Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy 10th Birthday, Son #1!

I am slowly wrapping my head around the fact that in a few days I will have been a dad for a full decade. At the very least, I can say that we have eaten some pretty good cake over the last ten years. As you may know, I bake a special cake for each kid's birthday--whatever they choose. This year, Son #1 initially wanted a plain white cake with a 10 on it (going minimalist in his older years, I guess) but eventually settled on this car cake which I made for his party today (although his birthday is actually Sunday). I decided that a triple batch of Isa's chocolate cupcake recipe would fill the pan, and at first everything seemed to be going fine. But after 40 minutes of baking the centre was still goopy. After 55 mins it looked OK with a BBQ skewer coming out clean (or so I thought). But, alas! After trimming the bottom (after letting the cake cool for 10 mins), I discovered the cake was most certainly not done. I left the cut portion off, topped the cake with foil, and put it back in the oven on convection at 325 degrees. Another 10 mins and everything seemed OK. The centre was still a bit fudgy and the edges were well done, but it was passable. It looked even better after decorating, despite the fact that because I had to trim more off the bottom (it got pretty crusty with the re-bake) the car looked like it was sinking in a lake (the blue edge I put on did not help). The kids downed it without comment. So, Happy Birthday, kiddo!

13 comments:

Elisabeth said...

It is gorgeous! Your son is very lucky!

Babette said...

Very nice cake!

K said...

so so cool

JAMVeganBakery said...

What a cute cake! Happy Birthday to your son, and many happy thoughts to all of you!

A said...

Beautiful cake! I just wanted to say that I've been doing a ton of cake baking lately and I've found that the cupcakes recipes from VCTOW, while very delicious as cupcakes, do not translate well at all into cakes. The are too oily, dense, gummy (with basically no crumb) and don't rise enough or cook evenly. After trying several recipes from vegan cookbooks and blogs, I've found the best basic cake recipes to be at veganbaking.net. That man is a pure genius. The cakes rise a ton, and are light and fluffy like cake should be. I would definitely recommend!

Jennifer said...

Nice work! And it fits your Canadian winter- a car stuck in a snow drift. :)I like it!
What kind of tip did you use for the blue, and what icing recipe?

Gauri Radha said...

What a colorful and lovely cake!!

Tender Branson said...

What a great birthday gift, homemade vegan cake. This one looks intense.

Stefanie said...

That is cute. I hope your son has a great birthday. :-)

umbrellalady said...

You're right it does look like it is sinking the lake but I love it - it is a great cake and made me smile!

Kelly said...

I agree some cupcake recipes, unfortunately, don't translate well into cakes. Look like you have the perfect save though and your kid was none the wiser. The final product is so cute.

Cooking With Kids said...

this is so cool! I remembered my mum used to make cool Lego castle cakes, etc for me... I really should do something for my daughter's next birthday!

VeganLinda said...

My eldest is about to turn 11 in February. He says happy belated birthday to your son! He loves the cake.