Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday Cake!


My youngest grandson will be 6 on Tuesday, but there’s a party tomorrow! Devon, plus seven friends, plus his big brother and his friend, plus Mom, Dad and possibly other parents. You know how it goes.

I’m lucky ‘cause I get to make the cakes each year for the boys. One of the cakes, that is. Mom provides a small cake for the four of them to celebrate. Then there are individual cakes for a party each with their friends. Then one more cake--a bigger one, for a celebration of both birthdays with extended family. I’ll bet you’ve done that, too!

After ten years of birthday cakes and crazy themes, I headed them off at the pass this year. Devon, I asked, what kind of cake do you want? Marbled white and chocolate. That’s easy enough. What colors do you like, Devon? Red, not too dark. Green and blue. Okay, now to combine that with my idea of a “6” for his sixth birthday.




I’m not going to supply any cake recipe, nor will I give you my favorite icing recipe. Simply use a cake recipe you like. The same goes for the icing. It doesn’t matter.
Don’t bother worrying too much about how to make the number look perfect (I did!). When you frost the cake, you’ll cover all the problem areas and the finished cake will look wonderful.




The cake is topped with red, green and blue chocolate pieces and curls. I got the idea from my blogger friend Sibella, at Baking With Sibella, who used them on her beautiful Valentine’s cake. She, in turn, told of finding the idea at one of my new favorite blogs, The Pioneer Woman.




This last picture isn’t quite true to color, but I wanted to include it to show you the black squiggles I added at the last minute. And here’s why... I went shopping with Devon’s mom, my daughter, yesterday to pick up last minute items for the party. She’s sometimes a last minute kind of gal. In this case, she wandered the dollar store and finally decided on a pirate theme.

Oh, great, I fixed a “6” cake with red, green and blue chocolate curls. Nothing too pirate-like about that! Then I remember I had a tube of black decorating gel. I think it looks more pirate-like now... Argh!


18 comments:

  1. So were do I order a cake for my next party? Nice grandmother Devon has. How did it go?

    Thanks for your visits as well to Savor the Food.

    Thanks for sharing this with Us Kathleen.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

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    1. I guess the cake was a hit, Randall, although the marbling stumped those kids who are used to choosing between chocolate and white/yellow cake. Thanks for your comment. You're always welcome at Step By Step In The Kitchen.

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  2. How cute and what a great grandma you are. Happy birthday to the birthday boy! This years party with your swirled cake is going to be fun! Take care, BAM

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    1. BAM, you just called me a GREAT grandma! Oh, you didn't mean great-grandma, did you. He-he! They did have a fun party, especially keeping 7-8 six-year olds out of the room where they're putting up new sheetrock.

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  3. Awwww what a cute little cake my friend, perfect for a 6th birthday :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks, CCU, I like this cake recipe which was a "silver" (white) cake from a Betty Crocker cookbook. Mixed cocoa powder and a tiny bit of baking soda to part of it to make the chocolate portion and it really came out brownie-like. Yum.

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  4. I bet he was one happy birthday boy when he saw that cake! I know I would have been. :)

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    1. His mom let him take a look at a photo of it on our Photostream prior to the party and she said he was pleased. I'd make you a cake, ChgoJohn, but I have a feeling it would be a double-digit. LOL!

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  5. Great idea with the "6" ... I think kids are amazed with shaped cakes. I'll call you a super grandma that happens to be great :)

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    1. Thanks for the input on the grandma front, Brenda. LOL!

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  6. wow...looks so tempting n very very yummmm
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks, Jay. Hi, how are you? I'm still following your wonderful food blog.

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    2. Thanks for your warm wishes in my space dear...
      Wishing you a very happy women's day..:)
      keep on rocking..!
      Tasty Appetite

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    3. Thank you, Jay! Always glad to hear from you, and loving your wonderful recipes for tasty Indian cuisine!

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  7. Hi Kathleen,
    What an amazing cake. Must have been a wonderful surprise for your grandson.
    Looks to me like you are a super grandma:) Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Daniela. He did enjoy his birthday treat. Thanks for not calling me a "great" grandma--ha, ha!

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  8. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

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