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Making a cake for Grandma’s Birthday

on January 29, 2013

Sunday (January 27th) was my mom’s birthday. Last year she told me that she would have liked a red velvet cake, so I decided to make one for her this year. I had a silicone bundt pan that I’ve been meaning to use forever, so I figured I’d make a red velvet bundt cake with a cream cheese filling and drizzle cream cheese frosting on top.

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Kayla was my little helper in the kitchen. As soon as she saw me start getting out the stuff to make the cake, she told me that she needed her ladder. We have a little step ladder that she likes to stand on when she helps me cook. Two of her favorite things to do in the kitchen is help stir things and help use the electric mixer when we’re baking. I explained to her that we were going to make grandma a birthday cake. She didn’t really care why we were going to make a cake, she just wanted to help. I put all the necessary ingredients in the bowl and let her use the mixer. While she did that, I prepared the cream cheese filling. She helped me pour everything into the bundt pan. We put 2/3rds of the batter in the pan, then added the cream cheese filling, and topped it off with the remaining batter. I put the cake in the oven to bake, and my little baker stood pressed against the oven watching the cake bake. I had to bribe her out of the kitchen with an episode of Scooby Doo. Otherwise, I think she would have been happy to stand in the kitchen the entire time. (Have I mentioned that my 26-month-old daughter is currently obsessed with Scooby Doo?) She loves to watch cakes and cookies bake.

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Once the cake was done, I told Kayla that the cake would need to cool before we could add the drizzle topping. She wasn’t happy about this news, but went along with it anyway. I think the most upsetting part was when I had to tell her that we couldn’t eat the cake until the next day…since we made it the night before grandma’s birthday. She looked so sad. She perked up once I had her color a Donald Duck picture for grandma. My mom is a big Donald Duck fan, so it was fitting. Later on, we even made a special birthday card for grandma. Kayla was so proud of herself. It was a nice moment when she got to present everything to grandma and tell her, “Happy Birthday!” I think she was most proud of the cake. My favorite part was when she saw the cake after we had cut into it, and she said, “Aww…the cake is broken!” She was so serious and sad. She cracks me up. I promised we would bake something else this week, so that cheered her up a bit.

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Kayla did a good job helping drizzle the frosting on top of the cake. The only problem was keeping her from licking the spoon until after she was done. I have to admit, that was always one of my favorite parts of helping my mom bake. Licking the spoons and licking the electric mixer utensils. Now that I know my bundt pan works well, maybe I’ll use it more often. Maybe.

My mom had a great birthday, and we all enjoyed the cake.

*** Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to post the recipe for this cake on my other blog, Kayla Kakes. If I do, I will add the recipe on here as well.

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