Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Week 8 - Half-Birthday Cake

Three and a half years ago I made this:

Expectations weren't too high for a 1st Birthday Cake.

Two and a half years ago I made this:

Little Einstein's Rocket Cake

Little Einstein's Rocket Cake
  My then two year old was pleased.  
 He thought Rocket was pretty cool 
and I was excited that I had pulled it off.

A year and a half ago I made this:

AND this:

 At three, my little guy’s response was, 
“That's cool Mom, but where are Annie and Clarabel?”
(While he really did LOVE the cake - I was slightly saddened by his lack of enthusiasm as I made this cake in 
the Netherlands – Home of NOTHING IS EASY!)

Six months ago I made this:


 My now four year old wanted a “Gordon” cake.  
(Because Gordon is #4.) 
He was impressed.

Yesterday, I made this:

Wouldn’t you know…THIS was the one that made his 4.5 years complete!!! 
  THIS was the one that I thawed out to just throw together a little celebration.   
 THIS was the one that took me less than an hour to pop together??!!  
 THIS was the one that made him smile from ear to ear and jump up and down!
Had I only known that the way to my kid’s heart was to simply cut a cake in half and slather chocolate frosting on it - 
I would have done that years ago!!!! 

I chose the green plate especially for him.
Green is his favorite color - 
because...It's Stylish! 
I always wanted to celebrate a HALF Birthday with a "HALF Birthday Cake." A few weeks ago I ended up with an extra 8 inch round chocolate cake that I popped into the freezer for this exact moment!

Well...you should have seen my little guy's face when I surprised him with this cake.  (If I was comfortable posting pictures of my kids on the web I would then be able to show you what sheer delight and excitement looked like!)  

One of the many things that I wanted to achieve with this experience was not only to try out a bunch of new recipes, but also to see how different cakes and frostings store, be it in the freezer, refrigerator or just at room temperature.  Once again, this new “go-to” chocolate cake of mine shined through.  It had been in the freezer for almost a month and was still moist and yummy once thawed.  Now, don’t you worry one bit – I’m not about to start serving you all previously frozen cakes… it’s just nice to know that you can have a standby on hand for one of those last minute chocolate cravings or for guests that show up when you are not prepared! 

While the hunt for the perfect chocolate frosting goes on, I used a recipe that I stole from Emily a few years ago.  It's called Fluffy Chocolate Frosting by The Cake Mix Doctor and it's DELICIOUS! The darker chocolate frosting that you see is Martha Stewart's Dark Chocolate Frosting.  That one didn't excite me very much. I happened to have some of that left over from the day before when I used it to frost the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes that I made.  But I will save the details regarding the cupcakes and dark chocolate frosting for another post.  In the meantime, I am going to enjoy one more piece of Half Birthday Cake with my favorite 4.5 year old!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE IT - a half cake for a half birthday! Too cute. That seems like something I'd see on a blog and love, but never think of myself. I guess I did see it on a blog :) Really looking forward to seeing you guys! Happy Half Birthday, Aidan!


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