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>> Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yes... finally no more waiting. Today is "The Day!!" It is said "The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet" ;) But this birthday is quite special for me.. This is my 1st birthday in my blog-world!! I've set some targets and all I've to do is work on it.. So, I've lots of resolution to be made on this day.. Usually I've fewer New Year resolutions coz my year starts today and I make resolutions on this day.

Also, I'm bit upset coz this is my 1st birthday when I was blowing my birthday candle and there was only one voice singing a birthday song for me, tats Sree.. I miss my dad-mom, my sis, my brother and all those who love me and where a part of my birthday bash.. :( You know guys, Sree did his best to make me not miss anyone else and a gift for this day would be his love, his care and all those pampering that makes me feel "I'm not getting older, infact I'm getting younger!!" I admire how he plays the role of my parents, my life partner and my best friend.. I won't thank him for this coz this will not do justice to his love.. So, my first resolution would be to love him more than what he do.. Ever since I got married this is one of the resolutions I make on my birthday and would always be!!

Am I getting emotional???? Chill out, It's party-time, It's my birthday time!! I'm still in my sleepy pants and dancing around my laptop singing "happy birthday to me!!!".. Come on guys, join me and make it faster coz we got to wind-up soon before Sree is out of his shower.. He has asked me to stay away from laptop and I'm still wondering "Why??" Is this his way of giving me "Birthday Bumps!!"

As I suspected, today it is full of surprises.. Sree has asked me to get ready, he is taking me out somewhere.. It's a secret!!!!!! I love surprises and I'm very excited... :D May be he is going to buy me "Diamond Pendant" kidding guys.. I don't want to have this surprise, I'll faint!!! Wheeeeeeeeww.......

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. So, lets move on to "Cake Story..."

Age is a number and mine is unlisted!!

As Sree was very busy, also he was planning to take day-off on my birthday, so I thought I'll prepare the cake.. Well, it was my wish to see him preparing my birthday cake but tats fine.. may be next birthday ;)
So, my plan was make it a surprise.. I'll prepare the cake and when Sree is back from office I'll surprise him..

Yes guys, it's my birthday!! But tats fine.. I love to bake my birthday treat..


Now, I was preparing everything and I got a call.. Tring.. Tring..!! Lets see the conversation; R is mine and S is Sree's...

R: "Hello"
S: "Arrey, mei bol raha hun"
R: "Oh! kya baat hai, itne jaldi"
S: "I was thinking of getting a birthday cake for you"
R: "Oops!! Stop.. Did you order it?"
S: "Nopes.. Why? What happened?"
R: "Nothing"
S: "Are you planning something? Hey, don't do this"
R: "kya."
S: "I'm going to buy cake for u"
R: "Arrey, but I've started preparing"
S: "@#$%$^$#^ Why you didn't tell me?"
R: "Oooye Hello!! It's my birthday I'll do whatever I want to.. #@%@^@%"
S: "Ok.. ok.. I'm sorry baba!! Lets do like this.. You bake the cake and I'll do the cake decoration.. Deal??"
R: "Lemme think.. Hey, no!! You'll spoil my cake.. Never"
S: "Please.. please.. My sweetie.."
R: "Ok.. Tell me.. You know how to do icing??"
S: "Na"
R: "Then"
S: "Do we need to do icing to decorate a cake? :D Well, is it difficult to do?? :("
R: "No.. But if it is you, then Yes!!!"
S: "oh!! Now what.. ok you do the icing.. I will think of something else"
R: "Are you sure.."
S: "Yes honey.. I'll call u later on"
R: "Ok dear.. bye bye"

Well, I was feeling bad for Sree.. Poor Boy!! I've spoiled his planning.. :( The very next minute I got another call.. Tring.. Tring!!

S: "Hey, U remember we have seen bow over XYZ birthday cake"
R: "Ummmm.. Yes. So??"
S: "I'll do tat.. Once you do icing make sure you leave enough space so that I can top it with my Bow of Love"
R: "(cough) What?? Bow of Love.. Cool hubby.. Ok! go ahead. I've fondant with me so you can use it "
S: "Okie dokie.. I'll be back soon :D Bye"
R: "See you.. Bbye"

Wow, tats interesting "Bow of Love".. Lets see how is he going to do.. Then, I was back to preparation. I've bought a new hand-mixer and believe me guys "it's awesome to work with it" Whether it is mixing the batter or preparing icing, everything is done in minutes..


So my birthday cake flavor is "Chocolate and Cocoa-Strawberry Cream Cake" and as of now without "Bow of Love"

Here is the recipe!!

