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Happy Birthday

I baked a red velvet for my cousin's birthday yesterday and we took her out for dinner.

She is 64 years old and insists that she doesn't look her age. She always brings it up so people will tell her she looks 21, and she laughs and laughs.




When I was growing up, my grandmother always made a from scratch angel food cake for our birthdays, frosted with an orange glaze. She cut slits into the baked cake and inserted a button, a quarter, a penny, a ring, and so on and they meant something for the person who found one of them in his or her piece of cake. The button meant you were going to be an old maid or bachelor, the larger coin meant wealth, the penny meant poverty, the ring meant happy marriage.

There was always an extra candle on the cake 'to grow on' and after the candles were blown out, every one sang:

"They say that our Grandma* she ain't go no style
Ain't got no style
Ain't got no style

But we say our Grandma, she's got her style
She's got her style
She's got her style

Sty-le all the whi-el."

I don't know what the tune was, something old-fashioned.

*fill in the name of the birthday person

posted on Jan 31, 2013 9:51 PM ()


Awe, very nice!
comment by kristilyn3 on Feb 10, 2013 12:32 PM ()
What a sweet tradition, and what wonderful memories!
comment by maggiemae on Feb 1, 2013 7:47 PM ()
Wouldn't it be fun to go several months making Grandma's recipes and eating that food off the dishes that came from her?
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 9:04 PM ()
You can send my slice via Fedex!!!
comment by greatmartin on Feb 1, 2013 7:26 PM ()
If it'd been carrot cake, I would have certainly thought of you, and felt guilty for not mailing you some.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 9:00 PM ()
A big Happy Birthday and a very nice picture of grandma.Cake looks yummy.
Never had a red velvet cake.
comment by fredo on Feb 1, 2013 11:18 AM ()
That's my cousin.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 8:59 PM ()
The cake looks so good!
I love the story about your grandma.
comment by jaydensblog on Feb 1, 2013 10:39 AM ()
The best thing about the cake was that it didn't make me crave a glass of cold milk like a lot of the rich chocolate desserts do.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 8:59 PM ()
Wonderful post, full of the gift of smiles!
comment by marta on Feb 1, 2013 9:59 AM ()
I'm so glad I'm back in touch with this particular cousin and her sister (who lives in Illinois). Our grandmothers were sisters, and it is fun to discover what family traditions we have in common.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 8:58 PM ()
The cake looks delicious...makes me hungry!!
comment by steve on Feb 1, 2013 9:51 AM ()
We each had a little sliver (but it's so tall) and then left the whole rest of it at Betsy's house. It would have tasted good for breakfast.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 8:56 PM ()
Your cake is gorgeous. I love your Grandmother's style.
comment by elderjane on Feb 1, 2013 7:41 AM ()
She was the grandma who never put pickle jars or jelly jars or milk cartons on the table, everything had to be dished out or served in pitchers. And then put back in the original containers. It was gracious living. When my cousins from that side come to my house I try to do that, but most of the ones still living grew up like billy goats, and they probably don't know the difference.
reply by troutbend on Feb 1, 2013 8:55 PM ()

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