Joshua’s Birthday – 2014

For the last two years, Josh has wanted fish fingers and custard. Some of you may get the reference…
This year we both thought maybe we should change it up a bit. Then a brilliant idea came to me…why not do fish sticks and custard tacos, like a fish taco but with a little homage to Dr. Who…
So this was the result of the experiment. A normal fish taco usually includes batter/breaded fish along with sauce, lettuce/cabbage and other adornments.

Fish sticks, cooked
Tortillas (we used flour)
Spinach
A little cheese
Custard (sauce)

Sauce/Custard recipe…
1/2 C mayo
2/3 greek yogurt
1/4 C chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp lime juice

We wrapped these up and cooked them burrito style since that is easier for my children to eat. They aren’t good with tacos 🙂 Everyone approved although I think a true fish taco is a little better…
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For the cake, Sam and I decided on a green “spray paint” cake with sugar rocks on top. For some reason, Josh didn’t want those beautiful pearl cake beads on his cake (I am still counting on Beps to want them in a few months) What Josh did want is the exact same cake I made for John (HERE). Can’t blame him, everyone who has tasted this cake LOVES it. We thought Josh would really like this along with the mini chocolate chips which he loves. Josh is always sneaking chocolate chips. I decided to try a chocolate filling. It turned out okay but I know how to change it in the future…
This was the first time I tried a tiered cake. It was a little harder than a non-tiered cake. After finishing it I think there might be some better strategies for frosting it. I need help making my frosting level and perhaps a little more skill in tiers. I actually used to have some skill in decorating cakes but it seems I have lost some of it 🙂 If anyone knows what they are doing then should give me some advice.
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Cake
1 Cup Butter, soft (I used salted)
2 – 2 1/2 C sugar, white (now I have made it enough to know I can do just 2 cups)
6 eggs
3 Cups Flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 C buttermilk

Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour and soda…mix till combined. Slowly add milk and vanilla. Put into greased, lined pans (I used 9 inch round). Bake at 325 for about 40-50 minutes.

Frosting
1 1/2 C butter (3 sticks), soft
1 lbs powdered sugar (or slightly less)
milk for desired consistency
1 vanilla bean (or extract but adjust everything else for extract)

Beat butter and vanilla bean seeds (scrape the inside of the vanilla bean). To get everything out of that bean, after scraping I put the whole bean into the milk I am planning to add to the frosting. Then I scrape it a little more to get every last seed and let it sit for awhile to flavor the milk. Mix in sugar and add milk to desired consistency.

Filling
For the filling I just melted about a cup of chocolate chips and mixed it with a little frosting. Next time I will use less chocolate chips and more frosting or cream. Still, it tasted pretty nice but it was just a little too firm.

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3 thoughts on “Joshua’s Birthday – 2014

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  2. Melissa Z

    So I really know nothing about decorating cakes, I hate frosting, and I avoid making cakes at all cost :)… but in the cooking class I go to we learned about decorating cakes last week, and one tip she gave for smoothing out the frosting is, first of all to use a bent frosting spatula, and once you’ve applied the frosting you wet the spatula a little and smooth it over the frosting (wetting it a little more after every couple of strokes). it really worked! i was amazed. anyways, everything looks like it was delicious!

    1. mcsprince@gmail.com Post author

      I will have to try that. I do have a bent frosting spatula which has helped but getting it wet makes me nervous 🙂

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