Today is my mother’s 70th birthday. She loves flowers almost as much as she loves her grandchildren; since I couldn’t be there to celebrate in person, I was happy to find this clever floral birthday cake to fete her:


She has been blessed with four children, seven grandchildren, and a husband who likes to bake. Dad (aka Downtown Tom) tried his hand this year at decorating a cake for her. It turned out pretty well, especially considering it was his first try:


He said he followed this Ina Garten recipe from Food Network, and they both said it was delicious, so if you’re looking for a chocolate cake recipe recommendation go ahead and try it.

Here are mom and dad and I on one of their visits to me last year. Happy Birthday Mom!