Happy Birthday Elaine!
May 22, 2010 by admin
My friend Elaine from Pennsylvania, who went to NYU with me in NYC, is now living in Washington DC but is headed to Michigan for graduate school next year, even though she was originally going to go to Yale in Connecticut. Did you follow that?
Well anyway, Elaine was in NYC last month for her birthday and despite the ridiculously long wait for lanes, we went to the always fun Brooklyn Bowl. I knew it would be one of the last birthdays in a few that I’d be able to celebrate with her so I baked her a cake to make it extra special.
I went with Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake for the cake portion, layered it with whipped bittersweet chocolate ganache, mixed berry preserves, and my go to Swiss buttercream frosting.
Layering the cake with all of the fillings
Once you go Swiss buttercream, you never go back. Here it is whipped to a glossy sheen, which can take upwards of 5 minutes to happen.
Frosted cake. Unfortunately I didn’t have time nor did I make enough frosting to make a crumb coat first and then frost so it didn’t come out the smoothest or best looking
Jason was in India so I was all alone in watching Jasmine. This is what you allow your child to do when you need a 2 hour block for a project. I highly recommend it.
I really wanted to color some frosting, pipe some decorations, and write “Happy Birthday Elaine!” on the cake but like I said, I didn’t make enough frosting, didn’t have enough time to make more, and had ran out of cabinets that Jasmine was allowed to “explore.” Hence, the sprinkles that make it look more fitting for a 1 year old’s party than a 28 year old’s.
Picture of the birthday girl with our friend Tim, who just happened to be wearing a shirt matching hers. And no, I don’t believe Elaine was yet drunk at the time this picture was taken.Tags:2010,birthday,bowling,elaine,in the kitchen