My mom’s 52nd birthday was this weekend. My dad always puts out a lot of effort to make my mother’s birthday weekend special for her. My mom does so much all year for others and this is a good time of year for all of us to show her how much we love her. The night is usually full of food, fun, good company, games, and a little bit of alcohol.
This year I volunteered to get my mothers birthday cake. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting was her request. I am sure that she and my dad probably assumed that I would purchase her a cake from a bakery in Tulsa. Well I surprised them!
Not only did I decide to make her a cake, I decided to make her a cake from scratch. After much debate about transporting the cake from Tulsa or waiting until we got to Ponca City to make the cake I decided to call my grandmother to see if I could use her kitchen and her supervision to make my mother’s birthday cake. Let’s be real I have only made a few birthday cakes, which most of the time only one or two other people were going to see and eat the cake, so I was kind of worried about the task I had taken on and I needed all the supervision I could get. Mike had other plans for the afternoon so I needed my grandma.
I searched through cookbooks and the internet to find what recipes I would use. I really wanted to make sure that the cake was moist and fluffy. I also wanted to make sure the frosting was good. My mother is not a big fan of buttercream frosting and well as a matter of fact, I am not either. My favorite is cream cheese frosting, but my mom isn’t a fan. Learning how to make whipped frosting was anther task I took on too.
This is the cake recipe I used: http://divascancook.com/2013/06/moist-devils-food-cake-recipe-scratch-easy-chocolate-cake.html
Learning to flip the cakes out of the pan was fun and not disastrous. Making sure to line the cake pans with grease and flower made a huge difference. I will never just use Pam again to spray baking dishes with. The description of the cake was perfect. It was light and moist. There is a good chance that it was one of the moistest cakes I have ever eaten.
Whipped frosting is delicious and easy to make. I didn’t think that it was going to be that easy, but it really was. Grandma gave me good guidance on tweeking this recipe a bit. Here is the recipe I used for the frosting: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sturdy-whipped-cream-frosting/
The only thing to make sure that you do is really whip it until the peaks start to form, but there is a fine line to whipping to just the right stage and whipping it past that stage. I ended up using an entire bag of confectioners sugar (when this recipe says white sugar that what it actually means) and a 1/4 cup of crisco, plus an extra 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Make sure that the house isn’t to warm when icing the cake too. Once I got the cake into a cold room the icing set up nicely. Once the icing was set up it didn’t ever start to melt again.
Once all the decorating was done, the cake ready to be presented at the birthday party my grandpa comes into the kitchen and says, “Wow! That looks great. I was worried early today. Chuckle. Chuckle.” (this man has watched many cakes hit to floor, fall out of pans sideways, cakes slide off of trays, you name it; he has probably seen it because my grandmother use to make and decorate cakes)
Oreos and M&M’s gave it a fun and added some additional chocolate!
Thank you grandma for your time. I loved spending the afternoon with her and I loved spending the evening with the rest of my family.
I must remember to count my blessings.