End of March is always a fun time for us...It's the start of spring and we always get to celebrate it every year due to Manish's birthday. We are all still staying at home, not going out anywhere or gathering with friends due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but still it was a very special day for us and we celebrated it the best way we could. Manish, my beloved hus and best friend celebrated a milestone 40th birthday! Woohoo!!
I had planned something grand and a had group of good friends ready to help execute it, but it all came crashing down few weeks before due to the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders and we had to cancel all the plans. I still did want him to have a lovely day with some fun memories. So with the help of his sister and some friends we came up with a fun video of all his childhood to recent pictures and Birthday wishes from relatives to friends. He was truly surprised and had a big wide smile when he saw the video and wishes.
We put up a fun little photo backdrop to take pics during the cake cutting and few of his friends and our family called in via Zoom video call, which was also a surprise. I kind of tried to keep the theme Black and Gold, however my Appu did not have a suitable black top so he settled for a dark navy blue shirt and the rest of us did our best to wear shades of Black and Gold ;-)
We had a virtual party during cake cutting, spent time catching up with friends and had lots of laughs. He wanted Biryani for lunch, so after all the fun I made him a nice and spicy Mutton Biryani. Will share the recipe soon. Appu and Mihi made him some hand drawn b'day cards and in all it was a nice day.
He wanted an elegant looking cake in some new fancy flavors. What he really wanted was one of those 'Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory' style gourmet Chocolate caramel Apples, but we couldn't go out now to buy those...so we decided to come up with a cake that somewhat mimics that flavor along with a crunchy bite. So he got an elegant Black and Gold themed Birthday cake in an Apple Toffee crunch flavor with a Cinnamon Buttercream filling inside and a Chocolate Cinnamon Buttercream frosting outside. Yumm!
Here are some pics of the cake in the making:
|Freshly baked Apple cakes...cooling|
|Walnut Crumble and Toffee Sauce|
|Fresh Apple cake , Toffee Sauce, Walnut Crumble, simple syrup and Cinnamon Buttercream|
|On the first cake layer: Create a buttercream dam and spread 1 Tblsp Toffee sauce|
|Spread Cinnamon Buttercream over the toffee sauce and add the Walnut crumble|
|Repeat above steps with all the layers of cake|
|Crumb coat with Cinnamon buttercream and allow cake to chill in refrigerator for 20mins|
|Apply final coating of Buttercream and decorate|
For the front of the cake I tried doing the cake stamp technique on buttercream but hand drawn and wrote his name and painted inside it with edible gold. Gold was painted on to the cake trim.
A black Balloon with some fun wordings and a golden 'Hello Forty' cake topper added the final touches.
This truly is a celebration worthy cake for it has a bunch of little components to prep first before it all comes together. The cake is pretty sweet due to the apple in the batter, the toffee sauce and the sweet buttercream, but it's so worth it!
First I started with baking the cake layers and then I made the Toffee crumble and Toffee sauce. All these components needs to be cooled entirely. Finally the Cinnamon Buttercream and then we are ready to start with assembling the cake.
I followed Tessa Huff's recipe from The Cake Blog and substituted walnuts for pecans as that's what I had at hand. It turned out perfect! The Cinnamon Buttercream recipe below is my own.
Here are some more cakes I've blogged with recipes for Manish's earlier bday celebrations, just click on the title to go to the recipe:
Tres Leches Cake with Lychee mousse filling and Chocolate Collar
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Raspberry Mousse
Lemon Cake with Mango Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream