Saturday, January 21, 2012

Half birthdays and cake

I love making cakes. There is something so satisfying of going through the steps and emerging with a beautiful finished product. Don't get me wrong, I am a cupcake girl through and through, but a full sized cake produces a feeling of satisfaction that cupcakes just cannot (sorry my little friends.) I rarely find the opportunity to justify making a cake knowing full well that it will be going to be eaten by myself and my roommate. And while normally this would warrant a "challenge accepted" from the both of us, my whole "get healthy blah blah" resolution would find a way to make the experience just a little less gratifying.

So last week was my friend's half birthday and seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill my cake making needs and not end up eating half of it.

Finished product: Red Velvet Cheesecake with cream cheese frosting a la Cheesecake factory. Recipes are a sort-of combo of here and here

Red velvet cakes ready to go

Assemble the layers! 

Cream cheese frosting ready to go

Crumb coating (can you tell my window sill is my go-to picture taking place)


Finished decoration! Discovered my friend's hidden talent for cake writing-- look at that cursive!

Happy 19.5th Birthday Riana!