Happy Birthday K(ake)

     Happy Birthday to my dear friend, K!  She is so much younger than I but such an inspiration to me, especially in the baking department.  K has a real knack for creating the most divine confections.

     In honor of her skills and her special day, I would like to share some images of stunning birthday cakes that I have collected on Pinterest and only wish that I could create for K and her fabulous family.

Tiffany blue with pink

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The colors of K’s breakfast room.

Multicolored ribbon cake

Wonder what is inside?

Pink and orange box cake

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For grown-up girls.

Purple and white ribbons, swirls and dots

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Purple is K’s favorite color.

Floral hat cake

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K has fun teaching kids to cook.

chocolate swirls top hat with gold candles

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Chocolate elegance

white with pink ribbons

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Pretty in Pink Details

white fondant with purple, pink and green ribbons and swirls

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Where would you put all 40-some candles on this stunner?

gold topped pink cake with sparklers

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A sparkling good time is in store with this glamour cake!

     Hope that you enjoyed a visual taste of these cakes without the calories.  Have an awesome day, K!

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3 Comments on “Happy Birthday K(ake)”

  1. Anne says:

    Those are beautiful! For an amazing cake recipe, check out Restaurant Eve’s Birthday Cake recipe… the Washington Post wrote an article about it in 2006. I’ll paste it here, too, but it may the layout might not be good or there may not be enough room…

    Restaurant Eve’s Cake
    from The Washington Post, April 2006

    My favorite part of this recipe is how hard it is to mess up: you’re actually told not to worry about overmixing. Doesn’t that make you excited? Let your mixer do the work, and you reap the benefits.

    A word on the frosting: As sweet and delicious as this frosting is, I have decided, I think officially, that I do not prefer buttercream. Next cake, it will be whipped, and that’s a decision I will stand by.

    Ingredients:
    8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus additional to grease pans
    2 cups sugar
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1 Tablespoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 eggs at room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup milk (may substitute low-fat or nonfat)
    Frosting (recipe follows)

    Directions:
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

    Melt butter and let it cool to room temperature.

    Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in the large bowl of a stand mixer. (A stand mixer is preferable for this recipe, though a hand-held electric mixer may be used.) On medium speed, add the butter, incorporating in several additions. Beat for about 2 minutes, or until combined; the texture should resemble cornmeal.

    In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Add to the flour-butter mixture in two batches (scraping the bowl once), and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until smooth.

    Distribute the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes. Remove cakes from pans to cool completely. Frost the cake. It can stand at room temperature for 1 hour; otherwise, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Frosting
    Ingredients:
    8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    2 pounds (7 1/2 -8 cups) confectioners’ sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup heavy cream, (may substitute whole, low-fat or nonfat milk)
    Food coloring (optional)

    Directions:
    In a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until fluffy. On low speed, add the sugar in batches, increasing the speed to high after each addition is incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla extract and cream in a steady stream on low speed until incorporated. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired. (Restaurant Eve uses red to make pink.) Beat on high speed for 8-10 minutes, until light and fluffy.

  2. Anne M. says:

    The HAPPIEST of Birthdays to K! She is the cake maker extraordinaire…


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