bprwatson Posted 18 Nov 2008 , 11:14pm
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I'm making my nephews 4th birthday cake, his birthday is on Christmas Eve and is ALWAYS overshadowed or forgotten...sadly...my SIL said they haven't ever really celebrated his birthday.

Since he's never had a birthday i'm trying not to make it a Christmas themed cake (decorations) its going to be all about him. What i do want to do though is try and make Christmas'y flavored cake and filling combination's. Any ideas? I was thinking

-Chocolate cake with mini chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy canes mixed in the batter with a White Chocolate peppermint buttercream filling.

-Caramel cake with toffee bits and an apple pie filling

That's all i've got so far. I want to try and incorporate favorite Christmas goodies into cake flavors like turtles, peanut brittle etc.

So, Let me have it! Any ideas?

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kakeladi Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 12:22am
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Spiced apple w/carmarel b'cream?
my *original* WASC caje w./b;crean w/crushed candy canes?

jessicle Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 12:23am
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i make a vanilla-cinnamon ladyfinger cake, fill it with a caramel bavarian and frost it with a spiked (usually bourbon) buttercream......YUMMY!

for the kiddies obviously omit the bourbon but i highly recommend trying it with it for the adults sometime

jessicle Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 12:26am
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i make a vanilla-cinnamon ladyfinger cake, fill it with a caramel bavarian and frost it with a spiked (usually bourbon) buttercream......YUMMY!

for the kiddies obviously omit the bourbon but i highly recommend trying it with it for the adults sometime

jessicle Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 12:27am
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i make a vanilla-cinnamon ladyfinger cake, fill it with a caramel bavarian and frost it with a spiked (usually bourbon) buttercream......YUMMY!

for the kiddies obviously omit the bourbon but i highly recommend trying it with it for the adults sometime

jessicle Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 12:28am
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i make a vanilla-cinnamon ladyfinger cake, fill it with a caramel bavarian and frost it with a spiked (usually bourbon) buttercream......YUMMY!

for the kiddies obviously omit the bourbon but i highly recommend trying it with it for the adults sometime

Toptier Posted 19 Nov 2008 , 4:17pm
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Egg Nog Poundcake, with rum extract and Nutmeg? Not sure if this is appropriate for kids, though!

How about gingerbread?

I think the chocolate cake with the crushed candy canes is your best bet for a child's cake. Sounds great!

ncbert Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 2:59am
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Actually my friend's son LOVES eggnog and I'm going to try the eggnog cake recipe (CC recipe) . He's turning 10. His dad told me that the other day he saw eggnog in the store and tears of joy were in his eyes...LOL

Although most kids seem to like chocolate,so the candy candy ideas with that sound great.

cherrycakes Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 3:14am
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Or you could do something as simple as chocolate or white cake and serve it with a premium peppermint ice cream.

GI Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 3:31am
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Originally Posted by bprwatson

I'm making my nephews 4th birthday cake, his birthday is on Christmas Eve and is ALWAYS overshadowed or forgotten...sadly...my SIL said they haven't ever really celebrated his birthday.

Since he's never had a birthday i'm trying not to make it a Christmas themed cake (decorations) its going to be all about him. What i do want to do though is try and make Christmas'y flavored cake and filling combination's. Any ideas? I was thinking




So question for you: why, if he's never had real birthday and he's always been overshadowed by Christmas, are you making his cake even remotely about Christmas? I mean, why not make him just a regular flavored-bday cake such as a chocolate scoobie cake or a vanilla sponge bob square pants cake? Just make it a true "birthday cake" for him without any Christmas at all in it? He probably eats candy canes, candy santas, etc., etc., already.

Or why not ask him what he'd prefer? Why do peppermint at all? Most little kids really don't enjoy too much mint as it tastes on the hot side to them.

Just my own 2cents. icon_smile.gif

BCJean Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 3:37am

I think of apples as a fall flavor. I love the idea of gingerbread and egg nog for Christmas. You could pair up the candy cane with the gingerbread and maybe a candy coffee crunch with the egg nog.

Chippi Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 3:42am

I'm thinking exactly like GI is. He's 14.......I would ask him what his favorite cake is, have one of his friends ask him so he doesn't know. At that age they have their dislikes and likes for sure. Go from there. icon_smile.gif Good luck!

Chippi!

Jopalis Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 3:59am

Whimsical Bakehouse Spice Cake.

Any cake roll done up like a buche de noel... I did a pumpkin cake roll for Halloween.

Just saw a recipe for a chocolate rum raspberry cake roll. I think that will be my Christmas cake.

Maybe there is an egg nog flavor cake... Might be spice though.

