Ha! You thought this was going to be something salacious, didn’t you? Get your mind out of the gutter; this is a wholesome, family-friendly post. Literally, actually, since it was my mom’s birthday the other day, and I’ve only just gotten around to posting pictures.
Since the birth-flower for January is the carnation, I snapped up this mini-kit when I saw it at my local needlework shop a few months ago, figuring it was a card just waiting to happen:
The corally-pink card, although not exactly a match for the flowers, matches almost exactly the top I bought her. She claims this was a deliberate theme; I claim coincidence.
But what’s a birthday without cake? After all, you don’t really care for someone if you don’t bake them a birthday cake, yadda yadda, you’ve heard this before. After drooling over pretty much all the cakes in Kris Holechek’s Have Your Cake and Vegan Too, I decided on the Almond Mocha Cake. It’s like an almond mochaccino in cake form!
Layers of moist almond cake with a rich chocolate ganache in between, and topped off with a coffee buttercream? Yes, please!
We started the day with banana-split French toast, but that disappeared before I could get my camera…
And now, I’m off for a piece of cake…