Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Birthday Cake for my Dad

My dad's birthday happens to be the last of the family birthday celebration every year. Being born in the month of December, the head of the family gets to have his birthday celebrated last in line. :) The usual practice would be dining out with the whole family at his choice of restaurant and follow by a birthday cake. Just like my mom's birthday, this year will be my first time making him a birthday cake. I have been pondering for weeks what kind of cake should I bake for him. To play on the safe side, I opted for a fruit cake since you can't be too adventurous for an elderly's cake....else all that "too sweet" comment will be coming on. I got inspired when I saw Ann's Mango Mirror Cake the other day. So I went with the idea and baked this:
I do apologize for the poor lighting for the photos. I was rushing to finish this and just simply took a few shots without thinking much. :P *silly me* Despite all that rushing, I still find the result satisfactory, especially since it's my first attempt, heehee. :D
As you can see, the looks of this cake is pretty much different from Ann's Mango Mirror Cake. I guess it's modified to become my own creation and some inspiration from her cake of course. :) Regardless, thanks Ann! The main difference was the sponge cake layer recipe. Since at that point when I made this cake, I didn't have any optima flour at hand. So I had to change it to making Mango yogurt chiffon cake recipe instead, something I am familiar with. Luckily it turned out fine. :P
The cake turned out really delicious and satisfying, definitely a keeper. It was great that everyone was still able to down a slice after that 10 course dinner. :))
A shot of a slice of the cake...looks all creamy & luscious but not as neat looking as Ann's version, lol! Furthermore, my cake layer seems almost "invisible" since it has the same color as the cream layer...haiz! Anyway, it is still delicious and my dad loved it. :) Mission accomplished. Interested bakers, please head over to Anncoo's blog for details. Happy baking!



30 comments:

busygran said...

Nice and creamy cake and mango flavour is always easily accepted by all! Good wishes and Good health to your Dad!

tracieMoo said...

I've tried slicing mangoes neatly. It didn't work either. I might use a peeler if I'm going to attempt on mango cream cakes.
Anyhow I'm impressed by your decorating skills!! It looks very pretty :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is a creamy and delicious cake.

lena said...

It must be unforgettable for him since it was your first time baking him a cake...i like the stripes too. i've gone to anncoo and looked at the way she did the stripes, both of you are really brilliant doing this.Beautiful.

Wen said...

Looks yummy and refreshing. Homemade birthday cake always warm up my heart as it's made with love! Happy birthday to your Dad!

Swee San said...

nicely done.. Happy Birthday to ur dad! :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Your dad must be proud to have a cake baked by his daughter.
Looks very good :)

Zoe said...

Happy Birthday to your dad. Your cake look really good. Very professional.

ICook4Fun said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad!
I saw this cake at Anncoo too and what you did is beautifully. I don't think I dare to attempt this type of cake :)

Anncoo said...

Hi BeeBee, Happy belated Birthday to your Dad! So glad that you and your family liked this cake. Good Job! I'm no good on writing especially on the cake and yours looks so neat. Need more practice on my side ;)

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh wow, very pretty and tall cake! I like your cakes, it's always tall (like you!) :) What mango did you use? Is it mango season now?
Your dad must be very touched to have a beautiful cake made with TLC from his daughter. Wish him a happy birthday too!

Kitchen Corner said...

That's always great to have homemade celebration cake! Your dad must be very happy! The cake looks pretty and I want to learn how you pipe out cream at the edges so nice. There is also very generous of filling for the cake, yummy!

DG said...

Your cake simply looks beautiful & delicious! Lots of mango chunk in it ... I can only drool by looking at the picture.

Hearty Bakes said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Uncle! Wishing him a great year ahead!
Hooray! Great mission accomplished! Beautiful cake BeeBee! Mango cake is one of my favourite too. Am sure your dad loves it!
My pleasure to share ;)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Bee, this cake is as pretty as your previous birthday cakes! Your dad must be so happy to receive such valuable gift. Happy belated birthday to your dad!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks busygran! I love mango cake and totally agree that it's a much loved flavor compared to the rest.

