Last Friday would have been my Grandma O's 100th birthday, and just by luck my mother was in town, so we decided to celebrate by making a cake in Grandma's honor.

My grandmother traveled the world, and even when her mobility was limited, she made the most of what she could do, getting around New York City with a walker. So we pictured her with her tennis-ball-footed walker, circling the globe, tour bus at the ready:

Grandma O circling the globe

The tennis balls are fragments of marhsmallow dipped in yellow food coloring, the bus is a Twinkie. The blue of the ocean was supposed to be bluer, but a mis-capped green food coloring bottle was used before the mistake was noticed, and so the frosting is too green. We painted a little blue directly onto it to help pull it back to the right color without using too much bitter coloring.

The wire walker is a clear violation of our self-imposed rule that everything on the cake be either edible or Lego, but it was too central to the idea to omit it, and besides, if we couldn't bend the rules for Grandma O, epic rule-bender, who could we for?

The evening remembering Grandma O was fun, with stories of idealistic socialist Soviet-admirers from her generation and above, shaking our heads at how political fortunes have changed, and perspectives with them.

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Robert K 7:42 AM on 31 May 2011

There's too many things to like about this post. From the oversize tennis-balls on the walker, to the geographically (albeit mis-colored) map, to the hilarity I'm quite sure you had in the kitchen. The cake-baking tradition is something I'm very tempted to start with my own family. :)

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jake 2:19 PM on 31 May 2011

We just got this What's New, Cupcake? book as a gift and I thought it would be right up your alley, Ned!
http://www.amazon.com/Whats-New-Cupcake-Ingeniously-Occasion/dp/054724181X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306869431&sr=1-1

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Ned Batchelder 9:49 PM on 2 Jun 2011

@jake: I have to say, that book looks amazing, just from browsing the pages on Amazon. Thanks for the pointer, inspiration is appreciated from any corner!

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