A Young Man Turns.....
I mentioned earlier in the week, that a young man was having a birthday this week. Well, today we hosted his friends for a sports themed party. We kept it simple since we have been on holiday and time spent planning was in short supply. Courteney whipped up this cake last night. It is a gorgeous moist chocolate cake from Sophie Gray's Book Enjoy and is a favourite of mine for everyday and birthday cakes. It is easy to ice, keeps for days (if there is any left after the party) and is cheap and easy to make. You can't ask for more than that of a cake really. At past parties I have noticed that by the time kids have eaten all of the other food on the party table the cake can often get left, so I deliberately kept this cake quite small.
It is quite hard to believe that I have hosted 9 parties for my baby. Here is an assortment of J's previous cakes in chronological order.
A jack in the box for his first birthday.
A train for his second birthday.
Lightening McQueen for his third birthday.
A treasure chest for his fourth birthday
Clifford the big red dog for his fifth birthday
A soccer field complete with icing players for his sixth birthday
A Minion off the movie Despicable Me for his seventh birthday
The world cup rugby ball (of course) for his eighth birthday.
One of the things I am most proud of, is that none of my kids have had the same cake. It has taken quite a bit of creativity when you consider that they are 16, 13 and 9. That is a grand total of 38 birthday cakes! Wow...has it really been that many!