Yesterday was Jay’s birthday. I’d taken him out for dinner Friday night, just because he’d had kind of a crappy day, so I told him we could go out then or wait until his actual birthday. Yesterday was also super-warm, so I waited until after 8 to begin working on a cake for him–Except that he didn’t know the cake was for him.
Homemade Funfetti Cake. Because nothing says “Happy Birthday!” like a mouthful of sprinkles.
Poor Jay often gets overlooked and forgotten, and while I know my cake being a day late doesn’t exactly help matters, I wanted him to know that the bambino and I didn’t forget about him. And technically, I had the cake made on his birthday…It just wasn’t anywhere near ready for eating until the next day!
He was pleasantly surprised and pleased by it, and as long as he likes it, that’s all that matters. I do also have to proclaim that this is the best-looking cake I’ve ever decorated. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than six months, you are aware that my track record when it comes to decorating cakes stinks. Big time. So I’m extra-proud of the way this one looks.
Yesterday was also the first day of the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Jay and the bambino went up early in the morning while I stayed home to work on a baking project:
S’Mores Cupcakes. They were for a coworker. Once I was finished with that, we met up with Jay’s brother, and we all headed up, so I could check out the food. I got my usual:
The sirloin sandwich from Hegerfeld’s. It was good as always. I got a coffee milkshake from the Midwest Dairy Association, and dropped the bulk of my spending money on this:
A sampler of Coteau des Prairies’ oils and vinegars.
I am most excited to try the Cayenne Pepper infused olive oil (I’m not sure how I’m going to use it yet) and the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar (I have a plan for that one, but you’ll have to wait and see!).