Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Birthdays in our House...

Today was a special day...we blew up balloons...

and made cards...

prepped ingredients...

measured and mixed...

added a little colour...

and mixed some more...

checked that it all tasted great...
lit the candles...

and celebrated...

the girl's Dolls and Baby's Birthdays today.

You could sense the excitement and energy in the house this morning when I told the girls it was their Baby's Birthdays today and we better make a Birthday cake for them...


It was perfect!

The texture was so moist. The girls loved it.
Definitely a recipe worth trying!

Ricotta Pound Cake
1 1/2 c cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c fresh whole-milk ricotta
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and place rack in center.
Grease and flour 9-inch loaf pan.
In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter, ricotta, and sugar until smooth and light.
Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition.

Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the blunt side of a small knife, then beat them into the batter along with the vanilla extract. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients to combine them, scrape down sides of the bowl, and beat again on medium.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Tap pan on counter a few times to remove air pockets.

Put cake in oven and let bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325°F (160°C) and let bake until cake springs back when lightly touched, the sides of the cake have pulled away from the sides of the pan, and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes more.

For some reason, mine took another 35 minutes.
Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then invert it on wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe brought to you from HERE.


VERY easy...the girls had SO much fun making it.

Little Miss A turned around to me and said " this was SO much fun Mummy...so special, a Birthday Party for our babies....Thanks you!"

That made my day already!


What/Who made your day today?


Char,On

18 comments:

amy and ann said...

Happy Birthday! I love balloons and parties that we give ourselves. I am sure they don't realize that you are just as happy as they are. What a grand time.
xxoo
ann

Jaime said...

These pics are so cute!!! Looks like they had a ball :)

Christina said...

i am ready to burst with love! they are adorable. and yum, yum! chefs in training, makes my heart warm.
: )

andrea creates said...

Looks like there was loads of fun had there!Happy Birthday:)
I will have to try that recipe now! Thanks :) Sounds delicious!!

Char said...

that makes my heart go all melty - beautiful

DesBisoux said...

i'm so jealous of their outfits! really cute!
it seems like the party was a success!
happy birthday!!
xxx

Jen said...

I share a birthday with their dolls!?! That makes me feel special!!!

aimee said...

i can't get over those cute faces and the sweet little birthday cards. i love love love kiddie art and that first card reminds me of my older daughter's style. darling!

J.H said...

looks like so much fun! and excellent pictures really captures the day :-)

cindy said...

the only thing i don't like about this post is that i wasn't there. i love the pretty faces, the cards, the skirts, the tights, the beaters with the batter, and the cake. the happiest of birthdays to the dolls & baby's!

Silke said...

Oh, wow, Char, what an amazing idea! A birthday party for their babies! And you all looked like you had the best time!! That cake looks delicious - will have to try i!

You know who made my day today? YOU!! Leaving all those comments on my blog - especially the one about your white water rafting incident. Oh, how scary!! Thanks for sharing!

Much love, Silke

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

What a great birthday party! Happy Birthday! Love the handmade cards and the photos of your girls cooking in their aprons are so precious. Thanks so much for coming to visit! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Hugs,
Lisa :)

the t time said...

happy birthday! all in this pictures is so... much happy! :)

acommonthread said...

those are such adorable photos!

Arianna Belle said...

The girls are so cute! Looks like you had a wonderful time! :)

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Looks like a great birthday...love the recipe!

Pixel Wild Child said...

That looks like the perfect party he he heeeeeee! The kids really enjoyed it... lovely pics ;O)

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