e.e cummings once wrote “It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are”.
Today I had a grown up moment. Today I got to spend the afternoon celebrating a friend, who can only be described as my older sister. I got to see firsthand the beautiful courage and happiness that happens when we truly, honestly get to grow up. I was so honoured to call this Mama-To-Be my friend and my sister today. From the day she told me she was pregnant, I knew that her little bundle of joy had won the “mom” lottery. This baby would have a set of genetics that rivals Brad and Angelina, but more importantly this baby would have momma who was a fighter, a best friend, a joke when you need a laugh, and the perfect plan when you needed to get even or over that ex.
I was honoured to spend the afternoon celebrating the woman she has become and helping her prepare for her greatest role, a mom. I was even more honoured to bake her a beautiful cake.
With love everyday.
- Your favourite vanilla cake recipe (I use Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Strawberry Shortcake Buttercream Filling
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1/4 shortening
- 1 vanilla pudding mix, dry
- 5 tbsp whipping cream
- 5 cups icing sugar
- 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup sugar
Assembling the Buttercream Filling
- Blend butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add vanilla pudding mix.
- Add whipping cream and icing sugar, alternating. Stir until smoothing frosting.
- In a food processor, process 1 1/2 cups of strawsberries until almost puréed. Chop remaining half cup of strawberries into small pieces.
- Stir sugar into strawberries. Fold strawberry and sugar mixture into buttercream frosting. Add additional icing sugar if necessary.
- Chill in fridge for 15-20 minutes and fill cake layers. Any left over frosting filling can double as a crumb coat for your cake.