ellavanilla Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 4:48pm
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Good Morning! 

Today is my birthday, and people are asking me what kind of elaborate cake I would make for myself. The truth is that my favorite cake and the one I always make myself (of course), is a flourless chocolate cake, with plain whipped cream. 

 

 

AppleMark

 

It's not glam, or decorative and a lot of folks don't get it! But to me, every bite is pure heavenly chocolate...

 

 

What is your favorite birthday cake?

 

P.S. This was not a solicitation for birthday wishes, but if you just gotta let the feeling out, go right ahead. I won't judge... icon_biggrin.gif

 

jen

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Sassyzan Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 4:53pm
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AAnd year I'm making German Chocolate Cake With Coconut-Pecan Cajeta Frosting. It's a Bobby Flay recipe that I saved from the food network magazine a while ago. I don't usually make my own birthday cake but this year I'm going to do something special that I like!

ellavanilla Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:01pm
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HAHA! I always have to make my own cake. When I turned 40, my sister ordered a cake and then served it to me at my birthday party!

Apti Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:10pm
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Happy Birthday!  party.gif

 

I saw the photo of the slice of cake on the front page and clicked on it because it looked so good.  (Apparently if you imbed a photo in a thread, it also goes to the home page under "Newest Cakes".) 

 

I haven't made a flourless chocolate cake, but that one looks like a cheesecake, only better.  Want to share a recipe as an early birthday gift to me?   (I already have the whipped cream and fork....)

Izzy Sweet Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:16pm
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Happy birthday.

 

It is my day so usually I do not have a cake, I love pie instead.On my days off away from the shop the last thing I want to see is cakes lol. I enjoy my career but I enjoy it because I know my limits lmao..Give me a sour cherry pie anyday !!!!!!

AMACakes Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:19pm
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Happy Birthday!!

 

My husband gets great pleasure out of making me a birthday cake, from my recipes of course, so I let him. He gets our son involved and it's a nice treat. I always offer to do it, because I would like to practice and try new techniques, but he tells me that is what the other 364 days are for!! LOL So sweet.

 

If I had to make my own I'd go with a rich chocolate fudge cake filled with a white chocolate buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache. Death by Chocolate!!

ellavanilla Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:21pm
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Happy Birthday!  party.gif

 

I saw the photo of the slice of cake on the front page and clicked on it because it looked so good.  (Apparently if you imbed a photo in a thread, it also goes to the home page under "Newest Cakes".) 

 

I haven't made a flourless chocolate cake, but that one looks like a cheesecake, only better.  Want to share a recipe as an early birthday gift to me?   (I already have the whipped cream and fork....)

 

It only has 3 ingredients, chocolate, eggs and butter, so use the best. 

 

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000287.html

MsGF Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:22pm
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Happy Birthday!    I, like Izzy Sweet make myself a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.  I am a June baby so perfect for strawberries and rhubarb.  And because I make cakes all the time they aren't special to me anymore.  I love pie.

 

Have an awesome birthday!

LaSombra Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:26pm
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I usually hope that someone else will make me a cake.  My mom has always come through.  Unfortunately, she and my dad have decided to be "snow birds" and are in Arizona during my birthday now, so I haven't had a birthday cake in the past 2 years.  I always secretly hope that my husband will at least buy me a cake or that one of my kids will attempt to make one.  It hasn't happened yet.  I was kinda depressed on my birthday last year because it felt like my birthday wasn't important to anyone...

 

Anyway, if I were to make my own cake, I'd make exactly what I made for my brother last year:  Peanut butter cheesecake with a brownie bottom crust and peanut butter cups and chocolate chips inside.  Yeah, it was so good!  and rich!  I don't care that anyone else decorates for me and it seems silly to decorate your own cake...

 

and, Happy Birthday to you!!  That flourless cake looks yummy.  Maybe I ought to try one sometime. ;)

LaSombra Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 5:29pm
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It only has 3 ingredients, chocolate, eggs and butter, so use the best. 

