- My dad's birthday cake.

Birthday cake making: A year later

What happens over a year of baking?

Zahra Shafiei posted in Baking
2d ago

A year ago in June, I tried to make my dad's birthday cake. At first, it didn't go well. It was a total disaster:

But happily, I was able to make a decent cake after my failure:

Since then, I have been baking more, gaining experience and skills. I even made my birthday cake:

It wasn't exactly what I had in my mind, but for a first attempt at making a layered cake with filling and whipped cream frosting and toppings, I was happy!

Working with whipped cream is a bit challenging at first, but through trying, I was getting a bit better with it. I made some for this Persian love cake and I was already feeling more in control, even though it was my second time whipping cream!

I LOVED this Persian love cake!

I LOVED this Persian love cake!

I didn't do birthday cakes specifically, but I made many more cakes, pastry and sweet things from June 2020 to June 2021. So I was getting familiar with baking, its rules and my equipment. I also watched tons of baking videos and read a lot!

I was happy to see what a year of baking (only a few times per month though) could do. Can I make a cake without failing, burning things down, that also looks and tastes good? That was a good challenge to do my dad's birthday cake!

First time piping, so I need to work on that!

First time piping, so I need to work on that!

So on June 1st 2021, I started. (Yes this post is a few months late!) Knowing from previous attempts, a birthday cake needs a lot of work, especially if you have a small oven. It is better to start a few days ahead, so that both you and the cake could rest! and if something does not go as planned, you have time to redo it.

Thankfully, I didn't burn the cakes! And it didn't stick! There was no disaster this time thanks to a good cake pan and knowing my oven! It was also the first time I made a 4 layer cake so it was taller!

I didn't choose runny fillings (like in my own birthday cake) not making that mistake again! It was a good combination of caramel sauce, nuts, banana and chocolate ganache.

Top is good, but the sides of the cake isn't as smooth..

Top is good, but the sides of the cake isn't as smooth..

Then it was time for the cream! Learning that a cake needs a coating layer and you need to use the whipped cream fast, I divided the cream into 2 (one part for the coating and the other for the final frosting layer) so that I had enough time.

I'm still not that happy with the cream. it isn't as smooth on the sides. And later I think I have finally cracked the code! You should mix it again with a spoon to let the air bubbles out. We will see if that will solve this problem too!

And of course the piping decoration isn't great! The tip I could give you on that is to use cold cream and do not pipe close to the edge. It's apparently too close!

Will I make another birthday cake?

Yes! I'm starting to improve and I really wanna make a good-looking and tasty cake and do things that I have in my mind so that people can't say wether it's homemade or a professional has done it!

That's the ultimate goal!

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Comments (28)

  • Beautiful cake and as always beautiful pictures. You’re cakes look amazing. I would love to have tried them. Great job and can’t wait to see what you do next.

      2 days ago
    • Really appreciate it, Christy! I wish I could share them too!

      Thank you so much! Hopefully I can do more and better cakes!

        2 days ago
  • You are growing into a wonderful baker! I loved seeing the evolution, thank you!

      2 days ago
  • The cake looks great. I like the blue details on the sides. Do you have a picture of a slice? The combination of flavors sounds delicious 🥺. Great job ,👏!

      2 days ago
    • I did take a picture of it withy phone, but now I can't find them! I'll try to track it down and share it here! 😅😅

      Really appreciate it ☺️

        1 day ago
  • Your cakes look beautiful and your photos are amazing! I would love to try them because I am sure they taste as good as they look. Keep up the great work my friend!

      2 days ago
    • Really appreciate it, Doug! Glad you think like that! We really need to figure out a way to share our food globally! 😅😂


        1 day ago
    • You are welcome! That would be awesome!

        1 day ago
  • You're entirely right. Baking is like a sport you have to practice to improve your skills. Your birthday cakes are so beautiful by the way.

      1 day ago
    • Exactly, practice, try and error! Though by choosing good tested recipes you can see better results!

      Thank you so much Aurelie! ❤️☺️

        1 day ago