A couple weeks ago I asked my friend to think about what kind of cake she might like for her birthday which falls during the first full day of the winter solstice and three days before Christmas. This is it. There are three layers of fresh lemon cake, fresh seedless raspberry/blackberry filling and berry buttercream. … More Deluxe Lemon & Raspberry Birthday Cake
It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake
Today, November 20th, is Sylvia’s 91st birthday and that is her birthday cake. It’s 2019. In 2018: https://mschefinseattle.com/2018/11/17/2-cakes-for-sylvias-pre-birthday-party/ In 2017: https://mschefinseattle.com/2017/11/21/german-chocolate-cake-for-sylvias-birthday-she-turns-oopsie-into-comic-gold/ “Sylvia, what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?” I used the classic and widely available Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate recipe for the cake and frosting, her favorite, year after year. I … More Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.
Take an 8″ square lemon cake and turn it into three cakes? Yes, I did. A couple weeks ago I made a round and a square lemon cake, using the round cake to make a rough impression of a rocket for a birthday party and popping the square cake into the freezer for use today … More Lemon Cake with Fresh Berry Filling and Berry Buttercream with Raspberries
There’s a birthday party next month for one of my favorite children and collaborator on cake. She will be nine (9!) and we’re doing some things the same way and some things in a different way. Her sister’s recent birthday* taught us a bit about cake architecture and this cake will teach a bit about … More In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.
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