My fabulous Cousin Pam is in town (by the way, I capitalize “cousin” because in our family, familial relation becomes part of everyone’s name. In fact, when Pam calls me, she notes, “Kristina? It’s Cousin Pam.” Honest. Ask her.). Her first order of business was to plan a special birthday celebration for her sister, Debbie. To accompany the champagne toast, Pam asked me to make a cake.
We decided Debbie should decide the flavor components. After all, it was her birthday celebration. Well, she said she wanted chocolate cake, not chocolate frosting and something with fruit, if possible. After much discussion, we ended up with a four-layer cake, filled with orange ganache, covered with orange buttercream and topped with dark chocolate curls.
The result? Pretty divine, if I do say so myself. And it seemed to be a hit with everyone else. Although, that could have been the champagne talking.
Photo Credit: Cousin Pam, Photographer, Great-Aunt Gerry, Stylist (89 year’s young and still finding new skills!)
Now, Pam is trying to convince me to add cakes to my repertoire. Maybe if she sticks around for a few more weeks she’ll have me convinced.
By the way, be sure to check out her blog Pam Plants a Garden. It will give you a glimpse as to why Mom and Cousin Pam are kindred spirits.