HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
MY LITTLE ONE!
He turned TWO today. Aw! My eyes are moist and I feel too emotional to write this post. I can die for that cute bright smile and twinkle in his eyes. Everytime I look at him it makes me want to cry. They are not tears of sorrow but tears of happiness. I am a proud mom to my son who is truly an angel from God’s arm. For me all the love in this world is wrapped around my little boy.
I still remember the day I held him in my arms. It just feels like yesterday and my love for him is doubling every single moment. My heart melts every time he smiles at me. On his birthday I want to wish a very happy day with lots of fun and laughter. I was reminded of this poem on Mother’s love for Son by Rita Luna. This one is for you – my burfi boy!
To My Son,
I hope you know how much I love you so,
I might embarrass you from time to time
By giving lots of love and needless kisses,
But you need to know Mom loves you so,
Before you were born I didn’t know
just how much I would love you so,
But when I looked into your eyes for the first time,
I felt my heart grow and grow,
A Mothers love is hard to explain,
Not everyone will feel the same,
Now that you are getting older I felt the need to tell you,
Just how much I love you so,
Time may pass day after day or year after year,
But the love I have for you grows
nearer and dearer to my heart each day and year,
To My Son I hope you know just how much I love you so.
To celebrate this birthday I decided to bake a simple cake but with little twist. He loves color. So I chose to bake a cake in a jar so he can see what we baked together. Yes, he was my little helper today. I used store bought Betty rocker cake mix. So the whole process took less than 20 minutes to assemble and set. We used one 1-pint glass jar that I use for canning and three other tiny jars that my friend gave it to me. As we mixed the colors, my son was super excited and kept screaming the colors we used and he licked and we had a wonderful time to bond with each other. He ended up putting his hands into batter and enjoyed licking it until his hand looked clean. I let him enjoy creating a mess and I could see that he had a blast. As the cake came out, he was thrilled to bits to add the whipped cream and he was the one who sprinkled the stars on top.
I highly recommend baking this cake with your little one around as I am sure that both mom/dad and child will have a lovely time giggling and working together. We sure made an awesome team. Happy Messy Birthday to my ladoo! Amma loves you more than anything in this world.
CONFETTI CAKE IN A JAR RECIPE
Recipe idea: A blogger I met in a bakesale
- 1 any white cake mix (store bought)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil – I used coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 3 (1-Pint) wide-mouth glass canning jars (I used 1 1-pint jar and 3 small ones)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Wilton Food Colors as per your choice
- Sprinkles or Decorating Stars
- Whipped Cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash canning jars and dry thoroughly. Remove the lids and rims. Set aside.
- Spray inside of each glass jar with non-stick cooking spray.
- Make cake batter according to manufacturer’s directions
- Divide batter evenly between 5-6 bowls (as per the number of colors you want).
- Add really tiny speckle of the colors into each bowl.Stir to blend well
- Spoon about less than 1/4-cup of each color batter into each of the jars, layering the colors in the order you like. Fill 3/4th of the jar. Don’t fill till the rim. It will overflow during baking. The colors are use to sink and form a layer. Just to make it look better, I used a bamboo skewer and created a tie-dye effect by inserting the skewers and gently making a swirl to mix the color gently. This gives the confetti look.
- Using a wet cloth or kitchen towel, clean the edges.
- Place the jars in a glass baking dish. Fill 1/4″ of hot water in it. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Use a long bamboo skewer to test doneness. Insert a bamboo skewer and it should come out clean.
- Cool and bring them down to room temperature.
- Use a frosting mixture or whipped cream. Decorate with your choice of edible designs. I used stars as my son loves it.
Note: The cake looked too bright with violet shade. When I poured the other colors, the violet became very dominant and was floating all over the jar. I let it bake. Once they cooled down, I used a fork to fluff out the cake to bring the colors around. Hence you could see chunks of different colors around. I liked it that way. You can serve the cake the way you want.