A couple of years ago I was over at T’s parents’ house and for some reason (not because I didn’t want it, but because I am notorious for losing things) I talked his mom into letting me borrow this cute little sheetcake cookbook that was her beloved (and late) father’s, who was apparently not much of a cook, but a damn fine baker. This little cookbook showed you how to cut up sheet cakes into various shapes (most useful for little kids’ birthdays, I would imagine). Now, I don’t have any children to make cute little animal-shaped cakes for, and I’d never even made a sheet cake up until this point, but for some reason I was totally smitten with the idea and convinced her to let me borrow it.
And of course once I got it home, I totally forgot about it. And then lost it. AND, I hadn’t even realized I’d lost it until about a year later (last Christmas) when we were packing up a bunch of stuff to give back to T’s parents (15
crappy cheesy old movies…. on VHS, included) and I realized that I had never given back, and now couldn’t find, that little recipe book! I looked everywhere. No dice. My heart sank. Because I had taken such a precious thing for his mom, and I’d lost it. So carelessly. So quickly. I fessed up, and then started plotting how I’d get another one for her.
Enter, the internet.
Today after only 2 minutes of frantically searching for different variations of animal+sheet+cake+book, I found it!!! Some woman had scanned EACH and EVERY page of the little booklet and posted all the photos on her web site!
So now I had the name of it (and a free copy for myself) and I could now could start searching for it on Ebay. And I found it!!! Granted, it was going for a little more than I had intended to spend, but it’s totally worth it!!! Her birthday isn’t until June, but I can’t wait to see the look on her face when we present her with the long-lost book and her own Cut-Up Cake(TM):