April 29th, 2009

thanks for a great year

giant funfetti cake

a year ago today, after spending about 70% of my reading reading food blogs, i decided to dedicate the other 30% to launching my own.

giant funfetti cake

it’s been nothing but a positive experience, and i just really want to say thank you to everyone who reads it. i still get an incredible feeling anytime someone leaves a comment.

giant funfetti cake

so i’m celebrating by taking the day off. and cheating. that’s right, this here cake is straight up funfetti! if you’ve never had funfetti before, it’s a box cake made by pillsbury filled with tiny colored candy things that melt in the oven and give the cake a “festive” feel. what you really need to know about this cake is that you can’t eat it and not be overcome with joy. it’s almost too fun, but fortunately, the lab boys at pillsbury did sufficient research to pull it back just to this side of giddiness.

giant funfetti cake

i actually made this for the girl’s birthday last weekend (along with a “real” cake – tres leches!), but there was so much of it, i’m still working my way through. my inspriation for the finished cake was the world peace black and white cookie (LOOK TO THE COOKIE, ELAINE).

giant funfetti cake

i can’t apologize for loving this cake because, well, it’s just too good. but i wish i could send a piece to everyone – this blog would be nothing without you. thanks.

giant funfetti cake

46 Comments for thanks for a great year - why not leave some love?

  1. flourchild says:

    Congratulations, Pete! We appreciate you and your blog…always interesting. You write with humor and you post really good photos as well. Mostly, though, I love your choices of recipes. I’m curious as to how many people follow your blog by now. I sometimes ask questions or give you another curried chicken recipe as an alternate to try, but never a response. I think maybe your audience is much bigger than I thought and you just can’t answer all questions, am I right? So on your first anniversary, it is we who should thank YOU. It’s fun, I know, but still lots of work. But want you to know it does not go unappreciated.

  2. sara says:

    Adorable cake! I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so impressed with your blog…it’s awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Caitlin says:

    You can’t not like funfetti. Ignore the chemicals, just look at the sprinkles ๐Ÿ™‚ It amazes me that you’ve been going for a year – it seems like longer!

  4. Risa says:

    Congratulations! I have definitely enjoyed reading your blog and I agree that funfetti is just an awesome cake that makes everybody smile. Not one of my friend’s birthday’s can go by without somebody making a funfetti cake.

  5. Giddy says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversity! And yes, you are correct in that occasionally, we need to ignore the labels and just enjoy the moment.

    Love your photos and recipes and always look forward to each new one. My sons are both great cooks too, so I kind of look at you as one of my “boys”. “-)

  6. Erica says:

    Over the years, I have learned to whip up a mean German chocolate cake. A peanut butter cake to-die-for. Dreamy devil’s food. You get the picture.

    What do my kids cry for when it’s birthday time? Funfetti.

    Not that I can blame them – the stuff is the crack of cake mixes! At least I make my own icing – that makes it better, right?

  7. mary says:

    Thank you, Pete. When a blog update from pete bakes pops up in my rss, I get excited to read about what’s next.

  8. Sarah says:

    I just discovered your blog today (after following you on Twitter due to a very smart and sneaky free baked goods tactic. ha ha. In fact, I may be the winner. Please don’t break my heart and tell me I’m not.)

    I’m enjoying reading your old posts and can’t wait to see more.

    Oh, and if I am indeed the winner, I’d love a piece of that funfetti cake along with the brownies please. : )

  9. Candice says:

    Back in 1990 when I turned the ripe age of 6, I baked my own funfetti cakes for my birthday lunch at daycare. It’s my roots, man. And totally counts as a legitimate baked good.

  10. Michelle says:

    Who doesn’t love a little funfetti? Congrats on the milestone.

  11. Happy one year! I’m celebrating two years this week. woo hoo…blogging rocks!

    enjoy the cake! it looks HUGE!

  12. Carol Mullis says:

    Congratulations on your first year! Your blog is great and I hope you continue for a long time. It is always so nice to receive an e-mail letting me know when you have a new post. Great recipes, delicious humor! (P.S. Funfetti does create joy!)

  13. Lucy says:

    Thanks for your blog, Pete. I always open it right away. I love following all you do in the kitchen. Your recipes are delicious, but I enjoy your posts about other things, too – like the one where you explained how you take all your photos. I loved that!

  14. Kathy says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog and always love seeing your name pop up in my email.

    Congrats and happy Anniversary! More please and pass the funfetti.

  15. JN says:

    Thanks for your blog Pete. I look forward to it and thanks to your great pictures and the your enthusiasm, I have started baking and cooking again!!! I look forward to your recipes and I accidentally came across your blog 6 months ago, so glad I did! Congrats on finishing a year!

  16. Congratulations on the first year! I’m already hungry thinking about what year 2 will bring.

  17. Lynne says:

    I love your recipes and realy look forward to getting a new email.
    Keep it up Pete

  18. siri says:

    Mmm…..Funfetti. But even better- mmm….tres leches. Good boyfriend, you.

