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!