And the crowning achievement of the evening – Better than Sex Cake! Yes, that is the real name. Shout out to Holly for the inspiration! Warning: this cake is about as sugary and unhealthy as they come – but that’s what 25th birthdays are for.

Better than Sex Cake

Better than Sex Cake

Better than Sex Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Devil’s Food cake mix (plus the oil, eggs, water, etc. specified in box baking instructions)
  • 1 jar of caramel ice cream sauce
  • 1 jar of hot fudge topping
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tub of cool-whip
  • 1/2 bag of mini heath bars, crushed

Directions:

  • Bake cake according to package instructions, while still warm use a chopstick to poke holes in the cake
  • Pour condensed milk and caramel sauce over the cake
  • Heat up the hot fudge in the microwave until liquid and than pour over the cake
  • Put cake in the fridge overnight (or for a few hours)
  • Once cool, frost the cake with cool whip and decorate with crushed heath bars
  • Eat cake, repeat, give yourself diabetes (heh, just kidding)

At some point during the night, I started eating the caramel and hot fudge sauce out of the cake pan by the spoonful. Yumm. It’s a good thing I ran 7 miles that day!

I like cake.

Running buddies πŸ™‚

Hannah and Megan

Hooray for friends! And cake! And funny (bad) photos!

Anj, Hannah, Megan, Agnes

Question: What is your favorite type of cake? Although this weekend’s recipe was amazingly decadent, I’m loyal to yellow cake with vanilla butter cream frosting!

  • janetha

    super cute photos! and gaaaahhh i LOVE that cake! so good. my favorite kind of cake is ice cream cake with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate cake.

  • I love cookie cake with lots of icing. I’ve yet to try a better than sex cake, although I’ve only heard great things about it.

  • Ahhh, Megan! All of your traveling weekend eats look delicious. I have no words for that “better than sex cake.” Let me just say, after only looking at a picture of it…I fully understand where the name comes from.

    Glad you had a fun weekend with friends! Boston is a lovely town.

  • I might be missing a girl gene or two because chocolate cake just isn’t the way to my heart–but show me lemon cake (especially my mom’s) and watch me go bonkers.

    What a lovely time with friends! It’s great to be within easy visiting distance of your nearest and dearest.

  • Looks like you all had so much fun! Everything looks fantastic, especially the hummus. So thick and creamy, delicious.

    My favorite kind of cake is The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake and Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. Both recipes are on my blog and they really are out of this world amazing. πŸ™‚

  • Um, oh my gosh. I totally believe the Better Than Sex cake would, in fact, be better than sex. That looks phenomenal!

    Glad you had an awesome weekend in Boston!

  • Red velvet!!!

  • That cake looks INSANE…and your weekend looked super fun!!

    My fave cake absolutley involves homemade buttercream. Prob w/ chocolate cake. Although I never say no to a good FUnfetti. πŸ˜‰

  • What a FUN weekend!! That sandwich looked and sounded delicious from Dave’s and that brie (ala Paula Dean) looked heavenly! My favorite type of cake is carrot cake…hands down! LOVE IT!

  • My favorite type of cake would have to be a classic chocolate with chocolate icing. I’m a big fan of cheesecake two. I really like to have them both of the same plate so I can switch up bites. πŸ˜‰

  • I’ll have to check out that pasta place you mentioned–never heard of it.
    Wow that cake sounds good! For me, it’s anything with buttercream

  • What an amazing cake! The idea of caramel and chocolate makes me drool.

    I will need to remember that pasta place – always looking for restaurant recommendations.

  • CARROT CAKE!!! All the way. Absolutely love the stuff.
    Glad you had such a fun, friend-filled weekend. Those are the best! And yay 7 miles in under one hour!

  • ant

    I know those cookies! That picture doesn’t do them justice; they are the most amazing cookies. Ever.

  • I have definitely made the Better Than Sex dessert before! It used to be my fave. I have to say my current favorite kind of cake is carrot cake with the cream cheese frosting. I love, love, love it!!

  • I’ve always LOVED angel food cake. It’s so light and fluffy, sweet and delicious that I could probably eat the whole cake at once… but I don’t… restrain takes place πŸ™‚

  • That cake looks so good! I love anything with loads of gooey chocolate but I actually make a really good caramel apple (or pear) spice cake.

  • Ellen

    That cake looks to DIE for. I’m definitely trying it out! I’m not usually motivated enough to try new recipes, but it seems like recently I’ve made an exception for yours. I made my own version of your “healthy” nachos tonight!

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • I love that you went to Dave’s Fresh Pasta!!! I live a couple blocks away from there and going there is always a real treat – I’ve never had a bad sandwich there!! Unfortunately at the mo’ I’m studying in Ireland so Dave’s is unavailable πŸ™

  • Daves’s is incredible! It’s about 5 minutes from where I live. Glad you made it.

  • i really love Cakes and i am always looking for some new cake recipes on the internet.-“;

  • Although photos are really bang on. I like the most cakes which is really superb. Hope that i will attend such a interesting party with my friends.
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