Birthdays

The birthday

Birthday cake 1

Birthday cake 2
My little one and I made Amanda Hesser’s Chocolate Dump-It Cake together for his birthday party. We’d never made it before, and the cake part was dense and rich and moist. In other words, perfect. The frosting, on the other hand, was on the adult side of the spectrum — dark, tangy and not very sweet. I added quite a lot of powdered sugar to it to make it more three-year-old friendly. (Note: If you try this, sift the powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting, or shake it through a fine mesh sieve. I didn’t, and I ended up pushing the lumpy frosting through a sieve. It solved the problem, but it was messy.)  Next time I want to try a chocolate ganache frosting.

Eric Hill’s Spot Bakes a Cake — one of our favorite books — inspired our cake decorations. We picked them out them out at the grocery store together, and then right before the party we stuck them on the cake. 

We had a teeny, tiny party with just three friends.

Happy 3rd birthday mantle
I cut out sparkly letters for the mantle.

Blue tricycle 2
And on his actual birthday, there was a tricycle.

A good day

Roads and snipping
We made roads on the floor with black tape. The little boy picked up my scissors, put his fingers through the handles carefully and snipped the tape. So we got out his scissors and some paper and he snipped quite a lot in between racing his cars around the road as I finished laying it down.

Cake
Later, we went cake tasting with Gavin. I have a birthday party coming up, so went we to Sweet Lady Jane to check out their options. The slices were so big, we ended up with leftovers in our fridge. The green one on top is a princess cake.