Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Not a TWD: Instead, I bake seven cakes in 14 days

April is birthday month in these parts. The girl celebrates on the 18th and the boy on the 29th. What it means for the kids: cake and presents. What it means for me: baking.
We have a really fun tradition in our house. On birthday morning, we have cake for breakfast. The husband usually goes for a coffee cake or fruity cake of some sort.
The girl wanted yellow cake with peanut butter frosting.
Cake #1
For her party she chose mini cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla frosting.
Cake #2 (or just lots of cupcakes)
We have a family party the weekend in between the birthdays. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents come to share a meal and eat some cake.
The boy chose carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Cake #3
The girl wanted a Heath bar coffee chocolate whipped cream cake .
Cake #4
The boy's breakfast cake was banana with peanut butter chocolate frosting.
Cake #5
The boy's party had a Lego theme this year. You know what's coming.
Cakes #6 and 7
It's two cakes cut up and frosted to look like Lego blocks. (I'll have a "how I did it" post soon. I don't have one on why I did it, but that's a whole other thing)

What all this really means is that I just did not have it in me to make Dorie's Tiramisu Cake. I'm sure it was delicious. I feel especially bad because Megan of My Baking Adventures has become an internet friend of mine. Sorry, Megan! I promise I'll try it another time! Go check out her blog to see the cake in all its wonderful glory.

Oh, and if baking all those cakes wasn't enough, it's Teacher Appreciation Week. I'm on the committee. That means a breakfast casserole for Monday morning, Buttered Rum Meltaways for Tuesday lunch, and Ginger Cheesecake, chocolate dipped bananas, lemon lime frosted cookies, and browned butter brown sugar shortbread for lunch Thursday. WHEW!

I'll be back next week for an amazing sounding Tartest Lemon Tart.


Cristine said...

What a fun tradition! All the cakes look fantastic! You've been a busy lady!

Marthe said...

Wow, you've been very busy and managed to make 7 gorgeous cakes!!

Megan said...

I am miffed because I didn't get to try ANY of those cakes! Sheesh!

Just kidding - but seriously, you have been in a baking frenzy and deserve a break - or a piece of cake!

Sabrina said...

Wow! You have been busy!! I love the lego cake!

Kayte said...

OMW...that's more cakes than I have baked in a year! And each one just lovelier than the other...wondreful traditions at your house. Now, my birthday is April 21st and I think I should get to come and have a cake, too...my favorite: angel food with no icing and just sliced strawberries and a bit of whipped cream on it. Easy...really, next year? Great job on all the cakes!

Pamela said...

Holy Cow!! You've been busy!! Great job.

Karen said...

What a fun tradition! :) What a good mom making all of those different cakes! :)

Flourchild said...

How fun for you but Im sure busy as ever! I would pick your cake over the tiramisu any day!

Fit Chick said...

OMG, so many cakes and what fun!!! Great job.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

All I can say is: "Lucky kids. And lucky teachers." And lucky us that you shared your tradition and a peek at all those cakes!! Gotta say I love the Lego cake and that really tall layer cake. Yum!

PheMom said...

HA!! Finally someone else's family who admits to eating BDay cake for breakfast. I love it! Those cakes all look awesome!

Gabe's Girl said...

What a great tradition! I love it. We had the tiramisu for breakfast. I think Wed.s are becoming the TWD pick for breakfast tradition. I can hardly wait to read about the Lego cake. Great cakes all around.

AmyRuth said...

Don't ya love birthday cake in the morning. We always do that too. Except now 2 of my 3 are in college boo hoo. We just celebrated the oldest's BD yesterday. Fun and mine was in April also. he he Your cakes look so fun and your have a very sweet family. Not to mention lucky teachers. Keep up the good work!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You are forgiven!! Talk about cake overload!! :) I love your Lego cake. Very cute. And the idea of cake for breakfast!! Hmmmmmm.