Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Half Birthdays . . . Works for Me Wednesday

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Half-birthdays.  Do you celebrate them?

I don't know where my mom got the idea, but we always celebrated half-birthdays growing up. There weren't presents, but there was always cake. Half of a cake. Half of a Bundt cake.

{Once we were older and had moved out of the house, my parents always sent us HALF a birthday card.  That's right....chopped right in half!}

My half birthday fell during the school year, so I always felt so special bringing in that half cake.  Even though my mom baked, our half-birthday cake was always from the grocery store. (Or at least *mine* was. Molly, yours, too?) Remember the grocery store used to sell half Bundt cakes?

Kiddo's half-birthday was last week and even though I don't usually make Bundt cakes for his, I decided to go traditional this year.

Almond-Crusted Butter Cake
{recipe adapted from Lou Seibert Pappas}

1/2 c. slivered almonds
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp. (plus more for pan)
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 eggs, room temp.
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or extract)
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
2 and 3/4 c. cake flour
Preheat oven to 300.  Butter a Bundt pan and then evenly coat the sides with the almonds. 

In a large bowl, cream the butter until fluffy and light.  Gradually add the sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat until fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.  Beat in the extracts and salt.

Add in the flour in 3 additions, beating until smooth. Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let the cake cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.  Invert the pan and remove the cake, right side up, and continue to cool completely on the cooling rack.

Serving suggestions:
  • with a scoop of chocolate ice cream
  • with fresh strawberries
  • alongside a cappuccino for breakfast! (my favorite)

Half-birthdays work for our family.  What's your "unique" family tradition?


Oh, I almost forgot!  If you are reading this through a reader, you may want to click on over.  There is a snazzy updated header and in the naviagation bar, you'll now be able to link to a "cookie index."  {The cookie index is a work in progress, but the link is there.}

And, once you click over, look up in the address bar.  See that, to the left of the www? It's my very own FAVICON!  That little thing  makes me feel so cool! {And it's very rare that I feel cool!}  Thank you, Jessica, of The Frilly Coconut for your design help and expertise!  You are a doll!

59 comments:

  1. I was always soooooo excited to eat a treat on Molly's half birthday (I remember 1/2 turtle pie) It always fell durning my summer trip~ I happily celebrate them for my kiddos and love Aunt Gayle for starting this tradition :)

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  2. We don't celebrate them, but I always remind my husband when it's mine. He thinks I deranged. :)

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  3. I love half birthdays! I try to get everyone to celebrate mine (4 days from now in case you are counting, ha!)but since no one thinks it's too important I at least celebrate Parker's, or at least the two he has had! I love that your parents sent you half a birthday card, that's the best, made me smile! Might have to try that! :)

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  4. I love this!!! My half birthday also falls on our anniversary, so the celebrating is for that!

    But when we have kids, I would love to do something like this!

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  5. My half birthday is Valentine's Day so OF COURSE I celebrate it. And it's a great excuse to NOT celebrate Single Awareness Day. Lol!

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  6. What fun!!! and that recipe looks SOOO good!!

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  7. Half birthday's are such fun...great looking cake.

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  8. Your Mom must have been such fun! This idea is wonderful and half a birthday card...too funny. Your Bundt cake looks yummy. Remember the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding with the Bundt cake :)
    Happy belated Half Birthday to Kiddo!

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  9. Too cute! I want to steal this tradition to use when I have kids :) What did you do with the other half of the cake?!?!

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    1. Good question! I was wondering about that other half too!

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  10. That is so cute! Love cutting the cake and card in half! :)

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  11. What a neat idea! We dont do half birthdays but our birthday tradition here is to give breakfast in bed to the birthday person. Tomorrow is my daughter's 16th and the next day is my son's 13th so I'm all set with the tray and their breakfast preferences.

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  12. I always did half-birthdays for my middle child whose birthday was close to Christmas, because her siblings all had May birthdays...being the middle child is hard enough...she's in her 30's and I still give her a little something just to let her know she is remembered and loved.

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  13. We always had a half cake on our half birthdays, too. It started when my middle brother was born and my mom wanted my older brother to feel special and his half birthday was right after the baby came. So a tradition was born way back in 1959.
    I always wondered what ever happened to the other half of the cake, though!

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  14. I love this idea! You're such a good mom! We have a special red plate that we bring out for birthdays, good test grades, improved behavior, etc.

    P.S. I love your new header!

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  15. what a cute & clever idea! Your so awesome!!!

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  16. We don't but that is an AWESOME idea. I've always thought of doing this since one of my kids bdays is in December. It is so hard to get kids to come to December parties. I think I'm gonna start this tradition. Its never too late. Thanks for the idea.

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  17. We do half birthdays! Our celebration isn't complete without singing "HALF-Y BIRTHDAY" to the one we're celebrating!

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  18. I've never done half birthdays before, but I will now! Wonderful looking cake :)

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  19. I always liked the way your mom did that. Happy half to kiddo.

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  20. Half birthdays are such a fun idea. We don't currently celebrate, but I think we might have to start soon. The best part about half birthdays is the fact that you can celebrate but you don't actually have to add another year to your age :)

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  21. I luv this idea. Our biggest tradition is seafood on Christmas, we luv it!

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  22. Love this!!! Love the half birthday idea and love the cake.. looks delish!

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  23. That half bundt cake put a smile on my face. What a cute idea and teh half card has to be the best. Never heard of either one. Clever mom.

