I am officially a year behind on posts. One. Full. Year. Shameful.
This was the cake I made for my son’s birthday last year. He celebrates his birthday around the same time as Uncle Sam so it’s pretty easy to come up with a theme for his shindig…not so easy to wrangle guests, since most people are away. Last year we kept things super low-key, just a good old fashioned backyard bash with the family and his best girl. I whipped up mayo-free lobster rolls with a lemon-butter vinaigrette (someday I’ll post that recipe too) and a fruity panzanella packed with ripe peaches and soft mozzarella. The weather was blissfully rain-free and my newly crowned toddler even surprised us all by eating everything I made. Perfection.
While this year he’s petitioned a “Prince Charming” party complete with a magician, a prince and a real-live princess, last year he wasn’t wise enough to make any requests. So I took to the internets to suss out a star-spangled red, white and blue flag cake worthy of a Pinterest fanclub. And I found one.
Thankfully this was far easier than it looks since it relies on a basic white sheet cake (cheers Martha!), cream cheese frosting and a bevy of patriotic berries. The hardest part is arranging the flag. But I channeled Betsy Ross and really turned that mother out. Sort of.
Since this year it’ll be all ball gowns and epaulets up in here, I’ll be turning to trusty old Stew Leonards to whip up a prince-covered confection. There is no chance I’m attempting to mold fondant or sculpt a horse-drawn carriage out of icing.
And btw, I’m pretty sure his love of Cinderella is karmic retribution for the 1 million times I made my mom and dad read me the same story – the exact same copy I now read to Manster. In fact, every night, after bathies, he makes Nana reenact the scene whereupon Anastasia and Drizella shred Poor Cinderelly’s dress. While I’m nursing Baby Ice, I can hear Nana cackling from the other room, “Give me those beads! Now take off that sash! You wicked, wicked girl,” as she whisks the towel away from him. And every night, I cackle right alongside her.
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Red, White and Blueberry Cake
Adapted from Martha Stewart
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking sheet – stock
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for baking sheet – $3.59
2 teaspoons baking powder – stock
1 teaspoon salt – stock
2¼ cups sugar – stock
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract – stock
1 cup milk – stock
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature – $1.99
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature – stock
- 8 large strawberries, sliced thinly – $3.99