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!


  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 =).

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

    Happy Birthday Kenzie.

  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!

  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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