Woohoo! I’m back to recipes with long titles. Well, I’ve already done some of those post-baby, and this one really wasn’t hard to do. The cake recipe was straightforward to make, even with a little Fudgelet hanging around snacking on the blueberries.
Since I just posted about K’s birthday cake, I also need to share the Fudgelet’s second birthday cake. Or should I say cakes? I ended up making this recipe into 2 cakes because we were having friends over in the morning for a playdate party and then K was going to celebrate with us in the evening when he was home from work. I figured there is nothing wrong with blowing out candles twice. Speaking of, how many candles do you put on cakes? Always the number for a person’s age? Or a random number/design? Or a combo? I did a random number which confused one of the party guests. We used to do both…one color for the age and then other colors to form a design. Blowing out candles was so fun, why not have more?
This is a special time. The Fudgelet is turning 2, K is celebrating a birthday larger than 2, and it’s the middle of summer. I actually did not make this cake this week, although maybe I should. Either way, it is a great cake for celebrating special times…or just to celebrate cake. That’s the reason I made this one. I was watching a bunch of YouTube videos of cake decorating, particularly this channel and was inspired to make a cake. In particular, I loved their unicorn cake with rainbow sides. I had tried an ombre finish before, but the more I worked the frosting, the finish just turned…pink. It was a yummy cake, anyway, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose.
This was a spur of the moment recipe. I wanted to make something and realized I had all of the ingredients. It was similar to a cake I made a few years ago, but I never blogged that one. Aaaaand, I think this one might be better anyway. We are nearing the end of strawberry season, but you could always try a different fruit like blueberries, too.
Battle of the Cakes, you ask? Yes. At the verrrrry end of 2015 and very start of 2016, I was on a cake-making fix. I made two similar cakes back to back. Normally I struggle with cakes, but I’ve been giving myself more practice and these two cakes came together pretty easily. Even the frosting was…dare I say…fun?!?!? Since the cakes are so similar, this is almost like a throwdown for me to compare them. If I had to pick one cake in its entirety, it would be this one. But, the frosting for the other cake was both easier to make and easier to frost the cake. This one is richer, and the other one is a bit sweeter and lighter (texture and taste). This is much more buttery and creamy.
How do you like your coffee….cake? There are so many kinds out there. I feel like I keep doing a new one on here every so often, and I don’t know if I have a favorite. They are all different and tasty depending on what you are in the mood for. Or so I thought. Apparently my dad was not a big fan of this one because it is too moist. He likes his coffee cake to be a bit drier. But, luckily he has liked other ones I have made, so I will just save this one for us next time. 😉
This doesn’t make the prettiest cake. I mean, it is a simple snack cake after all. But, let’s say you want to jazz it up a bit. You could! You could add a little frosting on top (chocolate or vanilla…maybe even a fancy caramel one?). Maybe some ganache? Just a bit of melted chocolate? Or you could leave it plain. Serve it with ice cream? Just warm it in the microwave for a gooey treat? (That last idea was my favorite.) Decide what you want to do.