A birthday-table and a recipe for delicious mini cakes

I love preparing a birthday-table and a birthday-breakfast. I can spend weeks thinking about a colour scheme and the way I want to wrap the presents. I also love to think about what to bake, which candles to use, which flowers to choose…and so on.
Decorating is huge fun for me and it always has to stay a secret – even if that means that the birthday boy is not allowed to enter the kitchen for half a day. Well, you can’t have everything – either you have a birthday table with cake, croissants, fruit and fresh juice, or you are able to get a drink from your own kitchen the night before ;)…

This is a birthday table that I created in March. It was still fairly wintery outside, which is why I decided to go for a black-and-white theme with a few drops of colour.

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White napkins, white wrapping paper and candles, white dishes and a bunting made of white doilies built a light base for the table. I know, this sounds like a lot of white – but I like the elegant and classy touch.
To make the whole table appear more vivid and cool I added patterned wrapping paper and decorated the gifts with a few notes printed with my beloved dymo-writer. Additional dashes of colour can be added through fresh fruits, yummy jams etc.

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One of the most important parts of a birthday is the cake with at least one candle (depending on the age of whoever birthday it is it can begin to be difficult to find place for all candles on a cake ;). On the pictures you see small cakes with lemon or chocolate icing (which fitted nicely in the colour scheme :)).
In Germany we call those cakes ‘Americans’ and when my family bakes them they are a hit at every party.
Do you want to know the recipe?
I wrote it down for you:

German ‘Amerikaner’

for around 10 little cakes you will need:
– 180g flour
– 0.5 tsp sodium bicarbonate
– a pinch of salt
– 40ml buttermilk
– 40g cream cheese
– 1 egg
– 1tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla essence
– 70g butter
– 70g sugar
– melted chocolate
– vanilla glaze (made out of icing sugar and a few drops of lemon juice)

Out of egg, butter and sugar you mix a butter cream. Separately mix flour, sodium bicarbonate and salt together. And last but not least mix buttermilk, cream cheese and vanilla sugar.
The butter cream is your base and you now can add the flour mix and the buttermilk mix alternately. When you have a smooth dough place small heaps with a tablespoon on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for around 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees.
When the cakes are baked let them cool and coat them with melted chocolate or vanilla glaze (you can also cover one half of the mini cakes with chocolate and the other half with vanilla icing).

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