Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sometimes, All You Need is Cake.

Day 21.

It's my birthday.

Every year, for everyone's birthday, I make cake. I take special orders: what flavor, what color, what design? And I make a cake.

Even my own.

No, really, I enjoy it, and prefer my cake over store-bought.

This year, I was going to make sponge cake with alternating filling layers of blueberry and lemon, with fondant icing and a big white fondant bow on top. Simple, elegant, delicious.

Then my daughter told me that she wanted to make me a cake. I was so touched by her her thinking of me... Of course I agreed to forego my traditional cake baking and let her run the show! And run the show she did! She made a cake from scratch with no adult assistance at all. She found the recipes. She did it all. And we got to eat it.

And it was good.

I am so proud of my little cake baker. But most of all, I am so proud of her spirit of giving.

Bayberry's Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Borrowed from Kittencal at Recipezaar)

frosts top and sides of a double layer 9" round cake, with leftovers for licking and sharing with siblings


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

How it's Done:

  1. Cream butter in mixing bowl. Add cocoa. Beat in sugar and 1/2 & 1/2 and vanilla, alternating adding sugar and 1/2 & 1/2 / vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stop every so often and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Frost cake as desired.


Andrea said...

Happy Birthday! The cake looks awesome! Your daughter did a fantastic job on it!!

All Things Yummy said...

How sweet of your daughter to bake that for you.

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