Monday, February 16, 2009

Homemaker Monday: Twin's Birthday Cake Recipe with Cake-Covered-Face Photos!

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She says, "When I bow to the attention that toddlerhood demands, there are fewer uncontrolled messes (no flooded sink this week!), more smiles and learning, and more love." Read her entire loving post HERE. Thank you, Mrs. Mordecai, for the great inspiration! ...and please feel free to take the "I Was Featured" button on my left side bar!

I can't believe it's been a year. The twins turned one on Valentine's Day! As they were both breach during my entire pregnancy, my doctor insisted that we schedule a c-section and I couldn't have been more thrilled that Valentine's Day just happened to be the most convenient day for both of us. During the days the preceded the twin's delivery, I often wondered what day they really would have been born on. Surely it wouldn't have been Valentine's Day. That would have been too perfect. But, as luck would have it, on the day of the c-section as I was getting out of my husband's truck to go into my chiroractor's office for a last minutes adjustment right before the surgery, I did a little hop onto the pavement from the high seat of the Ford F150. I felt an odd pop, went into the chiropractor's office, then, as he adjusted me, began GUSHING all over the table. I profusely apologized, he said, "Wow! This is exciting!" and I went back to the truck to tell my husband that we would need to go back home to get a change of clothing and that, indeed, the twins were really meant to be born on Valentine's Day!

So, here are the pictures of their first birthday cake and the recipe in case you would like to make some, too. No, the recipe is not vegan, but it does have fresh bananas and strawberries to add a small fraction of nutrition in an otherwise artery-clogging, but delicious and moist, concoction. Enjoy!

Here's how my mom presented the cake in plastic bowls. Aren't they lovely?

Here are their looks of anticipation (well, Hyrum anyway)..

Here are the cakes with the lit candles before the toddler got to spit all over them blow them out...

Here are the tentative graspings at the fresh strawberries...

Here's Hyrum getting very comfortable with his cake and Joseph wondering why I keep flashing the bright light in his face...

The result of putting the bowl up to his face...

Another result of putting the bowl up to his face...

Joseph wondering, "Could you be any more of a pig?"

Joseph also wondering why his bowl ended up on Hyrum's tray. I'm wondering that myself.

Here's the cake that Joseph and Hyrum ate!

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, combine beets, eggs, vanilla, oil, and sugar. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, salt, and cocoa. Add to the creamed mixture, beating together well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until done. Cool and frost with your favorite icing. For Joseph and Hyrum's cake we used homemade chocolate frosting and fresh strawberry frosting. For the recipe, click HERE. Hope you enjoy this as much as Joseph and Hyrum did!

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Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Today my post is about breastfeeding, I am not sure if it is really in the theme of this carnival, but well, mom's milk is homemade right?!
Have a nice day!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

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Anonymous said...

Great post! Happy birthday boys!

threesidesofcrazy said...

There is nothing like the 1st birthday look of cake in the face. Hyrum has it mastered well. Congratulations on their 1st birthday.

Carla said...

oh, Jen, this is so precious! They are two very different little people aren't they? Congratulations to them and their mama:)

Anonymous said...

You made it through the first year!! Wow-so cool. They look so cute. I love Hyrum's messy face. Congrats to your family, this is quite a milestone. Love you guys!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Too cute! My baby just celebrated his 1st a month ago. Time flies, huh??

Bethany Cox said...

the twinners are so different. it's endearing.

Amanda B. said...

Happy Birthday to the boys!!! :) There is nothing better than a picture of a one year old with birthday cake all over him! :)

Dianna said...

Thanks so much for featuring my article. You're very kind.

The birthday cakes sound yummy. My son still manages to fall asleep for almost every major celebration! His last birthday cake was a flop :( but luckily two-year-olds don't know they're supposed to get cake on their birthday. ;)