It’s Father’s Day…. So Let’s Eat Cake

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…

Bob’s 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:


Cake #2:

… 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.

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Comments (6)

  1. mmm! Looks delicious! I love to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but I too have limited cake baking to special occasions–just too many calories to have around the house without extra people to help eat it all :) Besides, it makes the special occasions more special!

  2. Looks yummy! I too can’t bake unless I have somewhere to take it! I adore baking though.

  3. Tasha June 18, 2012 — 3:30 PM

    My mouth is watering at the yummy baked goodness, what a special thing to share with your dads! I’m hoping to visit my dad this summer too for a belated Father’s Day. :)

  4. Eileen June 19, 2012 — 6:14 AM

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazingly delicious! Your Dads are lucky gents! Share the recipe with us??

  5. Meg June 19, 2012 — 4:03 PM

    a hammer candle?! That’s awesome! And yay for cake and fathers!

  6. Cherie June 22, 2012 — 7:26 PM

    Fab! Any chance of getting that recipe? I live in Phoenix and have my own lemon tree, and would love the poppyseed recipe as my hubby loves poppyseed baked goods!

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