From a very long time I had this plan at the back of my mind. To have a very simple family celebration of Pari’s first birthday and to bake a cake for her at home. In the start, I had plans to bake a chocolate cake for her birthday.
This idea kept me peaceful for a while till one fine day, around a month back while browsing for cake ideas I noticed the importance of every birthday cake to be beautiful besides being delightfully tasty. Beauty for a cake would mean going for that extra mile of icing it gorgeously and most importantly artistically.
Being artistic is one trait I completely lack. When it comes to icing in today’s times, I am aware of the countless cake decorations that are readily available in the market. While I was abroad, getting hold of all the fancy ingredients for a flawless ganache with awe-inspiring decorations (delicate roses, stars made of royal icing and many others) along with piping bags with nozzles of a variety of shapes meant just a visit to the local grocery store.
But, my life in India is different. I searched every nook and corner of the small city I live in, just to end up learning that the only cake decorations (ready-made) I could get hold of were very small silver-colored edible balls. Nothing in color. Not even the very basic colored sprinkles.
Now that put me in a real fix. As the big day was nearing, everybody who knows me and my love for home-made food has been constantly asking, which cake had I planned for Pari’s birthday? This triggered the need to look for cake ideas that were easy (for someone who lacked icing skills) and yet pleasant in appearance to suit the bill of being the cake of a little girl’s first birthday.
Many wonderful suggestions from the readers of this blog helped me get valuable links to some of the finest cake recipes. The only concern that still ticked in my mind like a time bomb clock, was, what to do for the cake icing?
As Pari’s birthday drew closer, I thought of going for a tasty, moist cake without icing. That would have possibly solved all my problems except one. I have never seen a child’s birthday cake without an icing. I wasn’t ready to be the first one to do that either.
My mum wasn’t of any help either, for each time I tried to seek help from her, she’ll go by, let’s get the cake from the local bakery. That would beat the very point of all this hard-work, that I wanted to bake the cake myself.
After browsing endlessly, making notes (yes, I make notes before trying new recipes) and even experimenting with a few flavors, I had pinned my hopes on going for a Chocolate Marble cake. Just two days before Pari’s birthday I woke up with a feeling that a cake without icing wasn’t what I wanted to go for.
So I decided on something bright that’ll support the theme of being a bright and chirpy little girl’s birthday cake. I again began to shortlist my ideas. The first was going for a chocolate cake with a plain vanilla icing to give bright contrast. The next being a basic banana cake (Pari absolutely loves bananas) with a simple frosting.
The problem of cake decoration was endlessly persisting for a flat white icing (irrespective of how tasty it was) didn’t hit the right spot in my mind to qualify for what I was looking for. I wanted something that’ll light up Pari’s face, that would make her pounce on it with joy for she usually doesn’t like eating sweets beyond the first bite.
After all this confusion, planning and searching for cake recipes the cake I finally made for Pari’s birthday looked something like this.
To know which cake it is and what all secrets it holds inside, please read my cake recipe post. Though I’d love to add a spoiler that Pari absolutely loved the cake from the time it came out of the oven as all the while she was seated beside my working bench. She not only loved the look but also was the one who ate the biggest slice.
The song on my mind: Karwatein badlalte rahe ~ Aapki Kasam