i baked my son's birthday cake for our family's dinner. i used a recipe sent by a listener (thanks dawn!) for a coconut cake. i just used the cake layers from the recipe because they were vanilla and had no coconut but i bet this whole cake is delicious. and the drama i had over icing. yikes.
here are the ingredients for the cake- which is very involved. i had to make vanilla pudding and whip some whipping cream to be added to the batter before baking. and i ended up using ready made buttermilk instead of the powder which look curdled when added with water. (and that's because i shouldn't have added it to water!)
batter oven ready.
trying to level the cake!
working on the italian meringue (which then with added butter turns to buttercream).
thinking i've succeeded!
until i added the butter. ewwww.
so then i started again and made buttercream frosting which turned out great.
so i frosted the layers but ran out of icing.
guess who came to the rescue.
and here is finished (finally) birthday cake! of course i had to decorate it.
and i packed up 3 pieces of the cake for alexis, chrissy and paulie.
i baked hazelnut biscotti for alexis.
and about to go into the oven for first bake.
and after second bake. (they are done!)
also took a hip hop dance class yesterday...who's the loser who showed up first (and early)?!
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