{5:03}


Buddy Budderson was born at 5:03 p.m.  Every year, no matter what, we are together as the clock strikes three minutes past five.  We give each other a hug and a kiss and I tell him how lucky I am to have him... we've found ourselves in some pretty funny places over the years. We've been in swimming pools, movie theatres, restaurants, I've even been in the hospital.  Sometimes, we're watching the clock, waiting for it.  Other times, it sneaks up on us in the midst of our celebrating and  we look at each other and say "it's our anniversary!"   

I know that someday, Buddy will be at work, out of the country, or just on his general adult business of his own, and we might not be together at 5:03 on his birthday.  But for now, I'm just happy we had one more celebration at three minutes past five o'clock in the afternoon.  I captured our nineteenth celebration with my camera.


If you ever find an old sofa in an alleyway, they make excellent spots for photos, if you dare sit on them.







Buddy requested carrot cake.  I made cupcakes too, but he had to have his carrot cake.  I make a killer carrot cake.  It has carrots, raisins, coconut and crushed pineapple in it.











Everyone around here has a favourite cake request for their birthday: red velvet for Loopy, carrot for Buddy, lemon or Oreo for Veto.   It's just not a birthday until you get your favourite cake, is it?

Amended May 19, 2009  Here is the much asked for recipe that I got from The Fan who got it from her friend Donna years ago and I'm not even sure if it is the same original recipe, but it is fan.tas.tic:

1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 cups dry flaked coconut
2 cups shredded carrot
1 - 8 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
2 and 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Mix oil, eggs and sugar well.  Add in coconut, carrot and pineapple.  Blend well.  Sift together dry ingredients and stir in by hand.  Pour into two greased 9"round pans and bake @ 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

I made Buddy's cake three tiers high by doubling the recipe and baking it over three pans instead of two.

Also, when in a rush, I have been known to cheat this carrot cake.  I simply bake a spice cake mix or a carrot cake mix but add two cups of shredded carrots, the tin of crushed pineapple and the coconut to the prepared cake mix... and always add extra cinnamon. 

Cream Cheese Frosting
(enough to decorate three-tier carrot cake)

1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup vegetable shortening, softened to room temperature
1 cup cream cheese, softened to room temperature
6 cups icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (I like Wilton's decorator white vanilla)
2 - 4 tbsp whipping cream (heavy cream)

Beat butter, shortening and cream cheese together in stand mixter until well blended.  Add salt. Gradually add icing sugar, one cup at a time, until well blended.  Add vanilla.  On highest speed, blend in whipping cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is a fluffy, spreadable consistency.  

36 comments:

jkddz said...

yummy cake... what a great idea {5:03} I love it! I wish I would have started that ... I can picture him calling you at exactly that time when he is older, just to make your day on his day!

great photos =)

April said...

4:19pm !
34 years old and my mom still makes sure to call me then! I didn't matter if I was in class, she would leave a vm at that time. I wait for it every year. Moms rock! (your nails look fantastic by the way!)

Tricia said...

Adorable....as usual. I get really nostalgic on my kids birthday's too. I remember each moment of each day like it was yesterday. I remember waiting in the van at the hardware store for my husband, because I was having some bad pains that would come and go-I didn't realize I was in labour ALL DAY!! oh how I love those kids...
fandysman@sasktel.net

Jerri-Lea said...

Happy Birthday Buddy!!
Hope you enjoyed your special day!

I'm liking the graffiti photo shoot! I saw some graffiti art on the outside of a tattoo shop that I'd like to take CJ to. (To take her picture, not for some ink.) Hope the couch wasn't too yucky for you Buddy!

AND what cake would you request for your upcoming birthday Saucy??

Saucy said...

Saucy wants cheesecake for her upcoming birthday, thirteen days away!

Should I post my wish list?

3rdEyeMuse said...

Happy 19th Buddy & what a GREAT photo shoot, to boot!

you're right, it just isn't the same without that favorite cake. :)

Leica said...

excellent photos Saucy! and of course the cake looks scrumptious!

bamemories said...

Great pictures! What an amazing mom you are--my mom still calls me every year and sings Happy Birthday to me over the phone. I'll have to start something like that with my kids. Oh, by the way..where do you get all your recipes for your cupcakes? I work at Safeway and they have alot of charity bakesales and I would love to be able to bake some of your themed cupcakes to sell. I think they would be a big hit!

Julie H. Schaal said...

Aww, Buddy is so cute-i think he looks like you in the eyes...

I made Paula Deen's carrot cake recently and it turned out very pretty. I do not have an ounce of your bakery/deorating skills :(
I put sliced almonds on the sides of the cake for my own special flourish! Are the rolled pieces fondant? Tell us more...

Julie H. Schaal said...

oh, my 17 year old daughter, Reagan, is into photography. She enjoys the photography on your blog. The graffiti shots remind me of some she took recently. i also loved the old sofa in the snow shots!

