Keiran was quite vocal about his birthday cake wishes this year.
- he wished for a spice cake
- he wished for a giant number on his cake
- he wished for fancy candles (colored flames)
Since the rest of his celebration was rather frugal I decided to go with it. We shopped local at a party store called Nancy's Fancy's where we found the candles. Since we've used beeswax candles for the last 7 years I agreed to let him choose this year.
I modified a recipe from Joy of Cooking for the frosting:
Lemon Frosting -
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup earth balance
- 3 teaspoons half & half
- Rind & Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
Combine the powdered sugar and softened earth balance (or butter) in a mixer. Beat until well blended. Add half & half slowly while continuing to blend. Finally add the zest and lemon juice and beat until smooth.
This frosting is fluffy and so full of flavor. The slight zing of the lemon dances perfectly with the spices in the cake. The cake was such a hit that Dave has asked for the exact same one for his birthday in July. (sans the number candle(s) of course)
What's your favorite cake & frosting combination?