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Today is my wife Julie’s birthday. I didn’t have time to make a cake. I asked my cousin Amy Dreher, a professional pastry chef (her husband Daniel was the guy who made the insanely delicious, Joel Robuchon-inspired pear tart the other night), if she could make a simple white cake with buttercream frosting for Julie.

Emphasis on “simple.”

This is what she just sent over:

Dipped my finger in the buttercream frosting just now, and I swear I saw colors that aren’t perceptible by normal human eyes.

Good grief, somebody, please put these talented chefs to work! In a kitchen! In St. Francisville, I mean, so I can eat their food regularly.

UPDATE: Well, that is one of the most barbaric things I have ever seen. She’s over there eating it with a spoon. From the cake itself, I mean. We’ve all had slices, but she won’t stop. “I can’t believe I actually know someone who can make something like this,” she says.

UPDATE.2: Julie said just now: “Living here, the phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ occurs to me all the time.” True, that.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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