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Vanilla Strawberry Birthday Cake

Vanilla Strawberry Birthday CakeSometimes you picture something in your mind before you make it and it looks so good in your imagination that you brace yourself for the reality knowing it may not be as good. Other times you make something and you exceed your own expectations. This Vanilla Strawberry Birthday Cake exceeded my expectations and I was excited to knock my own socks off with it. I used my favorite white cake recipe and kept it simple with strawberry jam between the layers and really soft, simple almond butter cream. Since it was my birthday, I made it a bit special with some amazing mauve spray roses and an all over petal effect in the frosting.

It’s a lovely cake, easy to work with and there are no tricks here. The recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t take long to make. When you’re choosing fresh flowers for a cake make sure they are non toxic/edible (obviously) and do your best to source organic blooms and give them a bit of a rinse so you don’t end up with pesticides or pests in your cake. For this cake I simply trimmed the tiny roses and stabbed them (gently placed them?) into the frosting. I had enough to cover the whole surface but I really like the aesthetic of a sort of halo or crown of flowers along one side, sort of organically spilling across the cake’s top. Roses are technically edible but there is no bonus to munching on these pretty petals, they don’t taste like much, guests can simply remove them from their slice as they go. If you don’t want to waste the roses and rosebuds you can rinse them and float them in a bath (so luxe!) or float them in a pretty shallow bowl as a centerpiece or decorative arrangement. Alternatively you could freeze them into ice cubes to float in a punch bowl or to pretty up your water glass.

But back to the cake …

It’s lovely to look at but I promise it’s even better to eat! More pictures and the recipes are after the jump. Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments! Happy baking!  (more…)

Birthday Bliss: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry and White Chocolate Buttercream

Growing up I almost always celebrated my birthday twice – such is the life of the child in the modern (divorced) family. I didn’t mind, it stretched the day out and made for double party, double gifts and 2 cakes, leaving very little to complain about.

I had the sort of parents, both when they were together and even long after they were apart, who didn’t believe in treating children much differently than adults. I led a relatively independent and self-regulating childhood – no bedtimes, no particular discipline, and a lot of interaction with adults who spoke to me like I was a person, not just a kid. As a result I wasn’t particularly rebellious because there was little to rebel against. I was quiet, studious and creative and if I dare say so myself, fairly well behaved.  It’s funny, but when I think back to being little, I almost don’t remember being a ‘kid’ in the way that I remember other children.  I was horrified by kids who had tantrums or (more…)