Happy National Chocolate Cake Day

chocbarbs-60thI think it’s pretty funny that every day of the year is designated as a national food holiday. Believe it or not, there’s a Lobster Thermidor Day (Jan. 24), a day dedicated to Cold Cuts (March 3) and even one called Something on a Stick Day (March 28).
January 27th has been deemed National Chocolate Cake Day. Now there’s a day I can get behind! Happy National Chocolate Cake Day to all!
If you want to see all 365 days and their particular food designations, here’s the link: National Food Holidays.

Happy Robbie Burns Day

A few years back I was invited to celebrate and pay tribute to Robbie Burns, the great Scottish poet (1759-1796) who was born on January 25. Dinner faves included the piping in of the haggis as well as deep-fried Mars bars.
I thought I’d have some fun and brought cupcakes, decorated with tartans made up of buttercream piping. One fellow, dressed in his Scottish regalia, grabbed a cupcake that came pretty close to the tartan on his kilt!
As the official Burns website says, “…Burns suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.”
The dinner I attended was somewhere in between.

One-armed bandit

slot-machine2Beverley emailed to let me know her mum was turning 96. Although in her day Issie loved gardening and the outdoors, she was especially fond of playing the slots. Now in long-term care, she is no longer actively gambling but this cake will hopefully remind her of hitting the jackpot. Or getting close to it.
In this case, the winnings are foil-covered chocolate coins and French vanilla layer cake. And the one-armed bandit’s handle is a shiny red jaw breaker!

Quilter’s cupcakes

cupcake-quilterI did these cupcakes for Cheryl who has just discovered a love for quilting.
I had so much fun thinking of what to put on the cupcakes besides a fondant quilt as a backdrop. So…I made spools of thread, needles and thread, a thimble, scissors, a measuring tape and buttons, all out of fondant. The birthday message is made to look like it’s cut from fabric with pinking shears.
Apparently Cheryl loved them. They were lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and topped with lemony buttercream. Yum!