Saturday, September 18, 2010

Prepping for Marguerite's Birthday

I actually recently baked another cake, but I couldn't take a picture since my phone camera's busted and when I checked our camera, there was no memory card in it. I am intimidated by any form of gadgetry and far be it from me to dare fiddle with Mark's beloved (beloved until he decides he needs a newer model) camera, so I just slunk off with my tail between my legs.
Anyway, the cake was a trial Tennessee Strawberry Jam Cake and it turned out pretty good. It was a practice run for Marguerite's actual birthday cake. I was hoping to bake her some chocolate cake, but when I asked her what cake she wanted for her birthday, she specifically answered, "a strawberry cake." I had to ask. That's a little problematic because strawberries are rare finds in the produce section even when they're in season up in the mountains. Canned strawberries also do not frequent supermarket shelves around here. I wasn't about to hunt down these items, which have the potential to be as elusive as the Holy Grail if given the chance. I also didn't want to use a mix, which my mom actually has somewhere in her pantry, so I looked for a recipe that  instead used strawberry jam, which has always been plentiful in supermarkets.
Marguerite liked the cake and said it would do for her birthday cake. I just pray I can make the one for Wednesday cute enough to be a four-year-old's birthday cake.
Regarding her presents, I'm 98% done with all the stitching for her patchwork present. I need a break from that, so I'm currently crocheting like mad for the other set of presents. After that, I'll be doing some painting and cutting and gluing and pinning... You'll see everything on Thursday (if they turn out presentable, hehe). Wish me luck, lots of it, on her Christmas present because I've decided to do some actual carpentry work for that one, lol.


Sharkbytes said...

Wow- you are really energetic, and detail-oriented, to do a dry run on the cake baking. Sounds yummy.

The Kano said...

I've never heard of a Tennessee Strawberry Jam Cake, but I can guarantee you my wife has had a craving the least two days for cake, which we can't find on our little island. So my wife's sister is going to Iloilo City to run some errands, and my asawa gave her some money to buy a cake. I bet your cake is better, though.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Sharkbytes: Thanks. Latent qualities I tap for Marguerite's sake, lol

@Dave: Thanks for the vote of confidence. I hope Melinda finally satisfies her craving. :)

Anonymous said...

This made me laugh, what our daughters ask for the impossible a Strawberry Cake at that... we went to Red Ribbon, Goldilocks and we found none... we bought fresh strawberries, and my sister gave me strawberry jams, I made her see all the cakes posted in the computer terminal and bought her a different one. That I envy you, that you know how to bake and all.