All: Happy Birthday Nicholas!
Maureen: I can’t believe you’re double digits now. I also can’t believe that you chose to go with a new birthday cake. We’ve been eating the chocolate cake I make for birthdays since Andrew turned three.
Nicholas (10): Well, I wanted to try something new. It might be a risk, but sometimes risks pay off. Besides, we’ve liked everything from the Hummingbird Bakery book so far.
Andrew (13): You’re right. Mom, you should make the devil’s food cake they have at Hummingbird. Is that in this book?
Nicholas: No. It’s in one of the earlier books. I checked.
Maureen: OK. I can make that. But only after we’ve finished this cake and/or this month is over. Whichever comes first.
(All begin eating the Mississippi Mud Cake.)
Maureen: What do you think?
Andrew: Yum. I love it.
Nicholas: You must like it because it has a pound and a half of sugar.
Maureen: Technically, it’s not a pound and a half– it’s 1 pound, 5 ounces, or 600 grams. But I have to say, when I was weighing it out, I could not believe how much sugar it needed. I thought for sure it was a typo.
Nicholas: It’s still a lot of sugar.
Maureen: I think all of the sugar, plus the boiling water, is what makes it so dense.
Tim: It’s more like a brownie than a cake.
Andrew: I think I want this to be my birthday cake in September.
Maureen: I think I like our other version more. It’s more like cake. This one is too dense for me. What do you think, Nicholas? Which one do you like better?
Nicholas: I love them both equally, but in different ways.
Maureen: You will make an excellent parent one day. Happy birthday!