How to make a climbing wall cake

Climbing wall cake reprise. I made a cake like this years ago, and last winter I had the opportunity to create another one. This time I had the experience from creating it once before so I’m writing this post to include some more pictures of the process. Also, the person who ordered it kindly sent me pictures of the cut cake. This mix of a chocolate and vanilla cake looks really cool inside!

Baking the cake

I baked several 8″ cakes to form the base for the mountain. Once baked, I split and filled them to create a really tall mountain! This was then carved and the carved pieces went on top of the split and filled pieces to make it feel a little more dome-like. Continue reading

Chocolate Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

I made these as an alternative to regular chocolate chip cookies. I like how the darker color looks against the bright M&Ms. You can do all M&Ms if you like, but I prefer the mix of chocolate chips and M&Ms.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

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These are a delicious departure from the traditional M&M cookie!

You'll Need...

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 12 ounces semi sweet baking chips or chopped chocolate
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350 (conventional) or 325 (convection). Line a cookie sheet with parchment or place a Silpat on the sheet.[TEMP]
  2. Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar along with the salt, vanilla and baking soda for 3-5 minutes. You want the mixture to look fully combined. [BEAT]
  3. Add the flours in two additions, mixing on low after each addition.[COMBINE]
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix on low speed until blended. [BEAT]
  5. Add the chocolate chips and 3/4 of the M&Ms.[COMBINE]
  6. Use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and place on the cookie sheet. Place a few M&Ms on the top of each cookie before you bake them. Bake for 14 minutes. [BAKE]
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to complete the cooling.[COOL]
  8. These cookies spread well, so you do not need to flatten the tops before baking.

Additional Notes

Substitute in up to 1/2 cup of almond flour if desired.

How to make a tractor cake

A favorite among pre-school aged kids, the tractor cake has many forms. Kids want individual cupcakes with tractors on top, tractor shaped cakes, and tractors placed on top of cakes. Parents sometimes use the birthday as an opportunity to gift a toy tractor on the cake, and other times go with a fully edible cake. Crushed cookies are common as “dirt” for the tractor to be digging in.

This cake started as a tractor but turned into a digger after Vann’s mom and I exchanged a few emails to determine the cake’s plan. I started by sending her all the tractor cakes I’d done, realizing that I haven’t actually made that many!! Here is very small Pinterest board of tractor cakes. I also did a basic Google search for tractor cakes and sent it to her. Lilly sent me a cute picture of a digger cake that she found and asked me to recreate that cake. Continue reading