In honor of my husband’s Easter birthday and a suggestion by my good friend Edwina, here is a post regarding cake. Who doesn’t love cake? I mean what can bring an office together faster than birthday cake? ”Hey Frank, did you go to the break room and get a piece of cake yet? No, whose birthday is it? I don’t know, but there’s cake.” Cake brings enemies together and turns them into instant “frien-enemies“ Shazahm - just like that! A simple office cake can be a nice sheet cake from a grocery store bakery. Ordered the day prior, picked up on the day, simple personalization optional. Done. Birthday celebration over with. Luck strikes if you throw in birthday plates, napkins and half the day off.
However, there is a special cake that is saved for home and family members only. The kind where the wife or mother (that’s me) spends time making the cake from scratch AND makes home-made butter cream frosting. My mouth is drooling at the thought. From childhood to adulthood your cake can be chosen based on your personal preference that year. Shall it be german chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, double chocolate? The decor on top can reflect your current interests. Men might have a golf green complete with tee’s and a plastic man wearing knickers. A child might have the latest cartoon character. Better yet, back in the 1970′s it was quite P.C. to have little red plastic Indians and white cowboys holding guns.
This whole blog idea came from a nudge as I have stated from Edwina all the way in Australia. She runs a lovely blog showing off all her vintage collectables that are also for sale. She posted some good ol’ vintage cake toppers and my mind became flooded with childhood memories of birthdays gone by. My most memorable cake, who knows what age it was declared for, was little plastic ballerinas. They had crowns, just like princesses and were molded into some graceful position. (as graceful as cheap plastic molded in Hong Kong could get) As my mother NEVER made anything other than sheet cakes, and most certainly NEVER took the time to make home-made butter cream frosting, the ballerina’s, let’s say, ”took the cake“. Having been a dancer then with many dreams of twirling myself on stage, it was that personal touch that told me that I was special. It was MY birthday. It was a celebration of me. Well, isn’t that what birthdays are for? It’s the best day of the year. Celebrating you.
I have had the fun of decorating my kitchen in antique/vintage kitchen decor. That of course includes cake servers and an ubber cool 3 gallon crock that reads “CAKE” in bold typographic letters. Word has it that it was housed in a bakery serving up mini cakes in the late 1800′s. Now it’s in my kitchen displayed with love. I snag up from auction, unless the bidding gets too high, vintage cake carriers. I can sell those pretty fast, as they are all over Pinterest and magazines. Unfortunately, I haven’t sold a one, simply because I haven’t let them leave my house! (the hazards of buying and selling antiques). I must add that I covet an antique cake server that my mother has that was her mothers. Oh, it’s so pretty. Mustard yellow bakelite handle, held by many of my loved ones serving up birthday cake from years gone by. Oh, how cake has served us well! No pun, well maybe a little. I find myself wanting cake and I didn’t even know it was so important to me. I thought I liked pie better. (I even had cherry pie one year for my birthday. My mother was grateful because she only had to go to the store for that one) Thank you Edwina, I feel the urge to collect vintage cake toppers. I am admittedly, trying to blame my Aussie friend. However, what she doesn’t know is that I have for some reason acquired wedding toppers and have saved all my and my brothers toppers from the past. I guess the joke is on me, I’ve been a collector for years and didn’t even know it. Here are a few pictures of my shelving in my kitchen.
For all the years we have left to celebrate birthdays please do so in style. Decorate that cake for your loved ones! Request your unique style for your birthday cake! Don’t hide behind that age! Don’t shy away from attention! It’s your day. The day we celebrate you. Honey, your top of the cake! Have your cake and eat it too!
Here is a very yummy cake recipe I strongly recommend. Posted many years ago in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Chocolate Edition, formerly named “Deep Chocolate Cake with Double Malt Topping” Here it is currently listed as “Chocolate cake with Malt Topping” It’s my choice for my birthdays past and will be my future requests (if that’s what my mood would like!) You will work hard for that cake, not a simple recipe. But, I will tell you this, it’s worth every birthday memory in the making. Celebrate the right way in honor of being born to us any which way that you feel happy and surrounded with love.
p.s. you do not have to actually admit how old you are on your cake. As you can see, despite how it looks, I am older than my husband. Unless, those are five candles lit next to the number 5? I’m forever 18, and he’s forever 5. Don’t believe me? You should see his best kindergartner handwriting. Just keep them guessing, just keep them guessing.