Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Husband!

Day 98.

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In our household, on your birthday, you get to choose what's made for dinner and you get to create your own combination birthday cake. I'll make any cake flavor you want, use any filling(s) you want, and use your choice of frostings and decorations. You can even pick the shape if you'd like.

My husband's birthday was this past Monday. He's such an awesome guy: a hard worker, a devoted husband and father, fun-loving, sentimental, easy-going, and kind. I'm blessed to have him. :)

For his cake, he opted for white wedding cake, lemon filling, and cream cheese frosting. I wouldn't normally put those three together. White cake usually goes well with light, fluffy frosting. Lemon and cream cheese do pair well, but on a cake? Anyway, it was his choice, so I made it.

White cake can be very dry if you're not careful with your ingredients, your mixing, and your baking. This recipe from Martha Stewart came out very moist and light, but was dry by the next day. If you're going to make it, make it the same day you intend to serve it, if at all possible. Otherwise, bake it, cool it, and freeze it right away. Take it out of the freezer when you need it. That will help the cake retain its moisture.

For this cream cheese frosting, I combined:

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese (always use full fat, not low fat)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 3/4 lb confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • milk to thin to the proper consistancy (use a tablespoon at a time)
First, I beat the butter and cheese on medium speed for 30 seconds. Then, I add the sugar slowly, scraping the sides of the bowl frequently. I then add the vanilla, and lastly the milk, beating to the right spreading consistancy.

Because my in-laws were in town, I cheated with a canned lemon pie filling, but a lemon curd would have been so nice. I wish I'd had the time.


Anonymous said...

Happpy birthday to your husband and thank you from the bottom of my heart for his service to our country and thank you to your family for your husband's service. It means a lot to me. Roxie M. in Texas

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Amy said...

Happy birthday to your husband! The cake looks delcious!!

heather said...

ive used low fat cream cheese and never had a problem or taste difference in the frosting. I just make some for a red velvet last weekend. Also i used my whisk attachment instead of the paddle on my stand mixer and it whipped up nicely and no milk was needed to thin it!

Happy birthday to your husband!

April said...

Happy Birthday to your husband!

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