Sunday, March 25, 2007

Meet the B-day Girl Who Made This Cake

Obachan's home-made B-Day cake.

Girl?... Mmmm... Well, never mind. :P


No, no. My birthday dinner hasn't started yet. I'm (more precisely, my electric rice cooker is) cooking rice at the moment, and as soon as it's ready, I'm going to make my favorite temari-zushi for this special dinner tonight. Then I'll indulge in the hedonistic pleasure of sushi, sparkling wine and chocolate cake. And before I destroy the temporary beauty of my home-made birthday cake, I've got to share it with the whole world. Again, it's a home-made cake. I baked it myself. This is my very first chocolate cake with chocolate coating, and I even tried tempering!

Even though I couldn't slice the cocoa sponge evenly, and tempering without using a cooking thermometer was a ridiculous attempt, and I forgot to remove the chocolate-coated cake from the wire rack before decorating it with all these toppings (the cake was glued to the wire rack with the chocolate), and one end of the ribbon scraped off some cocoa powder from the surface while I was trying to tie it -- I insist that this is a success, BECAUSE IT'S MY B-DAY AND I NEED TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY ACHIEVEMENT! And honestly, the cocoa sponge, or should I call it chocolate genoise? is E X C E L L E N T. This is the recipe & instruction (in Japanese) by a charisma(?) Japanese wife living in Chicago. Just as so many reviewers have mentioned, I'm so happy that I found this recipe! Yeah, this recipe IS a great B-day present for me, honestly.


I'll post a photo of the cross-section of my cake, if I succeed in cutting out a piece gracefully.
:)



Maybe I am gifted -- not in cooking or baking, but in being able to feel happiness in little things. About US$9 sparkling wine, US$3 small bouquet and home-baked 15 cm chocolate cake with small candles from 1 dollar shop. And emails to me and comments on my blog from my friends all over the world ... These are what I have on my birthday, and they all make me so happy.
(Oh, I just realized that I didn't mention the temari-zushi. That's because the sliced fish were leftovers from the previous meal, thus not included in the things I bought specifically for this B-day dinner.)
:)

But next time I'm going to make a cake with more cream and more fruits. I liked this simple design, but taste-wise, I would love a lot more fruits buried in a thick layer of cream.

Oh, and the next time I'm NOT going to sprinkle cocoa powder on the chocolate coating of the birthday cake. When I blew out the candles... Imagine what happened.



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45 comments:

lil star said...

It IS a beautiful cake! Congratulations and happy birthday to you. Hope your wishes come true. *clink*

Plume said...

Happy birthday Obachan!

Your cake is beautiful, I was sure you had bought it until I read it is homemade!

Lannae said...

Happy Birthday! What a fabulous way to celebrate! Beautiful delicious cake, bubbly and flowers, what else do you need? Ah, and your sushi looks delicious too.

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purplegirl said...

Happy Birthday, dear Obachan! the cake looks luscious and the food looks yummy. i'm sending over some homemade buttermilk pancakes for your after birthday breakfast!h

Corri said...

Happy Birthday Obachan and Greetings from Germany !

tigerfish said...

Happy Birthday! I have a weakness for choc cake...and those sushi looks...."can be gone in one bite"...:D

joanna said...

Dear Obachan I wish you a happy birthday and a prosperous and amazing year. I love reading your blog because it is the little things in life that adds charm, and give the everyday an extra zing and luxury.

Invite me to your birthday party next year and I will bring the candles, champagne, and the flowers!

kicklecubicle said...

My Japanese is not great, but: 誕生日おめでとう! The cake looks beautiful...I always make such a mess with chocolate.

Amanda said...

Happy birthday Obachan! It's a beautiful cake, I agree, more fruit in the filling would be wonderful!

ghanima said...

Your Torontonian friend wishes you a very happy birthday, Obachan! May each year outshine the last.

Vegas and Food said...

Happy birthday! Maybe you can make that cake for me on my birthday.

mama bok said...

Happy birthday .. Obachan..!!
Everything looks so yummy..!! wished i was there with you . . ;)

cocogirl said...

Happy Birthday obachan! otanjyobi omedetou gosaimasu! From your friend in Vancouver, BC. I wished I was there to share your cake! :P

Anonymous said...

Obachaan! O tanjoubi omedeto gozaimasu!
Nice cake!, pls, pls,pls send it to Ottawa? ;] Hm, on second thought, enjoy it, it looks FANTASSSTIIIIC!

K-Nina

KirkK said...

Happy Birthday Obachan!

edmame said...

go right ahead and indulge obachan...that looks sinfully good! you inspire me to always take joy in the littlest moments,,,Happy Birthday!

Ireney said...

Happy happy birthday Obachan! Hugs~
Everything looks lovely and delish!
Hope you have a beautiful birthday!

marah said...

wow, that's one professional looking cake! well done and happy birthday!

greetings from germany

obachan said...

