The birthday cake, or as Judah likes to call it, "The Birthday"
... because really, what's the point of a birthday without the cake?!
On September 21, Judah turned five. FIVE! Here's the birthday boy with his cake. I asked him what kind of a cake he wanted, and he asked for a chocolate Star Wars cake. (His cousin Johnny had a Star Wars themed birthday party and cake, so naturally, so did Judah.) I told him, I could do chocolate and I could do Star.
Here's me and my three boys..chocolate sourdough cake, a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. I made it into two layers, the bottom being a 9 inch circle pan, and the top being a star pan that I got from Grandma and Grandpa Armbrecht!
I didn't follow the blog's recipe for frosting, because I wanted to use up some cream cheese I had put in the freezer a few months ago. The cream cheese frosting recipe I had posted on my birthday cake post was my intention.
Sooo.... since I was bound and determined to use this cream cheese for frosting, I pulled out all the tricks I had up my sleeve. I tried adding some powdered sugar. I didn't want to add the entire bag, so I decided to try cooking it with cornstarch to thicken it. It helped some, but I really had to boil it to thicken it enough to make it a frosting consistency. And it still retained a wee bit of the grainy consistency.
It ended up being "saucy" in consistency, which I poured over the bottom layer before putting on the star, then poured it on top of the star layer.
It worked well enough, and now it's gone, but I only allowed myself one piece. Well, maybe one and a half. Because I was reminded that Enoch is STILL sensitive to the caffeine in the cocoa, and as I'm still nursing him.... caffeine is a no-no.
After the birthday meal and cake (I think we had potatoes, carrots, and a pork roast), Judah and his Daddy got to go out for a birthday deer posting. They got all dressed up in their invisible best, and got to see a lot of wild life on their outing. Andrew was quite upset that he didn't get to go along, though he got to go with Daddy by himself the next night.
I know this is out of order... but we also celebrated the boys' birthdays over Labor Day weekend, beginning of September with my parents. I couldn't find the candles then, so we lit these two candles and had shortcake with raspberry sauce. That's when Judah got his grand-daddy of birthday gifts... a bow!