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My niece’s 7th birthday cake

Stripe cake

the design for my niece's 7th birthday cake

This cake was very precisely defined and designed. Even so precisely, that this auntie decided to delegate its designer (the niece) herself to make and place the decorations – just so they won’t go wrong. I wrote a post about that already in the beginning of the month, and it can be found here.

The semi-sphere cake was to have strawberry and pear fillings (in different colour stripes, of course), and the cake was to be covered in pink and light green stripes. In addition, there was to be butterflies and a number 7 candle on top of the cake.

The design, butterfly decorations and their placement in this cake is my niece’s own doing. At least she got exactly the kind of a cake she wanted! : )

 

Congratulations Neela!

 

Stripe cake

Cannon cake

Cannon cake

Cannon cake

This was a rather quickly “whipped up” cake, as I decided only a few days ago to make it. Originally this weekend I was only supposed to make my niece’s self-designed and partly made birthday cake, but once again my ability to pass on a challenge failed miserably.

On Monday one of my co-workers came to collect money for another colleague’s leaving present, and of course I suggested that I could also make him a leaving-do cake. Apparently this person playfully calls himself “the number one gun” (in Finnish the idiom translates into a cannon), so that became the theme for the cake.

Cannon cake

Of course I could have made a standard round cake, but that wouldn’t have been a big enough challenge now would it? So here’s the result… : )

The cake had a banana and white chocolate filling, which made its debut in my brother’s birthday cake.

Good luck for future challenges, Jussi!

Cannon cake

Chick cake

Chick cake

Fondant chicks

 

A year ago I had the honour of making a christening cake for little Eeli, and now this little man is turning one!

Eeli apparently likes a lot of chicks, so of course there had to be some on his birthday cake.

Inside this time was a caramel filling.

 

Congratulations Eeli!

 

Mint chocolate cake

Mint chocolate cake

When the temperature outside drops to well below 0°C, it’s nice to curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate, maybe with a hint of mint in it.

This is what my cuppa looks like… : )

 

Mint chocolate cake
 250 g margarine
 2,5 dl caster sugar
 1 tsp vanilla sugar
 4 eggs
 250 g plain flour
 1,5 tsp baking powder
 3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
 1,5 dl milk
 150 g crushed peppermint chocolate

 

Whip together soft margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time while constantly mixing. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and incorporate them into the batter with milk. Finally add in the crushed peppermint chocolate (unless you already added it with the flour) and stir until smooth.

Pour the batter into a greased and breadcrumbed bundt pan and bake in 175°C for about 50-60 minutes. The cake is ready when a skewer pressed into the cake comes out clean.

Turn over on a plate and leave to cool. Dry cakes are at their best during the following days unless they get eaten before that.

The year’s first

the design for my niece's 7th birthday cake

This year’s first cake “order” was so precisely defined, that the “customer” (my niece) drew a picture of it.

Apparently in addition, the cake should have a number 7 candle and different colour butterflies on top of it. Because the look of the cake seemed to be really precise, I decided to invite my niece over to make the butterflies herself. That way they would be just the right colour and shape. As well as making my task easier (as no doubt my butterflies would have been wrong colour, wrong shape or just wrong looking), children really seem to enjoy this kind of hand crafting.

On top of all this, she can of course say that she’s made her own birthday cake :)

(The finished cake can be seen at the end of January)

My niece making her own decorations