Her youngest brother drove in late last week. His birthday is in a couple of weeks but his daughters were also joining in the family fun but they won't be together as a family on his birthday. So eldest daughter, Jenn, sent me a link and a picture a few weeks back...just wondering if I'd be up for helping them make her dad a birthday cake.
First off...it's this Jenn. How can I refuse her anything?! Secondly...I rarely turn down a chance to make a spectacular birthday cake!
Four layers of red velvet and yellow cake, filled with cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Covered in whipped custard frosting. The red velvet and the frosting were our grandmother's recipes.
I baked the cakes, made the frosting and took it all out with us today. My mom got her brother out of the house on a hike with her and the kiddos so we could assemble it in secrecy. Hot kitchen (my dad was finishing up his famous beef curry) and gravity were not our friends. Lots of laughter. Lots of prayer. But it stayed together long enough to be served! Then it collapsed. It's now being enjoyed as a delicious red velvet/strawberry shortcake trifle.
I love my family! Well...most of them. Today was a special memory. Family, great food, splashing in the river with my kiddos...a day I'll put in my pocket to remember for always.