Sunday, March 25, 2012

Birthday Cakes

I have been very busy. That is the reason for missing in action for more than a week here. Working 55 hours a week with all the other stuff I do, it is not an easy task to plan a birthday party that too when you are cooking everything at home including the cakes. Yes, cakes and not one cake since I combined two kids' birthday party together. You will see few new recipes that I made as part of the food sometime this week.
Here is how the conversation goes two weeks prior to the birthday party in my house. My older one is 'Vibha' and younger one is 'Lakshmi'. Here is how it went this time.

Me: Vibha, what cake do you want for your birthday.
Vibha: Vanilla cake, but I want a heart cake.
Me: Nobody has a heart cake for their birthday. It is for valentine's day or anniversary, engagement and stuff like that.
Vibha: But I love a heart cake with flowers on it.
(My husband who was silent all this time started talking. Let's call him 'S')
S: When she is asking for a heart cake, why don't you make it? Do you have a pan?
Me: Yes. But I have only one pan and I will have to bake it twice to make a layered cake.
S: Just make it one single layer cake then. If that is easier for you.

That is how this cake was made to make my kid happy. She wanted flowers on the cake and since I knew I would be very busy to pipe all buttercream flowers, I chose royal icing flowers which I made 2 days in advance.

Conversation with younger one:
Me: Lakshmi, what cake do you want for your birthday?
Lakshmi: Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Me: What design.
Lakshmi: I don't know.

So, I decorated this in a very simple way with some dots and scrolls. I tried piping scrolls in another way in the beginning which, I didn't like. So, I had to remove them and redo it which has left some smudge marks on the cake. She actually wanted some sprinkles on the top, but since I have sent cupcakes for her birthday with sprinkles, I wanted something different.
Enjoy.
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22 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your kids. Even I ant something like this for my birthday can you post it?

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    1. Post what? The recipes or the details of decoration?

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  2. A very good Mom.Made 2 different cakes awesome. I know it can be really hard to make one cake and plan one kids birthday, trying of making 2 kids birthday cake is something. You must be super organized. I did think of you when I did not see your posts the last week or so. Good to see you back.

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    1. Srimathi, Thanks. Yes, it was very stressful and since I am a big time planner, I could pull it off.

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  3. blessings for Lakshmi on her birthday. those cakes look wonderful. such intricate work on the first one. how did you make them? is it with royal icing?
    I finally made the fondant with your recipe and it came out beautifully. but the liquid colours killed the texture a lil bit but over all it was satisfying. i also used vegetable oil and the white fondant was perfect. I made another mistake by putting the cake in the fridge for sometime with the animals and they became shiny in contact with water. I posted a picture on your FB wall, also have posted on my blog. if possible check it.

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    1. Thanks Sayantani. Yes the flowers are royal icing. They are simple drop flowers. I was pressed for time. I will take a look at your fondant cake. I am sure it will be beautiful. You always do a beautiful work. Try to get gel colors if you can. They work perfect for fondant or use powdered colors you get in India.

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  4. Wow... They look fab. I am sure they were tasty as well.

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  5. Happy birthday to the girls!Those cakes look gorgeous. I passed on a Versatile Blogger award to you on the blog! :) Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Richa for the wishes and the award.

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  6. Belated birthday wishes to your kids. The cakes look lovely. I just couldn't take my eyes off them :)

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  7. Belated birthday wishes to your girls. Both the cakes look amazing -- love the heart shaped cake with the flowers -- very professionally done.

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  8. Two beautiful cakes..love the colours on the first one.kids are very specific about what they want nowadays isnt?..My kid keeps changing his cake request from time to time from fire truck , school bus , spiderman etc., I guess he will fix on something by the time he reaches 5 in September. I hope you remember the train cake episode, which I couldnt have made without your help. Cake baking and decorating now in US is much better than in Europe:)..BTW , Belated b'day wishes and blessings to Lakshmi and Vibha.

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    1. Thanks Sumi for kind words and wishes.

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  9. Happy birthday to your kids! Both the cakes look great....

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  10. Both cakes are lovely, Champa! I like Vibha's cake with all those flowers but I think Lakshmi's is the best. It has simple decoration and looks very elegant... and it is chocolate! :)

    Belated happy birthday to both your daughters!

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  11. Belated Happy Birthday to Vibha and Lakshmi.. Lucky girls who can make such wonderful cakes :-) You did wonderful cakes on top of your busy schedule. Take care.

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  12. Any chance you will send me a cake by post :D these don't look home made at all!! I want to bake for my boy's first birthday, don't think it will look anywhere close to yours

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