Someone was in the kitchen this week mixing up a cake. Not just any cake. A birthday cake. I wasn't supposed to be in here, peeking. . . let alone snapping pictures, but I couldn't resist. After all, the blog must be fed, and besides I could smell the chocolate all the way down the hall. But then, I had to endure an entire day of waiting until it was finally time to taste it. I'm telling you, Grace's real-life cakes are as amazing has her miniature ones. She went through all of my recipes and settled on this Cocoa Cake. It's a simple recipe that never fails. But somehow it always taste better when she makes it.
Especially iced with Espresso Frosting:
Dissolve coffee crystals in warmed cream and set aside. In mixing bowl combine; powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir in the coffee-cream mixture and vanilla; beat until smooth. At this point, adjust consistency if necessary (add more powdered sugar if too thin or cream if too thick), then add the butter and whip until it reaches a fluffy spreading consistency. Makes about 2 cups frosting. Try not to eat it all before you get the cake iced. It's REALLY good on brownies too I found out.
I must be getting old. Birthdays make me so nostalgic lately. If you grew up in the Los Angeles area you may remember Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade and the Cartoon Time show that debuted in 1952. This was one of the TV highlights of my youth. My favorite part of the program was when he did the birthday announcements and dedicated birthday wishes to kids born on that day. To celebrate he sang the Birthday Cake Polka:
"Put another candle on my birthday cake, were gonna bake a birthday cake. Put another candle on my birthday cake. I'm another year old today."
There was this huge birthday cake on a carousel, decorated with thick frosting, candy, and lollipops with "Happy Birthday Brigadiers" on the side, and it rotated while he sang. But the craziest thing of all was, he'd mention the location of where the birthday girl or boy should go look to find their presents. Like he'd say, "Happy Birthday to you Suzy, I think you'll find a nice surprise waiting for you under your bed." Wow, did that impress me. I actually thought (being a gullible kid) that he was looking right through the TV screen at us. Unbeknowns to me, this information had been provided by parents weeks beforehand and was written on cue cards. But still it was that personal touch that made a deep and obviously lasting impression on me. If you too just happen to be feeling nostalgic for old-timey shows, check out these on TV PARTY and TV ACRES for some great campy ones.