 

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000287.html

I have just pinned that recipe on pinterest.  Looks very rich!!  I love rich...

ellavanilla Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 6:21pm

it's the bomb!! 

 

ladies, these ideas are so interesting. I knew you'd all do different things. I mean, you can only eat so much vanilla buttercream, right? (psst, don't tell my customers that.)

-K8memphis Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 6:39pm

ok--i love love love the chocolate bread pudding from The Peabody--but they haven't had it on the menu for a while--it's disturbingly decadent--can't get it out of my mind good

 

but then i think my favorites are--(we were poor) about 57 years ago mom got me a store bought b-day cake with all different colored piped roses -- she mighta got me going loving all this huh--it was breathtaking!

 

my daughter has made me some great cakes!!! but this one time she made some icing and when she some of the melted choco crystalized & the icing then had tiny bits of choco flecks in it--she was very disappointed but i was not--it was beautifully done and was crazy good--

 

fast forward about three days--in the mail came this big glossy photographic introductory offer for i think the southern living cookbook plus the recipe for this great chocolate cake -- and you guessed it--the chocolate cake looked just exactly like hers!!! it was choco on choco with choco flecks!!!!!!

 

too cool!!!

 

happy happy happy birthday, cake buddy!!!!

 

birthday.gif  < made this especially for you!!!! chocolate flecks & all ;)

Annabakescakes Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 8:33pm
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Originally Posted by ellavanilla 

 

It only has 3 ingredients, chocolate, eggs and butter, so use the best. 

 

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000287.html

 

 

 

I am totally making this tonight for the family!

VicB213 Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 8:49pm

I have only recently have gotten my hubby trained to get a b-day card for me on my birthday so if I want a cake I have to bake it myself... Usually I make strawberry shortcake which everyone loves including me...

-K8memphis Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 10:35pm

but i never answered the question did i icon_biggrin.gif

 

but if i have to make my own, i happily skip it because it is my work so i don't want to work more just because it is my b-day

 

someday i might make me a whalapalooza cake...not this year...

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 10:35pm

Rose Beranbaum's oblivion torte, with toasted hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce. Every single year since I turned 18, lol.

ellavanilla Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 11:38pm
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Rose Beranbaum's oblivion torte, with toasted hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce. Every single year since I turned 18, lol.

 

Yes! that's my cake! I don't add the nuts and caramel. But Rose's cake is my flourless cake

 

@K8-whalampalooza?

-K8memphis Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 12:31am

very large over the top flamboyant all encompassing--a 'this is your life' cake

 

i don't remember ever having decorated a cake pour moi

 

when the kids got to be a certain age i stopped doing decorated cakes for them too--hey it's work!

 

i did 9x13s served out of the pan with some scrolls & writing--nothing fancy--or maybe a layer cake--naw ;)

 

then my daughter graduated from college and i thought--hey i'll make her a 'this is your life' cake as only a mom can do---it was a topsy turvy with all sorts of knicky knackies that represented her life--pink gingham blanket, jewelry, her back pack, books books books papers/pens/pencils, a teddi bear etc.

 

i don't do fancy cakes for them every year but once in a while

 

i did one for my son loaded with chef stuff and tons of knives

 

so any minute now i'll do one for me

 

or for our anniversary--maybe for the 35th coming up for christmas

 

whalapalooza--large in magnitude wowza very personalized cake

mariel9898 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 12:33am

Mine is Dominican cake and frosting (Italian Meringue) with guava filling or pineapple. My mom made me one for my birthday last Saturday but if she hadn't I would have.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 12:46am

For myself: either spice (DH mix, with maple or maple-cinnamon BC) or strawberry marble (white cake mix, with seedless strawberry jam, artificial strawberry extract, and a tiny bit of red food coloring for the contrast batter, with strawberry jam BC), made as a single-layer sheet cake, typically served in-pan. With one or two unfrosted sections, at one or both ends, for my mildly-type-2-diabetic dad.

