Category Archives: Birthday & Party

The Daring Bakers’ Challenges 07/10: Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home. You can find the challenge recipe here. Continue reading >>


BBD #26: Baking Bread for a Birthday Party – Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

This month’s topic of the Bread Baking Day which was initiated by Zorra from 1x umrühren bitte is “Baking Bread for a Birthday Party”, hosted by Jamie from Life’s a Feast. As fate would have it, we were invited to a birthday party last weekend, and as a present I wanted to bring some homemade bread and jam. The birthday person likes to bake bread himself, so I thought he’d appreciate receiving homemade bread. Continue reading >>

Birthday Cakes Part 4: Ladybug Cake

Ladybug Cake

My youngest daughter is a big fan of ants. She loves her books that have ants in them, she loves the  ants that enter our house, she loves to draw ants (actually, she draws dots and says “Look, an ant”).  So, a couple days ago she turned 2, and  I wanted to make a beautiful cake for her. BUT: have you ever seen an ant cake? I haven’t…  I DID find some ant cakes on the internet, but I couldn’t figure out how to make them (e.g. here). So I was looking further and on my favorite site I found this really beautiful ladybug cake. My daughter likes ladybugs – not as much as ants, but enough to be happy with a ladybug cake, I thought. It’s a 2-layer cake, originally filled with cream, but this was too heavy for my taste, so I replaced the cream filling with a mixture of mashed chocolate coated marshmallows and quark. The other ingredients that might be difficult to find in the US are toffifay and mikado sticks (also known as pocky). But you can make the legs, antennae and the eyes with other sweets, too. The result was a really cute-looking cake, but it was a little dry. It was really good the second day, though, when the frosting and the filling had soaked the  cake. Here’s what you need to make this cake: continue reading >>

Cucumber Crocodile

Cucumber Crocodile

When my son celebrated his 3rd birthday at the day-care center he had to bring along breakfast for all kids in his group. Among other things like heart- and star-shaped sandwiches and the birthday train cake, I made this cucumber crocodile.  This is a good way to make your kids eat some vegetables – of course, they like the small sausages, too :-). I had read some recipes on the internet (e.g. here and here), but finally decided to make my own version of a cucumber crocodile because there were ingredients I didn’t like or the whole process of making the crocodile just seemed to be too complicated or tedious. So, here’s what you need to make this funny and healthy crocodile. It will be the hit of your kid’s next party. Continue reading >>

Birthday Cakes Part 3: Flower Cake

Flower Cake

For her 6th birthday my older daughter was asking me for a chocolate cake with M&M’s. As I’ve written in my previous post, my kids love our traditional devil’s cake. So I just took my basic recipe and multiplied it by 1.5 to adapt it for a spring form (instead of a loaf pan). Here’s the adapted version: continue reading >>

Birthday Cakes Part 2: Train Cake

Train Cake

As my son is a big fan of all kinds of vehicles, I came up with the idea of  making a nice vehicle cake for his 3rd birthday. A fire truck and a tower crane wouldn’t be that easily manageable for me, so I chose to make a train cake. It doesn’t matter at all what  basic dough you take – every Ruehrkuchen (Stirred Cake) recipe will work, as will cake mixes . You just have to make sure you have enough dough for two loaf pans.

My kids LOVE our traditional “devil’s cake” (I loved it when I was a kid, too), so I used this recipe for the basic dough (if you just want a plain devil’s cake without the whole train stuff, half the recipe and use 1 loaf pan): continue reading >>

Birthday Cakes Part 1: Cinnamon Roll Cake

I’ve found a couple of pictures of birthday cakes I made. I love to bake something special for my kids’ birthdays, so here are some of my creations.

Cinnamon Roll Cake
(for my older daughter’s 4th birthday)

Cinnamon roll cake

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