Post # 1
So my birthday is in the next week and I’m figuring out what sort of cake I want. I wouldn’t bake/purchase one generally but I have family coming into town for it and it’s important to them to have a birthday cake. Nothing against bakery-purchased but I think I’m at an age where I’m capable of baking my own cake so right now I’m collecting recipes.
So do you bake your own birthday cake? Does a relative? Do you cheat and use a box mix? or Do you go with a store-bought? Do you skip the cake on your birthday?
Right now I’m torn between two chocolate cakes to bake from scratch.
Post # 3
I have, on occasion, baked my own cake. But I have a twin, and usually we share a birthday and a cake. On the last few birthdays someone else has purchased one for us – either an ice cream cake or a store cake (I am really partial to cassata cake or carrot cake).
When I was little we always had homemade cake decorated to look awesome, and it was much better than our local grocery store could do.
Good luck to you with the baking!!
Post # 4
my birthday means i dont cook/bake so yes, give me cake and lots of it! usually we have a office cake (because we are cake ho’s) and hubby usually has a tiny cake or we go out (dessert) for dinner
i bake weekly and im a scratch baker – had to justify my KA mixer somehow so i bake for my office
ive saved cake#2 link – i think im going to try that
Post # 5
My parents usually buy one.
Post # 6
I bake box cakes about once a week, since my FI is in love with cheap box cake and cake in general.
As a kid my mom made my birthday cakes, and now that I live away from home, my FI’s family buys them for my birthday.
I think you should make cake #2 because of the coffee inclusion!
Post # 7
I love an reason for cake. Here is my personal fav choc cake recipe! It is super rich and moist and while it doesn’t have your typical frosting on it, it is amazing!!
Camie’s Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
Bring to Boil:
2 sticks butter
1 C water
3 TBS cocoa powder
Mix while above is coming to boil:
1 tsp baking soda
2 C flour
2 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C buttermilk
Pour hot mixture into flour mixture and stir well. Bake in cake sheet pan at 350 until done, 20-30 minutes.
Bring to boil:
3 TBS cocoa powder
6 TBS buttermilk
1 stick butter
Add 1 LB powdered sugar once boiled. Mix and pour over warm cake.
It is AMAZING. I wish I had buttermilk cause I really want to make it now.
Post # 8
Growing up we did birthday pie b/c none of us really liked cake.
Post # 9
My family does dinner and cake for everyone’s birthday no matter what, we go out to dinner and go back home for cake. It’s not an option in my family, we’re not allowed to grow out of it 😉
Post # 10
I often make my own birthday cake. I’m a good baker (from scratch, I don’t believe in packet mixes) so I do cakes for lots of occasions.
Post # 11
All of the above. Each year it’s something different, depending upon who’s in charge. Kids used to make a box cake for when they were younger, daughter is a good baker and will occasionally bake from scratch. DH would never attempt to bake anything and would ONLY purchase something. My mom used to bake for me from scratch when she was alive. Teenage son works at DQ so of course last year I had a DQ Ice Cream cake.
Post # 12
My sister’s birthday is 7 days before mine and my bro’s 2 days prior, so by the time mine comes no one really cares anymore. I haven’t had a cake in over 5yrs and it was cuz FI bought me one.
Post # 13
Every year I have a DQ ice cream cake I am a august baby (the 2nd) So Ice cream cake is ALWAYS nice to have with the heat!
Post # 14
I get a cake every year whether I make it (usually from a box though I have made cakes from scratch), someone else makes it (my sister is a baker so it’s always from scratch :)), or we buy one. Bithdays aren’t complete without cake IMO.
Post # 15
Yes! This year my husband got me a DQ ice cream cake & my mom bought me one from a bakery. 🙂
Post # 16
One year I got 8 cakes.
Usually, I’ll get one cake from a high-end bakery and I’ll also make one from scratch.