Birthday cake 1

Birthday cake 2
My little one and I made Amanda Hesser’s Chocolate Dump-It Cake together for his birthday party. We’d never made it before, and the cake part was dense and rich and moist. In other words, perfect. The frosting, on the other hand, was on the adult side of the spectrum — dark, tangy and not very sweet. I added quite a lot of powdered sugar to it to make it more three-year-old friendly. (Note: If you try this, sift the powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting, or shake it through a fine mesh sieve. I didn’t, and I ended up pushing the lumpy frosting through a sieve. It solved the problem, but it was messy.)  Next time I want to try a chocolate ganache frosting.

Eric Hill’s Spot Bakes a Cake — one of our favorite books — inspired our cake decorations. We picked them out them out at the grocery store together, and then right before the party we stuck them on the cake. 

We had a teeny, tiny party with just three friends.

Happy 3rd birthday mantle
I cut out sparkly letters for the mantle.

Blue tricycle 2
And on his actual birthday, there was a tricycle.