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A special birthday

Pumpkin Spice cake

Movie Man celebrated his champagne birthday on Saturday. Our neighbours came over to celebrate on Friday so Thursday I was busy baking bread and the cake and Friday was left for frosting the cake and doing everything else.

Here’s what I made:

– Making the Basic Hearth bread from The Bread Bible
Oven fries with garlic aioli. The garlic aioli was so simple and got HUGE raves from my neighbours. One of them started pushing the dip on others “Come on, you have to try the dip. It’s amazing, just try it!” Definitely try it with the smoked paprika. Mmm…just typing about it makes me want more.
– Caramelized onion dip with chives. Actually, Movie Man made this because I had run out of time and had to attend a workshop. The garlic aioli was finished first, but this dip also had a good chunk of it eaten.
Pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting. A great moist cake with not too sweet frosting. I’d definitely make this cake again.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Movie Man was lucky this year, he got 2 cakes. We had to celebrate his birthday early with his family so I made a coconut cake with Martha’s seven minute frosting.

Coconut cake with Seven minute frosting

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Birthday cake

I have only made a cake when there was an event going on that involves a crowd of people. Making an entire cake for just two people doesn’t make sense. Although with a bunch of neighbours to consume the edibles, I can break this rule from time to time.

It was my neighbour’s birthday and when birthdays roll around I get an itch to make a cake. I made a devil’s food cake with whipped chocolate ganache for the filling and a ganache to glaze the cake. As usual, I was short on time so while I was getting ready I made Movie Man pour the glaze and decorate it (i.e. write happy birthday). Although to be honest, even if I had the time to do it, I’d still make him write out the greeting. He has the nicer writing (guess who is writing wedding thank you cards?). I didn’t have time to trim the cake so the glaze on the sides are a bit wonky. I’m okay with not having perfect cakes, I’m not a professional cake decorator. Cake making does make me want to take cake decorating lessons.

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