My birthday cake
I enjoy making my own birthday cakes, because I enjoy making (and eating) good cakes. I don't do fancy decorating, but I do enjoy trying new recipes. Especially recipes that use whipped cream instead of frosting.
This year I made the cover specimen from Jane Brocket's Vintage Cakes: Victoria sandwich cake. I used strawberries inside instead of jam. The verdict: very nice!
My birthday was also very nice. My husband secretly arranged for some of our friends to take Tiger Lily during the school day, and I had a lovely break and a drive in the mountains with my favorite person. I didn't know how much I needed a break until I had one!
I had a surprise party when I was sixteen. This year I turned thirty-two. I've told my husband that I'll be expecting another surprise when I turn forty-eight!