The past couple of months have been hectic, to say the least. Boy started Kindergarten, we are trying our best to stick to a strict homework-play-sleep schedule, we celebrated our anniversary and then got to planning and celebrating our little fella turning the big f-i-v-e. Oh, how my Boy has grown over the past year! Last year when I planned his Hot Wheels themed birthday, I really thought he’d never outgrow that phase and we’ll just keep repeating it for the next 15 years.
But how a year has changed him! He graduated from Pre-K to Kindergarten and developed keen friendships already, which I previously thought was not possible until 8 or 9 years of age. He started taking karate lessons and looks absolutely adorable in his too-big robe. He discovered a whole slew of superheroes, not superman or spidey, but Ninjas and Power Rangers. His favorite TV show is no longer Pocoyo, but American Ninja Warriors. And best of all, he admits he likes curry best. Nothing warms my heart more…touch wood!
We didn’t throw a huge birthday party, it was just us three at home this time. But he did have a full-fledged snack party at school with his classmates. Nevertheless, we decorated the house, baked a cake, cooked his favorite dinner (biryani and kheer!) and got his favorite toy – all in his selected theme, the Power Rangers.
Boy really is an old soul. I mean, who watches Power Rangers any more? Most of the stores do not even carry many of the Power Rangers merchandise. He has already picked out a Troy costume for Halloween, and the sales guy told us that no one has ever asked for it in the last couple of years. This Boy is absolutely sure about what he wants.
He had specific directions about the cake as well. It has to be the exact chocolate one as this cake, but with white frosting instead of blue.
And of course, it must have all of his favorite Rangers. Now, mommy is yet to dabble in fondant, so she took the easy way out by buying mini toys for cake toppers.
These little guys were found after months of intense searching and comparison shopping on Amazon, eBay and elsewhere, and cost me a little fortune.
But they were the perfect size, well-made and worked like a charm as cake decorations. And the biggest bonus, they are the coolest collectible toys any Power Rangers fan would want!
I always bake the best cakes when I least expect to. But any time I bake for an occasion, I get jittery and sweaty-palmed. But over the years, I’ve come to realize that us moms have a secret ingredient and if you add a generous dose of it, nothing can go wrong. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?!!
I doubled the original recipe for both the cake and the frosting. But I baked it as three layers only and not four, so each layer is slightly taller. I did have some frosting left over, but you can never be sure before you begin decorating. Anyway, it is always better to go over than under. I did the whole “bake, chill, crumb-coat, chill, frost and decorate” shebang, so the cake was way neater than last time. (I always bake our anniversary cake as a sort of dry run for Boy’s birthday cake, so I knew exactly what to do. Shhh… just don’t tell my hubby!)
The cake was pretty, held its shape really well and was really delicious. I just cannot stress enough how delicious the cake and frosting recipes are. They are my best discoveries ever. Chocolate cake always tastes better on the 2nd or even 3rd day. This one has a touch of coffee too, so you can imagine how heavenly the leftovers must be. Yum… not that we have a lot of leftover cake though. And that’s why I have no shot of a cut slice of cake to share with you. So for now, feast your eyes on some sprinkle cake eye-candy. Nothing like chocolate, sugar and sprinkles to make anyone happy, right?!!
Go here for the chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream recipes. I doubled the cake recipe and baked it as three 5-inch layers, though you can also do 4 slightly thinner layers. But I wouldn’t recommend stacking more than that for a 5-inch layered cake, lest it end up like the leaning tower of cake-sa. I doubled the frosting recipe too and had some leftover frosting, though no one is complaining about that! We can always make cupcakes later, can’t we?!
Say it with me one last time, Go Go Power Rangers!!! I love you, my precious little Boy. Please take your sweet time growing up, mommy is in no hurry.
What special requests do your kids make for their birthday? How do you celebrate? Do share.
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