My mother’s 91st birthday is Monday the 6th. Since there’s “Independence Day Observed” today (Friday) and Saturday the 4th is Independence Day, I made special cookies* for her birthday and mailed them on Wednesday to make sure they’d arrive on time. Yesterday USPS sent me an “Alert” telling me that the package was being returned … More All’s well that ends well.
I’ve made the acquaintance of a couple new children (and their parents) in the neighborhood who’ve just returned from a fantastic sailing adventure. One of them turns five years old on Valentine’s Day and I offered to make his birthday cake because he drew a picture for me which was inspirational. Once an interest was … More Ninja Birthday on Valentine’s Day
A couple weeks ago I asked my friend to think about what kind of cake she might like for her birthday which falls during the first full day of the winter solstice and three days before Christmas. This is it. There are three layers of fresh lemon cake, fresh seedless raspberry/blackberry filling and berry buttercream. … More Deluxe Lemon & Raspberry Birthday Cake
Tuesday the 26th of November is National Cake Day. When I saw it trending on Twitter, it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about the cakes actually made and decorated for the space-themed birthday for which practice* was had. Have a look at results: Pictured are: an eggless chocolate Crazy Cake** with cream cheese … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets
It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake
Today, November 20th, is Sylvia’s 91st birthday and that is her birthday cake. It’s 2019. In 2018: https://mschefinseattle.com/2018/11/17/2-cakes-for-sylvias-pre-birthday-party/ In 2017: https://mschefinseattle.com/2017/11/21/german-chocolate-cake-for-sylvias-birthday-she-turns-oopsie-into-comic-gold/ “Sylvia, what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?” I used the classic and widely available Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate recipe for the cake and frosting, her favorite, year after year. I … More Sylvia is 91 today, a creature of habit.
Take an 8″ square lemon cake and turn it into three cakes? Yes, I did. A couple weeks ago I made a round and a square lemon cake, using the round cake to make a rough impression of a rocket for a birthday party and popping the square cake into the freezer for use today … More Lemon Cake with Fresh Berry Filling and Berry Buttercream with Raspberries
I’ve been a busy baker over the past few days and am behind in blog posts, so they will be in reverse order, like tweets on Twitter. The 23rd was the 87th birthday of a friend whom I invited to choose the flavors of his birthday cake and frosting. He chose caramel frosting on a … More Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday
There’s a birthday party next month for one of my favorite children and collaborator on cake. She will be nine (9!) and we’re doing some things the same way and some things in a different way. Her sister’s recent birthday* taught us a bit about cake architecture and this cake will teach a bit about … More In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.
I didn’t want Tuxedo Cake* for my birthday this year. I wanted pie, this particular pie, with a caveat. I don’t like to make pie crusts because I don’t like the feeling of flour on my fingers, unusual for a baker, but that’s the way it is. So, I asked a former neighbor who likes … More Dark Chocolate Silk Pie for My Birthday