@trace: My sentiments exactly! Might be a good trick to use vegetable peeler...let me know how it works out yah? Thank you for the compliement!

Thanks Sonia!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Lena, you are right...my dad kept telling my brother in law and my other sisters that I made it, lol! Guess he is proud in a way. Glad I did it... Hope I can make an even nicer one next yr.

Thanks Wen! And welcome to my blog! Indeed, homemade cakes are the best...I guess that why we bloggers are all eagerly learning and baking everyday rite?

Thanks for dropping by Swee San....and thanks again for the compliment. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Wendy...I am glad I am able to bake a proper cake for him. But there is still room for improvement lah...

Thanks Zoe...I do hope i can do better next time though.

Gert, thanks! You made absolutely beautiful cakes as well! Mine is not as nice as Ann's cake...hers is like perfect equal layers and so neat! Mine is all hay wired, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Ann, your cake was perfect! Mine is not nearly half as nice, lol! But I truly thank you for posting this great recipe, it's really delicious and my family loved it very much...including me of course. :)) I bet you will grasp the writing technique no prob. :)

Jane, thank you thank you! Hahaha, I like the way you relate my cakes with my height, lol! I guess I like to make tall cakes, lol! I bought mangoes from Australia...cost me $5 each...quite ex. No choice, like you said, made for dad, must be with lots of love and generosity. :)

Thanks Grace! I sure can show you how to pipe the cream when we meet up next time. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks DG. :) But i bet you can make it just as nice too!

Thanks once again Jessie! I am so glad I made this cream cake for him. Will need more advice from you in the future. :))

Thanks Jess! My dad was please, I can tell. But I hope his expectation doesn't get too high next year, lol!

crustabakes said...

I get that "too sweet" comments from my parents ALL the time too! LOL, but that still doesnt stop them from taking bites of whatever i bake. Happy Birthday to ur dad! The mango cake looks wonderful!

ReeseKitchen said...

Hey it was a beautiful cake. I like the way you decorate it..:) If I bake this, it'll be a rough and messy one..;p You are good at decorating....always!!

neyeeloh said...

Cant believe this is your first time as you bake so well and this cake also very beautiful ^_^

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@crustabakes: Hahaha...guess we are in the same boat! Guess we have to be extra 'careful' when it comes to the old folks deserts. Cone to think of it...I think I myself cannot ta han too sweet nowadays...getting old. :P

@Reese: You are too humble my friend! Your cakes are getting so pretty and professional by the day! Your piping skill is very pro already...have to seek advice from you. :)

@neyeeloh: thanks so much! No lah, you have to see it in real life to see the imperfections. But thanks for the support!

Jo said...

A very nice looking mango mirror cake. My fav as well.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Jo! Hope you have a great weekend too. :))

Angie's Recipes said...

The cake looks so smooth and creamy! Perfect texture.
Happy belated Birthday to your father!
Angie

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Oh! I think it was good enough! Seriously! You're such a perfectionist!

Ya, ya! Can't mess around with elderly's cakes! I always hear "too sweet," "too milky," "too rich," "too buttery," "too fat," "unhealthy" comments whenever my food is being sampled in the house. Haiz ... They just don't have adventurous taste buds la ...

Sorry that I'm uber late! A VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to uncle!!!!

Quay Po Cooks said...

The joy you Dad received from you is priceless and he sure is so proud of you. If I have a daugther who makes such a beautiful cake for my birthday, I will stand my head and cluck like a chicken! I am not kidding hehe.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Angie!

@Pei-Lin: Hahaha...looks like you are in the same boat as me! But we better not complain about them old folks first, who knows we will probably end up like them one day, lol! Thanks for the wishes... I am sure my dad had a great one. ;)

Thanks and welcome to my blog Quay Po! Hahaha... I can't imagine my 70++ yr old dad doing the head stand and clucking like a chicken, lol! I guess a simple "I love the cake" will do it for me. :)