Alecs Birthday Cake

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage RECO Reg# 4325734

For Helen and I, a child came later in our lives, and without much forethought
... the time has flown by.  We have enjoyed all the family time that we have managed this month, whether playing games indoors (to beat the heat), or in the pool late afternoons (when the sun is not so harsh), and we saw Brave in Orangeville last Sunday.  Helen is of Scottish heritage, so this movie, like Braveheart, was a "must see".

I tend to be the more pragmatic person of the two of us.  So when Helen told me that she wanted to bake Alec a special cake for his birthday I was totally disinterested.  A few years ago, Helen baked Alec a money cake (with coins wrapped in wax paper in the cake).  Last year, Helen made Alec a "Rainbow" cake, with layers the colours of the rainbow.  This year she told me that she wanted to make something different!

Helen's Cake for Alec's Birthday
After a couple of tries, Helen ended up with the requisite three segments, two vanilla and one chocolate, (the halves of the bun and the burger) and then it time for decorating.  I have to admit that I was very impressed with the end product (even her use of a failed attempt at the top half of the bun to make "french fries"). Cheerios were used for sesame seed, fondant for the cheese and the lettuce.  Strawberry jam became the Ketchup.  When she asked me to come down and look at it, I was amazed.  What made this cake "work" even better was Helen's proclivity to mix up her meals... breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast.  So a Hamburger and Fries was a perfect "Birthday Cake"!

Alec Blowing Out his CandlesAlec's Birthday Cake Sliced
Helen even kept our tradition and put coins in the burger segment.  The cake was the hit of the party with something for everyone... Coins, Chocolate, icing, and fondant.


The gauntlet has been thrown, what will Helen do next year?


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Malcolm Johnston
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Wow, what a cake. I'm sure Alec would have been happy with his burger cake, creative and delicious. I think that it's your turn to make the birthday cake next year Chris, Helen deserves a break. I think you can rise to that challenge.

Jul 12, 2012 07:46 AM #8
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Love it Chris! Helen is a woman of talents! Bet Alec ate up all those fries! Happy Birthday Alec!

Jul 12, 2012 06:19 PM #9
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Lottie Kendall
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Wow -- Helen baked some cake, Chris! My mother used to make a "back to school cake" each year; in between the layers would be coins, pencil top erasers, slip of paper to redeem for a pencil or notebook, all wrapped in waxed paper. We loved those cakes!

Jul 14, 2012 05:18 AM #10
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David Popoff
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That is so very cool, when I first saw the picture I actually thought it was a burger and not a cake, two thumbs up.

Jul 14, 2012 10:27 AM #11
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Howdy and afternoon Chris

Chris my friend, here's a Late Happy Birthday to Alecs!!! That there sure is an oustading looking Birthday Cake, it sure does look mighty tasty and I bet it was mighty good! Helen sure is an outstanding Lady and Mom! 

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2012 04:19 PM #12
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Gabe Sanders
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That is an awesome looking cake Chris.  Some of my favorite food groups are represented here!  :-)

Jul 15, 2012 05:05 AM #13
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Shar Sitter
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Wow....she should go into the cake decorating business! That could rival any professional cakes I have seen. How will she top that!

Jul 15, 2012 06:15 AM #14
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Richard and Beth, Helen has really raised the bar =)

Jul 15, 2012 08:12 AM #15
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Chris Smith
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Roy, A neighbourhood grocery store sells a smaller "hamburger" cake, but nothing like this...

Jul 15, 2012 08:13 AM #16
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Chris Smith
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Gene, I will pass on the compliments to my wife =)

Jul 15, 2012 08:13 AM #17
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Chris Smith
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Thanks for your comments Tom, yes it would make a mighty fine burger ;-)

Jul 15, 2012 08:14 AM #18
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Chris Smith
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Kathy, it was not her idea, she saw something like it in the Foodland in Tottenham, and then looked on the internet for ideas...

Jul 15, 2012 08:15 AM #19
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Chris Smith
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Al and Peggy, my original thoughts were that it wouldn't be worth her efforts and no one would care... but it really was a hit!

Jul 15, 2012 08:16 AM #20
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Chris Smith
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Lottie, Helen is a teacher... no way I could get her to bake a back to school cake...

she whines when she sees the first "back to school" ads...

Jul 15, 2012 08:17 AM #21
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Chris Smith
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I will pass on your comments to the pastry chef David =)

Jul 15, 2012 08:18 AM #22
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Chris Smith
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Dale, my good friend, I will pass on your comments to both Alec and Helen

Jul 15, 2012 08:18 AM #23
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Chris Smith
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Gabe, I can attest, it not only looked good, it tasted great, there was the chocolate layer, the vanilla layers, the different icing and fondant flavours, and the strawberry jam... worked well together.

Jul 15, 2012 08:20 AM #24
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Chris Smith
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Shar, we are all interested in what Helen will come up with next year =)

Jul 15, 2012 08:21 AM #25
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Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

 

Jul 15, 2012 10:32 AM #26
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Myhang Gibson
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What a very special and creative cake! I'm sure it made everyone smile, as it did for me. That's so fantastic! :)

Jul 15, 2012 11:28 AM #27
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