Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunrise Layer Cake

5stuffed cookies3moze1stbdayMy son Mozely turned 1-years-old today.

One year ago, we were watching Lie to Me at home and I heard a pop (!).

I had just been telling everyone at work that the baby wasn’t coming out for at least a couple more weeks, based on the previous experience.

Boy, was I a naïve 2nd time mom.

Four hours and a 28 mile drive later I was frantically waiting for the doctor to show up so I could push, because there was absolutely NOTHING more important in the world than pushing, and those freaking #@$&% people just refused to let me do that. Until the doctor came.

I would have delivered to any creature with opposable thumbs at that moment.

20 minutes after that doctor finally showed up, I screamed and pushed and

this is what I got.

11moze1stbdayI guess it was a good trade. Before that moment I wasn’t totally sure.

We did one of those “Can you come eat some cake in 5 minutes?” thingamajigs. I couldn’t really call it a party, because it wasn’t organized. 2moze1stbday

Maybe even as organized as this cake, as it was in the early stages.

In Hawaii we’re lucky enough to call some people our family, even if we’re not actually related, and Mozely’s uncles and aunties and their kids came. I felt guilty about not being organized and decided to buy some pizza at the last minute. And my neighbor found an unused bag of party stuff. 8moze1stbday

Ok, so maybe I can call it a party after all. Maybe parties are just wherever you can be with everyone else.

9moze1stbdayIt was Ethan’s birthday too. I’ve known Ethan since he was, like, two, or maybe just two feet tall, and definitely since he told us funny things about his ears.

I didn’t buy Mozely any presents. Instead I spent most of the day making his cake.

Layers: Strawberry (with beet for coloring), orange, mango, guava, coconut. Lilikoi curd and coconut Italian buttercream between each layer.5moze1stbday6moze1stbday I’m calling it a sunrise cake. I don’t think I pulled off the coloring perfectly, but for from scratch and trying not to use food coloring—I think it was a good effort. The vegan orange layer completely started squishing and falling apart so I will put that layer up higher next time. For a moment I thought I had a catastrophe for a cake, but some firming up in the fridge helped its looks. A little bit.

The Lilikoi curd was just amazing. I also loved the coconut frosting. I’m still looking for a great mango cake recipe. For some reason, that’s the one that doesn’t cook up so well. However, in the sunrise layer cake, the flavors melded and just tasted light and fruity with a tang of the curd. It worked.

Recipes (click on the links)

I halved each of the recipes to make just one 9” circular cake pan.

Strawberry Cake (I added 1/4 Cup of beet puree to intensify the color.)

Guava Cake 

mango cake: yellow box cake with mango juice instead of water.

Orange Vegan Cake

Coconut Cake and Coconut Frosting

Lilikoi curd

I cut each layer in half horizontally and some I threw away because of the unevenness of the cakes, and really, I had enough layers that there was some to spare. Luckily. Lilikoi curd and frosting are in between each. The cake wasn’t as beautiful as my drawing. But I did have a vision.1moze1stbday

I spent all day on this cake. There’s something BIG inside of me that wants to feed people. If you’re reading this, you probably know the feeling. Food has a lot of power.

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Mrs Mulford said...

Lovely name for a cake I want to make one too. The weather has been so bad in the UK I might have to fly somewhere to remind me what a sunrise is :-)

**Happy 1 st birthday to Mozely . Lucky to have such a tasty cake.**

Katie Lewis said...

Happy birthday big guy!

And I certainly hope that counts as a party. Because I hardly ever do anything more exciting. Haha.

purabi naha said...

What a lovely and colourful cake! Your baby is relishing it and saying, "mummy, you are the best!"
Nice diagram, explaining the cake layers.

S.V. said...

What a pretty cake..... Happy belated birthday to Mozely. My son turned 1 in June yay! Mozely is adorable! I'm a second time mom and I refused to believe I was in labor and took a shower instead while my husband had a mini meltdown lol.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What a yummy and flavorful cake!

jalna said...

Your blog posts always make me smile, and this want didn't fail. I'm positive your Mozely had a great birthday, especially with such a special cake.

briarrose said...

Love the pics! Looks like a great birthday celebration to me. The cake is amazing...all those different layers...pure yummy!

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

The cake looks fabulous! I was a little disappointed not to find a taro layer in there. I'm a fan of taro cake :-) Nonetheless, it was also incredibly sweet of you to spend all day making this cake for Mozely and your guests. I do know what you're saying about feeding people. It seems like that's all I ever want to do. Now, if only I could be paid for it... Happy birthday to Mozely!

Christine Wu said...

Happy birthday Mozely! He's so darn adorable, if only he's 25 years older :P

This cake is a good idea. Mind if I borrow it for my kid's birthday? ;)

sophia said...

Wow that's an amazing, multi-layter multi-flavor cake. Your dear Mozely's eyes are stunning. Seriously, it just catches my heart. Definitely a good trade.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

This post is adorable & soooo happy. Your little guy is precious. Happy B'day to him. Love the perfect-imperfect cake & I would eat it with my bare hands. Looks beyond amazing. Love that you named it the sunrise cake :) xxoo

Jamie @ Wokintime said...

What an amazing cake! I love the name.

Yes the second one comes out so fast and they grow up even faster.

Congratulations and happy birthday to your little guy!!

FootPrints said...

my birthday is in nov. you dont have to buy me a gift either...but the cake...the cake will do.

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