Ingredient :

For batter

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour   
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup sugar, powdered
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil / butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

For Frosting

4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp strawberry extract


Method:

For Batter

Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks, buttermilk and sugar till well blended and frothy. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into liquid mixture till blended.

Take another bowl and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks. Fold into the prepared batter.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F for 15 mins.

Transfer the batter to greased pans and bake for 20-25 mins or till toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let it cool for sometime and then transfer to the wire rack to cool completely.

For Frosting 

We are going to prepare frosting in 2 batches. One with cocoa and other with strawberry extract.

Beat 3 cups of whipping cream, 1 1/2 cups sugar and cocoa powder till stiff peaks form.In another bowl, beat remaining whipping cream, sugar and strawberry extract till stiff peaks form. Cover both the bowls.

Assembling

Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place one layer on the plate and layer it with cocoa frosting. Repeat with other layers. Spread a layer of frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Smoothen it with spatula.

Decoration

I did basketweave design for sides of cake and swirls at the top circumference of the cake using cocoa frosting. Using strawberry frosting, made a sequence of stars covering the lower circumference of the cake and also the space in between basketweave design and top swirls.


I was quite happy seeing the final outcome.. But it was still incomplete. Something is missing.. But, I was tired enough to identify what's missing.. So, I did nothing much and kept the cake in freezer.

As said, Sree came early and he was eager to see the cake.. He was so tempted that I doubt, atleast, he must have tasted the icing. lol!!! Within 1 hour he was in kitchen to start with his Mission : Bow of Love. I was surprised but impressed as well.. These are few moments that occur very rarely and I'm happy that I'm able to cherish them.. :D

"Mission: Bow of Love"

Sree started with lots of kick-boxing to my poor fondant and then coloring them.. I loved how he was estimating the amount of icing color to get the perfect tone.. Then another round of kicks, followed by rolling them out and finally forming beautiful and cute looking bow, I was enjoying each moment seeing him working hard to get his share of contribution to my cake.. :P


Atlast, Sree's Bow of Love was placed right at the top of my cake. After few more additions, my cake was looking perfect. I had lots of beautiful cake but this cake is so cute that I hate to eat it .. :(


Now I understand why I was finding my cake as "Incomplete" coz it was missing its Bow of Love. And my cake is complete with its perfect topping just the way I'm complete with my perfect partner..

So guys, thanks for reading the whole, not-so-long post :D and yes for your wishes.. Will describe how was my whole day in my next upcoming post..

Till then take care and enjoy!!


Sending this as an entry to Priya's Crazy for Cakes event.

Also, sending to Rumana's Treat To Eyes - Series 2  event.



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52 comments:

Suja Sugathan March 31, 2011 at 7:13 AM  

Happy birthday!That's so cute..both cake and the bow looks fabulous..nice cake dear..enjoy and fun on your special day:)

sojo March 31, 2011 at 7:17 AM  

Loved reading ur post......... happy for u...and oh MANY MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY!!!! loved the cake... u r talented!!! God Bless!!!

SheenaBabu March 31, 2011 at 7:19 AM  

Happy Birthday...May all u r wishes comes true...Even if u have TON of them....Enjoy
The Cake looks Perfect.....Have a Blast

Shruthi March 31, 2011 at 7:46 AM  

Hey Happy Birthday.. Perfect ! I loved the way you have written the conversation between u and Sree.. I could imagine the scene.. :) great going Reshmi.. Im proud of you.. :)

Padhu March 31, 2011 at 8:02 AM  

Cake looks gorgeous!

Rani acharyulu March 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM  

Nice to read your post.Happy Birthday....Cake looks gorgeous.
Warm greetings
rani

Raji March 31, 2011 at 8:12 AM  

Happy Birthday..lovely cake..wonderful post.

schmetterlingwords March 31, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Hi Reshmi, wish you a many many more happy returns of the day. Absolutely loved reading your post. The cake looks gorgeous!! May you have a wonderful day and a beautiful year ahead :-)

Rumana Rawat March 31, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Happy birthday to you dear:) cake is looking awesome.. this cake must be your husband has made?..

Swarnavalli Suresh March 31, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

many more happy returns of the day.. btw loved your conversation between you and Sree and the cake is perfect and topped with the bow of love..

Vimitha Anand March 31, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

Happy birthday dear... That bow is made of pure love and it looks lovely...
Perfect combination of flavors and beautiful icing...

nivedita March 31, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

many many happy returns of the day :-)
May God bless you with all the good things in the life.
Perfect cake for the birthday :-)

Harika's Kitchen March 31, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

Wow awesome cake looks very tempting.

savitha ramesh March 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

Happy B day to u dear.wonderful cake.u have lot of patience to prepare this.

