Monday, August 27, 2007
Colin turned 3 on Saturday ("3 like an elephant" he kept telling us). His "big" present was a Darth Vader costume, it was a hit. The Taylor's gave him a red lightsaber to complete the ensemble. On Sunday we got to celebrate birthdays with Olive and Ralph who both had birthdays this weekend also. Josh smoked a pork roast and ribs, we ate that with watermelon, corn and fresh tomatoes/basil/mozarella from Heather's garden. I'm obsessed with pulled pork sandwiches with BBQ sauce, Carolina sandwich slaw and smoked onions on soft Portuguese rolls. I can't get enough. It was yum-yum.
Last year, I made three cakes, but hadn't planned on doing that this year (being so huge and all), but I got excited about a couple of ideas and ended up with three cakes. I started the cakes on Thursday. I baked and frosted with a crumb coating the chocolate and vanilla cakes, then stuck them in the freezer until Saturday when I finished them up. It made the process so easy.
Colin requested chocolate with green frosting and "all the guys." He went through his collection of guys and picked some to put on the cake.
Ralph's favorite is angel food, so I did an ice cream cake version. I folded fresh sliced strawberries into the ice cream and then re-froze it in a cake pan. I sandwiched that between two round layers of angel food cake and frosted the whole thing with whipped cream. The big chunks of frozen berries were a little awkward to eat. The ice cream layer was so thick, it was pretty rock hard - again awkward to eat. Next time I'll puree the berries first and cut each layer in half, so I have 6 layers instead of 3.
I've always wanted to try a Barbie cake and thought Olive would like it. I used a Pampered Chef bowl and got advice from this blog. The fondant was a great idea, easy to make look good. Roxcy and Janessa helped design and fashion the dress. Underneath the dress was yellow cake.
It was a fun evening. I love that Colin gets to celebrate his birthday with two cousins. It makes it pretty special!