Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Nathan!

Friday night was my best buddy Nathan's 30th birthday! Yes, he's going to hate me for sharing his age with the world ... but whatev.

Here's the birthday boy in his younger years ... this was taken at Gay Pride in 2006.

He requested the same cake that my mom made me for my 28th birthday last October. It's the Incredible Vegan Carrot Cake from VegWeb:

My mom cut the oil and sugar in the recipe when she made it for my birthday, so I kept to her changes (about 3/4 cup oil, and 1/2 cup each brown and white sugars).

I made the cake in two layers and frosted with a tasty Tofutti cream cheese-based icing. Then I attempted to decorate with some pre-made colored icing that I found in the baking aisle at the grocery store. I'm sure it was loaded with nasty chemical ingredients, but it's a birthday, so who cares.

We started the evening at the Young Avenue Deli, where I ate a tasteless portabello burger and fries. The Deli has amazing fries, but all the veggie food there is bland and boring. Then we moved to Molly Fontaine's, an adorable cocktail bar located inside a converted Victorian mansion. That's where we cut the cake and sang happy birthday.

20 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Lovely celebration and cake!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

My birthday's in september *hint hint*

Mihl said...

Hi Nathan! And belated happy birthday.
Bianca, that's an amazing cake. It looks so yummy.

jessy said...

send my most happyfaced birthday wishes to Nathan, Bianca! that's so awesome that you made him such a sweet ass cake! hoooooray! and i love the colorful frosting! mmmmmmmmmmmm!

sorry the sammie was kinda "meh", but that's great that the french fries were deeelicious!

T said...

Cream cheese icing--- *drool*

That looks spectacular! That's one lucky birthday boy!

shelby said...

Lucky Nathan!!!

Carrot Cake is my favorite...just for future references ;)

mel said...

i am soo excited to find another southern vegan with an awesome blog! i can't wait for this cookbook of yours'.

Cyn said...

That cake looks amazing! It's so adorable.

I hate it when you go to places and the vegan food isn't great - I think that people assume we all just eat plain steamed vegetables or something.

Melody Polakow said...

What a lovely cake..

I think it's hilarious that anyone would be upset at turning 30! I just turned 37...

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Hey, age is only a number - though perhaps I am one of the few who doesn't really care about age much, I've always been like an old person anyway, so I just see the passing of years as me growing into myself. ;-)

You know, my birthday is in August, I wouldn't mind one of those beautiful cakes coming to my front door - I don't think Tennessee is TOO far from Missouri...

River said...

Happy birthday to Nathan! I feel for him, I'll be 30 next Saturday. Oh the humanity!

His cake is gorgeous, you are an awesome friend!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

that cake is beautiful and so professional looking!! Sorry your dinner was so so. Thank God for fries and cocktails.

Mike K said...

That's an awesome birthday cake - I admit to a little jealousy of people with cake baking/decorating skills - good work!

shellyfish said...

Happy Birthday to Nathan! That cake is just gorgeous, Bianca!

Sal said...

What a great cake, lucky friend.

That sucks when the only veggie food is tasteless!!

Macie said...

I hate it when people don't do veggie food justice. The cake looks amazing, though.

miss v said...

adorable cake... i would love this on my birthday. :)

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

you're such a good friend! i hope nathan had an awesome birthday. i personally believe one's life just gets better every year past 30. i'm 36 and the fun never stops.

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

hey bianca,

i tried to post to the tester blog and it wouldn't let me. can you shoot me an e-mail to jennifermolica@gmail.com and i'll give you the 411.

xo jewy

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, yum! Lucky birthday boy.