David has just discovered that this is no ordinary cake
I really love birthdays, it’s something I get from my mom. Maybe it also has something to do with having a required time to bake for people you care about. This year, I was a little bummed on David’s behalf because we moved just a couple days before his birthday. The community here has been really welcoming and gracious to join me (and the many of you on facebook) in wishing David a happy 26th birthday, but I’ll be honest, I was a little bummed not to be able to throw a party. This is coupled with the fact that David convinced me to give him his birthday present a couple weeks early so he could take it on the family vacation…he got a new shock-proof and water-proof camera…and thus there were no exciting presents to open. So I had to be a little creative this year to make his birthday feel special.
My first plan was to create a birthday banner. I got the idea after seeing a New Year’s banner on the Purl Bee’s website, but found a banner I absolutely love in Alicia Paulson’s book, Stitched in Time. So using that pattern I created this colorful birthday banner.
Happy Birthday David!
Since no birthday is complete without a cake. I also made a chocolate cake, with chocolate malt buttercream frosting. The cake is/was delicious, recipe courtesy of Dorie Greenspan, Baking, this may just be my favorite baking book, in case people were wondering. Since I had forgotten wrapping paper and really wanted to wrap up David’s new camera so he had something to open for his birthday, I hid the camera inside a plastic bag, inside a plastic container, inside the cake. Here’s a look at my handy-work…
Is that a camera in a cake...indeed
But alas, my plan was foiled. When David got home from work, we thought it would be fun to go for a quick walk before dinner and cake. Since it was a sunny day, David wanted to bring his new camera so he could take photos that we could then send to family/friends. I tried to assure him, without letting on my secret, that his camera would surely turn up and we should just go on a walk. I thought the coast was clear, but when we got home he began his search anew. I finally insisted, with a wink, that if he was patient his camera would probably turn up later. He assumed I had wrapped the camera. Then when he went to cut the cake, I encouraged him to use a soft-hand. He immediately turned and asked, “Sarah, is my camera inside the cake?” To which I began laughing. What can I say, I’m not great at keeping secrets under pressure.