A birthday cake

by Sunita on April 26, 2010

Hello everyone, hope all of you have had a very refreshing weekend. Ours was a good one with lovely weather, friends and great food.

The picture below is of a cake that I baked for one of our friend’s li’l girl’s first birthday.

They did not want chocolate, wanted it to be decorated with whipped cream and I was told the number of people it was to be made for. Apart from that, I was given free reign. I am used to baking cakes for special occasions, but they were all ours. This was for someone else’s li’l girl. And as much as I was honoured to have been asked to bake the cake for her special day, I can’t deny the tinge of nervousness that did creep in. I decided to make a large three tiered cake. I kept it simple and reverted to my trusted recipe from this lemon sponge, substituting the lemon with orange and leaving out the almonds (just in case anyone was allergic to nuts). Nuts add their own oils to a cake, so instead of the nuts, I rubbed in about a tsp of oil into the flour. I also increased the amount of flour by 2 tblsps.

The bottom layer was a 10 inch cake , the middle layer an 8 inch cake and the top layer was a 6 inch cake. Each cake was first cut in half and filled with whipped cream ( double cream + sugar whipped till stiff). The sides and top were covered with cream before placing them on top of each other. I kept the designs simple with piped borders and flowers.  The mom and dad loved it , and the guests did make a beeline for it, which can only be a good thing , right? :-)

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacqueline April 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

It’s absolutely stunning Sunita. You made a fabulous job of it :)


2 Meeta April 26, 2010 at 6:49 am

this looks sensational!!


3 arundati April 26, 2010 at 7:06 am

looks beautiful….congratulations!!


4 Rosa April 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

What a lucky girl! That cake is beautiful!




5 Nirmala April 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Wow, what a lovely cake ? Fantastic Sunita!


6 Tanmaya Kulkarni April 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

Great work and lot of patience indeed!


7 Nupur April 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm

What a beautiful cake- and I love whipped cream frostings much better than buttercream or fondant. Your friends are lucky to have a cake baked by you- happy birthday to their little girl.


8 Aparna April 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I always preferred whipped cream icing to buttercream. The cake looks beautiful and delicious. It must have felt great to eat it with everyone.


9 Apu April 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Good job Sunita!! The cake looks perfect!!


10 CurryLeaf April 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Absolutely stunning.!


11 elra April 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Gorgeous and huge birthday cake, wow!


12 Mona April 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Wow, beautiful cake!


13 Bethany April 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Outrageously Gorgeous Cake! Well Done! That certainly looks like a lot of hard work and serious patience skills! I know where to order my bday cake now :)


14 Cherine April 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Wow this cake is gorgeous!


15 Srimathi April 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Awesome!. I liked the colors used.


16 Preeti April 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm

It looks stunning! Your friends are so lucky :)

It totally looks store-bought (if u know what I mean, the neat and tidy ones with pretty colours)


17 Lakshmi April 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

That is one stunning cake…and huge indeed! Your friends are very lucky. Happy bday to their lil girl.


18 swathi April 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm


This is stunning cake. I am planning to make some thing for my little one’s birthday. I like the idea of whipped cream and sugar. i need to try it.


19 Mokita April 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

one word “beautiful”.


20 SS April 27, 2010 at 3:02 am

Hey Sunita.. the cake looks just amazingly festive!! Nicely done!


21 Nupur April 27, 2010 at 4:09 am

Lovely!!! I love reading your blog…..and must admit get through cooking another meal…with the wonderful pictures and stories you have to tell as inspiration!!!


22 Sarah, Maison Cupcake April 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

Wow it’s huge! Did you have any rods up the middle or did you just place the cakes on top of each other?
Lucky girl!


23 shantanu April 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

oi tamam bonaisa de……….1ta parcel kori diba…………….


24 Alka April 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm



25 Anita April 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hi Sunita,

Not only did the cake look great, it tasted great too!!

- One of the few lucky ones who got to actually taste it at Kanak’s party!!


26 Cooking Foodie April 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

Gorgeous cake and lovely colors and decorations!


27 kk October 6, 2010 at 7:54 am

i would like to know the recipe for this cake u made with orange ….thanks


28 Sunita October 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

I have updated the post with the link to my lemon cake on which this recipe is based. Hope this helps.


29 sashi newall January 17, 2011 at 2:20 am

Joyful New Year and Namaste. Your exquisite cake brought tears to my eyes. This month is my spiritual teachers birthday celebrations and this cake reflects so similarly the beautiful cakes his wife, a gourmet vegetarian teacher and nutritionist baked him and our student group each year for decades. She followed the Indian British tradition in which wedding cakes were similar to what we call fruit cakes. What a lovely expression of caring giving and creativity you present so rare in our throw away culture in which we forget to honor those we love. Thank you. I will share this with many.
Many Blessings, Beth


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