The girls pose on the stairs before leaving for school. The awesome gothy hooded double-breasted knee-length overcoat was a gift from Baba, as was the crystal pendant and the black dress underneath (actually a shirt but long enough to be worn as a mini-dress).
Delphine asked for a volcano cake for her birthday party, which is next Saturday. I thought it would be prudent to make a practice cake today. The cake is constructed of a 9" wide layer, an 8" wide layer, and a dome baked in a glass mixing bowl (wasn't sure how well that would work!)
As you can see, it bears only the most superficial resemblance to a volcano. Next time I'll carve it into a more pyramidal shape, and make the mountain-coloured icing more mountain-coloured. (The obvious thing would be to make chocolate icing, but Delphine wants strawberry.) Still, Delphine thought it was wonderful, and it was delicious.
One of the Delphine's gifts was a collaboration between my friend Tanya and me. Tanya designed this cool cover for a recipe binder, and I printed out a few easy recipes. Now Delphine has her own recipe book!
I worked all day getting everything together: I designed a treasure hunt for the gifts, I baked and iced the cake, and I cleaned and tidied up, and it was totally worth it. Delphine loved every minute of her birthday, from the gifts to the cake to her special chili dinner. And I had so much fun putting it together for her. Next up: the party on Saturday. With cake, and explosions!