Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Happy Birthday Mom!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's 65th birthday. We celebrated this past Sunday with dinner at our house. The highlight of the meal was the dessert. Knowing that her favorite cake is strawberry shortcake I had been on a quest for weeks, to find the perfect recipe. I decided on a Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake posted on Chow by Amy Wisniewski. Nothing I ever do is without incident and this cake was no exception. I started baking early Sunday morning only to find that I was running low on vanilla. Short by 1 tablespoon I had to make an emergency run to the grocery store to pick up more. The cake came together nicely until it was time to macerate the strawberries. I had bought, what I thought, was a nice pint of strawberries on Saturday. When I went to take them out of the container I noticed that everything under the top layer was molded. So I was off to the store again; this time for more berries.

It was smooth sailing after that. (I'm not sure I could've handled another trip to the store) Despite all my issues the cake was rather easy to make and delicious too eat. The rest of the meal consisted of the following two recipes I've blogged before: pisto manchego, and meatballs with salad.

11 comments:

  1. holy whipped cream thats a nice cake - and my favorite

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  2. The cake looks beautiful. Love how the strawberry center looks!

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  3. Wow, what a cake! Happy birthday to your mom. I loved looking at all your philly food pictures.

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  4. What a cake and what a dinner I had. Thank you so much.

    Love you, Mom

    P.S. No she is not up for adoption.

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  5. It looks and sounds like your Mom had a wonderful day. Gorgeous cake!

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  6. What a fantastic looking cake! Your mom must have been so pleased. Whipped cream cakes are the best :-)

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  7. Look a the size of those strawberries! They must be Driscoll berries. Beautiful cake, and happy bday to mom!
    Stacey

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  8. What a beautiful cake! Hope your mom had a happy birthday!

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  9. that cake is beautiful! Bet it was a huge hit :)

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  10. You know I am the same way, running to the store all the time because of little mishaps!
    Your cake turned out spectacular all gussied up and in the spotlight! Was it not worth going back and forth for those two flavor enhancers? I am sure everybody was waiting patiently for dessert!!!Delish!

    BTW, I am really happy for you and your team!!!

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  11. Oh, what a cheerful,festive cake this is! Happy belated b-day to your mom. She's lucky to have you. :)

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