Lazy summer sweets

Lazy summer sweets

By
Fanny Zanotti
Contains
8 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742704715
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

There is the upside-down pineapple cake with shiny, almost-golden, pineapple slices and cherries of the fake-red kind. There are the vanilla pudding lollipops and the candy necklaces. And balloons too. In the shape of a rainbow. Yes, birthdays used to mean all of that.

As I grew up, the juice I used to drink at my birthday parties turned into champagne, and the butterfly make-up into cat’s eyes eyeliner. I put on my favourite sundress, the one that floats when I spin. Because that is what you should do – dance and spin and jump and fall and kiss. And your head should turn, not unlike it does when you’re tipsy.

We drink beers as the sun goes down. And tequila when fireflies rush around us. We lie in the grass. And laugh, and maybe even cry a little. But that’s ok, because a birthday should be a party like no other. With stories told and my favourite faces that remind me what it feels like to laugh until your cheeks hurt.

With glitter in the swimming pool and on (as well as in) our eyes. Perhaps on that cake sitting on the table too. A cake that glows with candles. A cake we eat with our fingers as soon as it gets cut into slices. A cake that tastes like a dream.

Recipes in this Chapter

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