Guy’s birthday was dampened this year not only by the global pandemic but by a historic week-long winter storm that many Texans weathered without heat, electricity, water, and groceries. We were lucky to have power and food, but had to boil all of our water and deal with a back injury. Once on our feet again a week later, we celebrated his birthday with an old friend and barbecue on the patio, alongside this tiramisu. It was so good even our dog Oscar stole a bite or two.
School is virtual this year, so instead of anticipating packing new school supplies, finding a new classroom, and meeting new friends, we’re navigating online class passwords, connectivity challenges, and learning how to avoid accidentally un-muting at the wrong time.
Back-to-school cake is needed now more than ever. It’s been chocolate in prior years, but this moist, delicious buttermilk cake is more to Leo’s taste.
For a chocolate cake, substitute cocoa powder for 1/2 cup of the flour.
My son doesn’t love chocolate (I’m sorry, what?). Given the choice, he will pick gummies over chocolate every time (I don’t understand). He told me this month that he doesn’t like chocolate cake (I. can’t. even.). His favorite cake, and his birthday request every year, is strawberry cake. I knew when he saw this easy recipe for “brownies” that he’d love it.
When life hands you lemons in the form of a global pandemic and sudden unexpected virtual schooling from home, trying to make lemonade can be a nice distraction. Our opportunity came when I overheard Leo’s science class on crystals and decided it’d be fun to make rock candy. The process is easy, as long as you fully dissolve the sugar, and has a tasty reward.
Our son started Kindergarten this year, and I was excited to adopt a tradition of Joanna Goddard’s – celebrating the beginning of the school year with a cake.
This single-layer 8-inch square cake serves a small family a treat the night before school starts with enough leftover for the next night as well. It’s an easy recipe to make on a weeknight and is absolutely delicious. Rainbow sprinkles add a sweet touch of celebration.
For a non-chocolate option, try Buttermilk Back-to-School Cake.