Monday, May 18, 2015
T R A D I T I O N…TRADITION! - a cranky re-run
T R A D I T I O N…TRADITION!
I just realized I didn't get a cake this year. Well we were in the Caribbean so...This re-run is from May, 2013.
The tradition goes back to Grandma Hagy and possibly further. Research has told me the angel food cake was first popular in this country in the late 1800’s so it is possible our tradition started one generation beyond my Grandmother.
I’m not sure if this birthday cake tradition will survive. I think my sons have given it up. Matt’s wife does chocolate, Mike doesn’t bake and Spencer’s mom always fought the tradition.
My mom learned the cake from my father’s mom. She passed the cake preparation down to all her daughters-in-law. The cake part apparently is easy, especially with modern cake mixes. It is the icing that is difficult. The technique must be taught and practiced to master.
My both my SIL’s still do the “cake” and so do most of their children so perhaps the tradition will survive. I know my daughter still makes the traditional family birthday cake because she taught Mrs. Cranky how to make the strawberry icing. That is what initiated this post. Mrs. Cranky on her forth try has mastered the traditional cake.
She only makes it for me, but she respects the tradition, and I appreciate it. On her first try the icing was liquid. The next year the icing was still too loose. Last year the cake was ok and the icing was almost right, but it was not strawberry enough. This year she nailed it!
The traditional Hagy Birthday Cake, Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Icing was made to perfection!
Somewhere in heaven a bunch of Hagys are smiling!