May 11, 2010

cake ideas needed

In three months I'll be giving birth to our next baby.  There are lots of things to acquire over the summer:  another highchair, another car seat, another crib, an exersaucer, a name...

But what I'm most interested in at this point is finding a cake recipe for the birthday cake. 

As I've mentioned before I like to have a cake baked so that it's ready to eat once I'm a little cleaned up and relaxed, and baby is napping. I then make the cake every year for the birthday party, to celebrate what I did that day - since everything else is about the Birthday Boy or Girl.

L's Birthday Cake is Pineapple Upside Down Cake, sans the cherries and coconut.
Ben's is Plum Tatin, a la Ina Garten.

I'm thinking about a Strawberry Shortcake this time around, but I'm not convinced.  Do any of you have a cake suggestion?  If you do, please leave the recipe or a link in the comments!  I'm excited to see what I get for options!

I try to do something different and more special than a plain ole chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - which is not my favorite cake but seems to be most people's suggestion.  :)

Picture from Alicia Policia


  1. What about an angel food cake? That always sounds yummy! Or, make some sort of white cake with pudding and fruit as the filling. :)

  2. How about this apple cinnamon cake? Never had it, but it was bookmarked in my "would like to make" recipes!

  3. OH my, I laughed real hard when I saw this picture. Was this a real cake you were in the presence of? How wonderful. As for cake ideas...I am in love with cake, but can't make a good one to save my life. My mother makes a fantastic Texas Sheet cake that doesn't stick around the house for long. I'm not sure if this is her exact recipe, but it's pretty darn close:

    Good luck! Can't wait to hear your ideas on names by the way.

  4. I love your cake idea. sister has made a good strawberry buttercream cake. Not so much of a recipe but she looked up a vanilla cake recipe and buttercream recipe. She made it two layers, with buttercream and fresh strawberries in the middle and on top. Simple and yummy!

    Lisa G

  5. Ha...oh my good gravy...I just gave you a recipe for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I am soooo observant. Here, this one might be better: (You can never go wrong with carrot cake...)

  6. Remember those jello cakes? Where you make a white cake and then poke holes in it and pour jello over it? Well, America's Test Kitchen redid the cake with a homemade vanilla cake and REAL strawberries w/ only 2T of jello mixed in and whipped cream on top... I made it for my daughters 2nd birthday and it was SO good.

    Here's a link...

    PS. you have to "log in" to view the recipe... a huge pain but if your interested worth it.

    PSS. I love your blog and think you're really cool! :)

  7. Peaches and cream cake is the best!

  8. Sorry-no cake ideas. I'm a chocolate lover. But I wanted to share a post with you that I'll think you like. Your compassion to those dealing with infertility is so beautiful and I think this post does a good job of describing and you and I (or anyone like us) is in the same boat. have a great day!

  9. I just came across a cake idea on another blog. I've never had this cake before, but you can add it to your list for consideration.