Posts Tagged ‘birthdays’

“Beach-Themed” Birthday Cake (Butter Cake With Butter Frosting).

December 15, 2008

I had so much fun baking this birthday cake for my friend Samuel, who turned 25. A beach-themed cake came to mind and  I thought to myself, “okay there would be a beach mat on the sand, umbrellas and some sharks in the water” 🙂

First of all, I needed 3 layers of butter cake. Since my oven is a tiny electric one (which bakes less evenly), I baked it in 3 batches. You may freeze the cooled cake for up to 3 months and thaw it for at least 2 hours before you start to decorate the cake. 

Butter Cake (serves about 9)
Adapted from “Party Cakes for kids”, Murdoch Books Australia 

150g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/3 cup fresh milk (if you want it more moist, replace some of the fresh milk with some canned condensed milk)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius. Lightly grease a round cake tin (I used a 15cm in diameter tin) and line the base with baking paper.
2. Beat the butter and sugar with electric beaters until light and creamy. Beat in eggs gradually and add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
3. Fold in the sifted flour alternatively with the milk until smooth. Spoon mixture into tin and smooth the surface. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
4. Leave the cake in the tin for about 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Frost it or freeze it in cling-wrap until it is ready to be frosted 🙂

And then…Viola. My butter cake layers thawing from the cold of the night.

Here’s my blue frosting for the ‘sea waves’ using this from allrecipes. For this cake size, I changed the total frosting portion to 18. I used a drop of blue colouring to mimic the waves.

For the ‘sand’ portion of the cake, I added less icing sugar to the frosting as it would be topped by brown sugar and I wanted to it look less stiff.

The ‘sand’.
 

The ‘sharks’, I made these out of cardboard paper. (Jaws piano tune in my head)
 

Layer 1 and 2 of the cake frosted with the ‘sand’ frosting. I would use whipped cream with fresh strawberries as a filling next time. 

The sand portion all frosted.

‘Sand’ and ‘waves’ added.

Little beach mat I made, near the sharks. *Shudders.

The entire decoration before the birthday boy was surprised at Starbucks. 

Surprise Samuel, from your friends and friendly baristas at Starbucks!

 Here’s how the inside of the cake looked like.

The cake disappeared really quickly, I was so pleased and I think Samuel was pleased too. Above all, I had a blast making it. Looking forward to baking for Christmas. 😀

Donut Birthday “Cake”.

December 7, 2008

Since my friend Brenda can have a pizza birthday cake, why not a donut birthday cake for someone else right? I tell you, I have bizarre friends, hence bizarre cake ‘types’. Haha 🙂 

Here’s my dear Calin and her birthday donuts. This was shared with another birthday girl Priscilla, who is not in the photo.

As you can see the donuts were arranged in a happy sweet “16” figure, but can you guess Calin’s real age with the candles? 😛 (No prizes for those who guess correctly.)

Pizza Birthday “Cake”.

September 25, 2008

I am thinking fondly of Brenda, who is on her exchange programme in Taipei. This was her surprise birthday “cake” last year, which was obviously not a cake but a pizza. Whoever said we needed to have a cake during a birthday celebration? Why not candles on pizza? 🙂

I cannot wait till my ‘graduation trip’ in December to Taipei, when I can see this woman again. 

Till then Brenda Panda!

Calin & Priscilla’s ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Birthday.

March 19, 2008

A group of us gathered in a tiny group study room in school today to celebrate Calin & Priscilla’s birthday. Instead of a birthday cake, we had birthday donuts from J.CO. I have to say that I really enjoyed their chocolate-coffee flavoured donut.

There were flowers, chips, donuts shaped in a ’16’ shape, lots of photo-taking, laughter and the feedings.

Then about 20 minutes later, it was back to school work. SMU students play hard and work smart. 😛

My Top 3 Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine’s Day in Singapore.

February 12, 2008

I hope this is not too late, for those of you who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in just two days. Perhaps this might be a good last minute suggestion for frantic love birds out there, searching for a place to dine with that someone special.

These are top 3 on my list not only because of its amazing food and service, but also because of the memories that I’ve forged there on previous occasions. The 3 top restaurant suggestions for Valentine’s Day would be Harry’s @ Holland Village, Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant and Corduroy & Finch.

1. Harry’s @ Holland Village
27 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: 6467 4222

I first went to Harry’s @ Holland Village only because of my friend Derrick, who performs live every Thursday or Friday nights, 9:30pm at Harry’s. It’s a great place to be if both you and your partner love music coupled with an energetic crowd (of mostly expatriates). I tried their Fish and Chips, it was excellent. I never fail to have fun whenever I go to Harry’s @ Holland Village. I rate them an overall 4 over 5 Stars.

2. Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
5 Koek Road
#04-05 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6734 2492

Unfortunately, I could not find any photos of this place and I didn’t take many photos when I was there. My boyfriend brought me here for my birthday last year. He told the chef to surprise me with a “birthday day ice cream creation”. The service here is top notch. It was a perfect evening filled with smiles and great food. The foie gras, BBQ beef and garlic rice were superb. Even the BBQ corn was out of this world. Most importantly, it is a really intimate place and it has a very authentic and romantic aura to it. I rate them an overall 5 over 5 Stars.

3. Corduroy & Finch
779 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6762 0131

The food is great and they serve desserts like “Handsome Strawberries” – which are actually strawberries dipped in chocolate that look like tuxedos. Most important of all, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our Valentine’s Day at Corduroy & Finch. I am really looking forward to that. For now, I rate them an overall 4.5 over 5 Stars. Let’s see if their ratings improve after the 14th of February.

😀