Readers know that I don’t waste leftover frosting! There was about a cupful of the purple-gray (strong) mint cream frosting not needed for the octopus birthday cake* after the octopus’s tentacles were piped onto the cake, and I decided that the leftover would be used atop a batch of brownies. My thought was that brownies … More Brownies with Slightly Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (a little bit gray)
Perhaps we let the photos show how a few layers of chocolate cake and a dozen mini-cupcakes with peppermint frosting became the birthday cake for a sleepover party with 12 girls, all around the age of 11 years. I did the baking and shaping, frosted between the layers and applied a bit of crumb coat … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Octopus Birthday Cake
The 17th of January is the birthday of my youngest brother, 10 years younger than me (the oldest of six.) Since he lives in my mother’s home and helps to care for her and the property, she would have baked a cake for his birthday. However, she’s recovering from a surgery at a rehab facility … More Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake
The 22nd of December is the birthday of a friend who didn’t get a cake on her birthday last year (or even a dedicated post-birthday cake) not due to oversight but because my daughter took me to Las Vegas to satisfy my curiosity about the city at the same time as removing me from the … More Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise
It was two years ago when the first Snowman birthday cake* made such an impression on the six-year old who enjoyed the creative process and result so much that she decided another must be made. Perhaps the theme might be repeated next year in some way. Maybe three starts a tradition. Who knows? (We’ve already … More In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family
Today is my friend Otto’s birthday. His mother is in town for the holiday and, since they are Dutch, I arranged with the missus to make my Dutch great-grandmother’s recipe for Dutch potato cake as my contribution to the festivities and as a surprise for his mother. I don’t know if she’ll be familiar, but … More Van Harte Gefeliciteerd Otto, heartfelt congratulations & Dutch Potato Cake
My friend Sylvia’s 90th birthday is just a few days away, but since it is during the same week as Thanksgiving and some in the neighborhood will be away, the hostess made a the decision to have the block party for her tonight. I baked her favorite cake, the German chocolate model using better than … More 2 Cakes for Sylvia’s Pre-birthday Party
I love a birthday, especially a child’s birthday, and was asked to make the cake for a new petite friend who just started kindergarten in September when she was 5. The difference a month makes, or, as my grandmother said, a day makes a difference! The surprise is the small oblong cake on top. Eva’s … More Eva is 6! She likes chocolate cake.
The internet was down all afternoon, so I popped outside with the rubbish and heard some ladies singing the old standard birthday song. “Whose birthday is it?” I called from outside the window where the jubilee for 30 years on planet Earth was happening. “It’s Rose’s!” She and several of her friends came to greet … More I Love … Birthdays. August 29th is Rose’s.
Happy Birthday, Brian! Continuing my tradition of birthday cakes by proxy, the 23rd of March is his birthday and I baked a cake in his honor. I’m pretty sure that his fiancee will be providing one closer to home, but we won’t be sharing it, so I decided to make my great great grandmother’s recipe … More Birthday by proxy: Dutch Potato Cake for My Brother Brian