Monday, July 27, 2009

A Nice Cake for a Summer Celebration

When I saw this recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries & Blueberries in an old Bon Appetit magazine I tore it out and put it in the binder I fill with recipes I intend to try someday. I thought it would be a lovely cake for a summer celebration. Since my summer entertaining usually is more casual bbq fare, I haven't found an occasion to make it. However, when I decided to have a family dinner to celebrate my in-law's 60th wedding anniversary it seemed like the perfect cake to end the meal.

I began to think of what else I would need to set the tone for the occasion and knew there would have to be flowers. How nice of my Limelight Hydrangeas to be in bloom at this time. Last summer I read about these beautiful flowers on 2 different blogs and made a mental note to add them to my garden. I am so glad I did. They make nice bouquets and have a subtle, but sweet fragrance. I am now planning to add a few more of them to my yard.

Of course a dinner to celebrate a romantic event wouldn't be complete without candles.

A few more flowers can't hurt either.

I don't always get around to trying those recipes I save for someday, but I'm glad I did try this one as it was the perfect cake for this occasion and was also delicious.

I will be leaving early Wednesday morning to go visit my sister. I won't be posting for a while, but I look forward to catching up with all of you when I return. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and prayers for Norma. I have copied them, cut them out and glued them to a pretty piece of scrapbook paper embellished with butterflies. I will take it to her and share it. I know how touched I was by the prayers and I know that she will be to. You gals are the BEST!!!
As we near the end of July and head into August I hope you are finding time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the summer season.


  1. Kim, your cake turned our beautifully and the table was fantastic. Wish I could get my hydrangea to bloom! What a success. Hope you have a great visit with your sweet sister and we look forward to hearing good news.

  2. Your in-laws are very fortunate people! What a lovely tablescape and beautiful, delicious looking cake you provided for them to celebrate a memorable occasion. Looking at this post was a real blessing on this Monday morning. My prayers are will be with you as you journey to spend time with Norma. I am sure you face the trip with mixed emotions, but I know the two of you will have a special time together, despite all that she continues to go through.

  3. Mmm. This is a definite must try cake!

  4. That's a beautiful cake. I just love it. I've never made homeade red velvet cake before but I really wnat to try it.

  5. Oh, Yum!! Was it as good as it looks? You may have to share the recipe when you get back.
    Tell Norma we are thinking about her and have a great time visiting.

  6. What a beautiful table and that cake!! Gorgeous! I had every confidence it would be delicious, too. Thank you for sharing that with us. What a perfect finishing touch for your dinner. = )

    Blessings for a safe trip and wonderful visit with Norma!


  7. The cake and table look like they are right out of a magazine!
    Enjoy your visit with Norma, I hope she is getting better every day!

  8. Your cake looks soooo delicious and it has my mouth watering just looking at it. Your table is just beautiful!!
    Have a safe trip and may you find Norma happy and improving more each day.
    Prayers are continuing.

  9. Good morning Kim,
    Your tablescape is so beautiful and fresh looking, and your cake looks so delicious and beautiful!!! You're a great daughter in law!

    Continued prayers for your sister, Norma... and a safe and great visit!

  10. Kim, what a beautiful cake! I love your hydrangeas too!

  11. God speed and many constant prayers for you and Norma. You are such an inspiration and blessing to my world. Much love,
    Laurel in Kingsport TN

  12. What a beautifully set table...and amazing cake. Aren't the limelight hydrangeas just beautiful? I just starting cutting bouquets from ine this week.

    All the best as you visit with your prayers go with you.

  13. Your table and settings look beautiful and the cake festive and summery.

    Will be thinking of you as you are off to visit your sister. Take good care.

  14. Thanks for stopping in Kim. I hope you have such a wonderful time with your sister...and that you will be able to talk to her in person!

  15. Hi, I just found your blog this evening and it is truly lovely!

    Your cake and cake plate are both beautiful!!♥

  16. Kim, I hope you and Norma are having a wonderful time visiting each other. Your cake certainly was pretty and so was your table. You make everything look so pretty. Twyla

  17. OH MY GOSH! The cake, the setting, all of it is gorgeous, you are so talented! You should have your own bed and breakfast!
    (I am new to your blog, I'm going to look around awhile!)

  18. Hi Kim,
    Oh my your cake looks out of this world yummy!. Your hydrangeas are beautiful, I wish I could grow them but its just to hot where I live. Your table is lovely, what a perfect evening for your in-laws.
    Enjoy your day,

  19. What an absolutely delicious looking cake!!

  20. The cake looks delicious, the table presentation is beautiful. Weew! what can i say? It's fantastic!!! Nice job!


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