Sunday, March 3, 2013
a birthday cake or two
My parents had the wise idea to get over with all our family's birthday within three months of the year. My sister is first, then two days later my mom. In April it's my birthday and four days later my brother's. And then it's my dad's birthday in mid May. So we usually only get to celebrate three birthday parties, because my sis and my mom and my brother and I usually throw one together.
The best part? All the cake!
My grandma always bakes a cake of our choice for each birthday and I've adapted the same habit. So this is the cake I made for my mom this year:
A chocolate hazelnut cake that's kind of a family recipe. Someone's cousin's wife (?) gave it to my grandma who gave it to my mom and me. It takes longer to make than an average cake because you have to grate most of the ingredients (I'm so, so thankful for the KitchenAid shredder attachment!) but investing some time in this cake really pays off. I don't wanna know much many calories there are in one slice but it's so worth it.
I'm not very good at decorating cakes - especially compared to awesome and talented bakers like Esther. Apparently the chocolate cooled down too quickly because there were air bubbles all over the cake. Oh and covering a whole cake in melted chocolate will end up in a huge mess, no matter how careful you are ;)
My sister asked for a cherry cheesecake. I didn't get to take any better pictures because it was gone so fast...