Ginger Cake

GI Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 4:00am

I think the OP said her nephew was 4. That's why I suggested more little-kid type cakes with little kid flavors. Sheesh, that would be embarrassing for the Mom if she had never thrown her 14 yr/o kid a birthday! icon_wink.gif Perhaps even if they did a 2-hr mini party at the kid's house in the afternoon.

shoot, she could even tempt the other kid's parents with "give yourself a 2-hr break" by dumping your kid off at my house! icon_lol.gif

dandelion56602 Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 4:07am

My personal favorite is dark chocolate cake w/ peppermint buttercream. If you don't like the idea of peppermint buttercream, mint oreos crushed up in buttercream & used as a filling or to ice the whole thing. I too like pumpkin cake w/ a maple cream cheese frosting

bprwatson Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 4:59am

Thanks for all the ideas, and he's going to be 4 not 14. Im making a 2 tier topsy turvey cake and its going to be the only desert there and people are complaining about having cake on Christmas eve. "Who eats cake on Christmas eve" blah blah blah....I was planning on doing all chocolate cake with oreo filling

I should tell them all to shove it huh icon_smile.gif

Boofycakes Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 5:05am

I saw a recipe in Bon Appetit Magazine for Devils food cake with peppermint frosting that looked amazing! It was featured on the cover. It is a layer cake with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate filling between layers of devil's food cake. then the whole thing is iced in peppermint frosting.

I havent tried this recipe, but I'm planning on making it for Christmas Eve! The recipe is very long, but if you're interested, PM me and I'll type it up for you. Or else you could pick up the December issue! icon_smile.gif

chikie Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 5:15am

I'm going crazy over here!! icon_cry.gif I had a recipe for an Orange cake with a Cranberry filling that I wanted to try, but I misplaced it. It sounded really yummy!

~Tiffany

Frankyola Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 5:37am

If you find it please share icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif .

Bunsen Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 12:12pm
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"Who eats cake on Christmas eve"




Who doesn't eat cake at a 4 year olds birthday???

I'm beginning to see why the poor lad hasn't had a proper birthday yet! Chocolate cake sounds perfect, you're going to make his birthday very special this year - if the others don't want to eat cake, well, then there's more for you and the birthday boy!

plbennett_8 Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 12:36pm

Short answer... Most kids that I know like yellow cake with chocolate filling...lol I'm with the folks who say use NOTHING related to Christmas. My sister's B-day is December 22nd, and my Mom Always made sure that there was a special event just for her birthday.

Good luck! icon_smile.gif
Pat b.

nanikins Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 1:00pm

Make that chocolate cake, girl!!! He'll LOVE it, I bet. You are SO wonderful to try so hard to make his birthday special.

BTW, if you want it covertly Christmasy just cover the chocolate cake in MMF and tell them it's a hot cocoa cake!! Yummy.

He's a lucky boy to have such a great aunt! Can't wait to see the pics.

cathyfowler662 Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 1:10pm
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Originally Posted by GI

I think the OP said her nephew was 4. That's why I suggested more little-kid type cakes with little kid flavors. Sheesh, that would be embarrassing for the Mom if she had never thrown her 14 yr/o kid a birthday! icon_wink.gif Perhaps even if they did a 2-hr mini party at the kid's house in the afternoon.

shoot, she could even tempt the other kid's parents with "give yourself a 2-hr break" by dumping your kid off at my house! icon_lol.gif




Oh, I can believe that maybe a 14 yo would not have celebrated a birthday if their birthday is on Christmas Eve. My mom's birthday is the day after Christmas and never celebrated until she married my dad.

On the side of the CE birthday boy. I agree with GI, I would tend to just make a chocolate or white cake....they love those and stay away from the Christmas flavors. He'll get plenty of that the next day!!

Susie53 Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 1:12pm

bprwatson, chocolate cake with Oreo filling sounds great to me, I made chocolate cupcakes with oreo/buttercream icing a couple of weeks ago and they were a big hit with all ages!

bprwatson Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 6:21pm

Thanks again everyone! I found out he LOVES Scooby Doo so i searched the web and i'm going to try and make this cake for him

http://flickr.com/photos/layersoflove/2263038387/


I don't think it will be too hard, i'm just going to make it a topsy turvey and then since there will be a lot of people there i'm going to make a bunch of cupcakes as well. My MIL actually had the nerve to ask me if i'd make pies or a dessert tray as well since no one wants to eat cake on christmas eve.

BAH! The nerve!

I guess that means i can skip the cupcakes icon_smile.gif

GI Posted 20 Nov 2008 , 8:01pm
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My MIL actually had the nerve to ask me if i'd make pies or a dessert tray as well since no one wants to eat cake on christmas eve.




And this lady is the kid's grandma? Geeze Louise, what does a 4 y/o have to DO to get a birthday from HER! icon_confused.gif
Wow, go AUNTIE! I love the idea of a scoobie cake for him. HE'S going to love it and HE'S going to be THRILLED! I'd get him scoobie presents too, and no Chritmas wrap! Wrap it all up in Birthday wrapping only!! make sure the bows don't even look like Christmas. And 4 Candles, too! icon_biggrin.gif

I feel sorry for this kid. I feel sorry worse for the adults...they just don't GET it!

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