It’s a rare accomplishment few people live long enough to see. On December 25, 2010, my parents could start bragging they have been married 70 years. Lest you think they married at 14, let me tell you both of my parents had already graduated from Purdue and were pursuing a career when they decided to marry in 1940. My father was a farmer in Indiana until he retired and moved with my mother to Florida. About 20 years ago, they moved to Texas where they live today.
I wanted to make a cake to mark this special occasion but I’m a cake decorating klutz. When I saw this idea for a number cake in a Martha Stewart magazine recently, it seemed doable. For the cake itself, I combined a white cake mix and a pound cake mix with extra almond flavoring. I don’t usually use mixes although I’m not philosophically opposed, (actually, I don’t make many cakes–I’m a pie person) but this party was planned for December 26 after church and I had Christmas at my house on December 25. It was a practical matter–I’m sure you understand.
Christmas Day night, my daughter-in-law, Amanda graciously took over the cake project. She was limited by my (poor) selection of tools, and the too small piece of gold foil-covered cardboard under the cake. My Wilton-trained sister from Denver hollered helpful advice from the sidelines as Amanda fashioned a makeshift pastry bag from parchment paper and did her best to rescue me. Our number cake may not be FoodGawker perfect but it served the purpose and packed a lot of love in all that sugar.
If you decide to adapt the number idea for yourself, you can download patterns from Martha’s website. Be sure to make a bigger cake platform than I did. The numbers ended up being so close together we couldn’t frost between them. Christmas decorations stolen from the dining room table camouflaged the bare spots.
The cake and Grandma’s squash pie (Dad’s favorite) served as dessert for a low-key celebration held at the retirement center where my parents live. At 92 and 93 years of age, their stamina isn’t what it used to be.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. Thanks for your example of an enduring marriage. May God watch over you and bless you.