Happy birthday to me! You guessed it, this is my birthday cake that I made for my birthday, which is today! I was born 20 years ago on this day. And if you’re one of the many people who are going to ask if I feel older, the answer is no. I feel a day older, sure, but not a year. I’ve always found it to be an odd question. Does anyone ever confidently answer yes to that?
Anyways, I made this three-layer coconut cake on Saturday for my birthday celebration that night. It was so delicious. It’s three layers of coconut cake with a coconut simple syrup brushed on top of each layer and frosted all around with a vanilla buttercream. It’s actually very simple, even though it has three components and looks intense. The hardest part for me was trying to get the frosting smooth, and still failing, so then using a paper towel to smooth it out instead.
I keep telling myself I’m going to watch some YouTube video or something to learn how to do that, but still never have. One day I’ll get one cake perfectly smoothed out. One day. Til then I’ll just distract people with lots of pretty flowers all around the sides instead so they don’t even look at the sides of the cake. People always ask me what my favorite thing to bake is. I’d have to say that I love making cakes the most because I love decorating them. I’m no pro decorator, but it’s fun and it inspires creativity.
My mom wants me to start working with fondant. I don’t like the idea of completely covering a cake in fondant because I don’t like the taste of it that much, but I think it would be cool to do some fondant designs. If I had to start somewhere, I’d probably do a safari theme or Mario theme. I don’t know why really. I guess because when I think of fondant cakes I think of bright colors, and those both use bright colors. Plus I’ve seen cakes that have a Mario theme going around the cake and it looks awesome. So look out for some awesome-looking fondant cakes, followed by all the failed fondant cakes first, of course. Gotta start somewhere.
Recipe adapted from The Cake Blog