chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream & a sister's wedding toast


Spring is in the air and with that lots of love and joy.  The beautiful spring blooms colored this past weekend celebrating my sister's wedding to her new husband Craig.  The weekend was filled with joy and I had the pleasure of making their wedding cakes!  I crafted my coconut flour, lemon cake with lemon curd—same as the cake for my wedding celebration— and a new chocolate cake recipe!  Since I flew in at the last moment from Hawaii, my amazing father actually baked the cakes...oh and yes he was very proud of his accomplishments.  Enjoy this delicious chocolate cake and a toast for my beautiful sister.  Thank you Hannah, The Art in Life, for the splendid photography.

Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Cake Batter

{coconut oil, for greasing pan}

Buttercream Frosting

{Blackberries or other fresh berries to decorate}



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a springform pan with coconut oil, spreading evenly.
  • Sift together all dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, use a hand blender to mix all wet ingredients.
  • Combine the flour with the wet batter, blending on medium for at least a minute.  Use a spatula to scrape edges so that all ingredients are mixed.  Continue to blend on medium-high for an additional minute. (Coconut flour requires a lot of blending to keep the cake fluffy during baking).
  • Spread batter evenly in the springform pan
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, testing with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.
  • Cool completely.


  • Bring frosting ingredients to room temperature, at least 30 minutes, to soften.  Whip on low until the frosting is mixed and has a fluffy consistency.
  • Carefully remove the cake from the springform pan and slice in half.
  • Place the bottom half on serving dish.
  • Spread slightly less than half of frosting onto first layer of cake.
  • Place other half of cake gently on top.
  • Continue frosting the top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
  • Decorate the top of cake with blackberries or other fresh berries.
  • Place in refrigerator until ready to serve as buttercream frosting will melt easily.
  • Remove cake 15 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

A wedding toast for my beautiful sister....

Christmas 1997.  I was 7 and Christine was 10. We were gathered around the breakfast table, eating my Dad's famous cinnamon rolls and watching my mother open her Christmas present.  My Mom opened the small white box only to reveal a gold charm bracket from my Dad, me, and Christine.

As mom my ooed and awed, she only had one question.  She asked, "How did you know how to make the bracelet so small?"

Christine quickly piped in saying, "Oh well I measured it on my hand!"

And yes, the glamour for Christine started at an early age! Whether it was picking out my outfits when she was only 4 years old or wearing our great grandmothers pearls, Christine has always had an eye for beauty....from the sparkling water of the Italian riviera to dancing with children in Uganda, from a dress from Neiman Marcus to simple spring blooms on her kitchen table, and lastly a sparkly diamond ring, Christine loves beautiful things. When we woke up this morning at 4:45 and I struggled to open my eyes, Christine said, "Oh, the sweet birds are singing to us!" Yes, Christine always finds beauty in every situation!

Just like the facets of the diamond you wear on your finger, true beauty comes from the inside. Christine your beauty comes from your Heavenly Father and reveals itself in your smile and the joy you give to others.

Like a diamond's unique facets combine to reveal a deep lasting inner beauty.  Christine your Godly heart, fierce loyalty, feminine spirit and love for others are the qualities or facets of your diamond's inner beauty.

When I fist met my husband he asked me what my sister was like, I responded as I always describe my sister to others, "well, she is way nicer than I am!" You desire to serve others and your sweet spirit is infectious. Craig it is now your job to treasure her gracious and giving heart. Allow her to fly and let her beautiful heart flourish in her career, as your wife, a future mother to your children, and most importantly as the love of your life.

Marriage is simply beautiful and oh so much fun! As you allow each other to grow closer to God, appreciate the other's weaknesses, treasure their strengths, laugh at eachother's quirks: you fall more in love every day!  Christine now that you are a Kreinbihl and lots of new adventures await, some things will never change—

You will always be my big sister.

You will always make me cry laughing at the fact that you loose your metro card in your own hand.

You will somehow manage to use the phrase "oh so precious" more than I though was possible in a day.

You will always be the best coffee buddy.

You will always find the good in everyone and the positive in a tough situation.

And you will always be a friend and a loyal sister.

Stephen and I wish you the best and love you both!

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