Simple Pleasures ❊ Making A Birthday Cake

Devil's Food White-Out Cake From Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my home to yours | © Life Through the Kitchen Window

There’s such pleasure in making a birthday cake for someone special.

The rhythm of the baking process,

meditative, soothing, anticipatory.

Flipping through the pages of a beautiful cookbook,

seeking the perfect recipe.

Wandering the market for ingredients you need,

this time fresh eggs, premium cocoa, decadent chocolate.

Buttering and flouring pans that await the luscious batter.

Mise-en-place for Dorie Greenspan's Devil's Food White-Out Cake | © Life Through the Kitchen Window

Gathering the mise-en-place, the pleasure of order and readiness.

Then, the spinning beater,

the alchemy that transforms disparate ingredients into deliciousness.

Chocolate fragrance wafting from the oven

and then from cakes cooling on the counter.

Whipping up a fluffy mass of shiny white frosting

that you pile and swirl onto the cake

— stickiness and splatters and artful crumbs —

creating something lovely.

Smiles as you present it,

candles alight.


❊ Happy Birthday, Matthew ❊

Devil's Food White-Out Cake From Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my home to yours | © Life Through the Kitchen Window

The recipe for Devil’s Food White-Out Cake is in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From my home to yours, page 247. This is a beautiful book for your own collection or for gifting.


    • There’s just something happy about a birthday cake, don’t you agree? Such a symbol of celebration for a special someone on the day that is uniquely theirs (well, and everyone else’s who was born on that day!).

    • Glad the cake caught your fancy! It was a lovely recipe, Kay, and Dorie Greenspan’s book is beautiful. I’ll be making more of her confections.

  1. I hope I can enjoy cooking & baking again like you describe, Marlene, once the stress level has subsided in my life!?! Looks good enough to lick the computer screen! thank you for sharing your joy with us, Marlene 🙂

    • Anne, I find cooking and baking to be a good stress reliever. Maybe you could start small, with a batch of cookies or brownies, and see if it helps. Lovely as this cake is, I wouldn’t start with it as it’s not complicated but somewhat involved, if you know what I mean. I’m glad you like the looks of it!

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