Thursday, February 11, 2010
I’m feeling (just a smidge) of nostalgia about Winter coming to a close, so when I saw this fun cake idea, I couldn’t resist. This time of year lemon is irresistible, so I used a lemon/citrus cake filled with tart lemon mousse. Easy-to-find gumdrops, pretzel logs, and a spare candy cane finish off his happy face. Great winter birthday cake idea for the kids!
After-Christmas birthdays are often a drag! Birthdays in December, January, and February can leave the birthday kid feeling shortchanged sometimes. After all, they KNOW you chose their gifts from the after-Christmas sales. Everyone is so DONE with sweets, so it's hard to get excited about making a birthday cake.
When I found this cake idea on bettycrocker.com, I was excited to try it for all those jilted birthday people. It was fun, easy, and brought an instant smile to everyone’s face.
I used the recipe from Mini-Lemon Blueberry Bundts (HERE) that gets it’s intense lemon flavor from Mountain Dew (soda), a lemon cake mix, and lemon pudding. It is so moist - it really doesn’t need anything else to make it special. But this time I decided to fill the layers with a lemon mousse that was absolutely lip-smacking. Cool Whip, regular frosting, or even lemon pudding would be good alternatives. Then again, if you don’t care to impress anyone - make TWO of these cakes and skip the filling altogether! Your choice...
I had quite a time finding the candy cane (go figure, it's February!) - but I confiscated one at a hot chocolate bar we had at a Relief Society meeting a few weeks ago. A word to the wise: hang onto a few of those candy canes - even if you are tired of seeing them all over your house after Christmas.
I sprinkled the freshly-frosted cake with edible clear food glitter, and it looked like freshly fallen snow. However, my kids hate it - as it sticks to your teeth like glue. If it is worth it or not depends upon your audience!
For the recipe(s) for the cake & filling, as well as plenty of detailed step-by-step photos - go to: