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)
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.
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
A friend whose birthday was last week asked, when I offered to make it, that I choose which chocolate cake to bake. Her husband told me long ago that she is very fond of dark chocolate, so I decided to make a 3-layer devil’s food cake using strong coffee as the liquid, and to double … More Triple Chocolate Mocha Cake, aka Chocolate Coffee Cake
Chocolate layer cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting with rum flavoring and sprinkles are featured in today’s birthday-by-proxy for my daughter in London. My daughter has taken several pages out of my book, the most recent of which are going to London for an advanced degree and deciding to shave a number of years off her … More Happy ____th Birthday, M, by Proxy
“There’s a lot going on in there,” said a neighbor looking at a huge chunk of cake on its way to his family for dessert. Indeed. The cake has sourdough starter in it for one thing, so there’s a flavor that only an experienced palate will detect as well as adding moisture and density. The … More Juliyya’s Cherry Chocolate Coconut Sourdough Cake, Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing