Can't get the red out
Some things...

Let them eat cake!

My birthday carrot cake on Saturday had cream cheese frosting, which takes two sisters and a mother to make, you know...

Ann and Karen asked Mom (we were at her house) for powdered sugar, whereupon she went to the cupboard and produced a container of "powdered sugar."  The girls sifted and mixed and blended and stirred, and sifted and blended some more, and the stuff just wasn't getting very smooth.

"Maybe the bowl is too small," said one of the sisters.  Like that has ANYthing to do with anything except that little blips of "frosting" would fall over the edge and Karen, usually (the one wielding the mixer), would pop them into her mouth.  It bears repeating that she did this repeatedly -- well, okay, two or three times (but that would mean that it was repetition at least once or twice).

Finally, Annie tasted one of the globs and declared, rather disgustedly, "Hey, this isn't sweet!"  She grabbed that Tupperware container and turned it around to see the identifying label (because Mother's containers always have an identifier) and it said: CORNSTARCH.  Huh, no wonder that frosting was kinda THICK!

Well, needless to say, there was a store run for butter and cream cheese and we heard (numerous times) all about how Grandma would have been SO upset at the waste of all that food.  No doubt the amount of cornstarch wasted was equivalent to what one child would consume in a lifetime!  I aplogize if anyone has to endure runny gravy over their mashed potatoes and stuffing this Thankgiving as a result of this careless and inappropriate use of a thickening agent.

Heh, anyway, the cake was DELICIOUS (I've blogged it two days in a row!) and I had several (yes, several) pieces of varying sizes over the weekend and sometimes I didn't even use a plate -- just grabbed my fork and dug right in.

Happy Birthday to Me!



Wishing you happiness all day, and for many, many happy returns of the day.


Kitchen mistakes like that are always good for a laugh. I remember the time my mom and I were baking cookies all day long and on our last batch we forgot half the flour. What a mess but what a memory!


Sounds perfect! (the second incarnation with the actual sugar, that is...)

Happy Birthday, birthday buddy!


Happy Birthday to you! Cha Cha Cha
Happy Birthday to you! Cha Cha Cha
Happy Biiiiirthday dear Viiiiiiicki
Happy Birthday to you!


Another great birthday memory... gotta love it! Happy Birthday, chica, and many more to come:)


Happy Birthday Vicki!!!

ps. you are torturing me with these carrot cake tales ....


Um, cornstarch frosting? I think I'll pass, thanks.... but, happy birthday! It's such a GOOD day for birthdays!


Happy birthday! Mmm.... carrot cake! My favorite...


I so love carrot cake. Well I guess it was better to find out that it wasn't powdered sugar before it was put on the cake. :)


A birthday memory! They help make for special birthdays! May it be a fabulous day, Vicki!!

julia fc

Happy Birthday, Vicki!


Happy Birthday, Vicki!


Happy Birthday Vicki! Glad ya'll figured out the frosting problem before putting it on the cake! eww :)


Reminds me of the time I made rice pudding and forgot to put the sugar in... hehehe.

I'll get mom to use flour in her gravy instead of cornstarch this year, to help conserve the world supply. ;-)


Happy birthday, Vicki!

Cornstarch, that is a hoot! Definitely a story for your family annals.


Happy birthday!

(SO funny about the frosting. :)


Happy Birthday Knitting Friend!!


Happy Birthday! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is always my birthday cake too!


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday!! Another Scorpion sister -- my birthday was last week! To a GREAT year.

Andrea (noricum)

Happy birthday to you!


Happy Birthday!! I had a big party and a store bought cake so I am jealous of your homemade cake -- I have been pawning extra birthday cake off on everyone I know.


Happy Birthday!!!


a very very very happy birthday TO YOU!!!!! :-)


Who loves you - I do!!! And not just on your birthday! Happy 29th! I hope you have a great day and the best year ever XO XO XO!

Mary in Boston

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Vicki!


I can't believe how late I am - but I have a good excuse! Really I do! (We saw the babe today. YAY!)

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Janis! You're one of my favorite people in the whole wide world! THANK YOU!

Love, Me


Oh, a delicious cake like that deserves MANY blog entries! :D Had to laugh at the cornstarch frosting! (ick)
Happy Birthday to my favorite Vicki, EVER!
Lots of love, dahling!

Beth S.

Ooooh, carrot cake! LOVE the carrot cake. Especially with the ultra-rich frosting!

Happy belated! :-)


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BIRTHDAY to you!!!!!!!


Mmmmmm! I am definitely in the carrot cake camp. Happy Birthday!


Ha! I have a cornstarch story, too. My ex-roommate had mislabeled the cornstarch as "baking powder," and wondered why the HELL none of her baked goods would rise. :D

Teresa C

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers! And people for that matter.

Love you girl!

Ann K.

It's certainly NOT surprising how the many people close to you and your life seem to make you smile... that's such a wonderful gift!

Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday indeed!!! Carrot cake is my favorite b'day treat, enjoy!


Well shoot! So sorry to be late, but Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a good time. You may continue to do so.


Happy Late Birthday!!

Something very similar happened to me when I was a young teen. I had this book called "Surprise for Mother" about these kids who made breakfast for bed for their mother and the recipes for the food were in the book. I decided to make the biscuits and confused Baking Soda with Baking Powder. I proudly served them to my family and my dad and my step-mom both took a bite and said, "mmm, that's good, honey." Finally my brother takes a bite and then spits it out and said, "They're terrible!" It truly was a Surprise for Mother. And now I'm extra careful checking recipes.


Happy Birthday, indeed! I really appreciated the frosting story too! Too funny!


Happy birthday, Vicki!

I love carrot cake best. No, I love cream cheese frosting best. No, carrot cake. Wait -- I can have both? Woot!

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