Monday, August 30, 2010

Peace Birthday Cake!


Birthday cake is the best part about a birthday, in my opinion. No birthday is complete without cake! I was thrilled when my brother asked me to make a cake for my niece's birthday. She wanted yellow cake with chocolate frosting. So I went on the hunt for some good recipes. I used the vanilla cake recipe from my go to cake blog, How to Eat a Cupcake (also check out the Red Velvet Truffles--I have these babies bookmarked)! I doubled the cake recipe so it would work for two 9 inch pans and it turned out to be more white then yellow, but it worked out fine. The "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" chocolate frosting was also from How to Eat a Cupcake.


The cake was moist and tender. The frosting was good--solidly chocolaty. But it wasn't my favorite chocolate frosting. Next time I'd try a chocolate cream cheese frosting. The decorations were the most fun! My niece is into hippy-ish kind of stuff (among lots of other teenage interests) so I thought of the peace sign which is constructed of skittles. I also did the lettering....and could use a little practice in that area! But it turned pretty good considering I don't make a whole lot of cakes.

We spent Saturday afternoon with 20 plus family members eating, talking and celebrating. My brother made a tasty meal geared especially toward the birthday girl--grilled chicken, pasta alfredo, broccoli and the best part--delicious garlic cheese toast with browned melty yummy mozzarella cheese. We finished the celebration with cake and lots of presents.


Happy Birthday to my beautiful niece, Kenzie! I love you!

4 comments:

  1. What an adorable birthday cake. I think the cake is the best part of a birthday too. Half the time I want to bake my own =).

    Your lettering on the cake looks great! Lettering on the side of a cake is extremely hard to do and I think you should give yourself a high five for making this cake look so darn cute. I absolutely LOVE it!

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my posts. I felt so behind on the baking groups and I have my own pile of "must bake" recipes so my blog looks crazy. I stockpile my freezer when I get too ambitious. Happy baking Gloria and I always look forward to seeing what you are up too in your kitchen =).

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  2. The cake is wonderful. She must have been thrilled with it.

    Happy Birthday Kenzie.

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  3. Gloria, thank you for all the wonderful comments. What great timing to have Ellie's books next to you while looking at the CEiMB group dinner! I joined the Ellie Group to help center me again in the kitchen. I have been slowly cooking my way through Julia Child's French cookbook, plus all the baking, sugar, cream, butter . . . I am on overload. Cooking healthy is a relief! Besides, it is nice belonging to groups knowing we only have to participate twice a month instead of every week.

    Hope to see you on our crepe Sunday. I am looking at doing a savory dish and a sweet dish with the crepes. Emerial Lagasse has a few wonderful savory crepe recipes listed on Food Network and on his own blog site. Hugs and see you soon!

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  4. Birthdays are ALL about the birthday cake. And you made a gorgeous one here. Hope someone can make me one like this for my birthday next month.

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