Birthday Celebration

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Nicole’s first birthday, celebrated with carrot cake made by her Didi.

My daughter is celebrating her 14th birthday today. I’m celebrating, too, because it marks the day she officially came into my life.

Some parents become all somber at the thought of their little darlings growing up. I treasure each birthday as a reminder of each day we have spent together and the many more to come. She’s priceless.

So I’m a bit over the top when it comes to birthdays. For her first birthday, I asked my mother to bake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I was doing the whole no chocolate thing for the birthday. Plus I love carrot cake. It is a long and involved recipe not suited for hot, August days. My mother was a real trooper.

 

Her birthdays after that grew more complex. Aside from cake and ice cream, I had birthdays with magicians who levitated the birthday girl, a party at the Erie Zoo, a party where a zoo came to our house, a hula-hooping party, pirate parties … My mother thinks I’m nuts. But it really is all about celebrating the wonderful day she came into my life. Each year both my mother and my daughter roll their eyes at me.

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Nicole’s birthday with Granny’s Animal Ark. Nicole’s grandmother, Didi, is with in the center. There was also a pig, ponies, bunnies, chickens, donkey, turtle, and more.

This year my daughter didn’t want a party. At 14, she’s old enough to tell me she doesn’t want a party anymore. It makes me a little sad, but I’m also very proud to raise a daughter who can speak up for herself. She wanted a punching bag for her birthday, along with clothes and jewelry. I picked out a book by an author she hadn’t tried yet.

I surprised her with a bathroom full of balloons with notes tied to them. I even wrapped the punching bag. Then she was off to orientation for her freshman year of high school. She wanted a cake, so thanks to Pinterest, I made a Kit-Kat cake. It’s not particularly complicated. You make any kind of cake and frost it. Then ring it with Kit-Kats and fill the top with candy. Tie a ribbon around it so it looks like a box of candy.

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Nicole at 14.

 

I think all girls should celebrate with friends, so she invited her gang of gal pals to dinner out tomorrow night with a promise of a beach bonfire with s’mores if it doesn’t rain.

Will she share the cake tomorrow?

Not on your life, she said.

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Kit-Kat Cake
Course dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25-40 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Course dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25-40 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Instructions
  1. Bake cake according to package directions, or your own favorite cake. Allow to cool.
  2. I used 1 square cake pan, so I cut it into three layers. If you are using 2 round cake pans, there is no need to cut.
  3. Frost cake.
  4. Place Kit-Kats around the edge. The should be broken into singles or 2s, so you can slice through the cake using the break in the candy. Top with candy or decorations of your choice. Tie a bow around to make it look like a present.
Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In a microwave safe large measuring cup, melt chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons of the butter for 60 seconds. Stir. If not melted, microwave for 30 seconds more. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
  2. In the meantime, in a second large bowl, beat remaining butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in powdered sugar. When combined, gradually beat in the chocolate by pouring in from the measuring cup while the mixer is running.
  3. If you are not frosting right away, you can refrigerate this. Take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes to 60 minutes (unless it is blazing hot in your kitchen) before frosting so that it comes to room temperature and is spreadable.
Recipe Notes

You can make the cake a day ahead of time and wrap in plastic wrap once it is cool enough.

 

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Marniemead

Mom, blogger, former magazine editor in who loves family, friends, good food, and adventure. She is the owner of Meadballs, LLC, which delivers farm-fresh meals she has cooked in her northwestern Pennsylvania kitchen.

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