Hey, it’s my birthday so I’ve decided to take some time off to celebrate. Here’s a look back to keep you entertained until Friday. Click the link below the photos to read the birthday blog posts past.

Nick, Julie Anne, and Tatjana Rhodes

Nick, Julie Anne, and Tatjana Rhodes

2014 – Birthday Memories and Milestones

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

2012 – Let Them Eat Cake: The Birthday Menu

I learned young how to milk a birthday

I learned young how to milk a birthday

2011 – How Long Can You Celebrate A Birthday?

Birthday Blessings 2010

Birthday Blessings 2010

2010 – Birthday Wishes Come True

Waldorf Red Cake

Waldorf Red Cake

I’ve had this cake every year for my birthday since I was 8 years old, so it has become an unspoken family tradition. My daughter, Tatjana’s favorite color is blue. When she was 7 I sent her to school with a blue cake to celebrate her birthday (which falls over the summer) with her classmates. When they ooh’ed and awed over the bright blue color, Tatjana promptly told them “yeah and you poo blue too!”

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces red food color or any color of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For the icing

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

For the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 - 9" cake pans, or 3 - 8" cake pans.
  2. Cream together Crisco and sugar in a large mixing bowl with electric beater, then and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.rn
  3. Mix red food color and cocoa in small bowl, and add to mixture in number 2.
  4. Mix salt into buttermilk; then add to mixture #2 alternately with flour. Using the fold setting on the beaters, end with flour.
  5. Add vanilla, soda, and vinegar (in that order). Beat 2-3 minutes after everything is added.rn
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake layers comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto cake racks to cool. Cool completely.

For the icing

  1. Add flour to a large saucepan, then add milk gradually , stirring until smoothly blended. Cook milk and flour over medium heat until thickened to the consistency of oatmeal. Cool completely before continuing on.
  2. Beat room temperature butter and sugar for 15 minutes, using a timer, until butter becomes pale yellow. Add vanilla, then fold the cooled flour-milk mixture into the butter cream icing.
  3. Spread just enough icing over bottom layer(s) to secure next layer on top, then ice entire cake and decorate as you please.rn

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