Today is my birthday. Another fun fact about today? It’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. More time to celebrate my birth, you lucky ducks! Another fun fact? It’s also Prince William’s birthday. Unfortunately we have not yet been able to exchange presents just yet, but soon. Very soon.
Birthdays are kind of weird. You didn’t really do anything to earn and frankly, your parents should be commended for bringing you into the world and letting you stick around. But really, birthdays should be celebrated for one reason and one reason alone.
Now, I’m not one to wait around all year for a delicious slice of sugary goodness. That’s a regular occurrence in the Cupcake household. But birthdays deserve something a little extra special, dontcha think?
I got this recipe here, but I’m fairly certain it was stolen from Cook’s Illustrated. What up, Chris Kimball? Dude knows his food.
Start by oiling and flouring some 9 inch pans. Really get in there with the oil. One of my cakes may have broken and may have been smushed back together. I can neither confirm nor deny these allegations.
Mix your dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk them up. Combine the wet ingredients and whisk them, too.
Measure out your batter evenly into your prepared pans. Bake until done. Cool beside an open window if you’re like me and don’t have air conditioning. Or cable. Or 200 amp electrical service. I’m practically Amish!
While your cakes are cooling, you can wash dishes and clean up the flour bomb you made in your kitchen. Then, you ought to get your frosting on.
Put one layer of cake, maybe the “broken” one on the cake stand and slather on some frosting. Really give it a good coating.
Then you can take your cake on a field trip. Oh the places this cake has been!
The great state of Texas (or just my Texas flag picnic table).
It lounged in the sun on the adirondack chair.
It even visited Kevin the garden gnome. Check out that kale! Kevin’s been whispering sweet nothings to my veggies this year and they are growing like gangbusters!
Once the tour de garden is over, take the cake to your inlaws. Carefully balance it on the front seat of your SMART car, hold with one hand, drive with the other, and try to convince your 90 pound labradoodle not to knock it over as he’s wedged in the trunk.
Make a wish.
Eat a large slice and share a few others! 27 is going to be a good year.