Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cakery

You know, when your great-grandpa is turning ninety (that's thirty times older than you!) you might want to make him a cake.

90

We'll make the cake together. You pour the oil (which does look like apple juice, but sure doesn't taste like it, does it?) and count the eggs before I crack them and turn the mixer on low then medium then wow! that's fast! You decide that it should be a dinosaur cake and you, of course, don't mean this to be a joke about age, you're just sure everyone loves dinosaurs. And why wouldn't they?

The cake: chocolate with green buttercream. The dinosaurs will love it.

triceratops

My mama always used homemade buttercream frosting (butter, sugar, vanilla, splash of milk) and there is nothing like it. Buttercream is sweet and feels good in your mouth and gets a perfect, crystalline, feather-light crunch at room temperature. It is also very good piped onto a finger and licked clean, just like that. And a little will go a long way; try not to ruin your dinner.

t-rex

Grandpa loves his cake, but I think more than anything he loves you. You help him blow out his candles and he is very appreciative. You blow out the candles in your underwear because there is so much fresh garden soil in Nan's yard, boxes and boxes of it, and you're only human, right?

candles

It's good to be ninety, but I can tell there is nothing like being three.


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35 comments:

Thea said...

Awww...beautiful cake, beautiful post. Happy birthday to your grandpa!

stu said...

Looks like your daughter is giving Grandpa a run for his money in the candle blowing department.

Your daughter in the dirt (caveman voice): "cake good, dirt better"

-Stu

Loralee Choate said...

Awe...I love the cake. Your grandpa looks totally awesome.

And?

I totally have a photo of me like that last one. I took it last week.

MamaBird said...

...and when the cake is eaten, chances are, you'll roll in the dirt, have to take a bath, end up sleepy bye in bed and dream of just one more piping of frosting on your finger. Lovely, Melanie.

Stacy (mama-om) said...

Sweet pungenty sweetness!

Happy Birthday to your grandpa!

Byron William-James McCafferty Slim Brisbane Fahlvill said...

Well, that is just a very sweet post. When you're three, all you gotta get your (great)grantdpa for his birthday is your presence. He was very happy watching his tikes rollick about the yard. What must that be like to see your grandkids' KIDS?? Who says working in a tungsten mine is bad for your health? Everyone?

Melanie said...

Dear Byron:

See? Commenting is not all that hard.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. McCafferty Slim Brisbane

Mike Golch said...

congrats to your grand father making it to ninety.

bluemountainsmary said...

Melanie? That is one glorious post.

That is one gorgeous grandpa.

That is one beautiful child.

And that is just how I make my icing.

Angie said...

What a great post. Oh, to live to 90 and be able to celebrate with my incredibly cute great-great-grand-babies........that's the way to go.

Lisa Milton said...

What a perfect party; good folks of all ages and dinosaurs of course.

Sweet sweet post.

hippyhappyhay said...

Aww, this is the sweetest post EVER. Yes, EVER.

Sherry said...

Your family is beautiful! Grandpa too, your so lucky to still have him around! I love the photo's of your kids.

Ophelia Rising said...

So sweet! And your food photos are GORGEOUS.

Melanie said...

Thanks for all the nice words, all! And, though he's actually Byron's grandfather, he feels like mine, too.

I AM VERY MARY said...

I sincerely hope that no one posts pictures of me wearing my gardening underwear because, really, I am so not as cute.

Jennifer H said...

Sweet photos, and the cake is adorable. I love buttercream frosting the best, too.

Happy birthday to your grandpa!

I love the garden photo.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Why would anyone ever use storebought frosting?

You are putting away money for your daughter's therapy when she discovers this adorable photo on the 'net when she's 16, aren't you?

Nora Bee said...

Yum. My heart goes pitterpat when I see H with his great grandparents. You must be so proud.

Optimist said...

Ooh! I just love that picture of the two of them all puckered up! Fantastico!

dkuroiwa said...

Ooh...butter cream frosting...mmmmm..I always keep some extra in the freezer, you know...just in case I find a cake, or cookie or finger that needs it!

These pictures are the best...such sweetness wrapped up into one afternoon...

All Adither said...

Naked in the dirt. What could be better.

Magpie said...

That is wonderful - the whole thing, but especially the green cake.

foolery said...

THAT'S what I wanted for lunch: ten fingers of buttercream frosting. And an arm. Better start over.

richgold said...

Congratulations to Grandpa. Just imagine, he was three once too.

When I look at some one on the street, sometimes I imagine what they were like when they were two or three or four. I like to think that they were loved as much as I love my children. At least that's what I hope.

BTW - something I say to every one who takes care of my kids: "Dirt is proof of a good time."

Cheri said...

Happy birthday to Grandpa!

You crack me up. A dinosaur cake.

stephanie said...

BEAUTIFUL! I'm shouting because this was that good.

Happy birthday to your gramp. And happy everyday to you & your babes.

lapoflux said...

What lovely pictures - and post.
We celebrated my grandfather's 91st birthday in April. I am sure he was far more interested in the fact that the kids had helped baked the cake than what it looked like or tasted like (good thing - it was no where near in your league!)
Glad you had a beautiful day!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Oh, my heart. Happy birthday, happy dinosaurs, happy naked 3 yo.

kate5kiwis said...

linked here from somewhere lol.
so glad i did, what a beautiful series of moments, love the way you wrote about them.
what a lovely load of memories
mwah
katie X

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I lurves me some buttercream frosting! I'm always disappointed if a cake has that whipped cream frosting.

Kathy said...

What a sweet picture of the two of them blowing out candles!! Circle of life, ya gotta love it.

Mary Alice said...

How sweet - the cake and the grandpa.

confusedtwenty said...

Okay okay so this must be the cutest blog post on the planet. Hands down!

P.S. Now I SO want dinosaurs on my birthday cake!

Tarnowski said...

Ooh...butter cream frosting...mmmmm..I always keep some extra in the freezer, you know...just in case I find a cake, or cookie or finger that needs it! These pictures are the best...such sweetness wrapped up into one afternoon...