It’s not a birthday without birthday cake and candles and I’d been excited to have a go at making what I hope will be the first in a long line of special birthday cakes for my super little boy. I decided that a frog cake would be the perfect choice to celebrate one year with our Lil’ Froggy. It goes without saying that it should be chocolate and slathered in buttercream. Birthday boys are allowed such treats.
On Sunday we took the cake and the Birthday Boy down to Milledgeville to visit his grandparents. We had a lovely afternoon and after a trip to the local playground where Sam almost got taken out by a hurtling baseball and waved at some ducks, “Happy Birthday!” was sung and cake devoured.
I was particularly proud of my cunning cake design because the two eyes each formed individual mini cakes so Sam got his own little cake all to himself. Out of nowhere Granma pulled out a plastic toddler table and chair, and Sam amazed me by sitting at his own tiny table in the kitchen and digging into his cake without falling off the seat, running around or getting sticky icing and cake crumbs over the rest of the house. He really had a good time.
I wonder what sort of cake Froggy will be wanting himself next year?
I baked a chocolate cake using a nine inch round pan, then when it was cool I cut it in half to form two semi circles. These were placed together, smooth top sides facing out, and placed vertically on the cake board cut ends down. To create the lower jaw contour I carefully shaved off some of the cake on one half, thus sculpting the face a bit and cutting away some cake bits to use for the eyes..
I used a circle template to cut four round discs from the removed pieces of cake. These were then sandwiched together with buttercream icing to form mini cakes and positioned atop the the froggy mouth.
Apparently the usual buttercream I would have made in the UK would just melt in the heat and humidity in the US South so I substituted half the butter for vegetable shortening to make an icing that would be more likely to withstand the car ride down to Milledgeville. I made two batches. One was a light green which was used to fill and roughly coat the cake. The other was a much more vibrant dark green which I used to go crazy with the piped decoration. A couple of Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons finished off the eyes perfectly.