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Lori's 40th Birthday Cake

Picture a 2 tiered cake covered in purple roses, deep purple ones on the bottom, graduating to pale purple as we reach the top of the cake.  That was what Lori's birthday cake was supposed to look like.  Up until 1:00am the night before our weekend getaway to celebrate her birthday that is.  I went to bed blissfully proud of myself.  I was going to be ready on time for my 10:00am ride.  Even if I wasn't I knew I would be able to take an extra 15 minutes or more to finish up.  My plan was to get up at 8:00am, make the icing and start piping out the roses.  It would have taken me maybe 45 minutes.  Enough time to pack and shower.  Everything else was ready to go.

At 6:12am I was rudely awakened by a text message.  From the birthday girl no less asking if I had seen Hannah's message on Facebook.  Hannah was my ride.  I knew right away that Hannah must be sick. :(  She was out of a fun girls' weekend getaway and I was out of a ride.  Fortunately, there was just enough room for me and my stuff to go in the other car.  Unfortunately, I was going to be picked up at 7:30. Hahahaha!

I scrambled into the kitchen to start getting the icing made while trying to figure out how I was going to decorate the cake, shower, get dressed and packed in a little over an hour.  In went the pound of butter, cream and vanilla.  Then off to grab a package of icing sugar...nope, no icing sugar.  Holy crap!  Holy panic mode.  I couldn't wake up Mr. T and ask him to go to the grocery store for me.  Even if I had, nothing was open that early close to us to even bother.  He would have done it too.

Thankfully I had made a chocolate filling for the cake, so less icing was needed.  I scrounged around for opened bags of icing sugar and found two.  Woohoo!  Enough to make one batch of icing.  Out came 1/2 of the butter and some of the cream and vanilla.  With the limited amount of icing the roses were out of the question.  So, I opted for this rustic look.

"Not your best work."  That was Mr. T's comment.  At that point I wish I had woken him up to go get some icing sugar.

It may not have been my best work, but Lori loved it.  She didn't care what it looked like as long as it was chocolate.  It tasted awesome if I do say so myself.

It was a great weekend getaway in Blue Mountain celebrating Lori.

P.S. I bought 7kg of icing sugar at Costco last week. :)

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