Strawberry Shortcake – A Birthday Cake for Myself

 

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I am a firm believer that one should have a cake for birthday (^^) Haha… might be an excuse for myself but I really think that a cake will add to the celebratory note to the special day. My birthday was just over. Hit the big F.O.U.R!!! (@@) And guess what? I baked for myself a birthday cake! Hehehe …. Actually it was an impromptu bake. I did not want hubby to spend the money and since I had a few hours on that Tuesday evening (those were the valuable few hours that I had, actually! Been busy up to the neck the whole week, ended up sleep deprived too. I should have rested well for that few hours I had but I did not want to “waste” them.), I started baking the sponge cake. I wanted so badly to try more recipes to achieve a sponge cake that I will be pleased with. Came across a very “unique” recipe and hence, was so curious and eager to try it out. I have no problem with Chantilly cream, and I like the recipe for the whipped cream that I have been using all these while. It was really just the sponge cake …. And yah, I wanted more chances to try out different piping and frosting techniques, so a Strawberry Shortcake it shall be! Afterall, I still had the pint of strawberries given by sis. I just went to buy another pint, cos I need bigger and plumper ones to look nicer for the topping decoration.

I baked the cake late into the night and was smiling happily when I placed the finished cake into the fridge. I was going to ask my sis and parents to come “celebrate” with me the next day on my birthday as I wanted so much to hear their verdict of the cake (#^^#)

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Here’s the cake! My girl, as always, loves the fresh Chantilly cream. My mum and sis gave their comments, which I totally agree and think the same. The sponge cake is by far my best try (^-^) However, I should have applied the sugar syrup daringly! The cake though soft, was a bit dry. I confessed! I did not finish the syrup per the recipe. In  fact, I think I used only 1/10 of the quantity I have made (#**#) Hmm… shall attempt another cake again soon to test if it was really the sugar syrup being the culprit. Otherwise, I am pleased with the ease of this recipe and the height and fluffiness of the cakes.

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Did not do any elaborate design of the cake, cos it was for myself. Something simple will do. Wishing that I too, can age gracefully, and simplicity at its best virtue. Hahaha… our school motto (^^)

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I should post the other cakes I was being gifted too. I was so touched by the gestures and sweet thoughts. The chocolate fudge cake was bought by my sis when my family celebrated with me in advance on Saturday. The cake was …….. DELISH! It remained so soft and fudgy after a few days! My aim! To bake a cake like this standard! The second cake was a surprise from my PSG team (#^^#) I was busy these few weeks in school for PSG, not just for my own project but helping other team mates with their projects as well. I have turned down a few personal appointments with friends wanting to celebrate my birthday with me because of all these engagements but I never thought my PSG team would come to know my birthday and even surprised me with a cake! Thanks, my comrades! Totally moved to have all the 姐姐们 singing the birthday song for me in my alma mater! (#^^#)

A yummy Chocolate Fudge birthday cake from sis and bro.

A yummy Chocolate Fudge birthday cake from sis and bro.

A surprise birthday cake from the team at PSG and they celebrated for me in school!

A surprise birthday cake from the team at PSG and they celebrated for me in school!

Happy birthday to me ….
Happy birthday to me …
Happy birthday to me …
Happy birthday to me …

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On this day, I feel that the person to be mentioned and be thankful to, is my mum. Thanks, mummy, for bringing me to this world, for bringing me up, and for still being here for me all these while.

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