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Sigh. Despite hours of care, my attempt at  trying to surpass the last flower pot cake did not quite accomplish the Vision. It was too big, and the lip at the top totally out of proportion.  I had a splendid inspiration, though, which was to print out an image of a seed packet of Forget-Me-Nots, and glue it to a stick and insert it into the “dirt”. Which latter, a mixture of ground chocolate and nuts was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.  Anyway. If I do it again, it should be smaller.  And the lip not as fat. Cake pretty tasty though (used leftover material for another cake, which furnished forth dessert for us).

Julie's Flower Pot Cake

Julie's Flower Pot Cake

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From javascript to..cake baking.  An elegant segue. Both are expressions of the creative spirit, no? So, my friend’s garden club is bidding adieu to one of their members, who has been with them for years, and is now being taken home by her daughters  to, well, die.  She is 90. My friend wished to honor her fellow member, and asked me if I would again make that spring cake (see http://www.hopeandlawrence.com/Hers/HopesCakes/image025.htm ) and of course I said yes. But this time it will be better. Not so bulgy, not so ill-featured. It will look EXACTLY LIKE A CERAMIC POT! Of course, this is what I said last time too…

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Hitting an idle patch, it seems an excellent moment to launch a blog. The gray and drear days of early June (which should be brilliant and sunny, but there, man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards) can not dim the intense human desire to CHAT. To NATTER. To tell other people just what I am thinking about now. Which is: what kind of cake should I make to best express the sorrow at parting from old friends, to embellish the table at a good bye party next month. I am thinking, the cake could be decorated to look like a map of the country, with a ribbon path connecting the east and west coasts, indicating the Affection that Can Endure the Parting. Only, my experience is that pictures in frosting so seldom comes up to my vision of how it should be. The sphinx cake was good, but hardly convincing (http://www.hopeandlawrence.com/Hers/HopesCakes/image035.htm) and the people on the Bon Voyage  cake (http://www.hopeandlawrence.com/Hers/HopesCakes/image024.htm) lacked detail. Suitcases cute, though…

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