Bedtime for Natalie and Gordon and Jacques too!

natgordon-bdaysLiving out here in the country I have many friends who adore animals. Gordon and Natalie, who share a January birthday have various dogs, cats, hens, ducks and ducklings, bees and an 18-year-old gecko. It takes them forever to tuck them all in and I thought a birthday cake featuring them with all their animal babies might be a bit of fun.

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Jacques’ girlfriend saw the cake and order one for Jacques’ special birthday. Not only does he have goats, sheep and chickens, he feeds skunks and raccoons as well. NIghty-night!

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Squeeze box cake

accordion 1 When I was asked to do an accordion cake, I must admit I lost a little sleep. How would I do the squeezy part? Buttons or keyboard? (buttons!) After much research of what a squeeze box really looks like I squeezed out this cake. Hope Anna loves it as much as I loved making it.

Coffee spoons…

coffee spoons

A million moons ago while at university, a friend and I took a summer course in English Literature. While studying T.S. Eliot, the prof recalled a story where she woke up her husband and said, “Jeffrey! Are we measuring our lives in coffee spoons?” We thought this was a scream and have talked about it on and off for about thirty years. To commemorate my friend Peter’s visit here last weekend, we created this cake for a dinner party. I had purchased the spoons last year, knowing they’d be perfect for a cake for Peter. I was delighted to finally make it so.

Inspired from the T.S. Eliot poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?