Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day: Raspberry Passion Fruit Cake

In our house, there are no secrets from Mom. Every year, we attempt breakfast in bed, but no matter how sneaky we are, she’s never surprised. In the younger years, before we knew how to go to the supermarket and buy food, it was the grocery requests to Mom that gave us away. The fact that our parents’ bedroom is located right above the kitchen doesn’t help either. Mom always wakes up and walks into the kitchen before we can finish the crepes or omelettes or whatever else we decided to make.


So I don’t even try keeping things a secret anymore. After all, it’s not like it’s the first time we’ve ever made her a Zucchini Omelet  or Crepes with Fresh Berries for breakfast. Sooner or later, she’s bound to find out. This year, we children split up responsibilities. On top of cleaning the house (which we should all be doing whether it’s Mother’s Day or not...), my younger brother Kyle was in charge of breakfast (as he naively thinks that breakfast is still a surprise); my older brother designed the card; my cousin Alex took care of weeding the dandelions in the yard; and I ordered and picked up a cake from our favourite bakery.


The cake was going to be a secret, a delicious secret, until Mom and Dad announced that we would be having a family gathering with twenty other people at our house that Sunday night. I imagined the eight-serving cake being divided into twenty messy portions and decided to fess up about the cake and request that we eat it earlier. Like I said, we can`t keep things from our parents.


On Sunday morning, my friend Shannon and I made our way to the bakery to pick up the cakes. (I had convinced Shannon to get a cake for her mother as well.)Transportation took the better part of two hours (oh how I resent infrequent buses and subway delays), but I finally made it home, cake intact. We immediately cut into the cake and experienced the rich, yet light passionfruit mousse balanced with a tart raspberry coulis combining and swirling and melting in our mouths. It was heavenly.


Happy (Belated) Mother’s Day, Mom.

9 comments:

  1. WOW, I love the dots decoration, in the cake and in the plate. The cake looks really yummy!!!, I have to see how you make those.
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  2. That looks so so good! I want some!

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  3. What a beautiful cake! I do think it's hard to keep secrets from mothers, but they are usually delighted to find out what is going on either way!

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  4. Gorgeous cake; happy belated Mother's Day!

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  5. Lovely! As they say, mom is never the last to know. She knows even before we do at times. I know your mom loved your treat =)

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  6. I wish there was a beautiful cake bakery where I live... I'd gladly take the two hour trip to get to it!

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  7. you made that?!?!?! amazing!

    aughh my mom is the exact same way! moms really do know everything. worst thing of all, every time my sibs and i get her a present, she makes us return it or she tries to pay us back for it. i just want her to accept it and enjoy it!!!!!

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  8. Kyleen that is gorgeous! I remember trying to make her a pavlova in secret in the AGA but it just ended up as a sloppy mess!

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