I’m terrible at keeping birthday gifts secret. When I come up with a gift idea, I burst with anticipation to share it! Although I still have a few travel stories to tell, I must interrupt with this cutest little birthday cake I made for M. My original plan was actually much more elaborate. It involved setting up a candle lit white tablecloth dinner of three-course home cooked meal. I even made the potato & leek soup and bought the smoked lamb chops. But the complexity of bringing my own table and chairs was a bit too much and I had a last minute change of plan.
Why would I even consider BYOT(able) and BYOC(hairs) too much trouble? After all, I did all that not too long ago. Yesterday I had a minor operation to remove an adventitial bursitis from my ankle. The surgery went well but I was reeling from the aftermath of sedative on my way home. I am not the type to sit still but I try not to hobble around the house too much. I really want to give the ankle its best chance of recovery. Au lieu of romantic dinner at home, it will be Cuban restaurant and attending a friend’s album launch at a club.
The one thing that I cannot compromise is birthday cake. I planned for this back in September when I found out M’s love for carrot cake. Last year, I unknowingly made a decadent chocolate layer cake because…who doesn’t like chocolate cake? Apparently M doesn’t but I did not find out (accidentally I may add) until recently. I was determined to make the best carrot cake for him this year.