trumpeting spring

trumpeting spring

And being rather in-your-face about it, too. These are on an early-blooming rhododendron in a neighbor’s yard.

February 28, 2010. druid labs pnw.


it’s coconut layer cake day!

it's coconut layer cake day!

it's coconut layer cake day!

The actual date of Coconut Layer Cake Day tends to wobble a bit, but it’s usually around this time of year.

I (yes, I!) make the cake using a recipe from Cooks Illustrated. It includes coconut extract and creme of coconut in both the cake and the butter cream icing, and toasted coconut pressed into the icing all around.

The stand mixer gets used, washed, and used again. So do various measuring devices. Five and a half sticks of butter get cut into eighths. Nine eggs get separated. A double boiler is involved. Cake flour gets sifted. (Cake flour? Sifting?) A lot of tools get used [Tim Allen snorts here…].

Each year I tell BlueHeronDruid that she’s lucky I never remember how long it takes to put together!

But the truth is I like doing it for her. Shh. It’s a secret.

February 27, 2010. druid labs pnw.