18 February 2012

49/366 half birthday/root beer cake

Sometimes I take photos to capture beautiful light; sometimes I take photos to document life. If I'm lucky, life happens in great light. This was not one of those times. I don't love these images, but I love the afternoon my little family had and I'm glad I have pictures of these memories.

My little guy's half birthday is this weekend. We don't regularly celebrate half birthdays. I usually forget and think about it a few weeks too late. But for some reason, I knew this one was coming, and made a plan. 

A half cake for a half birthday. Makes sense, right? Plus then we don't have a whole cake to consume. I cut a cake recipe in half, bake it in one round pan, cut it in half when cooled, stack it and frost it. It looks like a whole cake was cut in half, but that's the fun of it. And even more fun? Root beer frosting.

Sweetpea helped me bake the cake, using this cake recipe from Bakerella. It calls for self-rising flour, which I never buy. So I make it, adding 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to each cup of flour, as all the Google results tell me. And it never works. The cakes always turn out dry and hard. So no more self-rising flour recipes for me. Anyway, this cake is really buttery, even without the butter flavoring (which I left out), so it's not what I was looking for in a root beer cake. I was looking for something more vanilla flavored.

I'm sure the recipe is great, if you're looking for a buttery flavor and you have self-rising flour.

I used the root beer frosting from Lindsey Johnson's root beer cookies. It's the best. Super sweet though, and a little much on a big slice of cake, so keep your slices small if you try it. Or just make the cookies, because they're awesome and a half.

Vanilla ice cream on the side, served with a glass of root beer, of course. Half of us kept them separate and ate the ice cream with the cake; the other half had root beer cake and a root beer float. It was a totally customizable half birthday party.

Do you celebrate half birthdays?


Grandpa Bill said...

Why, yes, I do. Mine's in May, if you will kindly remember!

Images of fun always have a little glow to them, by the way!

Abra Alani said...

I like the first photo the best, I know you said you're not too happy with the photos, but I like the negative space in that one, the sharpness of the knife and the corner of the cake itself.
I haven't celebrated my half birthday, but I have always wanted to. My real birthday is Christmas Eve, and has the tendency to be forgotten! (I've just calculated the date of my half birthday, I will be celebrating this year!) I also like you idea to bake a cake and cut it in half. Half a cake for half a birthday makes perfect sense!

Abra Alani said...

Also, thank you for the tripod links you gave me! I'm going to do some serious researching before committing to a $200+ item!

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, that quote in the beginning of this post should be on my wall! Sometimes I hesitate (and sometimes I don't even take photos) if I don't feel the light is good. But I have to remember I'm in it for the moment, and luckily I'm shooting with a digital camera. It doesn't cost me a dime to capture that memory!

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