Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Ruminations 2: Baking for 42

So, my birthday is less than 2 months away. I'll be 42. Which is apparently the answer to life, the universe, and everything. But, I haven't read that book (maybe I should, for my birthday), so I don't know for sure. I'm feeling sort of *meh* about my 40s thus far, so you won't see a big hoopla over here in my corner when the day rolls around.

Except CAKE. When I was a kid, The Pie Queen made (upon my request) (and, more than once) an angel food cake with cherry frosting for my birthday. Back in the Paleolithic age, we could buy frosting mix in a BOX. If I remember correctly, you just added butter (and maybe milk?) and ended up with creamy yumminess. In my memory the boxed cherry frosting was about the most delicious substance on planet earth. But it's not around anymore. And frosting in a tub is...yucky. And, I haven't found a cherry buttercream recipe that I LOVE yet. So, I need a replacement for the cake in my memory. A birthday cake to beat all.

AND, I'm going to make it myself. I know. I have often said that nobody should bake their own birthday cake. And I believe that. Except when it comes to me. I can (and should) bake my own. Thing is, my favorite bakery is generally closed for the month of July, so that's out. We have gotten ice cream cakes for my birthday several years (summertime), which are good, but not what I want this year. And mr. is a fantastic cook, but not a great baker, so I don't want to set him to the task. So, I'm committed. I'm making my own birthday cake. And I'm already thinking about it (confession: I've been thinking about it for months).

Here are the top contenders:

Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Buttercream Cake with Ganache Drizzle (from Sweetapolita)

Best Birthday Cake (from smitten kitchen)

Campfire Delight: 6-Layer Rich Chocolate Malted & Toasted Marshmallow Cake (also from Sweetapolita)

Which do I choose? Which would you want to eat? Which would you want to make for yourself? Or would you go for something non-traditional like this:

Creamsicle Cheesecake with Buttery Shortbread Crust (from vanilla sugar)
(Because nothing says summer like Creamsicles. For real.)

The truth is, I want them all. But that would be too much. Help me decide!


Unknown said...

So very very very happy you blog this. Personally I vote for the dark chocolate and raspberry buttercream or the creamsicle cheesecake for you. But whatever it's going to be I appreciate the months long deliberation and commend the realization that if you want this done right, it should be done by none other than she who just KNOWS.
Happiest of upcoming birthdays! I hope your journey to picking THE confection comes down to a perfect "well, this must most certainly be IT" moment.

Vickie said...

What would I want to make and eat? Absolutely the Creamsicle Cheesecake with Buttery Shortbread Crust! Chocolate is everyday, compared to a rare Creamsicle!
As for 42, I thought it was easier than 40! In fact, since then they've all been easier than 40.