Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Birthdays Mean Cake

"All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." ~George Harrison

Birthdays mean cake. And sometimes surprises. At least that's what I'm hearing in the stories you've been sending in as you enter your names in my Celebration Giveaway for Christmas at Harmony Hill. 12 more days to enter your name by sending me a message from my website or leaving a comment on one of my blog posts before midnight EST on September 30. You might win a Shaker Christmas ornament or a quilted Christmas tree hanging. And of course books. Remember I have that special drawing for book prizes if you say you've never won. Details are on my website's News and Events Page. Who knows? You might end up as happy as this little birthday girl who just blew out her candles. I think she's expecting her wish to come true.
 
And even if you don't win the prize, you can enjoy some of the birthday stories with me. We're thinking cake tonight. How many of you have let your kids dive into a cake on their first birthday? Did it turn out the way you expected and give you some laughs? 

Marilyn says her first birthday cake supplied her family a million laughs over the years. "When I was one-year-old my mother baked me a beautiful birthday cake.  They sat me down on the floor with the cake in front of me to take a picture. I promptly raised my right leg and placed it squarely in the center of the cake. They got their picture (and still have it) but it wasn't the picture they had planned. But it has created a million laughs since then."

Too bad this was before America's Funniest Home Videos. That's the one show Mom will watch - mostly because of the cute kids - so I'm finding out what America thinks is funny. Marilyn's leg in the cake might make the show!

Amanda tells us about a special grandmother who is still making those birthday cakes. "I remember birthdays with fondness growing up. My grandmother would always make each of us our favorite cake on our birthday in addition to cooking our favorite meal. I always wanted a homemade black walnut apple poundcake with brown sugar frosting. My favorite meal- Mamaw's fried chicken, of course, with all the fixins. She is 85 years young this year. My husband and I recently moved to within a mile of her so she could continue to remain at home with someone there to help her if and when she needs it. She still makes our favorite cakes for each birthday, although we have started taking our own "supper" with us so she doesn't tire herself out cooking." 

Amanda, tell your Mamaw we're all coming to your birthday next year!! That cake sounds delicious.

One more cake story from Annette. "I was new in a new school in a new state. They talked differently, dressed differently and seemed to be so distant. My birthday came, and the girls in my class brought a cake in the shape of a butterfly for my birthday. It is the first birthday cake I ever remember."

And wasn't that a great first birthday cake to get? It's so good to have good birthday memories and a delicious cake makes the memories better. 

What's your favorite cake? Ever blow out birthday candles and believe your wish would come true?  
 



16 comments:

  1. My favorite cake is my mom's carrot cake. Finally got the recipe from her, and my husband makes it for me each November. Brings back special memories. :)Karen R. kjrochon40@msn.com

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    1. What a sweet husband to make you your favorite cake, Karen. Does it taste as good as your mom's? I've found sometimes those wonderful taste treats from our childhood can't be duplicated because memory has added in so much besides just the taste of the food. The love we felt is intertwined.

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  2. My favorite cake is chocolate cake with chocolate icing. My mom always made one for my birthday, I sure do miss those days. I still make a wish & blow out the candles on my birthday cake! Thanks Ann!
    Robin in NC
    RW620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. What fun that you still make a wish and blow out candles on your birthday cakes. I don't know when the last time was that I had candles on a cake. Maybe next year I will!! And chocolate cake with chocolate icing sounds good.

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  3. I love homemade jam cake with caramel icing, but - have to say that there aren't many cakes I don't love. And - I'm afraid I have the weight to show it!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That caramel icing is what makes the jam cake so yummy. I used to make an applesauce cake with the caramel icing. Maybe I'll do that again. Making me hungry! But I still would rather have a pie.

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  4. My favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate fudge icing. And my girls always make sure I have one for my Birthday every year. So delicious!!! They use wax numbers now instead of candles.Thinking they might think with so many might cause a fire. LOL Still hoping to be a winner. :)
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, it's wonderful to having loving daughters who want to make sure you know you are loved. And I'm glad you still get to blow out the candles too. Lots of wishes over the years. :)

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  5. Birthdays are always special in our family - favorite cake & meal & treat. I always had a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, roast chicken & home-made marshmallows - not quite in that order. The birthday person also gets out of chores. After dinner you just walk away from the table. Growing up that was almost the best part of the whole day.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Sounds like your family knows how to celebrate a birthday, Mary. That no chores sounds like a great gift after you spent the day feeling special with your favorite meal and cake. What fun! Thanks for sharing and joining in with my birthday fun.

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  6. Hi Ann, of course birthdays should have a cake but am sure there are a few that don't get theres...so sad.
    that is one thing we had, we had many kids in family and didn't have a lot but Mom always baked for birthdays, she would do 4 chocolate pies and 2 lemon ones. we all got generous slices cut in 4 pieces, can you imagine. now you are lucky if you find one cut into 8. we loved our sweets but only got on special occasions.
    It is nice to read the comments of other birthdays here.
    Would love to read this Christmas book.
    thanks for your generous heart.

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Four chocolate pies and two lemon ones!! That sounds like the way to celebrate. Love both of those. I need to make me a lemon pie for my birthday. (It's still my birthday month for a few more days.) I like the pudding mix ones so that makes it easy and I could buy a crust. Lazy way to celebrate. :) Glad you've enjoyed the birthday stories, Paula. Always fun to hear from you.

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  7. My favorite cake would be chocolate with fudge and pudding somewhere in it. LOL. We have let all 4 of our kids play with their cake when they turned one. I think only 1 of them actually made a mess. Good pictures, though!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. That sounds like some cake, Susan. Death by chocolate. :) And you must have super neat kids. My kids could make a mess eating cake even when I just gave them a regular piece to eat. Of course, I did have a cousin who could get every bit of frosting off a cake without eating one crumb of the cake.

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