Category Archives: Birthdays

Ninjago Cake

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A-, who ordered the rainbow baby shower cake, was so smitten with it that she placed an order months in advance for her son’s birthday! She asked me back in October and her son’s birthday just happened last week. I was counting down the months til January because I was really excited to make this cake. It’s Lego! Who wouldn’t be excited? 🙂 (If you didn’t grow up playing Lego, I feel heartbroken for you.)

A- pretty much appointed me as her go to baker; she already put in her order for her own birthday cake (May) and daughter’s (June).

Can’t wait to share more pictures and recipes with you guys! Thanks for all your encouraging words 🙂 I couldn’t have done it with you (honestly!).

Note: this recipe makes 4 8in cake rounds

Orange Creamsicle Cake

Cake

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
28 tbsp sugar
8 large eggs, room temp
3 cup self-rising flour 
Zest from 3 oranges
4-6 tbsp milk
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4- 8 in cake pans.
 
2. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in sugar all at once, beat until colour lightens.
 
3. Mix in eggs one at a time, then add in orange zest. 
 
4. Slowly stir in flour until just incorporated. Add 2-3 tbsp of milk to soften consistency of batter. 
 
5. Bake for approx 18-20 mins
 
Orange Creamsicle Icing
 
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 sticks)
4-5 cups of powdered sugar
Zest from one orange
 
1. Beat butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
 
2. Gradually add icing sugar 1 cup at a time then mix in zest when desired sweetness level is reached.
 
Source: me (I mix and matched a bunch of vanilla cakes then decided to add orange zest)
 
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No longer a teenager

20th bday

Holyyy smokes, my age begins with a 2 now!! Gosh I feel old. (No offence to those of you who are over 20 :P) 

Carrying on the tradition, my friend C came over right at midnight again to tell me happy birthday! 

To be honest, I didn’t think it would happen this year. When I told him that he asked, “What? Why did you think that?” Then I said, “Well because you’re a relationship and all. And relationships change people.”  I’ve had waayyy too many incidences where I grew distant from friends because of the other person having a bf/gf, so it was a safe assumption.

I’m super glad he did come over though because he brought ICE CREAM CUPCAKES!!!!!!

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Aren’t they beautiful???? 🙂

I swear that C is a mind reader because I was dreaming about ice cream cupcakes during my nap earlier in the day. 

Because I’m an awesome self-less friend, I let him have the PB and chocolate cupcake (his favourite flavour).

20th bday

Photo is blurry because we are awk-balls about having our picture taken and refused to take a second one lol

I have to show you the cross section! Don’t worry I caught that drip before it landed, no ice cream shall be wasted! I had the turtle cupcake.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

I made these for C’s 20th birthday!!!!! Don’t worry, I made him more than just 4 cupcakes. I was just too afraid to bring too many outside in case of a crow attack. Those birds are always out to get me.

Some of you might remember me mentioning him before. For those of you who don’t know who I am talking about, he made some appearances here and here. He is one of my bestest bestest BESTEST friends. I can always count on him to be there for me. He’s such a great listener. I’ll never forget the time when I broke up with my 2nd boyfriend(ish) and he was there to listen to me cry, cry, complain and cry for hours, weeks, months and sadly 1.5 years. When we hang out we always end up just talking for hours and hours and it feels completely effortless. It’s surprising how we haven’t ran out of things to talk about yet 😛 

We have this tradition for celebrating each other’s birthday. Right at midnight on his birthday, I would go to his house ARMED WITH DESSERT, this point is very important because dessert is a very integral part of this friendship. And he does the same for me when it’s my birthday. It’s a good thing that we only live 4 blocks away from each other, otherwise it’d be a bit hard to carry a cake with candles and drive at the same time. 

In previous years, I made him a malted chocolate cake (biggest fail ever) and a normal chocolate cake. This year I made him peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes because I just found out that pb+chocolate is his favourite flavour combo even though we’ve been friends since we were 9 years old! 

Looking at pictures from his last birthday makes me feel a bit sheepish. My cake decorating skills were mediocre at best. 

Whoops, caught ya mid-chew.

He was a good sport and enjoyed what I made him anyway. At least that’s what he told me.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1 cup strong black coffee OR 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee plus 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
How To:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 12cup muffin pans with paper liners.2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (Batter will be thin). Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 

Peanut Butter Buttercream

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
approx 2 tablespoons milk (I used skim, but I wouldn’t recommend it) 

How To:

1. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter and cream on medium for 2 minutes.

2. Slowly add in sifted icing sugar, scrape down sides of bowl as needed. 

3. Add vanilla and 1 tbsp of milk, beat until incorporated. Add last tbsp of milk if icing is too thick.

4. Beat on high for a couple of minutes until frosting and smooth and fluffy.

Milk Chocolate Ganache

1 cup heavy cream
8 oz milk chocolate chips (I swear by Ghirardelli’s Natural chocolate chips)

1. Heat heavy cream until it just begins to simmer, then take it off the heat and add in chocolate. Wait a minute or so before stirring the two together. 

2. Let cool at room temperature. 

source: Frosting adapted from My Baking Addiction

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