Thank you, everyone!
It was great to wake up in the morning to see more than 10 birthday wishes waiting for me! :D
Sorry, I'm not responding individually, but I really appreciate each and every comment, and I love you all so much.

Mako said...

Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu.... your cake and temari zushi look delicious....
well anyway, all the best - lots of health, luck and happiness in the next 365 days and even years afterwards. :)

PS: Yup, it is important to find happiness in small things, since that is one of the things that makes life precious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy belated birthday, Obachan! I hope that you ate well and had some good time...
Your cake looks fabulous and very yummy!

tiptup said...

Happy Birthday Obachan!! It looks like a lovely feast! Best wishes!

boo_licious said...

Happy Birthday Obachan! Many Happy Returns and may all your wishes come true. The cake looks so beautiful.

June said...

Obachan, Happy Belated Birthday! I agree with some previous comments. One of your gifts is finding joy in small things. That's a clue to true happiness. I wish we could all be there to celebrate with you. (I'd buy you something for your kitchen and then keep my fingers crossed that you would make something to share with me!)

Karen said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful cake!

obachan said...

Thanks, dear readers!
I guess ya'll picked up my hidden message: "Your birthday wishes are crucial for this single middle-aged woman's B-day" very well. ;P

My birthday 2007 is going to be a turning point for me. I feel that it's time for a change. With the support of all of you, I think I can make a new step. I'll be sharing my new experiences with you, so I hope you keep checking on this blog.

Pinkity said...

Dear Obachan,

Happy, happy birthday!!!

It's the best gift, being able to feel happy at everything!

Lots of love...

Anonymous said...

Dearest Obachan,

Happy Birthday to you :)

May 2007 brings forth more joy and happiness to continually fill you in abundance.. and most of all, great health all around :)

p/s. I made the beer chiffon cake and hubby loves it.. thanks Obachan :)

Helen

Ti Wei said...

Oh..Happy Birthday to you..Have been reading your blog for sometime now..am from Singapore..I think you have a wonderful blog and a blessed life : )Once again, Happy Birthday ...

Ellydishes said...

Happy Birthday Obachan!
I'm I guess what they call on the radio a "long-time listener, first time caller" but I've been a fan for your blog for over a year now, yet never posted! I shall today and wish you a very happy birthday! Thank you so much for sharing little glimpses of your daily life, your site is somehow such a comfort to read~!

rae said...

obachan,
happy birthday! and your cake looks fabulous.

obachan said...

Wow! More and more B-day wishes. Thank you!

Oh, and I forgot to mention this earlier, but to those who sent me birthday wishes in Japanese:
All Japanese messages are perfect and wonderful. Thanks a mil!

I just finished the last piece of my birthday cake. Now I'm looking for a chance (excuse?) to bake another cake like this for some kind of celebration.
;)

JMom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OBACHAN!

What a celebration dinner! yummy :)

an9ie said...

Oh! Someone had a birthday while I was away! It's a beautiful cake made by a beautiful person, Obachan :) May all your dreams come true!

P.S. A similar thing happened with the coconut on top of my boyfriend's birthday cake. Guess who was holding the cake and looked like a dandruff storm had hit?

mrfood said...

A very late happy birthday to you, finding joy in the small things that don't cost so much sounds like a recipe for happiness,
wishing you many more happy b-days,

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obachan said...

Thanks guys,

Without you, this middle-aged woman's birthday must have been just depressing. Blogging has made my life so much tastier :)

Agnes Tan said...

Happy Birthday Obachan.
May your dreams and wishes come true.

Greetings from Petaling Jaya
Agnes Tan

obachan said...

Thank you, Agnes.
:)

Lorelei said...

I'm late to the party, but...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

tingting said...

Happy (very) belated birthday! I hope you have a very happy, relaxing, healthy, and successful year! You made a beautiful cake ^^. And that's not true, you are INCREDIBLY gifted in baking and cooking, I have never seen such beautiful food. Did you ever go to lessons or something before?
Happy Birthday again,
tingting;;

obachan said...

Lorelei
Thank you. Don't worry. I accept birthday wishes anytime betweenn my B-day 2007 and that day in 2008. ;)

tingting
Thanks. Oh, no. I have never taken cooking lessons or anything like that (except the home economics class at junior high), but these days there are great cookbooks and recipe sites out there and I totally depend on them.

Hungry Hamster said...

Hi Obachan,
The cake looks so beautiful! Is it possible for me to get the recipe in English? I can't read Japanese *sniff* and would love to be able to try the recipe out. Thank you sooooo much!

obachan said...

OK, Email me. (If a new window doesn't open when clicked on the "email me" link on my sidebar, right-click on it and copy&paste my email address.) TKS.