Sunday, May 20, 2012
Queens and Cake
Everyone (especially people who don't own one) loves the magnolia.
If you do happen to own one (or two or three like I do), you are probably less than thrilled. Why? Because nothing much grows under these trees, so you end up with a lot of bare ground that gets covered in heavy cardboard type leaves.
At least there is the lovely smell that wafts around you as you rake, because you are not only raking leaves, but also fallen petals and hand grenade sized stamens.
No leaf raking happened today though. I spent time making this rather extravagant birthday cake, called "Celestial Chocolate Cake." It is a decadent three layer affair with a whip cream filling and an icing made with cream, butter, melted chocolate chips and confectioners sugar.