Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Here's the cake I made for my friend's surprise 50th birthday party a couple weeks ago. (Click for larger image.)
Each 14" round half took two cake recipes, plus I made five other regular-size cakes. The big one was dark chocolate sheetcake* with buttercream frosting, decorated with fondant. The smaller ones were snickerdoodle*, grandma's coconut icebox*, carrot with orange cream cheese frosting*, peanut butter and jelly**, and chocolate lover's***.
I'd been doing birthday cakes for each of the moms in my church since last December, so when Christine's husband sent out word of the party, I offered to do the cake. Well, if he'd known then that a hundred and thirty-six people were coming, I'd have balked and backed out. But the guest list grew slowly so I could work my way up to the challenge, and it turned out to be one of my happiest endeavors ever!
*From Anne Byrn's wonderful The Cake Mix Doctor books **My own concoction ***Stealthily sent by the celebrant's daughter
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:47 AM
On July 19, 2007 2:56 PMCarol in Oregonwrote... Glorious! The writing reminds me of a piano keyboard, accordion style. What a blessing you are. Can I fly you out for my 50th in September?
On July 19, 2007 7:42 PMJanetwrote... This may be a stoopid question but do you make the fondant or do you buy it? It seems difficult to make and to handle.
The cake is darling! And the others sound delicious. Good job!
On July 19, 2007 10:57 PMFittsywrote... Fondant is super easy to use - though there are a number of steps and it's mildly time consuming. But definitely something that you can handle. Email me if you'd like my recipe, which came from allrecipes.com, if memory serves.
I'm sure that the Moms in your church really enjoy your ministry of birthday cake making. What a lovely way to serve.