I was going to publish another serious Q&A topic about integrity in blogging this week, but I've decided that I'm in too good of a mood today to want to deal with the potential backlash, so I'm postponing that thought until later in the month. For now, let's talk about another very important topic: Cake!
Is there is a certain type of cake you prefer to eat on your birthday? If you're not into sweets, do you have any other birthday-related foodie traditions?
Cake has been on my mind recently because Stan's birthday is next week. Making food is one of the few things I'm actually really good at, so I always bake him the cake of his choice from scratch. For the past four years he's asked for the same thing: Chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter ganache. (The first year we were living together he asked for pineapple upside-down cake... was he testing me? I don't know.) His devotion to chocolate and peanut butter got me thinking of my own cake-related traditions though:
- As a kid: White cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. My mom always baked cakes from scratch for birthdays and holidays. I didn't realize that a lot of adults didn't do that until I was much, much older.
- As a young adult: I lived in Chicago for the first half of my twenties, and there was this amazing Austrian-style bakery near where I lived that made these ridiculous sponge cakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting piled high as the ceiling. I may have eaten a few of those way back when.
- In my thirties: Vanilla cupcakes from the Whole Foods bakery. Fancy? (It works.)
Anyway, let me know about your own birthday foodie traditions in the comments!