I love to bake for celebrations, and each year I look forward to supplying a birthday cake for my young friend Alexander. Alexander just turned six and requested a carrot cake this year. Alexander also got a carrot cake last year, so I wanted to switch it up a bit with a different recipe. I decided on Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Classic Carrot Cake with Dreamy Creamy White Chocolate Frosting" from Perfect Cakes. I have made this cake once before and thought it didn't produce enough frosting, so I doubled the frosting recipe this time around. Because Alexander's birthday party was quite large this year (40+ people), I also made a Caramel Apple Cake (from Baked Explorations) and a Raspberry Bavarian (based on recipes from James Peterson's Baking).
- "Alexander Turns Five!: Riva's Carrot Cake," September 29, 2011.
- "Alexander Turns Old Enough to Make a Baked Goods Request," September 19, 2010.
- "Alexander Turns Three!," September 15, 2009.
- "Alexander's Birthday Party," September 21, 2008.