All the preparations

Well, Miss A has turned one and we’re having a party on Sunday… So much to do, so much to do!

It’s nearing midnight and I have a few things left to do so here is a summary in pics!

Priority number 1 – make the cake! I believe that making my girls’ birthday cake is a rite of passage that I have to go through.  My sister in law is a professional cake maker and decorator.  She offered many times to make these cakes – for Miss B as well as Miss A.  But I’ve refused so far and have done them myself!  Here’s how it went!

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Recipe for the white cake here

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Three pans prepped for three layers

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Cheating with the Thermomix rather than a mixmaster – but the batter was too big so had to put it into the mixmaster and then add the flour.
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Batter evenly distributed

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Cakes cooling

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First pass at the frosting – I learnt this is called the crumb layer of frosting

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Starting to create the petals

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Slow and steady wins the race

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Nearly done!


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And now in the fridge for tomorrow!

But the evening wasn’t without its challenges. I used the frosting recipe in the ‘add a pinch’ recipe, but the minute I added the cream the first batch of butter cream ‘broke’.  I did not know such a think existed but yes, it can happen.  There are a number of ways to ‘rescue’ it with one of those methods putting chocolate in it to fluff it back up. So I gave that a go.  It worked quite well but man oh man, was it sweet, which I found ironic as I tried so hard with Miss B’s birthday to avoid sugar and made sugar free treats and cake.  This time around I used 3kg of icing sugar, including to mucked up batch below! Sugar overload!

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But, I ended up making little take-home treats and used the recovered icing for these:

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‘Ice-cream’ cakes to give as gifts – in the oven

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Wasn’t sure how they’d turn out but they worked!

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Icing these was a lot harder than I expected but the end result look great!

And that’s been my day! Stay tuned for a pic tomorrow of the end result!

Do you go all out for birthday parties? Do you make your own cake?

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