Last Saturday (December 1st), was my daughter’s 2nd birthday and being a mom who loves planning her children’s parties (see my previous post here, here and here about my past parties for them), we hosted a simple celebration with family and friends. Since my daughter is into ice cream (and cookies and cupcakes) nowadays (well, she is the daughter of The Spoiled Mummy after all!), we decided to throw her an Ice Cream Shoppe themed birthday party!
This post is just an “intro” to my daughter’s party…We will just have to wait for now until the actual photos from my official photographer (hello, Krissy!) come in. 🙂
This is her adorable pink Ice Cream Birthday Cake! This cake was made by Michelle Teves of Coco Cakes. Here is one talented, artistic young lady who can whip up any cake to your liking! I’ve worked with her in the past as she also did a wonderful job creating a sailboat cake and other red, blue and white desserts for my son’s Nautical themed 4th birthday party. What’s great about Michelle is that you can just give her your concept or idea of the cake that you have in mind, and that’s it… you can relax and leave everything else up to her. For a busy (and O.C.!) mom like me, she is heaven sent!
Here’s the photo of the pretty and adorable birthday cake that was detonated! 🙂
You all know how it is with birthday cakes right? We’re so used to seeing all these pretty and adorable fondant cakes in birthday parties — that as guests, we don’t even bother tasting it anymore because we sort of already know how they will taste like. How many times have I tried a very pretty looking cake, only to be disappointed by the texture, quality and taste? They are either too sweet because of too much sugar and icing on top or they are tasteless because they are too dry and bland on the inside.
Not in this case. When Michelle and I were planning, she gave me several flavors of the cake to choose from : Lemon Butter, Carrot, Chocolate, Red Velvet, Banana Chocolate and Green Tea among others. Of course, The Spoiled Mummy was happily confused with too many options to choose from! Admittedly, there was also some shadow of doubt as I asked myself if she can really make a beautiful looking cake, moist and delicious?
And she did not fail. This Lemon Butter cake was more than a surprise to me and my guests. And as some of you may know by now, I am quite particular with my desserts! My philosophy is, since these sweet treats are loaded with sugar, flour, butter and other “unnecessary evils”, I might as well make sure that what I put inside my mouth is all worth the fat, calories and weight gain! 🙂
The Lemon Butter cake inside this very pretty and adorable cake had the right weight and texture; it wasn’t too soft like a Mamon (or a Chiffon cake) nor was it too dry and hard like most commercially sold fondant cakes are. In fact, this cake reminded me of my favorite Pound cake! It was perfectly dense and moist, just the way I like my Butter cakes to be. Unbelievably, it wasn’t sweet at all in spite of the heavy fondant icing on top of it.
One helpful tip is never to store this kind of cake in the fridge. Or if you insist on keeping this in cool temperature for safe keeping, make sure you “thaw” it out first at least 30 minutes before serving. Believe me, this is best eaten in room temperature!
Yes, I would probably order this Lemon Butter cake from her again (but this time without all the adornment), and then most likely warm my slice a bit in the microwave (say 5-10 seconds) then top it with a spread of Nutella or any good quality, melted Dark Chocolate… and then top it again with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream (now you can already imagine the cold ice cream is melting nicely on top of your slightly warm cake). And that’s not the end of it yet … I will most likely eat this combination too with some fresh, sweet and juicy Strawberries on the side! (Now, that’s what we call a delicious homemade dessert!) 🙂
Not only was my daughter very happy during her party, Mummy and her guests were also delighted with this cake and the other desserts! I can’t wait to show you how the rest of the party (and the dessert table!) looked like!