Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mellow Yellow...Play Date Cafe' 19 and Sour Cream Banana Bundt Cake

Good evening, everyone!

Hope it's been a great day--still raining here--was just hailing wildly a few minutes ago!  I love days like this when I don't have to go anywhere except drive my kids to and from school...I can stay nice & cozy inside...just the way I like it!

I've got lots to share with you--no short post tonight!  The color challenge this week for The Play Date Cafe' is Deep Yellow, Pale Yellow & White, which led me toward an all creamy yellow day of cardmaking...I really enjoyed it!

First of all, here's the challenge for PDCC...

These colors are so soothing and much fun to play with!  Here's my take on the challenge:

I love this sweet image I found online...unfortunately, I can't remember where I got it--sorry!  I didn't keep track of things as well in the beginning--now I do!    I used some retired SU! So Saffron dp, lace, ribbon, a big vintage shell button, gold glitter, and a touch of Dazzling Diamonds on her flowers...that's it!

Next, in keeping with my mellow yellow mood, I made this card...a bit more summery I wishing, or what?!

Another image I lost track of where I got it...again, apologies if it was yours...and thank-you!  I used the same retired SU! dp for this, just a different print.  I'm enjoying using what I already have laying around on my table, if it works...don't worry--I'm cleaning off my table tonight to get ready for tomorrow--new stuff!

Lots of Dazzling Diamonds on the sunflowers & leaves, and I surrounded her with mica flakes.  Around that, I edged the image with Cinnamon Stickles.    Finished it off with some beautiful brown crocheted lace, ribbon and my favorite brown & cream gingham ribbon.

Last card--are you still with me?  I really love this image--another one I found online from a lovely blog--Art-e-ology.  She does beautiful things with Photoshop and vintage images! 

Isn't this an adorable collage image?  Love the soft colors...The polka-dotted yellow paper is from a gorgeous new paper collection from K&Company called "Cut N' Paste", which I found at Michael's.  The yellow rose is one that I cut out from one of the pages in the pack--beautiful! 

Some wide, beautifully detailed lace, ribbon, creamy crochetetd lace...

...Dazzling Diamonds on the parts of the image I wanted to highlight, mica flakes all around.  You can't really tell here, but I did something really fun with the mica flakes today--I had an idea to put some in a ziplock baggy, then I sprayed in some Gold and Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist and mooshed it around--it dyed it perfectly!  I let it dry for a bit and used it around the person, it looks beautifully creamy yellow & dazzling!

Last of all, in keeping with our creamy yellow theme for the about the most delicious bundt cake I've ever tasted in my whole entire life?  Sound good?  Well, here you go!

The icing doesn't look as good as it did before I added the edible glitter to the top.  I love to sprinkle it on pretty things, but it kind of soaked in and looked funny...oh, well!  It still sparkled! 

It was my husband's birthday on Saturday, and all he asked for was a bundt I searched around for a good recipe, and found it in my Bundt Classics cookbook that I've had for years...never tried this one before, but he LOVED it--said it was the best he'd ever tasted!  

Here's the recipe:

Sour Cream Banana Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, cut into pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10 or 12 cup Bundt pan.  If using a 10 cup pan, fill 3/4 full with batter and make 3 to 4 cupcakes with the remaining batter.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients.  Mix 2 minutes on medium speed.  Spoon into prepared pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool completely on rack.  If desired, drizzle with Vanilla Glaze.

Vanilla Glaze

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk

In medium bowl, mix sugar and butter.  Add vanilla.  Gradually add milk until desired consistency; mix until smooth.  For thinner consistency, add additional milk.

YUM!!!  This cake was dreamy, I tell you!  Try it--you'll LOVE it!

Well, that's it for tonight.  Hope your evening is wonderful and that tomorrow is as well.  I'll be back on Friday with something new.  See you then!

Sweet dreams!


  1. Boy, when you get a theme, you STICK with it!

    Really lovely cards and the recipe looks yummmmy! : )

    Great job on all of's so wonderful to have you part of our team : )

  2. All of these cards are beautiful Julie! The cake looks scrumptious but I am SURE it is not on my diet :)

  3. Lady ... your creations are AMAZING and I just love each & every one of them!!! I hope to play the challenge this week ... always a good time!
    This bundt cake looks YUMMO!! Sounds YUMMO too!! Please wish you DH a belated Happy Birthday from me!! He's 29 right!!! Have a great day ... hugs to you!