Santosh Bangar March 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

happy b'day nice post and wonderful cake

Priya March 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

Reshmi, many more happy returns of the day...Cake looks absolutely wonderful and marvellous,beautiful frosting..

Pushpa March 31, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

That's a gorgeous cake looks delicious.A very happy birthday to you.

Reshmi Mahesh March 31, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

Happy B'day dear....Loved reading your post...cake is perfect and looks super delicious...

Shabitha Karthikeyan March 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Happy Bday Reshmi. Gorgeous cake and a lovely post. Have fun!!!

? March 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

Happy Birthday! The cake looks beautiful and the story was fun to read! :-)

Hema Mahen March 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

Happy Birthday Reshmi...Hope you had a wonderful day and nice story it was fun to read..:)

Hema Mahen March 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

Birthday cake looks delicious..

Valar Siva March 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM  

Happy birthday!! May go bless you..
Cake looks awesome!!

valar
http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com

Sathya Sankar March 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM  

The cake looks wonderful! Happy Birthday!

Sneha Benny March 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

Happy Birthday !!! Cake looks fabulous !!! First time here. Happy to follow you !!!

Sneha

http://inspirationalartofcooking.blogspot.com/

Shanavi March 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

Reshmi, Marvellous cake, and i loved reading every word of ur post 2day..

Many more happy returns of the day.. NJoy well.

Rachu March 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

resmi... I have to say. tht cake is one that any girl would want to cut on her bday! glad you made it and had a wonderful bday! may all your wishes come tru!
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Jayasri Ravi March 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM  

Hi Reshmi, thanks for visiting me, and leaving your lovely comments, what a beautiful blog you have, the cake looks Gorgeous, Happy Birthday to you and many more years to come by luck you H is doing his job so neatly bless him, what a nice day I chose to visit your blog.., will be back soon to check out your recipes.

savitha ramesh March 31, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

Happy b day dear.Cute looking cake and so nice of ur hubby to help u in baking.

Pasta and Paratha March 31, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

Happy Bday to you and if there was some way of stealing that cake, I would !!

Premalatha Aravindhan March 31, 2011 at 5:29 PM  

Happy Birthday Dear,fabulous cake...lovely decoration...

Torviewtoronto March 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

happy birthday beautiful cake lovely icing i like whipped cream icing

Satya Chaitanya March 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

Wishing you a very happy birthday ... amasing and awesome cake ..... you are an expert .....
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Magnolia April 1, 2011 at 12:02 AM  

What a neat post! Thank you for sharing!

Nithya April 1, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

Belated birthday wishes to you dear. Cake looks fantastic :) The bow is the best :)

Raksha April 1, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

Happy birthday dear, and the write up is great. The bow of love is superb :)

Zareena April 1, 2011 at 2:21 AM  

Many Many happy returns of the day Reshmi. Sorry for my late reply. thank you soo much for stopping by my blog and leaving your wonderful comment. You have a wonderful space dear and the way you decorated your cake is excellent..:)
happy to follow you.

kaveri April 1, 2011 at 2:45 AM  

Many more happy return to you Reshmi.. That is a delicious cake..Please collect your award at my space..

Prathima Rao April 1, 2011 at 4:32 AM  

Happy bday!!! Loved the conversation bw u n sree!! The cakes looks superb!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Now Serving April 1, 2011 at 5:13 AM  

Nice write up - glad you are blessed with a wonderfully loving hubby (same pinch)
Happy happy birthday and blessings dear :) It was my mom's birthday yesterday too - So you must be a fantastic person ;)
Cake has turned out SUPER and thanks for sending this to my event :)

SouthindianHome April 1, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

Happy Birthday to you. Lovely cake. It was very interesting to read through your post

R April 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

wow, happy birthday - now belated though! the post makes an interesting read :))

Yummy Team April 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

Happy Birthday!! Thats a beautiful cake!! Enjoyed reading your post :)

Sensible Vegetarian April 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
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Sensible Vegetarian April 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM  

Thanks a lot Reshmi for visiting my space and leaving your comments. Belated birthday wishes and you have an awesome space. Loved your write up.

Priyanka Agrawal April 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM  

i like ur blog. will def revisit. belated happy bday :)

Ramya April 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

Belated birthday wishes gal:-)
Cake looks soo delicious..and wow ur hubby managed to make the bow!! Bow of love:-)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

First of all, happy birthday once again and wow sweety, what love, beautiful looking bow for someone who never used fondant before. Love the cake and decoration and bow everything :)

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