And so passes the fastest year of my life. We celebrated accordingly. My original plan was for a few family members to gather for champagne and cake. He's only one after all. That idea grew until I had over ten guests for dinner, drinks, and the obligatory cake. Without my mom helping, I'm sure it would not have come together quite so well.
Paloma Coolers and various home brews
three dozen tamales from our neighborhood tamale lady
buttered corn on the cob with chile and lime
fresh tomatillo salsa
O-hana Salsa (made locally)
Brazilian baked black beans
This was my first layer cake and I was thrilled with the result. The cake was moist and flavorful, the frosting was rich and not cloyingly sweet. Much time was spent researching recipes and techniques online in advance of the making and the baking. I froze the layers, which made assembling the cake easier and saved me some crucial time the day of the party. My mom brought her covered cake plate, and I tucked strips of parchment paper underneath while frosting to keep it clean. A thin layer of frosting - the crumb layer - was spread on first, then placed in the fridge for about fifteen minutes, then the final layer of sweetness kept the whole thing pretty. All of this information was gathered at Smitten Kitchen; read this carefully if you're planning on making the layer cake your birthday party staple. (I told my husband, very authoritatively, that a layer cake is the most festive cake. Simply put, I must incorporate this into my repertoire: there is a world of bounce houses, water balloon fights, and sugar highs to embrace for the next ten years or so.)