Happy Father’s Day: Dad, Dad, and Dad!
Yes…. I have three dads. Some may think it’s a detriment to have a divorce in the family, but now that it’s happened 12 years prior, it’s no longer a big deal. I think it’s even better now since I have more family and an additional dad. And with my marriage to Felix 2 years ago, I’ve added Dad #3 to the list. :)
I can’t remember the last time I’ve had the pleasure of baking a cake! I love baking, but I’ve limited my baking for events only, since I don’t want to be tempted all of the time by having sweets in the house. By special request, Bob asked for Lemon Poppy seed cake, one of my grandmother’s specialties; she created the recipe herself. I’m heading down to the suburbs tomorrow to celebrate Father’s day with him.
Last time I made it, it was lacking that lemony-zing even though I stayed true to the recipe. I’m not certain if she used different brands or had altered it after writing it down. In any case, I decided to make a lemon curd to serve as the cake filling and to give more lemon-pop to the cake.
I added 3 tbs of the lemon curd to my vanilla buttercream also; the frosting still tastes of vanilla but has a subtle hint of lemons which I love.
As I stated before, it’s been a really long time since I’ve made a cake. But for me, the fun part of this process is decorating the cake. Unfortunately this time around, my frosting was not cooperating in the heat. Instead of a pretty cake, I just did a quick coat of frosting and left it plain. It’s probably best this way since what guy’s guy wants a pretty piped roses on his cake…
I’ve had some tool-candles saved up for the perfect occasion. Since my cake was mini (6″ lower and 4″ upper), it only got 1 hammer candle.
Bob with his cake:
… has yet to be decorated but I’m thinking it will end up looking very similar to Bob’s cake since I’m using a cream cheese frosting on it. (I can never get cream cheese frosting to do anything fancy than just coat the cake.)
Cake #2 is for my father-in-law, Dickey, but he won’t get it until Monday night. I’m going out-of-town to Michigan for a 3-day family trip, and little does he know I’m coming with lemon-poppy seed cake. :)
Last but not least…
My dad #1, Kirt, lives in Georgia at the moment so sadly I can’t share any cake with him. But he should be finding out today, as a father’s day surprise, that I’ll be heading down there in late July with his father’s day gift in tow. I’m hoping that should make up for the lack of cake today. :)
I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday celebrating all of the fathers, grandfathers, or fatherly type ‘gents in your lives.
A side note: I have WIP shots of the cake assembly on my flickr page if you care to see more details on the filling and stuff.