Birthday Cake

My friend, Carmella, asked me to bake a couple of cakes for her father’s birthday party. I said yes because: I love both Carmella and celebrations. Cake is festive and ritualistic. Both an activity and a dish, cake marks such special events as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations. Great effort goes into the production of something so temporary. The cake is consumed in far less time than it took to produce; this is what makes it lavish. What an honor to create the centerpiece of special occasion.

My mom’s friend, Alyson, gave me her recipe for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting…

Here is a chocolate cake with a layer of jam in the center and covered with ganache…

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