Oliver Rain said...

That is lovely. I haven't been lucky enough to be with Lizzie at her birth time of 4:50pm. He's a handsome boy and seems like such a good kid too. You've done well, mom.
My favourite cake is CHEESECAKE,.

michelleb. said...

That is one handsome 19yo!
Carrot Cake is my husbands favorite, sans coconut.
What a beautiful tradition.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

Laura said...

That is one killer looking cake - yum! Happy Birthday to Buddy!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Happy Birthday Buddy! X

Grace said...

Happy Birthday Buddy!!! Mine is May 6th coming up hmmm?? I would love something "PINK"! not strawbery tasting though...are u taking special requests?? LOL! Hugs Grace

Linda Crispell said...

Happy Birthday Buddy!
Wow, the cake looks wonderful, your earlier post about cupcakes was beautiful!
I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed reading the comments from the young girls hoping to win your generous contest. You are going to change one of their lives!
Your Pal,
Linda

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Awwww, many happy returns! I love how you celebrate your anniversary together. I doubt I'll ever do that with my Brent--he was born at 11:59 and I can't stay up so late anymore;)

Starshine said...

Wow. That cake looks delish!

I love your 5:03 tradition. :) Happy anniversary!

Sonya Dime Store Thrift said...

You offering to send me a cake on my special day? Can I BUY a cake from you on my special day?

My Dad, when he was alive, always called at the moment each of us kids were born. I miss that man!

Happy day for Buddy,

Sonya

Lynne said...

I wish I had started that tradition with my kids...never to late though! You are inspiring. And I am SO making that cake:)

SandraD said...

Happy birthday Buddy and happy 19th anniversary of becoming a mom Saucy. It is obvious that you have been and continue to be an excellent mom. My daughter was born at 9:40 p.m. She came to us through adoption. Altough I did not give birth to her, my husband and I were lucky enough to be in the delivery room. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.
sdickie@nicholsenvironmental.com

MJ said...

Both of my girls were born early in the morning so I'd have to hustle up extra early to greet N (at 6:07)!

Happy anniversary! I hope you enjoyed the cake!

Rosa said...

Happy birthday Buddy! I know what you mean, you never know when you won't be together any longer, sniffle. Enjoy each moment. Love the cake!!

Angela said...

Hope you had a great birthday Buddy!

The time thing reminds me of my Mother, she has always called me (at school, work, home, etc.) at the exact time I was born, too! I love that...

Angela

Christine said...

Angel Food for me please! And strawberries!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Buddy - carrot cake.mmmmmmm! Great cake Saucy! Love the photos...
dena

Gracie said...

yum!! Happy Birthday Buddy! Could we get the recipe for that yummy cake???

Christine said...

Wow that looks fantastic! Carrot cake is by far my favorite. I dont even know if my parents remember what time I was born but thats so great that you do!

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Suzy said...

Love the photos...so handsome!

Tina Maharath said...

so did he die or no? i just shed a tear thinking he died... lol
tmaharath@yahoo.com

Trace Geworsky said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!!!!!!
You make that whole cake decorating thing look wayyy too easy(which i know it isnt;)
Well, my birthdays coming up in August, can i request banana cake with some kind of white icing? hahahahah
TRace Geworsky
scrapper_t@mts.net

Cassandra said...

Okay Saucy, you dared me! Here is your public call out to post that carrot cake recipe...if you dare! You post such beautiful pictures of the yummy things you bake, and you've even been so kind as to give us your "perfect cupcake" recipe as well as the frosting to boot...but can you part with the famous 5:03 carrot cake recipe? I just don't know if you have the guts! Do you accept my challenge Iron Baker: Saskatoon?

Saucy said...

Cassandra, I am IN! Now I just have to decide if I should hide it here in the comments or add it to the post! hmmmmm....

the treat girl said...

The cake looks truly yummy.yum.yum!!! All of my kiddos were born in the middle of the night...but I do take their picture every year in something...Cindy Lou in my jean jacket and the boys in my husbands winter snow boots and a big flannel jacket...it endearing to see them year after year, soon enouogh they will fit!!!!!

Shannon said...

My carrot cake has the same yummy stuff in it, but next time I am following your decorating instructions as mine looks oh so homemade in a bad way. Other than the year that I made it in the shape (roughly) of a teapot. It is my daughter's favourite cake and I make it for her party, much to the disappointment of the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting elementary school crowd.

Maureen said...

Bless your heart for posting this recipe! You've saved me from pouring over recipe books as I've never made a carrot cake. Never! I am not courageous to make a triple cake (& don't have the cakepans) and I don't profess to have your decorating talents but I will compete in the carrot cake show-down at work on Mon! Outta my way, folks, I got Saucy's recipe!