How do you celebrate your birthday? For me, it varies from year to year, but there’s never been a year without dessert. I’ve always been a pie over cake kinda’ girl and have often asked for pie for my birthday. But when I was a child, first my grandmother and then my mom would make the most amazing cake I’ve ever had – Poppy Seed Cake.
I have not had that cake in many, many years. As I thought about what I wanted this year, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Yes, I want this rich, whipped cream smothered Poppy Seed Cake for my 60th birthday.
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Several years ago my sister did the most amazing thing. She created a book for our family with recipes that my grandmother, mom, and aunts had prepared over the years. If not for that, I’m afraid that the Poppy Seed Cake recipe and many others would be lost forever.
It’s ma’ birthday and I’m gonna’ eat sugar, but I did take care to adjust the recipe so that it contains less sugar than the original. I’ve made a few other adjustments to make it a little healthier and I used pastured butter, eggs, and cream, and organic ingredients. What a totally amazing cake!
“A Party Without a Cake is Just a Meeting” – Julia Child
The childhood celebrations of my birthday made me feel special. It wasn’t every day that we had cake. And they were all homemade with love by my mom. I treasure those memories.
I personally have no problem including something with sugar on special occasions. Because sugar isn’t an everyday thing in our home, these treats say “this is special”. That’s why I love Quinn Veon’s approach to cake in her Reformation Acres cookbook, Cake Stand: Fresh From the Market Farmstead Cakes.
Quinn has a healthy attitude about the place of cake in our lives. She says, “It’s not so much the piece of cake that will matter to your overall health and well-being, but what you eat the rest of the time.”
With recipes like Strawberry Chamomile Cake and Sweet Potato Molasses Cupcakes, Cake Stand: Fresh From the Market Farmstead Cakes is creative cake baking at its best.
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