I had a fun birthday weekend! On Friday, Mr. Fox and I dined at Cafe La Perche in Hudson, NY. And last night, he threw a big party in my honor! Thirty-five friends arrived at the house for cocktails, appetizers, and a lavish dinner buffet prepared by Chef Danyal of Georgia Ray catering. Since I forgot to take pictures of the dinner fare, let me tell you about the cake!
The cake was made by Debbie Allen — a professional baker we met through our mutual association with the Kinderhook Dog Park. Debbie’s pooch Bella plays with our pooch Avery. Mr. Fox arranged for Debbie to make a cake for my birthday, and to give the cake a culinary theme.
And what could be more culinary-themed than a stove-shaped, four-layer red velvet cake, thickly coated in blue fondant?
Debbie’s arrangement included a fondant rug in front of the stove, plus a fondant dog dish filled with fondant kibbles.
After dinner, I carved the cake according to such requests as “Can I have a burner?” and “I want the kitchen towel!”
On a side note, a few days before the party, I told Mr. Fox how sorry I was that our friend Sue Chiafullo wouldn’t be able to attend. Sue moved to Charleston, SC a couple of years ago, and we (and our whole community, too) miss her daily.
Some time before dinner, Mr. Fox asked me to sit in a chair in the parlor. “Close your eyes,” he said. “I have a special birthday present for you.”
I opened my eyes, and there (okay, I’ve already spoiled the surprise for you), stood Sue Chiafullo. “How could I miss your XXth birthday?” she asked.
Well. I was touched.
Are you a December baby, too? If so, happy birthday to you!