Thursday, April 03, 2008

Birthday Cake!

We all enjoyed celebrating Chase’s birthday yesterday. We began our evening with a wonderful meal at our favorite neighborhood veggie restaurant, Mother’s Café and Garden. After dinner we went to my mom’s to open presents….



… and have champagne and birthday cake!


I wanted to make a beautiful and delicious Lemon Strawberry cake for my wonderful and deserving son, and the best way I knew to accomplish this was to make the layer cake from Vive and the lemon buttercream frosting from VCTOTW. I added the zest of a lemon and a half teaspoon of lemon extract to the cake recipe. I had big beautiful organic strawberries to make the filling and decorate the top of the cake.


I really wanted to split the layers and have a four-layer cake and do some fancy decorating, but I had to transport the cake 15 miles down the interstate to get it to my mom’s house. So I thought that would be just a little too risky. Thankfully, the two-layer cake survived the trip. The cake had just the right amount of lemon flavor to complement the strawberries and was so moist and light. The buttercream was slightly lemony and held up perfectly.



I wish you all could have had a slice!



33 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a GORGEOUS cake!! Oh, Chase must have been super excited. And dinner at Mother's.. sounds like the perfect night. And I really do wish I could have a slice right now....

Romina said...

WOW! You are a fantastic cake maker. You have a very lucky son!! =)

Anna said...

That's a beautiful cake! Chase is lucky.

Also, thanks for reminding me about Mother's Cafe. I have been wanting to go there for a while but keep forgetting about it. My friends used to talk about it all the time.

Paulina said...

That cake looks absolutely beautiful! I wish I had that talent!

Happy Herbivore! said...

that.is.the.most.bea-u-ti-ful.cake.i.have.ever.seen.

and i want a piece SOOOOOOOO bad.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Diann, The cake is wonderful! Way to go. I wish I could have had a piece too. Thanks for reminding me who I got the RFD tip. I will link you right away. My big wish now is to have the library get me VCTOTW. I am so glad you, Chase, and you mom had a good time. You all so deserve it after the rough ride. :o)

Edie said...

Happy belated b-day to Chase! What a beautiful cake, Diann. When I first saw it, I assumed you had purchased it.

Liz² said...

wow, that cake is decorated perfectly! I'd *love* a slice!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I am in awe of that cake. You MADE that?! (Why am I surprised? You're obviously an amazing cook.)

It's very good to hear that Mother's is back up and running.

meghan: sugar-shock.blogspot.com said...

this cake looks delicious! (and pretty too!)

bazu said...

Happy birthday to Chase!! That cake is a gorgeous work of art- what a wonderful way to celebrate (a little champagne doesn't hurt either!)

julie hasson said...

What a gorgeous cake!!

Vegetation said...

Mmmm that cake!

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I forget for some reason that you are soy free! I already subscribe to it but I'll have to pay even better attention in the future to your yummy foods! :D

Chef Erik said...

I'm not crazy about cake but this might change my mind, great pictures too :)

funwithyourfood said...

I love how the strawberries are hearts. Great attention to detail :)

I'm not sure who linda is, I'd love the link to her blog though!
Teddy

Melody Polakow said...

Wow! Your cake is stunning!

Carmen said...

I wish I could have a slice too! The cake looks amazing...

pleasantly plump vegan said...

that's a great looking cake!

vegan addict said...

fancy. lovely. awesome. amazing.

VeganCowGirl said...

Happy Birthday to Chase!
That cake is so pretty. I love that inside layer - it looks perfect.

Yummy.

Holler said...

I wish I could have a slice too!
Happy Birthday Chase!

Kate said...

Happy Birthday Chase! The cake looks wonderful!

laura jesser said...

That's the most gorgeous cake I've seen in a while. Wow! I'm sure Chase deserves it! :)

Chris said...

That cake is awesome! Nicely done!

Sam said...

That is just amazingly gorgeous! I'm in awe.

Sam said...

Being added to your blog roll would be great, Thanks!!!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Ahh, I love the pink-ness of the inside of the cake! I wish I could have tasted it too, because it's beautiful... But I do know what that lemon buttercream tastes like from having it on a cupcake from VCTOTW, so I'll just have to settle for imagining I had a slice of your lovely lemon strawberry cake. :)

springsandwells said...

Oh My God Diann!!
That is a seriously beautiful cake! It looks so amazing. What a great decorating job you did... I can't believe it's homemade. WEll done!
:) amey

erica said...

Ah, of course Chase is an aries! That explains why he's so hot ;)

Happy Birthday Chase! Gorgeous cake!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

The cake is just GORGEOUS! Great minds think alike, I just made a lemon cake with strawberries as well in the form of a cupcake!

Johanna3 said...

Happy belated birthday to Chase !!

what a amazing cake, lucky Chase.

TavoLini said...

wowza--that cake looks amazing!!

Veggie said...

What a beautiful cake!