Baking on the Road

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White Cake, Fresh Strawberry Curd, Vanilla Buttercream, and a garnish of Fresh Strawberries

During the entire month of April, I was traveling.  Literally, I was back and forth between the U.S. and Germany a several times.  But, that didn’t stop me from baking!

Let’s start with this White Layer Cake

While I was back in Germany for a few days, I baked this cake for a wonderful friend – his wife had planned a spectacular surprise birthday party for him.  Though I would have to miss it, I was still able to bake this cake a few days ahead, freeze it, and leave it with strict instructions on how to decorate the cake with fresh berries.  Rumor was…DELICIOUS!

I snapped these photographs during the construction and right after crumb coat and before the finished layer of buttercream.  It’s a double-layer, 9″ White Layer Cake.

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No slice pic for this cake!

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Fiesta Ware: the cake is sitting on a 12″ Scarlet Cake Plate sitting on an upended bouillon bowl, the strawberries are in a White Fruit Bowl, and the tulips are in a Scarlet Cappuccino Pedestal mug.

I made a similar cake for my BFF’s daughter who celebrated her birthday in April.  We had such a wonderful party and good times catching up!

She asked for “something with fruit” so I baked another White Layer Cake and introduced all the berries!  There was much love – she let me take a slice pic right in the middle of the party and the singing and the ice cream.

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Naturally, when I’m in Utah visiting our people, we bake together.  On this trip, one of the cakes we baked was a Chocolate Layer Cake with a Cheese Cake middle layer.  We frosted it with a Cream Cheese Buttercream and covered the top in a lattice work of Ghiradella chocolate.

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Fiesta Ware: the cake is on a cake board sitting on a 12″ Persimmon Pasta Bowl sitting on an upended Persimmon Tea Cup, the slice is on a Persimmon Dessert Plate, and the plant is sitting in a Paprika Chili Bowl.

We shared this cake with friends and every single bite was eaten.  I think I overheard, “Cheesecake is for breakfast, right?”

I love when I get to share baking with family and friends who are family.  I miss them when we’re away from each other … which makes our time together all the more precious.

I am loved.  I am sober.  I get to share all of these good things with my life partner.


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