More pictures will be shared Wednesday when I share the frosting, but this cake was for the Fudgelet turning 4.5! I actually made it as a surprise for him. I baked the cake while he was at school, and then hid it (kind of…it was still on the counter cooling when he came home, and then I managed to wrap it up without him seeing it later). I made the frosting and frosted it while he was sleeping, so when I revealed the cake in the morning he was quite confused! He did appreciate the sprinkles.
Here I go sharing a recipe from many months ago. But, thankfully, you can make this cake at any point in the year. The Chiplet was just over a week old and we were celebrating Thanksgiving as a family of 4. The Fudgelet helped me make this cake while K helped take care of the Chiplet. I try to soak up my mom/toddler time since it is difficult when the baby wants to take his fair share of time, too. There were some pictures of the process that I took, but K also took some pictures of us baking. There were some cute ones of the two of us but it’s funny seeing myself with a belly that looked about 6 months pregnant. I know I was super tired too, so I’m not sure how I made a cake, but I did!
The Fudgelet and I go to storytime at the library weekly. It’s really well-run with the perfect mix of stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and talking. Each week, we go and return books, then if there is time look at books first, but usually we do storytime then books after. He likes to “help me” check out and then we go home for lunch. At lunch we usually read through all of the books while he eats, and then we read them throughout the week. Some books are clear winners right off the bat. It’s also fun to see what new interests he picks up from the books. Recently, dinosaurs have been a hit. He really wanted an Amelia Bedelia book, but I never liked them much. They also seemed a bit long and old for him, but he had grabbed one where Amelia bakes cakes.
As mentioned in the first part of my “Battle of the Cakes”, the cake today had a super easy frosting. Easy to make, and easy to use. The taste is a bit sweet and light compared to other chocolate frostings I have had. The cake is almost spongey, so that is good or bad, depending on what type of cake you like. The frosting does pair well with the cake because you don’t want a heavy frosting for it. The technique for making the cake layers was also different compared to what I’ve done for other cakes, so go check it out below! In the meantime, you can look at the fun I had frosting it…
When I tell people I have a food blog, I try to frame it by saying I am not a good food stylist. Or a good food photographer. I bought my first digital camera right near the end of college. For years, I had been a member in an online art community, and I carefully researched and gathered tips from the photographers on what to look for. At the time, a 4 megapixel camera was amazing. I found a Kodak one for a good price, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. One day I even went with my dad to the store to check it out. He finally convinced me to buy it. He sad it was a good deal, and even though I only had some money put away for it, my parents would pay for the rest and I could pay them back. My birthday was shortly after, and they ended up telling me that it was part of my birthday present, and I didn’t need to pay them back. So sweet! I took so many pictures with that camera.
This post is by far not done. I definitely am still in the beginning stages of learning to decorate cakes, but as I learn tips, I will share them here. It was great having my friend Lisa over to practice making cakes. We made a chocolate cake from the Miette cookbook, then used French buttercream to decorate both. Hers was beautiful:
Mine was a work in progress: