Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Birthday Cakes Made with Love
Everyone has their favorite birthday cake... chocolate, vanilla, ice cream... the list is endless. Usually my favorite is a grocery store bought vanilla with vanilla butter cream icing - and I know... it's not what you would expect from me. This birthday was different.... I was lucky enough to have two cakes made for me and they go from the "this is stunning and mind-blowingly delicious" above to "very uniquely decorated vanilla cake mix". When I was in Toronto last week for the Kraft My Way event, my cousin invited me for a delicious dinner a la Bobby Flay. I was so busy enjoying myself that I forgot to take pictures of the amazing 16 Spice (or you could buy a jar of his premixed spices like she did) Chicken with two sauces - Smoked Red Pepper plus a spicy Cilantro one and roasted sunflower seeds (?), and a yummy polenta that I can't find the recipes for. They are all from one of Bobby's books (perhaps my cousin will read this and leave a comment as to which one to get). And then came the real surprise... a birthday cake... because everyone needs as many celebration cakes as possible. This one is a Maple Carrot Cake with Maple Butter Icing from LCBO's Food & Drink, Spring 2011 issue. If you have the magazine, it's on page 140, if you don't... it will eventually be on the website. Back in Halifax, we went to my daughter & son-in-law's for a birthday dinner and I have to share the cake saga. In the morning, Jo (my daughter) & her sons Boaz AKA Batman (4) and Dov AKA Spiderman (2) worked very hard to bake the cake and come up with the design. B thought it should be a square with a star on top. D just wanted to eat it. After all... one needs a taste tester, don't you think. Both chefs decorated the cake with sprinkles and mummy did the writing (B said she had to use red icing for that... most important... because red is my favorite color). And then it happened... a little slip from one of the chefs, putting on the last of the sprinkles and a face plant changed the look of the cake. Personally... I think it added a special bit of love. What's your favorite birthday cake?