1. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    this. is. the. best. like, ever! ok, photos are drop dead, but your description of your friendship with katie warms my heart so much. she sounds like a lovely soul to have in your corner.

    these flavors though…cake, candy, rosemary, ice cream (!), australian licorice (isn’ that stuff insane!? i could eat bags of it.) and chocolate ganache! so so gorgeous cynthia! xo’s!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      She totally is ๐Ÿ™‚ and omg YES Australian licorice!!! I can’t get over it! Like Twizzlers (which I admittedly already love) got with strawberries and had way upgraded babies. Thanks so much for such sweet words, Lindsey!!

  2. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I think having a food blog means that friends are more likely to stay friends. Not just because of the left overs, but the common love of eating and creating good food. Katie is one lucky duck to get your food!

    Love your mini cakes! They always put a smile on my face. The flavor combo is complex but so balanced. Definitely one for the books

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      A common love of food definitely makes for the best friendships ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for the sweet words, Belinda!

  3. stephanie says:

    December 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    i love this! the cake flavours sound intensely delicious, but even more than that, how wonderful is it to have a friend who has the same interests (and work!) as you? i can totally imagine the two of you exchanging “contraband” baked goods ๐Ÿ™‚

    and….i haven’t had australian red licorice, but i think i’m going to have to find some!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      <3 <3 You're the best, Steph :) and omg yesss!! I can't get enough of it!! It's like if Twizzlers got cute and fat and dolled up in strawberry deliciousness... I think I'm going to have to stock up xD

  4. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I’m with you – warm cake with ice cream melting into the crevices, always wins first place… But! the mini cake is so beautiful frozen…soo in conclusion great excuse to make it twice! And ps – only new yorkers would understand the necessity of utilizing all space given to make it happen – even if it’s the bathroom! bravo!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      bahaha so true!!! And it’s so mini that you could make it a bunch of times and it’d just turn out to be a normal cake! (Or so I told myself, when I tested it like five times. ha!)

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      You know, I wasn’t sure peppermint and rosemary were going to go together! But it ended up so tasty. Thank you so much, Abby!!! (And thank you for commenting, because it reminded me to put some notes on how to veganize this cake! Hurray!!)

  5. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love the bit about y’all exchanging leftovers like contraband! What an awesome friend to have.

    And oh my, this cake is amazing. It’s so decadent, I feel like it belongs in its very own palace of snowflakes and candy canes. (Major Christmas nerd here–can you tell?)

  6. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Oh my!!! it is amazing! And i know…best friends deserve the best cake)! Actually my best friend is having birthday soon..and i puzzle over the cake.

  7. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    What I write on the edible gift bday card would be “hey girl! I made the most awesome indulging ice cream cake you for yo bday, and as what a true friend would do, I ate it for you, too! You’re welcome.” I trust that they all understand…

  8. vikalinkafood says:

    December 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Your writing makes me smile! Sounds like you have a great friend and she is so blessed to have you to bake her a birthday cake! It seems like every time I make a friend like that I move away and leave her behind but because of that I appreciate special people in my life that much more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely cake, Cynthia!

  9. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Ahh how much I love my friends who likes to talk about what to make next the blog…
    This cake is just so so gorgeous. Katie is a very lucky gal!
    Happy holidays..

  10. says:

    December 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    What a wonderful friend you are!!!!! I can totally imagine both of you having a great time eating this wonderful creation of yours. I agree that “more is more” in this case is so much better than “less is more.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    OMG!!! I really want to devour this. <3 <3 <3

  11. says:

    December 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Happy birthday, Katie! Gosh, you lucky girl; that cake is awesome. I’ve been meaning to make Sarah’s no-churn ice cream for over a year now too, but somehow I just haven’t made it happen. I should. I totally should. Beautiful as always, Cynthia! xoxo

  12. says:

    December 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    This cake is so lovely! And what a wonderful and thoughtful friend you are to make such a spectacular cake. How nice to have a good friend living so close by. I’ve tried the Australian black licorice, but now I MUST try the red.

  13. says:

    December 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    That’s one lucky hallmate, girl! I love love love when I meet people who inspire me to do my best and actually enjoy throwing ideas for the blog around. Talk about a sanity check! I have two friends who have helped–one who texts me randomly with crazy ideas for food, the other who sends bunches of crazy links my way with the message, “Hey do this next”–so I’m glad you’re celebrating your friend for the holiday season! These are some awesome flavors and ideas–and no-churn is right up my alley!

  14. says:

    December 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    You are a genius. This combo is out of this world. I don’t even know how you dreamt it up but it sounds divine! Your girl friend is insanely lucky to not only have such a beautiful mini cake created in her honor but also to be trading snacks with you. I’d die to get a two red bowls elevator handoff on Mondays!!

    Also, I’ve never had Australian red licorice but you better believe I’ll be on the look out for it now!!

  15. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

    This is such a stunning cake! And no churn peppermint ice cream?! That has my name written all over it. Katie is one lucky friend! (I’m imagining you now trying to smuggle THIS cake in through the elevator under your shirt – bahaha – it’d be a sticky mess).

  16. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Reading about your relationship with your dear friend warmed my heart to the maaaaaax, lady. And this cake! It looks outta this world good and although I’m freezing my ass off in a poorly heated coffee shop right now, I’d do questionable things to get my hands on some peppermint ice cream. Merry Christmas to you and yours! <3

  17. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I am so in love with everything going on in this cake. I would never have thought to add the Australian licorice (gah, I love that stuff), but it’s so perfect – you’re a genius! You words about your friendship with Katie are beautiful and heartwarming. And since we share the same name I can totally fangirl out and pretend you’re talking about me. Just kidding…kinda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    lovely! I don’t know why more no-churn ice cream recipes aren’t floating around. I love my little cuisinart ice cream machine, but it’s not reinventing the wheel or anything… just slow churning. thanks for the inspiration!

  19. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I think I’d die — DIE! — right on the spot if I was the recipient of any of your mini-cake creations, Cynthia — not to mention a member of the Monday Morning Leftover Squad. Katie sounds like a lovely friend to have, and worthy of your culinary genius many times over! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. says:

    December 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    This is THE CUTEST miniature cake ever. And the one with the most insane flavour combinations. Well, ok, not the most insane. But olive oil, chocolate, rosemary AND peppermint ice cream, seriously. Yum! So sweet that you made your university friend this cake and that you’re still spending some lovely time together!

  21. says:

    December 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    What.. what the what.. WHAT. I cannot even. Every single thing about this cake sounds unbelievable, from the no-churn…….-ness of the ice cream, to the rosemary, the peppermint, the dark chocolate. Dear GOD, is it acceptable to just skip dinner and dive right into this recipe instead?!

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