So, you all read Part 1, right?! Right! So here is Part 2 of my weekend full of Birthday Milestones. This past Sunday my nephew Peyton turned FIVE years old. I still can't even believe it, time is just flying by! I know that's such a cliche, but its true. Life is too short and that is why Birthdays and Anniversaries and Holidays are so important. It is an excuse to celebrate and cherish the people you love and a great way to acknowledge pivotal moments in someones life.
Peyton is really one special boy! I may be partial because he is my nephew but I truly believe that. He always knows exactly what to say to make me smile and he is always so encouraging. His big 5th birthday theme was of course - Super Heroes. I guess I do themed cakes after all. I usually try to stay away from sugary fondant cakes because I like having a more natural aesthetic but that went right out the window on this one! It was a huge hit! Peyton bragged to all of his friends and nearly knocked my door down to give me a giant hug once he saw it for the first time. That made it all SO worth it.
I decided to make my favorite chocolate cake recipe. I have made this cake several times and it has yet to fail me. It is so good, every time! In baking, you have to have a handful of fool-proof, go-to recipes like this one:
After I got the cake together - I remembered I had some left over Swiss buttercream from my last cake. Remember my first post? Yes, that buttercream! The recipe made so much frosting I had a ton leftover. I decided to throw the buttercream in my kitchen aid, whipped it back up and wah-la, perfect! But, this time I wanted to switch things up a bit so I added some unsweetened cocoa. Man, that was the BEST idea, the cocoa really balanced everything out so nicely and made for such a rich, creamy, chocolatey dream-cream ;) See below for a little refresher on the Swiss Buttercream recipe + cocoa:
Take two of the cakes and cut them in half with a fine bakers knife. Leave the third cake aside - you'll see why in later steps. Once the cakes are split, add the Chocolate Swiss Buttercream and some freshly sliced organic strawberries in each layer.
As far as decorating the cake, I was intently working the fondant that I didn't get a chance to take step by step pictures. I did however get a chance to take progression pictures, please see below:
sugar with style
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