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BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKES

 By: Ms.CiCi

Who doesn't love birthday cakes?  Whether it's for party, large or small, or the birthday celebration of a friend or family member a birthday cake is in order and will forever be remembered and appreciated.  Yes, there can be gifts, however, for many children the birthday cake is what birthday's are all about.  And if the cake has candles?  Oh what a special moment as the child blows them out!  

Cutting the birthday cake is a special moment for so many birthday celebrating children.  Therefore, it is worth putting time in planning the birthday cake.  And, it doesn't necessarily mean one has to spend a lot of time in this planning process. 

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As important as taste, the shape, color, size and decorations of the birthday cake all need to be taken into consideration.   It is always better if we could design the birthday cake, or it's decoration and frosting, in cartoon characters or some favorite play toy (i.e., cars, trucks, colorful balls, etc.)  that are familiar to the children. Such theme or toy ideas could be Pirates, Princesses,  Cinderella Castle Cake, ice Cream Castle Cake, Pirate Cake, Pirate Ship Cake, Princess Cake, Splendid Castle Cake, Treasure Chest Cake,  Bowling Ball Cake, Bowling Lane Cake, Football Cake, Skateboard Cake, Wings, Train Cake, Dump Truck Cake, Fire Engine Cake, Outback Jeep Cake, Racetrack Cake, School Bus Cake,  Space Cake,  Football Cake, Basketball Cake, Car Cakes, Pickup Truck Cakes or a very simple Colorful Call Birthday Cake shape or frosting design. 

If the birthday cake design is different, meaningful, the kids, children and adults will appreciate it.  Here are a few design ideas for your next  birthday cake for older teens and adults:  Apron Cake, Artist's Palette Cake, Boom Box Cake, Checkers Cake, Chinese Checkers Cake,  Domino Cake, Groovy T-shirt Cake, Pizza Cake, Private Eye Cake, Remote Control Cake, Smiley Face Cake, Teeny Tiny Cake,  Tub Cake, upside-Down
Cake, or a Volcano Cake. 

All birthday cake decorations are generally done to the top and sides of the cake.  The table on which the  birthday cake is placed also should be decorated suitably.
 
Here is an excellent  birthday cake recipe. This birthday cake recipe will give you a 4-layer chocolate cake with whipped cream as a filling between
the layers.
The ingredients are: 


1 package Devils Food Cake Mix
4 small cans or cupsof  Ready-to-Serve Chocolate Pudding,
1 egg
 ½ - 1 cup Chocolate Chips
 
 Bake according to the directions found on the Devils Food Cake Mix box.

 WHIPPED CREAM FILLING INGREDIENTS:
 2 cups,Whipping Cream
 ¼ cup Powdered Confectioner's Sugar
 1 - 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
 
You can frost the entire cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting and, optionally, sprinkle the sides with chocolate or colorful sprinkles.

The recipe Chocolate Whipped Cream consists of Frosting:


1 ½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 ¼ cups Powdered Sugar
1/3-cup Baking Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla. 

Another fun idea for birthday cake are the candles:  Buy the 'trick'  candles - the kind that don't go out when you blow on them.  It's just too fun!

Happy Birthday Cake making!  

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