a cake with just the right amount of sweetness
topped with buttercream icing . . .
I savor each bite of this wonderful creation!
One year (2014), I made an Italian cream cake for the birthday of my boss at the office I worked in who also appreciated the fine
flavor combination of an Italian cream cake . . .
the challenging part was my stove had just stopped working and would have to be replaced so I had to cook the layers of my cake in a small toaster oven, one layer at a time.
The three-layer cake turned out tasting pretty good, according to our office staff, and,
though I have made this cake several times for myself,
I always remember that cake that I think tasted better than
any other one I made – perhaps because of the time and
energy involved . . .
anything made with thought and care for someone else
always seems to be better
so this obvously imperfect cake was
MY PERFECT BIRTHDAY CAKE!
and every year, I enjoy
an Italian cream cake for my birthday . . .
some I bake, some from a restaurant,
always so good – but never as perfect as that one
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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I love this post. Make it chocolate for me!
surprisingly, the 2014 challenge of baking multi-layered cakes in a toaster oven was TWO cakes–one for my boss (Italian cream) and one for a friend co-worker (Death by Chocolate) birthdays in the same week so had a combination party for them both–so chocolate, yes! you made a great choice!
I know your boss and co-worker will really enjoy those cakes. Right now my mouth is watering!