A blessed birthday cake. Italian style!
We were in Italy this past month visiting my fabulous in-laws. I’m supposed to be uploading photos to my other blog. It just ain’t happening. There are about 600 photos. I get overwhelmed when I think about it because I would like to tell stories with the photos. I will tell a few quick ones here on my super-sweet Cake Duchess blog! My mother-in-law whipped up a very yummy birthday cake for my father-in-law. She made pan di spagna and filled it with budino (pudding). The top of the cake gets a nice dose of homemade whipped cream and is decorated with fresh strawberries.
We didn’t have birthday candles to light but she had a blessed candle from Lourdes, France. You see, she and my husband’s amazing grandmother had just returned from a pilgrimage to Lourdes. They came back with every souvenir you could imagine to give out to every one they know. Friends. Families. Neighbors. They all got a little something holy and blessed from Lourdes. They are so kind.
Look at that pudding oozing out of the middle. It was crazy good. Don’t ask me for the recipe. My mother-in-law was not used to nosy me following her around the kitchen with my camera and notepad. She was not cooperating. Well, she had to only feed about 12 of us every day at lunch and dinner. That could explain her reticence in reciting her recipes while she was rushing to feed us, the hungry and impatient masses.
Before the cake, we had a some juicy watermelon. I cannot find a watermelon as sweet as they have in Italy here at my local fruit markets.
We took Nonno to Milano for the day. We spent the whole day around Il Duomo. This is the 4th largest church in the world and it took about five centuries to build. It is magnificent. I have been to Il Duomo many times but I never went inside. The beauty was overwhelming.
We even went to the top. It wasn’t as scary as I had remembered it being.
The floors inside Il Duomo were spectacular. I wish I had a better camera to capture all the details inside.
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