Thursday, 4 December 2008

Baking Birthday Cake!

R & I baked e's birthday cake today. R also made her own version, called 'sheep cake'
Whenever I cook in the kitchen, she works alongside me with her own bowl, her own tub of stock, any peelings, eggshells & lots of water to stir. It is a pleasant time for us both.

You can read on to find out how we celebrate birthdays in our home:

The essence of our celebration; you are an important member of our family, we love you & our lives would not be the same without you!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:14
Birthday to-do’s & good things to eat.

Find balloons tied to your bed when you wake
Be greeted by kisses, the same number as your age
No chores today!
Birthday gifts & always a book
Find a balloon on your chair at breakfast time
A prayer of thanks for you
A special birthday muffin for breakfast, with a number candle
Your height measured & marked
Birthday party tea
Homemade birthday cake with candles...we sing happy birthday, you make a wish!
Number (of your age) sugar cookies
You get to wear your birthday crown
A letter for you written in your journal

Read: Happy Birthday to You! by Dr Seuss
Classic Birthday Cake
(makes one tier)
4oz self raising flour 4 oz caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs
4oz soft butter 2-3 drops pure vanilla essence

Pre-heat oven to GM 3
grease & line cake tin
sift flour & baking powder into a roomy mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients & whisk till thoroughly combined. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of tap-warm water. Whisk again.
Add the mixture to the tin, level off & bake on the centre shelf for about 30 minutes.
When cooked remove to a cooling rack.
The cake can be sliced in half, layered with jam & buttercream or stacked.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
(Fills & frosts a 8/9” cake.)
3 cups icing sugar 2 tsp vanilla
3 oz softened butter 3 oz chocolate, melted & cooled
3-4 tblsp milk

Mix sugar & butter in a medium bowl on a low speed. Stir in vanilla & chocolate.
Gradually beat in enough milk to make frosting spreadable.

Sugar Cookies
2 cups plain flour 6 oz softened butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to GM 3

Cream the butter & sugar. Add the egg & vanilla, beating well until mixed. Add flour on very low speed: do not over mix.
Gather dough into a ball & wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour. Allow dough to sit for 10 mins before rolling. Roll on a floured counter to 1/4” thick. Cut with cookie cutters & place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 mins.
Can be frozen.


Michelle said...

Happy Birthday, E! :) From the sounds of it, you're going to have a very special day! :)

Jeanne said...

Wow!! A very happy birthday to a very special young lady!! I hope it is/was a wonderful day!!

Have a piece o cake for Jemimah!!

joc4jesus said...

Happy Birthday. What wonderful birthday traditions. I am definitely going to use some of them. December birthdays need to be expecially special because of their proximity to Christmas - I know 'cos mine is on the 17th. I always get a dual purpose present -it's terrible. Lol!

Leah said...

What lovely traditons for a special birthday; great memories Mama!