Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Big B-day or out

Happy Birthday Auntie KiKi…

Reagan Summerside here. No one loves birthdays more than Auntie KiKi. She’s been thirty-nine for the twenty years.
This year Mamma and I outdid ourselves. We’re throwing a surprise party for her out at Tybee island right there on the beach. We’re having  BBQ and Chantilly made this terrific cake. KiKi loves champagne and we’ll have lots of flowers everywhere.  No Southern birthday’s worth a hoot without flowers.

Every year I get my dear auntie a scarf or sweater or maybe take her to lunch. Well this year I want to do something different, something special…something fun!  I was thinking of kayak lessons. Lots of water here in Savannah, if you don’t mind the alligators. Or what about skydiving or parasailing? Can’t you just see KiKi jumping out of a plane?

Or I could give her yoga lessons but I can’t really see her in downward dog. What about a new bike or getting her hair dyed blue? Maybe a trip to Disney World?

What do you think I should give KiKi for her birthday? What do you want for your next birthday? Are you a birthday person? Celebrate your B-day all week long? Love having big parties with friends and family? Love those surprise B-day parties? Think they are the best or are you more low-keyed. 

Auntie KiKi isn’t low-key anything so I don’t think that will work for her but she doesn’t like a lot if icing on her cake, she’s much more a cake person than the icing part. What about you? Lots of icing or not so much? 

Here’s a recipe for the cake I’m going to make for KiKi. It’s her fave and mine too. It’s one of those poke holes in the cake and add delish drizzle cakes. Just love those things.

Fiesta Lemon Cake
You’ll have a fiesta on your table when you use this recipe to make a light, lemony, fluffy, and festive lemon-accented cake


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. Cream 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Blend in the lemon peel.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, soda and baking powder. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk to creamed butter mixture. Add lemon extract 
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 50 minutes cool 5 minutes, then turn out onto serving plate. Prick hot cake with skewer or fork and pour on lemon topping.
  5. Combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and water in a saucepan and heat until butter melts. Add lemon juice . Spoon over hot cake. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

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