    And Congrats on the completion of this first year. I missed out on the first 9 months, but have been reading everything since then with joy and even backtracking a bit. Keep up the good work!


  19. Jenna says:

    Ahhhhh I love funfetti. That cake is gigantic (and I like it!). haha

    Anyways, I just recently found your blog, but it’s by far my favorite. Keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Katie says:

    I think I could eat that icing from the tub – omg it looks delicious! I love fun cakes – they remind me of when I was younger and a birthday party was really a birthday party and not just a lot of alcohol and music! ๐Ÿ˜›

  21. ZDubb says:

    Happy Birthday/Anniversary!
    I am a sucker for funfetti also.
    I’m putting up a post just for you!

  22. kelly says:

    what a perfectly amazing cake! nothing wrong with funfetti. nuff said.

  23. PJ says:

    I came upon your blog when I was looking for a rye bread recipe several months ago. I’ve enjoyed receiving your posts ever since. Pictures are great, food always looks so yummy, and the humor is very enjoyable after a long day at the office. Your cake looks wonderful – makes me want to get up and bake one right away!

  24. Allison says:

    Oh how I love funfetti…cheap, white cake will forever be my favorite (my poor mom, the chef, the amazing purveyor of delicious cakes and buttercream icings, because all I ever wanted as a kid was the cheap sugary stuff). Publix supermarkets make a Birthday Cake ice cream that is TO DIE FOR. Same little flecks and they’re melt in your mouth delicious.

  25. Amy I. says:

    Funfetti is the best thing ever. Happy blogiversary, I’ve been enjoying reading along!

  26. patti says:

    love your blog and have been hooked since i stumbled upon it about 4 months ago. you’ve inspired me to start documenting some recipes and taking photos of the progress. i have used many of your recipes and they are always a hit! so, for that, i thank you for doing what you do and doing it so well!

  27. i’m drooling like some kind of madly drooling thing.
    that cake looks so good to me right now that it’s like the worst kind of torture just looking at it.

    or death by cake torture, that’s what you should call it.

    congrats on your blog birthday, Pete!

  28. petebakes says:

    you guys are making me blush – thanks for all the kind words! i have the best readers ever.

  29. Katie H says:

    There is some thing about funfetti that just brings out the kid in you!
    I love your blog and I must admit I check it just about every day. My kids love looking at your wonderful pictures you post. I have tried several of your recipe and have never been disappointed! Thank you! My husband and kids thank you as well!

  30. Beth says:

    Love your site, love your recipes…I bake your bread on a weekly basis. I also love Funfetti cake. It’s one of the only things I’ll make out of a box. I make myself one every year for my birthday! Happy birthday Pete Bakes!

  31. Rachel says:

    I want to live inside that cake…

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  33. Memoria says:

    Yeaaa! Congrats on another year of yumminess! I want to thank you for offering such delicious treats! Keep it up.

    The cake looks so tempting btw. I love the thick, yummy icing.

  34. Dee in Hope says:

    Oh, Pete, I very much appreciate the effort you go to showing us the bliss in your life – cooking, photography, art – all of it! Seeing an email from you keeps me grounded and brings me back to what’s really important when I’ve gotten too worked up about the politics and the state of the World. The Golden Rule is the best thing we have going for us. I find it in constant use on your blog and while I’m reading your blog, I feel as comfortable as if I just fell onto my grandma’s feather bed. I also know I’m in for a treat – no matter what it is you’ve chosen to share with us. I know how lucky I am to have found petebakes. Happy Anniversary. I hope you will want to continue it for a long time. I can’t imagine ever tiring of it.

  35. anna says:

    I found your website when I was searching for a foccia bread recipe, I have not stopped following your food blog since.
    Its been fabulous, don’t stop!

  36. gaga says:

    I looooooved funfetti as a kid but haven’t had it in ages. Yummy!

  37. Kristina says:

    It takes a real man to admit on a food blog to making and loving funfetti cake! That’s why I love this blog so much! And I agree–normally I don’t touch a cake mix, unless it’s funfetti! A party in your mouth, and nothing to be ashamed of. Congrats on the first year completed and the beginning of an even better one!

  38. RobinSue says:

    A very fun way to decorate a cake. Thanks for the tip. Happy one year! Oh and tres leches has to be one of the best cakes around!

  39. Rebekah says:

    Funfetti is the best! Can you come up with a recipe for making it from scratch please? (Your recipes are always great, by the way!)

  40. Sarah says:

    I just love these & so does my family!! I make them for Birthday parties, and ranging from 2 yrs. old to 14 yrs. old, they love it!!


  41. Funfettilvr says:

    I think I’d use a funfetti cake at every important day in my life.
    I’d even have people serve it at my funeral

  42. dekvip says:

    I think I could eat that icing from the tub โ€“ omg it looks delicious! I love fun cakes โ€“ they remind me of when I was younger and a birthday party was really a birthday party and not just a lot of alcohol and music!

  43. I found your website when I was searching for a foccia bread recipe, I have not stopped following your food blog since.
    Its been fabulous, donโ€™t stop!

  44. Megan says:

    This cake is really good i bake it every day for fun

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