birthday-cakeI am finally feeling a little better; family visits always help.  My in-laws were in town for a few days, and then my mom came in to provide a little TLC, too.  She seriously showed up with (delicious) homemade soup.  That she drove up from Los Angeles.

She and I were able to catch the Oscar-nominated animation shorts and the live-action shorts – a double feature!  I was sadly disappointed in the animation shorts this year, but the live-action shorts were terrific.  My two favorites were Death of a Shadow – so creative and unusual – and Curfew – heartbreakingly funny and sweet.  You can see clips of them here.

February is a big birthday month for some reason – friends and family – and I’ve been making my share of birthday cakes.  Here’s a cute little cake – the edible paper is printed with Happy Birthday in lots of languages and wrapped around a layer of white chocolate which is wrapped around a decadent chocolate cake filled and frosted with dark chocolate ganache.

The only thing that would make it better is a layer of blood orange curd.  Or maybe a glass of red wine…