My (Almost) 16 Yr Old Son.....

Decorating By daltonam Updated 2 Nov 2010 , 6:21pm by daltonam

daltonam Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 3:44pm
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. . . . doesn't like buttercream AND that's cool with me. He's having a birthday on Friday & I'd like to surprise him with "something" else. BUT WHAT???

So would ANYONE like to throw (please not very hard icon_smile.gif ) me some ideas. I mean I'm at a loss. I don't even care if I can decorate with it, he's more about taste. I once made him a strawberries & cream cake. Pink & all.


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jobueno Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 3:58pm
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Hi Daltonam.
Maybe youcould do for him like I did for my son's birthday. I made him his favorite Death by chocolate cake with mocha bettercreme. I turned it into a "Film Reel" (in my photos) and added pictures printed on icing paper from when he was born until today. Making the cake all abouthim and how he is the "Star". It wasn't difficult to make and it really did give him a sense of being extra special on his special day.
For the top and bottom of the film reel I baked a chocolate chip cookie instead of using cardboard.


what_a_cake Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 4:00pm
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Just made a small wedding cake for a extremely picky groom that didn't like buttercream at all.... not even the way it look icon_sad.gif

Bride and I brainstormed: chocolate ganache, poured fondant, bettercream, meringue, cream cheese, cokked flour icing.... finally stand for Italian Meringue Buttercream thinking that was the best for the type of decoration whe chose and he could simply just put it aside.... HE LOVED IT!!!

Belive he was judging only by his experience with American Buttercream: basically shortening + confectioner's sugar and when he tasted this silky delicacy learned that not all buttercreams are the same icon_biggrin.gif

Maybe you can try...

cakeville82 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 4:06pm
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Coconut cream cake filled with coconut cream pie filling and frosted with meringue and a sprinkle of coconut, you can brown the meringue in the oven but it works best if you have a little torch, not an ounce of buttercream in site.

imagenthatnj Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 4:35pm
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What are his favorite flavors, though?

Banana cake with praline filling and white chocolate ganache

Orange Grand-Marnier cake with a frosting made with white chocolate, orange zest, Grand Marnier and heavy cream

Brown sugar cake with coconut buttercream (oops, I said the bad word!)

Vanilla buttermilk cake with fudge frosting

Boston cream pie

Sour cream-chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate-peanut butter glaze

Dulce de leche cake

Black forest cake

I just made myself hungry for cake and it's not 3pm yet!

daltonam Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 5:22pm
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Sorry I'm just now reading, I was having problems getting on CC.

jobueno -- Hubby told me IF I decorate a cake to do a guitar. BUT I love your idea & your cake too. I'm thinking that would be PERFECT for his graduation cake (thankfully still got a few yrs before that)

cakeville82-- icon_redface.gif I don't even remember if he eats coconut icon_surprised.gif

what_a_cake -- I made SMBC last month & didn't like it at all, I know they are made differently (SMBC & IMBC) but how is the taste different? I loved the fact that the eggs were cooked b/c I hate eggs so to me that's a huge plus. (I made Brown Sugar SMBC) I'd love to find a recipe that works for me.

Originally Posted by imagenthatnj

What are his favorite flavors, though?

He doesn't have what I'd call a favorite flavor & I'm trying to think about what he'd order if we went somewhere. I know that in ice creams he likes cookie dough & cookies & cream.

I was already making a banana cake sometime b/c I have a recipe I've been wanting to try & the bananas, so that's a thought.

Originally Posted by imagenthatnj

I just made myself hungry for cake and it's not 3pm yet!

I ate popcorn at 10:30 am (today) b/c of what someone said on here....LOL

Thanks so much & anyone else that has a suggestion PLEASE PLEASE let me know icon_smile.gif

imagenthatnj Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 5:34pm
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SMBC and IMBC are the same thing. You just get to them by a different procedure. It's my favorite thing in the world (I dislike all the other buttercreams, especially the ones with shortening).

Lots of people who don't like buttercream and try any of those two, convert instantly. But I know that to other people it tastes too much like butter. I happen to think it tastes as whatever you flavor it with.

debbief Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 5:44pm
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Originally Posted by daltonam

He doesn't have what I'd call a favorite flavor & I'm trying to think about what he'd order if we went somewhere. I know that in ice creams he likes cookie dough & cookies & cream.

Well how about an Icecream cake? I made one for my granddaughter a couple years ago and it was really good. I used whipped cream frosting.

BREN28 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 5:46pm
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daltonam,my son dosen't like buttercream either.i also try the smbc,but he said it just tasted like i bought some "whip & ice" from a cake supply come's frozen,you just thaw it out and whip it up,it tastes like a lightly sweetened whipped cream. it come's in vanilla and chocolate. you can add flavorings if you want. now that's his favorite instead of buttercream.

daltonam Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 6:21pm
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imagenthatnj--butter was all I tasted, so maybe it was the recipe. I know I was lovin' it before I added the butter....hmmmm

debbief--that's something I hadn't thought about. That's a different idea. (I mean I know it's something ppl do, I just haven't--lol)


whipped cream frosting

you got a recipe for that, icon_biggrin.gif

BREN28--my son really really likes Rich's bettercreme (I don't icon_confused.gif ) that Sam's Club will sell me (oh but only a 5 gallon bucket icon_mad.gif ) I googled what you were talking about & I'm betting no one around here has it, small town, usa icon_rolleyes.gif

please keep'em coming

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