Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Christine & Jill

With both of our birthdays within days of each other (Christine-June 16th Jill-June 20th) we decided that it would be fun to bake each other a birthday cake. We worked separately and didn’t discuss flavor, color, shape, or any decorating techniques so that we could be surprised at the unveiling of the birthday cakes!

Happy Birthday Jill!
By: Christine
I decided to make Jill a giant cupcake birthday cake. I got this pan from a Yankee swap and I’ve been dying to use it ever since. Jill’s birthday, I decided, was the perfect occasion for a giant cupcake!

I made homemade confetti (funfetti) cake batter using a simple white cake recipe and adding rainbow sprinkles. During the cooking process these sprinkles melt into the batter and create colorful spots throughout the bright white cake. One of Jill’s favorite types of cakes is funfetti, which is why I wanted to make this for her birthday.

I wanted to decorate part of the cake with fondant. I lightly frosted the bottom of the cupcake with buttercream frosting, and then covered it with coral colored marshmallow fondant.I attached the top of the cupcake to the bottom and frosting it liberally with homemade buttercream frosting in a swirl pattern.

I also made 6 cupcakes to surround the giant cupcake, frosted & covered in fondant with a rose on top

I added a few bright yellow roses to the top of the cupcake and added some giant round confetti sprinkles to complete the cupcake.

Making this cake for Jill was a fun way to try something new. The giant cupcake pan was fun to work with, and the cupcake was fun to decorate.

Happy Birthday Christine!
By: Jill

It was so much fun to make a birthday cake for Christine! Because I know how much Christine loves the blogger Bakerella, I decided to make Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake. My previous red velvet cupcakes had been made using a combination of a few recipes, so I was excited to see how this recipe would turn out.

I couldn't be happier that Christine liked her cake! It was fun to surprise each other and for me to try a different recipe for a dessert I had previously made. I think it's important to try a few different recipes in order to find your favorite.

We shared both of our cakes with some friends who all said "I'll have a little of both!" It was great to have two distinct flavors to enjoy at our party.

The cakes were a big hit and a lot of fun to make for each other. We will be doing this again next June!!

1 comment:

  1. Everytime you post something it "is my favorite" Love everything you guys make! Happy birthday to you both!!