I live in upstate New York, about an hour south of Syracuse, NY, near the New York/Pennsylvania border.
On Mondays, I participate in a music meme called Music Moves Me. On Fridays, I participate in a weekly posting of Skywatch Friday. On the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, I blog about trees for a meme called Thursday Tree Love. On the other days, anything goes, especially if it involves photography.
Canada Day, the day Canadians celebrate the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act.
I have visited Canada several times, and have always had a lovely time. On one of those trips, we picked up these items. My spouse wears the shirt, and I the socks, each year, to honor our friends to the north.
One thing I've never done, though, is to be in Canada on Canada Day. I have been in Canada on the 4th of July, our Independence Day, because...well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. And I'll blog about that more on Wednesday.
There is one things Canadians do well for their holiday, which we don't seem to do on our nation's birthday.
Celebrate with birthday cake.
Because, although we Americans do many things on July 4, one thing we don't seem to have are cities and towns that serve birthday cake to their citizens. Why not? Why not celebrate a national birthday with free cake?
Canada, I love you.
One Canada Cake idea is white cake with whipped cream frosting, topped with strawberries, The strawberries should be arranged in a maple leaf pattern on the cake.
I decided to make this cake instead. It came up in a search for "Easy Canada Day Cake" It is hot ("wicked hot" as we say around here) today and I didn't want to go through much trouble, so I used the mix. Because I'm not a big frosting person (and was lazy), I decided not to attempt to make frosting.
Here's the recipe: (sorry, metric readers)
One Box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix
1 1/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 whole eggs ( I used three duck eggs, because I had bought some in a local store - I used to keep ducks for eggs years ago and they are awesome for baking.)
2 tbsp seedless strawberry jam (that was the theory, anyway).
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
for two minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
In small bowl, place 1 1/4 cups of the batter; stir in 2 tablespoons cocoa until blended.
In another small bowl, place 1 1/4 cups of the batter; stir in 2 tablespoons strawberry jam and 1/4 teaspoon food color until blended. Pour remaining cake batter in bottom of pan. Drop tablespoons of each colored batter in random pattern over top; pull table knife through batter to make swirls. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or 325 degrees if you have a no-stick pan.
What Really Happened (or, why my spouse is the family cook)
Spouse said we had some freezer strawberry jam I had made last year (I hope it was last year, anyway) in a moment of insanity, so he dug a canning jar full of something that looked like red jam from our chest freezer. Helpfully, the label said "tomatoes".
Spouse defrosted the red stuff while I started to preheat the oven and assemble the baking implements. It turned out to be raspberry jam, full of seeds, so he quickly took some defrosted stuff and pushed the jam through a colander. Well, raspberries, strawberries, whatever.
Meanwhile, I combined the cake mix, water and oil, asked Siri (the iPhone virtual assistant) to set a timer for two minutes and started to mix. About a minute into the mixing, I realized I hadn't cracked in the eggs. "Stop, Alexa, stop!" I yelled at my iPhone, wondering why the timer was still going.
I could have gotten a maple leaf from my front yard or my back yard (we have lots of maple trees around here) but I decided staying in the air conditioning was a lot nicer.
So thank you for sticking with me through this saga. Too bad I can't squash a piece of this cake through the wi fi connection to your device. We'll probably serve it with ice cream and some sliced strawberries.
We Americans might make flag cake for the 4th of July, but it isn't institutionalized in the same way. It's more of a novelty, something to serve to family and friends. The cake is normally decorated with blueberries for the field of stars and strawberries for the stripes. However, I've never seen an actual Independence Day birthday cake served at a festival.
So, if you are Canadian, and even if you're not, please have a happy (and safe) Canada Day.
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