  4. Dear Julie,

    your cards are wonderfull, and so full of sentiments, romance, and beauty.
    And the cake, uuhhmmm, looks so delicius, thanks for recipi.
    Have a great day.
    xo Dorthe

  5. Beautiful cards. Love all the vintage images... and YUMMY CAKE... I may have to bake this one... HMMMMMMMMM. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hi Julie

    Still raining, not the weather we all think of for your part of the world.

    Stunning pieces of artwork again, I especially love the little girl and flower image and soft peach colours.

    B x

  7. Beautiful cards, those mica flakes look fabulous as a framing element! Croco paint - not sure it's made it over your side of the Pond yet but I think you girls should be asking your LSS or whatever to stock it! It's made by a company called Viva Decor and I know some of their other products are already available in the US (Pearl Pens, Precious Metal Paint (also fabulous - you'd love it!), Pardo Jewellery clay) so it should be doable to get Croco and Tera paints added to the list of goodies!

  8. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous Julie!!!! Breathtaking!!!! And that cake looks delicious!!!!

  9. That cake looks really good! I love anything lemon so this is my kind of food. Lovely cards.Thank you for stoppimg by; Victoria is a cozy place that we love.

  10. Love all of your sunshiney, lemony, buttery, banana-ey creations today, Julie! And, guess what? The sun is even shining here today!

  11. Julie, you have such a lovely blog and I hope you don't mind I left a little award for you on my blog. No pressure tho!

  12. Such beautiful creations! That cake looks divine. ~ Angela

  13. Hi there Julie!
    I am so glad you found my blog and I yours! It is beautiful and so is your work. Looks like we enjoy the same style of creating. Have a super evening.

  14. The cake? Beautiful!
    Your creations? Even more beautiful! As always. :-)

    Have a fabulous Friday!

  15. Your cards are beautiful and that cake looks delicious!!!! I wrote down the recipe and I am going to try it this weekend. Thank you for stopping by to visit. Hope you will come back soon. I am going to finish checking your blog out. So far I love what I see.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Pat

  16. Wow what a cake... Bundt cakes are not that well known here in the UK - I made my first one last week. I will definitely try this recipe. Your blog is adorable! Lucie x

  17. Julie your artwork in yellow brings sunny smiles! and THANK YOU so much for the cake recipe I can't wait to try it! It looks DELICOUS!!!

    I hope you enjoy watching Alice in Wonderland when you get the chance I am sure you will love it:)

  18. Lovely cards! That cake looks really delish. I want to give it a try one of these days. Hope the sun is shining where you are!


  19. Julie, these cards are as sweet as pie - or banana cake! They are beautiful and I must try that recipe! Thanks! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  20. Julie,
    Your cards are so gorgeous. I need to do something crafty.. although my cards are very simple and come no where near the beauty of yours. The cake sounds delish! What a great recipe for spring.

  21. Hi Julie,
    first of all thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. I really appreciate your nice comments :-) Please feel free to drop in occasionally!
    Yes, isn't vintage just the thing? I always said I should have been born at least a century ago. Thanks for sharing your cake recipe, I love to bake myself, too, so I will try it one day!
    Enjoy your weekend and take care, Ira

  22. Thanks for coming by and saying hi! Love banana cake and this recipe sounds delish. Love your blog and all your creations. I'll be back when I have a minute. (I'm supposed to be painting the basement!) I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, met my husband in Santa Barbara and lived in Santa Maria my whole married life until 2002 when my husband retired (from PG&E) and we moved to Utah to be closer to our kids. Sure do miss the central coast. We do go and visit every now and then. Mimi

  23. mm I love banana cake.. I'l try your recipe.. your cards are so lovely.. I love vintage too!

  24. I have a cake tin just like this and I think i may christen it with this beautiful cake! thanks.

  25. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog> I saw you featured on Nobody Puts Mama in a Corner's blog. This cake looks off the charts fabulous. My son loves everything banana so I'm bookmarking this right now. Thanks!! ;)