One of life's greatest pleasures is baking birthday cakes for your loved ones. After all, birthdays are special occasion worthy to be celebrated with the best birthday cake you can come up with! The best, of course, means a scrumptious cake with attractive icing and decorations, which any birthday boy or girl will be proud to share with guests.
Here are practical tips to bake the perfect birthday cake to top the birthday cakes of prior years, if that is possible.
Ask the Birthday Celebrant
If the birthday celebrant is sufficiently old to express his / her preference for a birthday cake, then don't hesitate to ask. Above all others, it is the birthday boy / girl whom you must please with the cake – that is, if it is not meant to be a surprise. You can always just think back to his / her favorite cake flavor and bake it. Just make sure that the icing and the cake itself complement each other.
Make the Icing on the Cake
And speaking of icing, there are two basic things to consider:
Colors – Not only should the colors of the icing reflect the theme of the party but it should also not be too messy for the guests to handle and eat. For example, bright red buttercream icing can readily stain people clothes especially if you instructed the guests to come in white ensembles.
Consistency – You may have to tweak the icing recipe to complement the weather lest it melts into semi-liquid or hardens into solid rock. For example, in hot weather, you must add more icing powder and sugar to make it thicker.
You can either make the icing the day before or make it as you wait for the cake to bake. Either way, is fine although some icings taste better when fresh.
Bake the Cake
Well, of course, it is always a good idea to bake the cake at least a day before the party. This way, you still have time to fix the trimmings, apply the icing and place the decorations on the cake. You can even experiment with said accessories so as to get the best effect possible.
When baking the cake, it is always recommended to follow the instructions in regards to types and measurements of ingredients as well as baking time and temperature. More often than not, you want to lessen experimentation since it is a special cake that you want to taste as yummy as it looks.
Also, it is often better to make the cake as simple as possible especially for children. You can stick to sponge cake or chocolate cake since the decorations and the icing is the primary attractions for them. With adults, you can experiment with cakes not usually associated with birthdays like red velvet cake and devil's food cake.
Just keep in mind that birthday cakes are often the center of the celebration where the food is concerned. As such, it pays to keep it scrumptious on the inside but with little effort on your part and attractive on the inside with your artistic inclinations seen in full force.
Now, watch as both birthday celebrant and guests admire your cake and maybe ask you to make one for them, too. Indeed, what may be a labor of love can become a profitable business in no time at all!