Une Grande Madame – A three-tiered 70th birthday fondant cake

If you still have breath to blow out seven big candles on your birthday cake, you certainly deserve no less pomp than this cake. My mother-in-law celebrated her 70th birthday with us last week. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to prepare something grand, something that would touch her and make her smile in the midst of tears. Recently, the husband retold something wise his mother told him once: there are two things nobody can ever take away from you – whatever you eat and see. I was glad to have provided the object for the two experiences to occur. Continue reading


2012’s first birthday cake

The year-end festive period is always rather draining on creative juices. This means at least one out of the three major events, Christmas, New Year’s eve and the husband’s birthday, is usually prepared last minute with spontaneous solutions. Since the spotlight landed on Christmas last year, I was left scrambling to prepare for the special (birth)day all during one last available morning. Thank God for the rather quick thinking of pouring the remaining chocolate cake mixture into two small round tins and baking them together with the Christmas cupcakes, the cake base was settled beforehand. A white chocolate ganache was easily whipped up and used to sandwich the two rounds together. Bam. Cake done! Now what? The tedious part of the cake making of course – decorating it!

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