 

For my mother: chocolate (DH Swiss chocolate mix) with DH canned chocolate frosting, again as a single-layer sheet cake, served in-pan. Again, with the one or two unfrosted sections.

 

For my dad: pound cake, in a Bundt mold, no frosting except for minimal decoration.

 

Candles in traditional flower-shaped candleholders (of which, thankfully, I have a large stock, given that they're almost impossible to find any more. White candles (usually in colored holders) for decades, colored candles (usually in white holders) for single years.

 

Which reminds me: I need to adjust the layout I came up with for this year's cake, once I had all the pictures. Fortunately, I had to make them slightly smaller to get 2 copies of everything onto a single sheet of edible printing media, so I should be able to tighten it up, to allow for unfrosted strips at the ends.

Annabakescakes Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 1:23am

I made the flourless cake and the whole house smells like chocolate! I made it too late to serve today, and it is all I can do to keep from eating it warm with a spoon! I am going to make crème de menthe flavored whipped cream tomorrow, and serve them together ;-) I am going to add a drop of leaf green to make it pretty! I licked the bowl, but it wasn't enough...I think I have a bowl of left over dark chocolate ganache I may go eat. I am dying for some chocolate icon_cry.gif

melanie-1221 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 1:29am

Happy Birthday!

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For my birthday, I design a very special cake at Cold Stone Creamery. I let someone else do the work .icon_biggrin.gif

It's funny because everyone is always so excited to see what I would design for myself and expect this over the top birthday cake.

Nope, last year they didn't even spell Birthday right and I didn't even care.

cakeman76 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 1:48am

APie. I lost my appetite for cake along time ago.

Annabakescakes Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 1:49am
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Happy Birthday!

party.gif

 

For my birthday, I design a very special cake at Cold Stone Creamery. I let someone else do the work .icon_biggrin.gif

It's funny because everyone is always so excited to see what I would design for myself and expect this over the top birthday cake.

Nope, last year they didn't even spell Birthday right and I didn't even care.

I am the same way. There is no flipping way I am making my own cake! The family is lucky I bother putting on a bra that day, I don't want to do a thing!

hollyml Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 1:51am

My husband and/or kids do supply me with a birthday cake, so I don't have to make my own.  Sometimes it's purchased and sometimes homemade, usually chocolate of some sort.  I don't think I really have one specific favorite kind, so that's fine with me.

 

I posted a pic on Facebook once of the cake my children (then 6 and 9 years old) decorated for my birthday, and a bunch of my friends commented that they were embarrassed because my kids did a better job than they could have. :)

 

Holly

lorraine41 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 2:38am

I go out for ice cream every year for my birthday!

justdesserts Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 2:49am

I don't usually make my own cake, but I ALWAYS request boxed Funfetti cake with Funfetti frosting. Yes, I know. :P It's a years long tradition! It just wouldn't be my birthday with something different.
 

Elcee Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 3:07am

I like making y own cake. I usually try a new recipe or combo. I also decorate it in whatever way I want and try out some techniques. I just looked through my pictures, though, and I don't think I made one for myself last year.

javajammer Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 4:08am

The hubby and kids always buy me an ice cream cake. If I was to make my own it would be a double chocolate cake, chocolate mouse filling and iced with chocolate ganache. Of course, it would be a HUGE sock monkey cake...LOL:-)

cazza1 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 5:44am

Everyone else gets a decorated cake for their birthday so I want one too.  Hence, I have to make my own cos believe me, no-one else at my place is going to do it.  If we are running low on fruit cake I will make one of those but if we have plenty I will just peruse the cookbooks until something takes my fancy.  I like to try new cakes all the time.  Last year I decorated cakes for everyone's birthdays in a parchment group that I go to so when it was my birthday an 80 year old lady made a chocolate cake for me.  I was really touched.  It was the first birthday cake, since I was a kid, that anyone has ever made for me.
 

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