Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Birthday Season

April is birthday season around here. Between March 30 and May 2, we have nine family birthdays to celebrate, including my daughter and my husband. Three friends have April birthdays, too.
We have no excuses for forgetting a birthday this time of year!

Here is a piece of my daughter's birthday cake:



This is Holy Cow Cake from The Cake Mix Doctor. (Recipe online here) We'd never had Holy Cow Cake before, but when my daughter saw the list of ingredients, no other cake would do. Devils Food cake, soaked in a mixture of condensed milk and caramel sauce, sprinkled with crushed Heath Bars, spread with a frosting of cream cheese whipped with Cool Whip, and topped with even more crushed Heath Bars. Holy Cow indeed! Since my husband's birthday is only five days after my daughter's, he no longer gets a cake of his own. We refrigerated the Holy Cow leftovers and had them yesterday for his birthday. The cake got a little bit too soggy over five days, but that didn't stop me from eating it!

I bake from scratch almost exclusively, but for some reason birthday cakes I make from a mix. Using recipes from The Cake Mix Doctor makes me feel like I'm making a little bit more effort.

Happy Birthday to the spring birthdays. This post is for you. May all your wishes come true!