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Old 10-19-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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Birthday cake double dilemma - advice please

I am the cake baker in my circle of friends and this means that when a b-day is approaching I am pressed into service to bake a great party cake for the birthday bash. This year 2 friends are having significant birthdays - the ones with 0s at the end. Their birthdays are just a few days apart and so there is to be a combined bash.


Problem: they each want a cake.

There will be a bunch of folks at the bash and so 2 cakes is not unreasonable but it seems to me that the two cakes should compliment each other as most folks will try both.

One of person has already specifically requested her favorite cake; an upside down gingerbread pear cake.

The other person has made no specific request but likes lemon and coconut and berry flavors. She dislikes ginger, coffee, chocolate, raisins, almonds and cherries.


What sort of cake do you suggest?

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:08 PM   #2
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My first thought is carrot cake.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:14 PM   #3
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Then I googled. There are a bunch of lemon-coconut-berry cakes; I thought this one looked really good.

https://whatsgabycooking.com/mixed-b...drenched-cake/
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:24 PM   #4
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My first thought is carrot cake.
She likes carrot cake (although not raisins) and in the past I have made her a carrot cake - just was hoping to mix it up a bit. The other issue is that I don;t think carrot cake and gingerbread go together well...

The link you posted looks interesting - thanks. Coconut, lemon AND berries is a lot of flavors all at once but it's an intriguing idea.
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She likes carrot cake (although not raisins) and in the past I have made her a carrot cake - just was hoping to mix it up a bit. The other issue is that I don;t think carrot cake and gingerbread go together well...

The link you posted looks interesting - thanks. Coconut, lemon AND berries is a lot of flavors all at once but it's an intriguing idea.

My tastes are exactly like your birthday girl Janet, and that cake looks and sounds dreamy to me! WOW
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Your friend is quite … discerning!

When I saw “pears” I thought “apples.” Instead of ginger, light brown sugar and/or molasses, cardamom, and cinnamon.

I am not a baker of cakes. Somehow, they just dont work out for me. So I’m just suggesting a flavor profile that I think might compliment the gingerbread/pear cake.

I’d love to hear what you decide on! Good luck and keep us posted!
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My first thought is carrot cake.
My mom had terrible eyesight from childhood on, so she force-fed us kids with carrots. I had carrot cake every single birthday!!!

Honestly, they taste okay, but as an adult, I HATE carrots, in any shape or form.

Yeah, not helpful in this thread, but now ya' know.

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Your friend is quite … discerning!

When I saw “pears” I thought “apples.” Instead of ginger, light brown sugar and/or molasses, cardamom, and cinnamon.

I am not a baker of cakes. Somehow, they just dont work out for me. So I’m just suggesting a flavor profile that I think might compliment the gingerbread/pear cake.

I’d love to hear what you decide on! Good luck and keep us posted!
You could do an apple cake. Pumpkin cake might not be bad with the gingerbread/pear cake either.
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I would go with something different than a glazed cake, a fruit cake, or anything with cinnamon or ginger or cardamom. Something like a cake with frosting, so a lemon-lime type cake with or without lemon or lime curd, and frosting. That won't be so similar to the other cake.
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I am the cake baker in my circle of friends and this means that when a b-day is approaching I am pressed into service to bake a great party cake for the birthday bash. This year 2 friends are having significant birthdays - the ones with 0s at the end. Their birthdays are just a few days apart and so there is to be a combined bash.


Problem: they each want a cake.

There will be a bunch of folks at the bash and so 2 cakes is not unreasonable but it seems to me that the two cakes should compliment each other as most folks will try both.

One of person has already specifically requested her favorite cake; an upside down gingerbread pear cake.

The other person has made no specific request but likes lemon and coconut and berry flavors. She dislikes ginger, coffee, chocolate, raisins, almonds and cherries.


What sort of cake do you suggest?

Janet, does it have to be a cake?
Why not a Lemon Tart?
Berries are out of season already, aren't they?
Or, ooh, an Ice Cream Cake!!
I make a Cannoli Ice Cream Cake, oops, no chocolate though...
hmmm...
https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes...ce-cream-cake/
... but it's so good and really not that much chocolate in it ...

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