We're finished with this year's "birthday season", as my birthday was last weekend. I decided to make Jewish Apple Cake for my birthday cake, partly because we had apples, partly because it's an easy cake that tastes really great, and mostly because I needed to get way better pictures of the finished cake so I could convince more people to make it. ;) (The Jewish Apple Cake recipe was added to this website over 4 years ago!)
The cake can be served with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top, and it's near-perfect that way. I had the grand idea of making a frosting instead, this time. I mean, birthday cake does need to have frosting, right? :)
I decided to make a fluffy caramel frosting. Caramel frosting atop apple cake just sounded right! The only small problem was that the frosting called for powdered sugar, and my giant Costco-sized bag of powdered sugar was nearly empty... with no backup bag. All year long, I rarely use powdered sugar -- but birthday season had wiped out my supply!
But, I remembered that both Shirley and Laura make powdered sugar in their blenders, so I decided to try it. I did a cup of sugar at a time, but our poor blender just wouldn't quite powder it. Even after many minutes. But it was partly-powdered, so I hoped it'd work. (And, I'd just used my last 2 cups of organic sugar on this experiment! :P)
Well, for future reference, partly-powdered sugar is not the same as completely-powdered sugar, especially when it comes to frosting. My frosting was gritty, stiff, and more like a greasy play dough than a frosting.
Still optimistic, I used my hands to pat it onto the top of half of my cake. It looked pathetic, and actually tasted so wrong that we peeled it back off when we served the cake! (Maybe I won't be so keen on experimenting with expensive ingredients next time!)
While I was making a half-flopped birthday cake for myself, Joshua was ready to surprise me.
When it comes to presents, I know I can be difficult to buy for because, well, I am picky and don't like to have things I won't love and use. And since I know I'm picky, I don't get upset or offended when I don't get gifts from Joshua on every special occasion. :)
But this year? I opened up all this stuff!
Joshua put so much thought and love into picking out these things for me.
Unknown to me, he researched coffee and espresso makers and got me an awesome coffee/espresso press called the AeroPress. And some quality coffee! And a Dr. Laura book that he thought would be an encouragement to me. (Can I just say how awesome it is to be married to a man who supports me fully in being a stay-at-home mom?!)
New Psalm CDs! We sing Psalms together during our evening family devotions. It's a fun way to memorize Scripture. :)
So anyway, my birthday was memorable and fun. :) Some day I'll try that frosting recipe again... and do it right. :)
Our other birthday celebrations this year: