I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase ‘it’s all in the name’, and for me it is with this recipe. Happy Day Cake.
Has there been a more uplifting, simple, sweet name for a dessert? Ever?
I think not.Around the holidays I was meandering through some shopping and came upon a small spiral-bound book called the ‘Kitchen Scrap Book’.
It is a published cook book broken into sections of food with recipes printed by the publisher on the first page of each section, followed by blank pages for the book’s owner to jot down their favorites.
I was instantly charmed by its diminutive size and the blotted recipes written in fountain pen. The book was published in 1937.
I opened to the page with a recipe for Happy Day Cake. My response was a bit like seeing the cutest puppy in the world and I bought the book immediately.
I pored through all the recipes seemingly all added by different cooks. Some signed their names.
It made me realize what a different dimension is added to a recipe when reading it in someone’s handwriting.
After making the cake myself I did some sleuthing and it seems this was a cake made for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
I personally don’t think one should wait for a marked date to make this. Any day is made happy merely by making the cake!