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10 June, 2015

REBECCA ASKS | It's your party, and you'll cake if you want to

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I was going to publish another serious Q&A topic about integrity in blogging this week, but I've decided that I'm in too good of a mood today to want to deal with the potential backlash, so I'm postponing that thought until later in the month. For now, let's talk about another very important topic: Cake!

Is there is a certain type of cake you prefer to eat on your birthday? If you're not into sweets, do you have any other birthday-related foodie traditions?

Cake has been on my mind recently because Stan's birthday is next week. Making food is one of the few things I'm actually really good at, so I always bake him the cake of his choice from scratch. For the past four years he's asked for the same thing: Chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter ganache. (The first year we were living together he asked for pineapple upside-down cake... was he testing me? I don't know.) His devotion to chocolate and peanut butter got me thinking of my own cake-related traditions though:

  • As a kid: White cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. My mom always baked cakes from scratch for birthdays and holidays. I didn't realize that a lot of adults didn't do that until I was much, much older.
  • As a young adult: I lived in Chicago for the first half of my twenties, and there was this amazing Austrian-style bakery near where I lived that made these ridiculous sponge cakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting piled high as the ceiling. I may have eaten a few of those way back when.
  • In my thirties: Vanilla cupcakes from the Whole Foods bakery. Fancy? (It works.)

Anyway, let me know about your own birthday foodie traditions in the comments!

16 comments:

  1. Chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache sounds yummy! I'm not a huge fan of sweets or cake in general so I ususally ask for cheesecake instead like oreo cheesecake! yum.

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  2. Cookiepuss? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcVno8saeZY

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  3. Cheesecake sounds like a great alternative if you don't like super-sweet cakes! I think that's why I liked the cream cheese frosting when I was a kid... it wasn't as cloyingly sweet as regular buttercream.

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  4. My mother used to make me simple yellow cakes with vanilla icing. Sometimes we would make red velvet cakes or do the whole "dirt cake" thing. But this last birthday I wanted to try something different because I've recently been turned on to the birthday cake taste of things. So my mom made me what's called a funfetti icebox cake. It was so good--really sweet and rich, so if you don't want a cavity you might want to stay away. http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2015/02/23/funfetti-birthday-cake-icebox-cake/

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  5. That looks so good! I think I might already have a cavity, so... cake away?

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  6. Yum! Cake with fruit in the middle sounds right up my alley. I tend to prefer cakes with fruit or vanilla, but if my SO surprised me with a chocolately cake I certainly wouldn't complain! ;)

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  7. White cake with white buttercream, the cliche grocery store sheet cake is my favorite. I guess it's some sort of comfort food? The Berry Chantilly cake at Whole Foods is a close second but I cannot pass up a white sheet cake with white buttercream and give me the corner piece!

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  8. Beastie Boy's Cookie Puss forever. <3

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  9. I really like cake. A chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter ganache sounds so good! I'm so impressed that you bake cakes from scratch. That's awesome!

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  10. I hear that. I think the Whole Foods vanilla cupcakes are basically just the organic version of supermarket buttercream cake - didn't like it when I was a kid, but I do now for some reason!

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  11. I can bake tasty cakes, but I'm not very good at decorating them... the chocolate peanut butter is crazy delicious but looks a bit like dirt, haha.

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  12. Any kind of chocolate cake. Although a good cheesecake is appropriate, too. As far as traditions, as a kid my grandma and grandpa would bring a cake (I think it was from Sanders -- a Detroit-area chocolate company) when they came over for my birthday. I miss that.

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  13. Chocolate cheesecake is a thing too, right? Two great cakes that go great together.

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