Luqmaan turns 8

we always start our new year with my 2nd child’s birthday. Eversince he entered school, we always prepare 2 cakes; one for celebration at home, the other to bring to school, celebrating with his classmates.

This year, for the home/family version, the cake was very simple as my mother invited us all to an adhoc retreat over the weekend. Since this family get together was only a few days from his birthday, I decided why not celebrate it then.

Baking his cake with only ingredients available in the kitchen (mind you I am not actively baking now), I managed to whip up a red velvet cake, just half a batter. A single layer cake with runny cheesy topping (cheese leleh as they called it locally). I usually coat and fill my red velvet with cream cheese frosting, but this time I just had to try this ever famous “cheese leleh” by homebakers everywhere.

So here we have it, a single layer red velvet cake topped with runny cheese topping. Guess what, it blends beautifully. The best part is it’s easy to make, and of course delicious to eat.

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we celebrated his birthday during the bbq we had by the beach. It was a fun and memorable family moment indeed. Great food, great company, perfect!

Next up was the cake he was going to bring to school. Loving the runny cheese topping so much, I just had to make it again. So, I baked a single layer chocolate cake and topped it with the runny cheese topping. Chill the cake for a few hours, and put the edible image on.

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Yes, the edible image gets all wrinkly later on because I did not spread melted white chocolate beforehand, but I figure it’s easier for the kids to cut and eat later on. Besides, the picture is not ruined, just soft and soggy looking. What’s important is the cake tasted great and the children loved it.

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Happy Birthday Dearest! Happiness always, xoxo!

 

The Runny Cheese Topping Recipe

Blend all these together using a blender:

  1. 250g cream cheese, softened
  2. 125g sweetened condensed milk (may adjust to your liking on level of sweetness)
  3. 60g whipped cream (may adjust to the runny state you desire)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract

That’s it, simple to make, and delicious. Try it!

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