There has been a lot of baking. First, Lil A took cupcakes to school for his friends. I baked about 40 cupcakes after the little ones had gone to bed, but I don't have any pictures. Their school does not allow any toppings, so it was plain vanilla cupcakes and I sent sprinkles on the side for anyone who wanted it. Lil A tells me that everyone used it.
After the cupcakes, I made a cake for family dinner. I adapted the recipe by using whole wheat flour, reducing an egg and some butter. The end result was delicious.
Lil A wanted red frosting. I put some food color in the whipped cream, but it came out pink. Thankfully, Lil A was distracted enough with his cousins and gifts that he didn't mind the pink cake!
(adapted from technicolor kitchen recipe)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tspoon baking powder
1/2 tspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
grated zest from 1 lemon
grated zest from 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup milk (preferably whole)
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
11/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
6-8 red food color
3 tbspoon chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F, butter and flour 2 medium cake pans and set it aside.
Sift together whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then add the orange and lemon zests and mix it well. Set aside.
Now combine the butter and sugar and mix for 2 to 3 minutes till the color changes and it starts to appear fluffy.
Now add the orange juice and the lemon juice together. Add it gently to the milk.
Now start adding the dry ingredients alternating it with the milk/juice mixture. Do it in three additions.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 40-45 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.
Once done, remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
Now make the whipping cream by whipping all the ingredients together till the soft peaks form.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (over hot water). Once melted, add it in a sandwich bag and lace it on a parchment paper. Take it out, once dry.
Here are the previous birthday cakes:
1. Year 1: Chocolate and banana birthday cake
2. Year 2: Strawberry birthday cake
3. Year 3: Vanilla cupcakes