From Too Many Chefs -

December 19, 2005
Gratuitous Cute Baby Photo


First birthday. First cupcake. First sugar high. The sky's the limit now...

And the recipe? Just a simple vanilla cake from my Fannie Farmer. And lots of love. And sugar sprinkles.

The Boy's First Birthday Cake

115 grams butter
200 grams sugar
5 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 tsp vanilla
200 ml milk (2 cups)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 180c/350f. Line cupcake molds with 18-20 paper cupcake liners. Or, if you are making cakes instead of cupcakes, butter and flour two 8 inch round pans. Cream the butter and slowly add the sugar, beating until light. Add the egg yolks and beat well. Add the whole egg, vanilla and milk and beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and add to first mixture, beating until smooth. Pour into liners or spread in cake pans and bake 15-20 minutes for cupcakes or 25 minutes for cakes. If making cakes, cool in the pans on a rack for five minutes before turning out onto racks.

According to my Fannie Farmer, if you make the Lord Baltimore Filling and frost with 7 minute frosting, it's a Lord Baltimore Cake. Instead, I beat about 100 grams of butter with a couple of cups of powdered sugar and a splash of milk and a dash of vanilla. I'm afraid I never really measure the ingredients for my frosting; I just start alternating sugar and drips of milk until I have enough frosting and it's a good consistency.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at December 19, 2005 2:54 PM | TrackBack

Ow. That kid's so cute it hurts to look at him!

Posted by barrett on December 19, 2005 at 3:07 PM

Happy Birthday Gratuitous Cute Baby!

Posted by sam on December 19, 2005 at 3:56 PM

Happy birthday to the Little Critic! He's too cute.

Posted by Rebecca on December 19, 2005 at 9:37 PM


Posted by Jules on December 20, 2005 at 4:17 AM

He's really cute, Meg!

Posted by Lu on December 20, 2005 at 8:30 AM


Posted by Tracy on December 20, 2005 at 10:18 AM

Happy Belated, little one! Got any leftover cupcakes? :-)

Posted by Monica on December 20, 2005 at 11:22 AM

Thanks! There were other little ones at the party and so there was only one cupcake left at the end of the day. And we gave it to his nanny!

Hard to believe we are no longer counting his age in months - I remember when we switched from weeks to months!!

Posted by Meg in Paris on December 20, 2005 at 5:20 PM