SUNDAY POST: DELICIOUS (Birthday Cakes)

When I read Jake’s theme for this week’s Sunday Post,  I immediately knew what I wanted to share.  For months now, I have been thinking of compiling in one place  the photos  of the birthday cakes that we have so far made for our children.

Neither my husband nor I is a cake maker.  My husband is an excellent baker, but he has never made the cakes that our children, at least the older two, have asked of us for their birthdays.   I, on the other hand, came into the marriage without any cooking skills, mush less baking skills.   When I was single, I was used to eating instant food, or if not that, restaurant and fast food food.  I considered the latter gourmet then (at least compared to my instant noodle fare). 😉

In our family, we do not  have fancy birthday parties.  I grew up without any birthday party while my husband grew up celebrating his birthdays with family cooked meals and home made birthday cakes.  That is the custom that we observe in our family now.   For the first two birthdays of any of our children, we make him a simple round cake.   When he turns three, he could request for a fancier cake.   Of course  then, we had no idea how fancy our boys’ choices would be.  The first boy was  so enamored with trains that for his third birthday, he asked for a train cake.  We thought it would be easy considering that we got a mould for a train cake.  Little did we know that decorating the little cakes could be so tedious.  However, that started the outrageous cake requests that we had to fill.

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As you may have guessed from the pictures, none of the cakes were ever of delicate batter.  We needed a cake that could handle the wear and tear and abuse that we heaped on the cakes. 🙂 Taste and flavor had to give way to structural integrity.   The pound cakes that we used for these birthday cakes were tasty but after they have been cut up and well, crumbled, they oftentimes lose a little of their flavor.  Fortunately, the celebrants did not mind.  Neither did we.  The joy that lit up the eyes of each boy upon seeing his cake was well worth the effort that my husband and I usually pour into the making of these ‘masterpieces’.   We have learned so much about cake-making the past few years and will definitely learn some more as the younger ones start making their own requests.

Thank you for coming by.  A blessed and happy weekend to you.  🙂

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18 comments

    • Yeah. I think the children do not care about the taste – they like the process of the cake being made and of seeing their parents take time to make them feel special. 🙂

  1. We also have a fancy cake making tradition in my family. My mom made all sorts of things for me growing up, hedgehogs, horses, elephants, fish… and last night I stayed up late putting finishing touches on my daughters dog cake for her birthday today. I think they are so much fun to do and the kids love them so much!

    • Yes, making the cakes for the children has been a bonding time for me and my husband. the children, on the other hand, anticipate with bated breath how their cakes would turn out.

      You have wonderful memories of your cakes. I am sure your children will proudly say that of the cakes you made for them too. 🙂 It is hard work, but so worth it.

    • The photos will be great reminders of wonderful memories not only for you but your kids as well.
      We still have years, hopefully, before we feel abandoned like you did. But I sure feel sad just thinking about the time they outgrow their fancy kiddie cakes. 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh, so inventive. My girls only got the most pathetic looking of cakes, cakes that didn’t full rise cakes that fell in the middle, cakes with crumbs all through the icing … I still can’t bake a decent cake – I don’t know why.

    • I heard that when a cake is baking, nobody should be running or jumping around near the oven because the motion would make a cake fall. This may be especially true for delicate batter cakes. We rarely have a problem because pound cakes are very forgiving and are as dense as one can get. 🙂

  3. The cake made of cardboard looks so delicious! Ahihihi. I love the starcraft one.
    The best, however, is the fondant. Looks tasking, but the result looks worthwhile.

  4. Oh, all the love, sweat and tears you put into making these cakes! I love them! The looks on the bday kids’ faces are so worth all the work. I make my kids’ bday cakes, too, and it’s fun when it’s only a few times a year. I really like your train cakes. 🙂

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