Happy 8/24 or otherwise known as Kobe Day. Kobe Day, which was once considered a local Los Angeles holiday, has now blossomed into an international celebration. Well deserved as it is, Kobe Day is a day to recognize and remember my forever favorite, Kobe "Bean" Bryant. Kobe's birthday is actually on August 23rd, but today is recognized for Kobe's numbers and contribution to the world. I celebrate annually in my own way, whether with confections or anything of my choosing.
I knew that this month was going to be a busy one with my extended vacation to Barbados being the pinnacle of August. Before my Caribbean Crop Over carousel, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to create a Kobe cake before I left. In the previous years, I have celebrated with a humongous letter cake, cupcakes, cake pops and other things. I wanted to celebrate Mamba's birthday and Kobe Day again this year, but I didn't want something big that would waste away while I was away. Also, I didn't want to spend too much time with an ornate confection, since my time was so limited. I got an amazing idea to repurpose some store bought treats, but upgrade them to another level.
While putting together my monthly Costco delivery I came across some summer baked goods on sale. I quickly added these scrumptious Mini Lemon Cakes to my Instacart and got to brainstorming. This was the perfect time to recreate a quick cake for Kobe Day. I thought adding some fresh fruit to the mini cakes would elevate them, so I came across some purple blackberries to contrast the yellow lemon filling. Definitely on theme for Kobe Day. I got even more inspired from our summer sprinkle mix, Black Butterfly Sprinkle Mix. I made my own pretzel butterflies and added some pastels in honor of Gigi.
The mini Mamba cakes came out amazing and I am quite proud of the final product. I stuffed the cakes in the freezer while I was out of town. The cakes are now freshly defrosted and ready for consumption today.
I celebrate Kobe and Gigi every day with keeping Mamba Mentality alive, but today is extra special and even better with cake!
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