We had a major family milestone on September 16th - my little mom, The Baker, turned 80! Definitely a big event, but she asked that we not have a party "like the last one", her 75th, when 35 family and friends surprised her. This time, it was a "Kaffee und Kuchen" Sunday afternoon party, which for non-German speakers means coffee and cake. But we Europeans like to do things a little differently - we have the coffee/tea and drinks with baked treats *before* we eat anything else. Hey, we have our priorities! Then, for those guest who really enjoyed the party and stayed later, which we hoped would happen, we have a light buffet dinner.
This year both my lovely daughters Sarah and Megan helped with food prep and baking, for which I was very grateful. Apart from a massive shop at Costco for the party basics, Megan made two delish salads and Sarah made gluten-free lemon bars, to make sure one of our favourite guests wouldn't be excluded from enjoying the treats. I made Red Velvet cupcakes (Ina's reliable recipe), my buddy Vince's Tiramisu (I'll do a separate post with this recipes) and an oversized cupcake birthday cake. For the cake, I bailed and used a French Vanilla box mix because I knew it would hold up well for the shape I was making. Here it is before the candles were added. Can you tell that the theme for the party and decorations was cupcakes? ;)
And here's the birthday girl being surprised with her cake! My uncle asked if I made one for everyone - seriously, 19 of them?!?
She seemed to really enjoy the party and I know the family did too!