Saturday, January 5, 2008

Birthday #2: Jay's cake

My two new favourite questions have definitely become -

1. "Sooooo.... when's your birthday?"
2. "Aaaand.... what are your favourite flavours?"

Best response so far? Blueberry orange - thank you Jay for being adventurous!

This isn't even the grandolith-monolith cake-o-glory - this is just the home cake! I ended up doubling the vanilla cake recipe from ED&BV, so I had enough left over to make a cake for my family for my last day in town. Tongue-in-cheek captioning and all! I also switched most of the milk for real-squeezed organic orange juice and added zest and orange extract.

Break time for real food. Tofu sharks on the cast-iron waters, arrrrrr!

Yummy stir-fry goodness, on udon noodles. And since I was candying oranges anyway for the Grandocake, I tossed some of the extra syrup in the stir-fry sauce I made and it was awesome. I also got to use my new chili-garlic sauce! Can you believe I lived this long without owning any? I totally can't.

Home cake innards, with about a mile of icing on top because I decided to use up the extra and be generous like that. It's almost all dyed naturally, and the blueberry flavour is the juice from the pot that I stewed the blueberry filling in. It tasted... blue. Amazingly, burstingly blue. (I pat myself on back now).

And the pièce de résistance - A triple-decker, fully torted, stuffed with filling, moist and citrusy, sparkling berry bonzanza mouth-party!!!

I wish I had pictures of the insides... they would bring a tear to your eye. I woke up the next morning to find birthday boy excavating the orange mountain with a fork and a slight hangover and a pretty blissful expression on his groggy face, to which I say mission successful! and also....

what are your favourite flavours? :D


Cakespy said...

OH DEAR LORD. That cake. That beautiful beautiful cake. And then another. Pleasure overload.

Anonymous said...

Incredible, simply incredible! I sure hope that the birthday boy thanked you profusely for this one!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh my gosh, that cake is GORGEOUS!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

that cake is pure delight and perfection - so beautifully constructed!! and so whimsical, with the blue/purple hue.

haha, the "tofu sharks" made me laugh - cute! :0D

Rural Vegan said...

Oh my! It's a towering masterpiece of a cake! Just gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

After seeing these pictures, I'm pretty sure my favorite flavors are blueberry and orange too... And I've never seen a porridge spurdle nor heard of one - it looks ingenious!

Veggie said...

I can't believe how amazing that cake sounds (and looks!), and blueberry filling too, what a great idea.

Anardana said...

Holy crap!! Awesome!

Theresa said...

November 18, and chocolate-orange. Will you drop the cake off to me or should I come pick it up?

Sarah P said...

tofu sharks navigating the cast-iron waters?! genius. As is the cake!

as for flavors... hm... almond and rose.

what about you? and when is YOUR birthday?

Ruby Red said...

Love the tofu sharks! I've never fried the sides before...just the tops and bottoms.

Your cake-decorating skills are really impressive. My favorite cake flavors would have to be mint chocolate - but in ice cream cake form!

Liz Ranger (Bubble Tea for Dinner) said...

ooh, ice cream cake! that should be next on the list, I hope someone picks that (or I could figure out a way to magically transport frosted goodies to everyone here! yeah, I like that option)

also, for the record, my birthday is march 9th and I'm holding out for key lime. (pie, that is)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, that is an AMAZING cake!!! I love the way you decorated it with orange slices and blueberries! What a great flavor combination.

I have to say my favorite flavors are hazelnut, chocolate, mint, and strawberry, though not all at the same time.... mmmmm. said...