Every couple of weeks, my friend Jackie and I are the fortunate beneficiaries of our friend Jennifer’s remarkable baking skill. With a rotating toddler playgroup, we look forward to the days Jennifer hosts since we know we’ll get to feast on freshly baked apple spice coffee cake, blueberry crumble muffins, assorted breads — basically whatever Jen feels like whipping up that morning. It’s like we’re regular crashers at a New England Bed and Breakfast.
So, when it came time to get Jennifer a birthday gift, we knew it had to be related to baking. We selected a ceramic cake plate and decided to present it to her with her favorite cake on top. Having not so sneakily discovered that Spice Cake with Cream Cheese frosting was her all-time favorite, Jackie and I carved out a few hours to bake for Jennifer. We had so much fun mixing, tasting and decorating together knowing that Jen would just love her gift. And she did. The time spent with one friend baking for another infused special meaning to the gift itself.