Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake

StrawberryLayerCakeHello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Tomorrow is Saturday, yay! Today I bring you another cake recipe. It was my son’s fifth birthday yesterday and he requested a vanilla cake with strawberries. Great idea child of mine! Strawberries are in season right now and are so sweet and delicious, of course I can put them on your birthday cake!

For my geeky inspiration this time, I used Harvest Moon again. Aside from MMOs, Harvest Moon has a HUGE number of recipes throughout the several games that are in the series. Strawberry Cake is seen in quite a few of them including Story of Seasons which is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the series. In the games, the Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake appears as a white cake with strawberries between the cake layers, a white frosting topping, and a strawberry on top. This fit my son’s request perfectly.

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Don’t Starve Meatballs

Meatballs

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. It’s been a super busy one for me as I work on the renovation and posts for Eat a Byte, but I’m getting there! I’m really happy with the changes that I made to it. I love the cleaner look of the new theme that I am using. I’ve also been busy leveling my Final Fantasy XIV character in preparation for the expansion that is going to be released soon. I actually have a couple of FFXIV recipes in the works right now and they should hopefully be posted soon.

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Don’t Starve Roasted Berries

Don't Starve Roasted Berries
Don’t Starve’s Roasted Berries made in real life. These will taste fantastic on yogurt or oatmeal, or just by itself! Super sweet and delicious!

Thanks to my best friend Val aka 8bitmom I have been playing and streaming a ton of Don’t Starve and the multiplayer version of the game, Don’t Starve Together with both her and The Pixel Pirate. Which means that I have had plenty of opportunities to check out all of the recipes that the game includes for cooking.

Don’t Starve is a super fun survival, crafting, and exploration game by indie developer, Klei. Your character basically starts in the middle of no where with absolutely nothing and must survive the dangers of the wilds and build a camp and make it as long as possible without dying. Thus far I’ve only made it to 24 days solo and about the same in Don’t Starve Together, but I’m working on it! I just need to be able to survive winter, darnit! That’s my downfall. I am just never prepared enough for the frigid temperatures and murderous walruses that come with that season.

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Guild Wars 2 Loaf of Rosemary Bread

Guild Wars 2 Loaf of Rosemary Bread

Yep, yet another Guild Wars 2 recipe coming at you today! I can’t help it. Guild Wars 2 has so many amazing Chef recipes that I want to try that it will probably make an appearance on Eat a Byte quite often. Today’s recipe is for the Loaf of Rosemary Bread found in the game. To make this game in game, your character will need to be a Chef and have a cooking skill of at least 150.

I bake my own bread at home fairly often (because honestly there is nothing better than homemade bread) as I find that it comes out much tastier and crustier than store bought so I figured I’d change up my regular recipe a bit and add in some dried rosemary and some garlic powder. SO TASTY. This recipe bread would be perfect for roasted veggie sandwiches, Italian Grilled Cheese sandwiches (something I do here a lot: use mozzarella as the cheese and dip the sandwich in pasta sauce), or just by itself with a small dab of butter.

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Sims 4 Flirty Heart Cookies

Sims 4 Flirty Heart Cookies

It’s Valentine’s Day this week so I thought that it would be the perfect time to make a recipe for The Sims 4 Flirty Heart Cookies. This recipe can only be made in game when Sims have the “flirty” emotion and require level three in the Cooking Skill. Like I mentioned in my Black and White Cookies recipe, I don’t typically make cookies for my Sims as Sims 4 Sims tend to gain weight super quickly. However, this recipe looked way too adorable to pass up. So I fattened my Sims up for the sake of seeing how this recipe looked in game.

Looking at these cookies in game, they reminded me a lot of heart-shaped jam sandwich cookies, so that is what I did when making these. They will require both a large and a small heart shaped cookie cutter. I recommend this set from Wilton.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am SUPER happy with how this recipe came out. It’s probably one of my favorites that I’ve made so far. The cookies are sweet, soft, and gooey from the jam filling. If I could eat a whole tray in one sitting, I would. But that would cause me to gain weight faster than my Sims do when I make them cookies… probably not a good idea, haha.

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Guild Wars 2 Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Guild Wars 2 Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

It’s been a typical cold and snowy winter where I live and nothing is better than a bowl of soup when the weather is chilling you to your core. I came across the Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup recipe in Guild Wars 2 when leveling up the Chef craft on my Necromancer. I thought that it sounded unique and delicious so I decided to make up a recipe for it.

