Thursday, March 16, 2017

Having My Cake and Eating It, Too

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

my birthday cake under glass with our traditional
celebratory curly ribbon adoring the party table

With that scripture in mind, today I am "numbering my days," which are quite a lot, thanks to the Lord's mercies. I won't tell you the exact sum of them (ladies don't like to share their age and it's impolite for children to ask), but let's just say  I'm old enough to be retired and still young enough to enjoy it.

my first birthday cake in many years
Yesterday I baked a birthday cake for myself, not a cupcake but an entire cake.  I haven't done that for a very long time. Since I can't eat wheat, dairy, or eggs, dealing with the chemistry required for creating an allergy-free cake has been just too much. I barely passed that science class in school, so I don't tamper with it in my kitchen.

cake and candle
I don't remember why right now, but the other day I poked around on the Internet and found an allergy-free recipe for yellow cake with chocolate frosting and I decided to give it a try. If you're interested, the link for it is here.

I was still a little leery since my kitchen sits at 6,224 feet above sea level (that is well over a mile high). Most bakers around here follow the high altitude instructions on boxed cake mixes. But I just followed the basic directions of the recipe on the link. As you can see, it turned out just fine!

yellow cake with chocolate frosting
on the Charming Barbara china 
I baked and frosted the cake the day before my birthday and then we sliced into it that night.  My reasoning was that I was born in the wee hours of the morning in the Central Time Zone, so if we waited until tonight to have my cake here in the Mountain Time Zone, I'd be many hours past the time of my birth!

the back of the dishes
Also, I was very eager to see what the cake would look like on the china The Cook on Fifth Street gave to me last summer. I grew up with this china on her table and always assumed hoped they would be mine some day. I think they support birthday cake very well, don't you?

We intend to share some of the cake with our neighbors. If you lived nearby, I'd give some to you!

Because of the LORD's great love
we are not consumed, 
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Disclaimer: today Blogger decided to play around with my font choices and sizes. (grumble, grumble) I can't seem to get it fixed, so that's why things look a little crazy in this post.


  1. Happy Birthday, Barbara!!! The cake looks delicious and the china is beautiful. I wish you a very nice weekend. xoxo Mildred

  2. Would you be willing to share the recipe, Barbara? Happy, Happy Birthday and I don't mind telling you (well, I do, but since I have to deal with it, sigh) I will be the big 5-0 next Thursday, hubby will be 51 on Sunday, and the boy wonder will be 20 on March 31...yep, all March babies....

    Oh, where was I? Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday sweet are just too cute, smiles.

    1. posted the link...sigh

    2. S'all right! I should have put the actual link in the post instead of having to click on the link. It wasn't very clear.

  3. Happy Birthday, Charming Barbara🎈Some of my favorite people were born on your day. So glad that you found a cake recipe that you could bake and enjoy. 😊

  4. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!

  5. Happy Birthday! So wonderful you found a recipe that was suited for you!!

  6. Happy Birthday Barbara! Looks like our birthdays are really close. Glad you had cake that would treat your system well! Blessings on your new year!

    1. And blessings on your new year as well, Ellen!

  7. Happy birthday! You cake looks delicious!

    1. Oh it was! We had to share it with neighbors lest we eat it all ourselves!

  8. Well, happy birthday sweet and charming Barbara! My baby brother's birthday is tomorrow. Lots of great folks born in March. What a good looking cake and so glad you did the research and baked yourself a cake to enjoy. Blessings for the year ahead!

    1. Happy Birthday to your little brother!

  9. I'm so happy that you had a birthday cake you could enjoy! Awesome! I wish I was close enough to have a slice and give you a birthday hug! Keep celebrating, now! You have at least through the weekend to be pampered!

  10. Happy Birthday, Barbara!! Looks as if that cake came out perfectly delicious -- and what a cute picture of you holding the cake!

    That Charming Barbara china is so sweet. I have never seen that pattern before.

    Have a blessed weekend!