Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Birthday Cake(s) and Beautiful Views


Virtually our entire family was away over Em's 6th birthday - so we held our own little celebration for her when we all gathered on the farm this weekend. I made her a double tiered vanilla cake with butter/vanilla frosting and shaped it if you look at it with one eye closed and your head tilted at just the right angle! like a carousel with chocolate bunnies and ducks in place of the more traditional horses.


Her younger brother was spoilt lucky enough to get the outer cake ring with a dinosaur and eggs for himself (when I was his age I insisted on a present for myself on my siblings' birthdays so I know what it feels like!)

Here is a picture of the sunrise...


and another over the dam - we have been blessed not only with the views but also with the most amazing weather the last few days.



I'm not much of a baker but I used the Moist Yellow Cake recipe from Bakerella and just left out the butter flavouring (not even sure if we can get that here in SA). Also I used cake flour and added 1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder and a half teaspoon salt for every cup of self raising flour required.

I think it was a hit...


I made a trial run the day before when it was just my dad and I at home and instead of frosting, I made a simple lemon drizzle using lemon juice and icing sugar and poured it over the cake - and it was also delicious plain with a spoon of extra thick cream and some fresh strawberries.

4 comments:

  1. Oh My the views are amazing - such beautiful pictures! Loved looking at them, thank you for sharing such fabulous pictures!

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  2. The cake looks awesome and the view breath taking!

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  3. Your daughter (and the views) are just beautiful. Homemade-by-Mom cake is the best kind of birthday cake, ever!

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  4. I have been dying for an excuse to make a carousel cake! So fun!
    I also made Bakerella's moist yellow cake the other day for the first time and was very happy with it. I made all the same adjustments - I'm in the States, but haven't seen butter flavoring where I am - it was just fine without it. Delicious!

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