See, a month from now the beau and I will be in Tennessee for Bonnaroo and with his birthday June 9th, I won’t be able to make him cake. Granted, I’m not a baker and can’t bake anything from scratch (believe me, I’ve tried), I still wanted to whip something up and celebrate while we were still in town. So what did I decide to do during the most busiest week ever? Bake him three mini birthday cakes exactly one month before the actual date! Well four, but one was trial and error.
I thought he was going to be headed back to work last night after dinner so when he decided to stick around to go to bed early, I had to come up with a slight white lie to disguise my intentions. I so sneakily told him it was for a co-worker who had taken the day off, on her birthday- which was all true- and that I was on cake duty; which I was not for obvious baking reasons. Well, after baking two of the cakes and trying to make my own buttercream frosting by hand without a blender, we were off to the market at ten o’clock in the evening to pick up a container of faux buttercream frosting. As I stood there questioning which flavour to decide on, I asked “what kind would you choose if this were your birthday cake?” Sneaky Jona.
So, I set my alarm for 4:45am to get up, cut the cakes, frost the cakes, stack ’em, place them oh-so-carefully on the Giving Tree, add the candles and run out the door for boxing at 6am.
On my way home, I texted him to get up and hop in the shower before me, knowing he’d make his way out to the living room for a glass of water or charge his cell phone. Ding ding ding! He sure did seem shocked that it was for him, a) because I lied and b) because he hadn’t heard me get up to finish the surprise before my usual workout.
For breakfast, I lit the candles, blasted The Beatles’ Birthday Song, and ate cake. And it was perfect.
To make these darling little cakes, clean out a tin can (yes, the ones beans and tomatoes come in) and butter and flour the inside. Personally, I used two 15 ouncers. *I do suggest having as many cans as you want cakes because it’s a hassle cleaning those buggers out! Fill them halfway and pop them into an oven at 325 for 25-30 minutes, testing to make sure they are cooked through. Once cooled off, use a knife around the edge of the can to loosen the cake and pop ’em out. *I also suggest not using the pull tab topped cans because this creates an edge that prevents the cakes from popping out hassle free. I used a plier to push down the edging to prevent this from happening. Slice, frost and re-stack and wa-la. Insta-cute!