12.28.2009

Oh My--They're THREEEEE!

We've had a whirlwind few days---and I have a feeling it's only going to get crazier as the girls get older....oy! Who's idea was it to have triplets two days after Christmas??? Oh yeah...AVERY! Little stink. ;)

I had a day break between our insane Christmas Day and the girl's birthdays to prepare. I asked them several weeks ago what kind of cake they wanted and they said, "Ummmmm......SNOWFLAKE!" (Yeah, I don't know what that means either.) So a snowflake cake it was! It took a lot of thinking and researching as there were several different ways to go about it, but I decided that I wanted to do a genoise cake and roll it (basically a jelly roll---minus the jelly) with white frosting and 3D snowflakes all around. Then a couple of days before the big day, I asked the girls if they wanted the cake to be chocolate or white (I thought that chocolate cake and white frosting would be a pretty contrast, but I wanted them to be involved a little more. I regret that now....) Then Jordyn said "I wan bwu sate!" Translated= "I want BLUE cake". Then she said "Ashy wan rey-ed". Translated="red". So I quickly agreed to blue since red would definitely not look attractive.

Hmm. Blue cake? OK I can do that. Pale blue. Just a *hint* of blue.

So as I made the cake, I notice that because of the eggs and two extra yolks, the cake is a pale yellow. OK elementary kids----what do you get when you mix yellow and blue???? That's right! GREEN!!

And apparently the color intensifies as it's baked. What we ended up with was a great St. Patricks Day cake!!

To make matters worse, it tasted disgusting. Holy heck it was gross. I decide to do a bright white Swiss Meringue frosting. I used, in both the cake and the frosting, the SmartBalance 50/50 butter cubes----50% butter 50% SmartBalance spread (canola I think) instead of 100% butter. I thought it would work. Nope. No, it didn't. Because the cubes were, I'm sure, artificially colored yellow, the frosting ended up sort of cream colored. And because of the non-buttery consistency of the "butter", the frosting became thin and deflated. And did I mention gross??? The cake tasted funny as a result and wasn't as light and airy as a genoise cake should be. Let that be a lesson to all you bakers out there. It's not worth it to try and cut the fat. Just use butter.

But at least the meringue snowflakes turned out OK---until they sat for a while and became soft and limp....I had to keep propping the snowflake points up so I could take pictures.

Oh well. Here are some pictures of the big day! Just be glad you only have to LOOK at the cake....hrumph.

The girls got quiet books from Gramma and Grampa, pj's from Nana and Papa and a set of princess plates, silverware and cups from Mommy and Daddy. We are saving the gifts from Aunts and Uncles for another day. We learned our 'presents' lesson the hard way on Christmas. Sometimes even a little is still too much. But how happy will they be when we whip out more birthday presents in a couple days?? I would be! Thanks to everyone for your generosity. We love our three little miracles!! HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY GIRLIES!!!






YES, two of them are not wearing pants...pretty much normal around here.

7 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! Love the green cake! And I think you did an amazing job decorating it. Happy Birthday, girls!

Katy said...

your cake is lovely... you work too hard!!! a birthday 3 days after christmas totally justifies a store bought cake. But, I know I will never convince you. Happy Birthday!!!

I couldnt' get your videos to work(?)

riedne

Casey's trio said...

Happy belated birthday to your girls!! I think your cake looked beautiful even if it didn't tasts so great:) I'm impressed at your efforts....I take the easy way out and go with Costco!!

Aprillium said...

LOL I love that when everything you do seems to turn out beautiful (including the outside of this cake mind you!) that sometimes even you have your moments! :) Makes me feel a little less ummm abnormal... about how often most of my creations turn into Frankenstein.

the girls look like they had a blast even if the cake was green, and tasted odd.... :D I'm sure the sugar fairy probably already visited on Christmas like it did here. Am I right? :D

Your an awesome mom!

CHELZERS said...

Katy and Casey--I LOVE store bought cake. I would eat it daily if I could. Not kidding. But when I make it, I feel like I have control over the ingredients and I can do a more "personal" touch. It's the OCD part of me. Not to mention I LOVE to bake. And since I don't give myself the opportunity to do it often, I take any excuse I can get!

April---OH MY---I have MORE than my fair share of moments. In fact, more often than not, nearly everything I do fails in some part---that's where creativity comes in! ;) I hope I never professed to be perfect in any way because that is SO far from the truth!! But I do hope 'honesty, even in failure' is up there somewhere! :) haha.

Thanks for your comments, everyone! Too nice!

Nat said...

So awesome! That cake looks wonderful, even if it was gross. It's the pictures that matter anyway, right? They won't remember that their 3rd bday cake was gross. :)

Ashley A. said...

I love this post and your new header. Such cute pictures. The cake description made me laugh. That has happened to me before where I try to skimp on the fat and it turns out gross. I don't try anymore. :)

My girls' birthdays are about a month from Christmas and that still is stressful for me. Two days is crazy I'm sure.