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  24. Well now!
    I do believe I ADORE that cute little FAVICON!
    And YOU know I adore your JESSICA!
    I know she's a doll-baby to work with!
    Now!
    About that HALF-BIRTHDAY!
    WHERE has my MOMMA been!?!!
    I will be calling her tomorrow!
    Our family is the Queen of Birthdays!
    We celebrate the week before!
    We celebrate the week after!
    HECK...we've been known to serve my Daddy up a shrimp cocktail with a candle lit on it!
    But never ever ever have we ever celebrated half birthdays!
    Bless your Momma and Daddy for that ADORABLE tradition!
    I am absolutely LOVIN' all of this HALF-BIRTHDAY action!
    How cool is that!
    They cut the card into!
    OH HOW FUN and FUNNY!
    Very quirky and very adorable! Love it!
    And I know KIDDO does too!
    Now about that recipe!
    ONLY you would find that!
    ONLY you would create a bundt cake with almonds like that on the buttered sides!!!!!!
    Bridget!
    Bridget!
    You are just a one in a MILLION!
    No wonder LEO is still DREAMIN' about YOU!
    xo
    LOVE this post!

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  25. What an awesome concept! I love your parents!

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  26. That bundt cake looks delicious! Half b-days are so fun!

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  27. I love that tradition your mom started and love that you are now passing it along too. I know my kiddos would LOVE me to do this for them. Great suggestion! PS ~ LOVE the new header!

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  28. I love this! I was just thinking about my daughter's half birthday today. How funny! I just may have to start this tradtion. 2.5 might be the perfect age for a fun distraction! :)

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  29. My birthday is in January, (right after Christmas) and I was always jealous of Summer B-days. So one year I tried to have my birthday on my half birthday, but noone treated it like it was a real thing!!
    Which sucked, because I had been expecting a cake and presents. It was a sad day.
    By the way, this was only 3 years ago. I have issues.

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  30. I've never heard of people doing this before; this is so great! What do you do with the other half of the cake? :-)

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  31. The other half of the cake....that's in the freezer. Shhh....

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  32. Never celebrated a half birthday, but I will be willing to eat cake on mine. On yours. And all my kids. And I basically need to eat cake everyday of the year to make sure I have all my bases covered. :)

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  33. I should start celebrating my half birthday. I love birthdays and I love this cake!

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  34. We are about a month and a half away from having our first child. This is SO FUN and I'm so glad I read it. We'll definitely be doing this!!!

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  35. What an outstanding idea. I've never heard of it, but I love it. I also love the almonds that creep all around the sides of the cake. Gorgeous.

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  36. I want some of that cake!!!! We always celebrated my oldest son's half birthday b/c his real one was in the summer and he never could bring goodies to share at school. Hallmark makes (or did a year or so ago) half birthday cards for kids - they usually come out around back to school time.

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  37. My sister and I are born on the same day, two years and one minute apart. So, (obviously) we didn't have separate birthdays. Or separate birthday cakes for that matter. When we both moved to college, her to MA, me to CA, I started our Half B-day Tradition. Always has to be "half" - one boot, (the other shows up for some non-known holdiay...like canadian boxing day), half a cheesecake delivered to her door, half a dozen cookies, sent in the mail. We LOVE this! Here we are, turing 35 and 37 this year (ps: I'm the younger) and we still do it.

    The best I ever sent her? A bra and panties set, too cutie for woods- she would be Half Dressed.

    Am so glad you're doing this too!!!

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  38. any excuse for cake! love it!

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  39. ohhhh my goodness! this is just perfect! there is a girl at work, who can not have chocolate and lately, everything i have baked has chocolate in it...i have been waiting for the perfect recipe to make her a little treat! thank you!!! xo

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  40. We've been trying to celebrate them (http://mertinso.com/2008/10/happy-half), but completely forgot this past year. I'll definitely have to try to remember this year bc it is just so much fun!

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  41. I just love the idea of celebrating 1/2 birthdays!!! AND your cake...wowsers, it looks fabulous! Can't wait to make it myself. :-)

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  42. What a lovely, light and fluffy cake! This cake gives a reason for anyone and everyone to celebrate half birthdays! Great post, Bridget!

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  43. Since my daughter was 4.5, we've celebrated half birthdays with half cards and half cakes. Now that she's 9.5 and baby #2 is on the way, we have decided to celebrate her December 27 birthday around June 27 (half birthday) and have a party then. So much easier to plan and fewer conflicts. We feel so smart!

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  44. Ohhh yes oh yes I celebrate my half birthday! Mine's Saturday in fact, and I'm trying to get the word out! :) I really wish it would take hold!

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  45. My girls both have summer birthdays - in fact, my younger daughter just turned 7 yesterday! So we definitely celebrate their half birthdays during the school year, but never thought about having half a cake! How clever!

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  46. We celebrated half birthdays growing up since my birthday (July 14) was my sister's half birthday and my sister's birthday (January 14) was my half birthday!

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  47. What a fun idea! I think I'll try this! Next half birthday in our family is me ... so this will be perfect!

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  48. In high school I liked to celebrate friends'half-birthdays with half cupcakes and half birthday cards...you know, cutting a bday card in half, of course! So fun!

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  49. love the idea of a 1/2 of a bundt cake. My daughters 1/2 bday is coming up in Sept. and I've been on the lookout for a fun way to celebrate. A half of a cake will def. be on our table that night! :) I too am curious what you did with the other half of the cake.

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  50. My family occasionally celebrated half birthdays, but our really cute tradition is on Christmas. At breakfast, we sing happy birthday...to Jesus!

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  51. Love the new favicon! I've never celebrated half-birthdays, but it seems like a wonderful tradition!

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  52. Love this post, Bridget! I stumbled it I thought it was so brilliant!!!

    Hugs!
    Robyn

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  53. first of all, i love your blog. second of all what a cute idea for half birthdays. i love almonds, so i really want to try this cake recipe. thanks for sharing :)

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  54. you are killing me. that. looks. so. good. xo

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  55. We've never been a "1/2 bday" family but that half cake is too cute!

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