Topped with a cherry-filled heart, Barbara’s birthday cake was a family legacy recipe.
ANOTHER ISLAND BIRTHDAY for my lovely wife, Barbara. We need not be so crass as to talk numbers, but she is officially on Medicare as of today. It’s a happy milestone.
Daughter Lillian came on the water taxi for the weekend and helped create a birthday cake using Grandma Cantwell’s best-ever chocolate cake recipe, which Barbara has preserved hand-written in my late mother’s lovely old-fashioned perfect penmanship.
The mother-daughter baking wizards also concocted a luscious vegan buttercream frosting, which Lil applied with a piping bag and her own panache, mixing in sliced maraschino cherries and crushed walnuts between the layers as grandma always did.
It felt a bit like my dear old mother was at the party, smiling in the background.
Using her grandmother’s hand-written recipe, daughter Lillian helped create a luscious birthday cake.