Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chocolate on Chocolate Cake to Celebrate 100 Years!

A few years ago, I made a cake for my friend Adele's wedding reception at her home in beautiful Greenfield Center, New York.  She lives on a gorgeous stretch of the Wilton-Greenfield Road, surrounded by horse pastures and old, classic homes.  Recently, she asked me if I would make the cake for her mother's 100th birthday celebration.  What an honor!  Of course, I said yes.  I had suggested a pretty white cake with golden flowers, and Adele assured me that her mother was much too cool for anything so typical.  No, her mother loves chocolate, so chocolate cake and chocolate frosting it is, with colorful flowers to match her mother's vitality.  How many of us are fortunate to experience our parents living to such an age?  Very few, and I am thrilled to play a small part in this family's happy celebration.  I baked the cakes Thursday night and planned to have it completey finished last night before I went to bed, but...  I was tired, so I decided to get up very early, at 6:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to frost and decorate the cake.  Well, I woke up to the sun (lovely sun!) shining through my bedroom window blinds, and realized I had never set my alarm!  It was 7:30 a.m., and I had so much to do before delivering the cake to Adele's house at 11:00 a.m.  I broke the tasks up into manageable pieces, giving myself a  half hour for this, fifteen minutes for that (fantasizing that I was participating in a Food Network cake competition!), and unbelievably, I pulled it off and pulled into Adele's driveway at exactly 11:00 a.m.!  (I always work best under pressure!)

Here's a photo journal of a special cake for a very special mother's birthday. Enjoy it, and have a lovely weekend!

No, not a Mickey Mouse cake...

Part of the 14" base

Chocolate Frosting Fixings

Naked Chocolate Cake!

Flowers in the making

For the greenery...

Taa Daa!!!!


  1. Oh my stars! You are so very talented! I'm more than impressed and very glad that you got to experience this 100 year mark with a special friend! Most of my great grandparents as well as my great, great grandmothers were blessed to celebrate this 100th birthday as well!!! I am hopeful that my last set of grandparents will reach this wonderful Centennial Celebration! I have never not had 5 generations in my family! It is truly a blessing! This cake is fit for a queen! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. by the way, your picture of your precious grandsons is breathtaking!

  3. Carolyn, thanks so much, as always. Your thoughtful comments are very much appreciated.