The in-game version of this soup can be made by characters that have the Chef crafting profession and a skill of 400. I tried to stick to the in-game recipe when considering ingredients for the real life version. The in-game version of recipe calls for apples, a bowl of butternut squash soup (which includes a stick of butter, cream soup base, cayenne pepper, and butternut squash), pile of pumpkin pie spice, and ghost peppers. The real-life version has similar ingredients and is nice and warming on cold winter days.

The addition of cayenne pepper to the soup adds an extra kick of warmth to the dish as well. The apple adds a hint of sweetness as well which adds a nice depth to the dish. Even my picky husband enjoyed this tasty soup.

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Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Oh Guild Wars 2, I’ve missed you so. I took a six month long break from the game when Sims 4 released, but the recent news that an expansion pack is going to be released for the game has brought me back. Guild Wars 2 has it all: an amazing storyline, fun professions, an amazing community, and most importantly for the purpose of Eat a Byte, one of the most in-depth crafting systems I have ever seen. My little Asura Necromancer is a Chef and I drool every single time I work on leveling this craft up. So… many… recipes! You can be certain that there will be more Guild Wars 2 recipes on Eat A Byte in the future.

Since my birthday was this past weekend and to celebrate the announcement of Heart of Thorns, I decided to make the Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Raspberry Cake. Oh my Melandru you guys. This was delicious. Chocolate cake with chocolate raspberry buttercream and fresh raspberries on top. Om nom nom nom.

To make the in-game version of the Chocolate Raspberry Cake your character will need to be a Chef and have a skill of 375. I tried to stick to the in-game version as much as possible when making the real life version. The in-game version requires a bowl of baker’s dry ingredients, a bowl of baker’s wet ingredients, a chocolate bar, and raspberry frosting. I decided to go a little overboard with the frosting and make it chocolate raspberry (because really… can you ever have TOO MUCH chocolate?) instead of just plain raspberry.

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Sims 2 Santa Cookies

Sims 2 Santa Cookies

If you’ve played The Sims series for as long as I have, then you probably remember the Sims 2 Santa Cookies recipe. This recipe was available through the Sims 2 Holiday Stuff Pack, and if you were lucky enough to receive the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free from Origin, then you already have this recipe available. If your Sims made these cookies and then went to bed, Santa would appear to bring them gifts (and also pee in their toilet several times).

It was always fun to decorate my Sims 2 Legacy family’s house for Christmas, bake the Santa Cookies, and then eagerly await the arrival of Santa in the middle of the night. Sure there was a chance the Christmas tree would catch on fire, but hey, the anticipation was worth it!

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Sims 4 Black and White Cookies

Sims 4 Black and White Cookies

This week’s recipe is the The Sims 4 Black and White Cookie recipe. Sims can make this recipe at cooking skill level four. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t typically have my Sims bake cookies as they tend to gain weight too quickly as it is, but I saw this recipe on the recipe list and thought it might be fun to make in real-life. Hopefully they don’t go to my hips as quickly as the in-game version does!

The in-game version looks pretty similar to what you expect traditional Black and White Cookies to look like, except perhaps, a bit smaller. The ones that my grocery store sells are quite large. I made my cookies smaller to reflect the size that they appear in-game.

Apparently these cookies can also be called half moon cookies, though I guess it depends on where you live. The Sims 4 game calls them Black and White Cookies so I decided to stay true to the game and call them that as well.

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Sims 4 Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb Cupcakes

Sims 4 Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb Cupcakes

Today’s recipe is for Sims 4 Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb Cupcakes. These tasty little cupcakes can be made from the Cupcake Machine in The Sims 4 at level 7 cooking. The cupcake machine is a nice little addition to The Sims 4 and allows you to make all sorts of tasty treats for your Sims (and as of the Get to Work Expansion, you can make more than just cupcakes in it!)

Holy plumbob you guys. I figured with a name like “Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb” that I needed to go way overboard on the chocolate with this recipe. And that is just what I did. Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate chips, nutella buttercream frosting, and MORE chocolate chips on top. These things are DELICIOUS. My good friend Val (aka 8bitmom aka ValerieAnneC) visited when I made these, so she and her son helped taste test this recipe. It was a hit all around.

Coming up with a nutella buttercream frosting was a fun experiment. Nutella is delicious on its own, but making it into a frosting and putting it on a cupcake just ups the deliciousness by a hundredfold. Be prepared for chocolate overload with this recipe.

So, without further ado… I give you, the Super Chocolate Tummers Bomb recipe!

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