I love the month of May! And it’s not just for the fantastic weather it usually brings, it’s a month of celebrations for me. Besides Mother’s Day I also have my wedding anniversary and birthday. A couple of years ago I was itching to create a cake with butterflies, I found my birthday a perfect excuse to indulge in this. My three-tiered cake of buttercream cream frosting was the backdrop for a rainbow of swirling fondant butterflies and fondant letters that were inspired by paper quilling. I had to allow time for the butterflies and letters to harden overnight, but other than that it was a piece of cake to create. I even did a shortcut (that I would never do for someone else) and iced the layers all stacked together instead of individually before assembly. I am often less of a perfectionist when I make cakes for myself or my husband. I use these opportunities to experiment on flavors or techniques.
So I have no problem making my own birthday cake, but Macy does have a problem with it. She says that “you shouldnt make your own birthday cake” and has given me a hard time about it ever since I made that butterfly cake. Last year I got lucky and attended a wedding on my birthday, I had my fill of cake that day and didn’t need another. This year I wanted to try a cake combo that I’d never made before, I found it a perfect time to create a cake anyway. Devils food cake with cream cheese icing, yummy! Cream cheese is my favorite icing, I love it with many different cake flavors besides carrot and red velvet. Its delicious with a strawberry or a chocolate cake and it sets up firm in the fridge, so when it’s served it makes the perfect cut piece of cake. I made a point not to overdo the decoration on, I didnt want to make Macy angry with me. It work, she didn’t have a problem with the plain little pink cake, (that took me no time to make) that sparkled so prettily with just a coarse sugar topping.