Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stapleton's Bow tie Birthday with Peaches and Cream Cake

Wow, I cannot believe it has almost been a year since Stapleton was born! We recently had his birthday party and  I wanted to do something a little different. After much google-ing, I decided to do a bow tie theme, with southern flair.  I made the invitations, from an idea I found from the ohsobeautiful blog (awesome site)!

I wanted everyone to be festive and since most people do not own a bow tie (except for my husband, of course), I made bright colorful bow ties for all attendees.  I used felt left over from my teaching days, and lots of hot glue.
Bow tie headbands, earrings, clips, hair clips and necklaces.
I found a cute, used children's book online, Mr. Bear's Bow ties, and framed some of the pictures from the book with colored card stock and Dollar Tree store frames.

I wanted all of the food to be southern themed.

Fruit, shrimp and grits, macaroni and cheese, chicken and waffles, pulled pork sliders, potato salad and cole slaw
The Macaroni and cheese is the recipe from Fleming's, I LOVE their mac and cheese!! I cheated, I did not fry chicken, I bought a large platter from Chic-Fil-A, and found mini vanilla waffles at Whole Foods (freezer section) and drizzled them with maple syrup.  My mom made the cole slaw and potato salad, and my grandpa smoked the pulled pork.

I had the large picture printed at Staples, I found a 50% off coupon online (I ended up getting it for around $15.00).  I got it to play "Pin the bow tie on Stapleton" but we forgot to play.  

I wrapped the plasticware to resemble bow ties.
My favorite thing is dessert, of course... so naturally, I went overboard!
Bow tie cherry pie

Coca Cola sheet cake

Peaches and Cream Cake

Strawberry "shortcake" 
 My grandma has always made this, it's pie crust with sugar sprinkled on top and baked.  It is DELICIOUS when dipped in cut up strawberries with sugar and whipped cream.

Lime Cake (this recipe will be featured next on the blog... hopefully the suspense doesn't kill you ;)  )

Sweet Tea Tiramisu (This is a super easy, delicious, tiramisu recipe)
I also made Vanilla Bean ice cream and my personal favorite, Maple Bacon Ice Cream.  

Stapleton's dessert was a vanilla cake with vanilla icing.  I did not get a picture of it with the bow tie and ribbon around it. :(

He was in his "Smash"outfit.  I saw them on ETSY and decided I could have my mom and grandmother help me make one. 

I know, it's pretty cheesy, but isn't he cute!

Besides the rain (we didn't get to play croquet or corn hole) everything turned out pretty well!

Stapleton's cousins

Stapleton and his great-grandmother

Stapleton's grandmother, aunt and uncle

Uncle Adam and baby Jackson

Stapleton and his new bean bag

Stapleton's Aunts

I wanted a peaches and cream cake, but could not find one, so I adapted this recipe I found online to my likings.  

Peaches and Cream cake

Makes 10-inch bundt cake, serving 12 to 14

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup peach puree
2 tsp almond extract
1 cup sour cream

1 ½ cups diced peaches, I used canned, fresh or frozen will work as well. 

Icing Ingredients
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peach bellini mixer (liquid)  (Or you can use peach juice and powdered sugar)

Place rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 350. Grease and lightly flour inside of 10 inch bundt pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

Using either a stand mixer (paddle attachment) or a hand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. 

Gradually add sugar and beat at medium-high speed until the mixture is light in texture and color, about 3 minutes.

 Beat in eggs one at a time, beating for 30 to 40 seconds after each addition.

 Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add almond extract and peach puree. At low speed, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with sour cream. (Add a bit of flour, a bit of sour cream, a bit of flour, a bit of sour cream, a bit of flour.)

Scoop half of batter into pan and spread with spatula. Sprinkle with peaches.

Scoop remaining half of batter on top of peaches. Smooth with spatula.

Bake cake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then invert it onto another rack. Place the cake, on the rack, over a baking sheet.

After cooling this cake, I wrapped it in plastic wrap and froze it 2 days prior to the party.  It only took a couple of hours to thaw.  

For the glaze, I whipped the cream cheese in my kitchen aid until it was smooth. I then added the liquid Bellini mix, to taste (I was looking for peach juice, but could not find it anywhere. When the glaze is how you want it, drizzle it over the bunt cake.    If you want it sweeter, you can add powdered sugar.  

This cake was delicious, not to sweet and very moist.  I always love a cake I can make a few days in advance, freeze, then thaw it, glaze it and it's ready. 

 The peaches caramelized in the pan, if you want a pretty cake, make sure the peaches are no where near the edge of the pan when you add them to the cake.  

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