Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Untraditional Birthday Cakes

I love it when My husbands birthday rolls around and I can make something other than my usual fondant cake. Instead of focusing on how it looks I can focus on how it tastes. 

He is a huge fan of Strawberries and Cream. 
I made this cake for him last year. 

But, this year he requested something with strawberries and cream but no shortcake. 
So I thought and thought, and finally decided to break tradition and not make a cake. 

Instead I made giant cream puffs with strawberries. 

They were pretty amazing and surprisingly super simple to make. 

I used THIS recipe for the Pate a Choux.
I also tried THIS recipe for a pastry cream. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, because honestly it was a lots of work for basically just pudding. I ended up mixing it with whipping cream. It was delicious but not what I was looking for. 
We still stuck a few candles on top and sang our traditional version of "Happy Birthday." 


Meri said...

Those creampuffs looks scrumptious!!

My hubby isn't a huge cake fan either. His birthday lands around Thanksgiving, so he requests extra pumpkin pie and the occasional pumpkin cheesecake.

Sarah Faith said...

Perfect timing. My husband does not like cake either, but he does love strawberry shortcake. That would be fun to mix it up a bit by making cream puffs with strawberries! (Plus I looooove cream puffs.)
Maybe I will try to find out what they put in those Brooklyn pastry shop ones... I think it's marscapone based.

Lynne said...

Oh my, they both look amazing! I love the idea of the cream puffs. mmmmm :)

Ali said...

So, so pretty, both of his non traditional birthday cakes. I love that idea!

Anonymous said...

I bet they taste as good as they look..Have a great week..

Delia said...

Oooh yum...this looks amazing. I have done cream puffs with just homemade whipped cream and strawberries and it was so simple and good.

Mine didn't look as perfect as yours though.
Everything you make just looks so professional!

Andrea said...

We love strawberry shortcake for birthdays! Yum! Those look delicious!
Andrea @

Anonymous said...

crazy delicious!

Gillian said...

Delicious! Have an idea for next year... a Kiwi favourite, Pavlova with strawberries and cream mm mmmmmm

Sue said...

I've never made cream puffs. They look wonderful!

Pamela said...


Lori said...

I saw your feature on Maple bacon and Beavertails and after going through your blog I realized that I LOVE the things you make...i am now your newest follower

Charity said...

So now I am hungry! Your pastries look beautiful--great job.

Cha Cha

marla grace said...

he's a lucky husband!

Emily said...

My husband wanted cream puffs for his birthday too. Yours turned out much prettier than mine. :)


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