Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy birthday!

Today my little boy Daniel turned three. I can't believe how quickly the months have flown since he was born. Everyone warns you to treasure every moment because it goes so quickly but it's hard to believe this until it's happening to you.

We had a family party to celebrate and once again the trusty Australian Women's Weekly birthday cake cookbook provided the inspiration for the cake. The cakes look impressive but are surprisingly easy to put together: a butter cake, some butter cream tinted with bright colours and some lollies for strategic decoration and you have a masterpiece! As tigers are one of Daniel's favourite animals, it was a given that I would make the tiger cake for him.

In the months leading up to his birthday, Daniel enjoyed flicking through the book and looking at all the cakes. The only problem was that, each time he looked, he chose a different cake that he wanted! I decided to ignore his whims and stick with the tiger but I was a little worried that when I brought out the cake, he might wail "But I didn't want that one!"

In the end, we had the opposite problem: Daniel loved the tiger cake so much that he was distraught when I produced a knife to cut the cake. In fact, he burst into tears and I had to give him a cuddle while Nanna quickly patched the cake back together!

Luckily, fellow playmates, lollies and balloons distracted him and we were able to serve the cake with no more tears; he happily ate two pieces and told everyone how much he loved the tiger and that tomorrow he was going to have a lion cake. Guess that's next year's cake sorted then ....


Hilary said...

I found your blog through your Daring Bakers feature. And I immediately recognized that as an AWW birthday cake - super job! The same one is included in the version of the book my mum had in the 1980s in Canada (I guess a good cake never goes out of style). We only got one of those b-day cakes if we were REALLY lucky, though.

Melinda said...

Hi Hilary - thanks for stopping by. I had no idea that the AWW cookbook was available in countries other than Australia. My cookbook is the updated version of the 1980s book (I actually think the older one is better). I just saw your post about cake mixes - this cookbook recommends using packet cake mixes but they also include a butter cake recipe, so I use that instead.