This blog, young though it is, already has a number one fan. She checks it regularly, sends me emails after posts, and consistently encourages me to write more.
So when I knew Megan's birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks, it was easy enough to ask her casually in an email about her favorite desserts. Out poured a long list of ideas for my blog: baklava, angel food cake, tortes made with walnuts instead of flour. And near the top of the list sat strawberry shortcake and strawberry-rhubarb pie. It was a short jump to strawberry-rhubarb cake. And Megan suspected nothing.
Of course, I don't own a proper cake pan, so mini cakes would have to do. And I wanted to use some nut flour, not just plain-vanilla cake flour. Then there was the issue of vanilla and lemon zest: I always want to add more. That, and less sugar. By the end of it, I had invented my own cake recipe: The Megan Strawberry Rhubarb (mini) Birthday Surprise Cake.
Since this week is packed to the brim, I'll add a recipe tomorrow, in case you have a friend who just loves strawberry-rhubarb and was conveniently born in the spring. Today, Earth Day and Megan's Birthday, this is just a surprise entry to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Megan! Thanks for being such a wonderful, inspiring and supportive friend.
You'll find your cakes in the fridge at work. (PS: Sorry if it got a bit smooshed - I didn't think through the fact that I'd need to transport such a delicious-messy-dessert).