My 51st Birthday Cake
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This one was a bit of a monument to Murphy's Law.
Last month, I went to the local cake supply, with 2 sheets of edible printing on my thumb-drive, to take care of both my mother's birthday cake and my own (with spares, of course). Their memory card reader had failed, and without it, the DecoPac turnkey software wouldn't recognize a thumb-drive. And their optical drive was long-gone. So the only choice was for them to scan a hardcopy. I decided to only get the sheet with the roses for my mother's cake printed then, figuring I'd have plenty of time after my Spring vacation to get the sheet with most of the images for my cake printed.
So this past Monday, I return, with both thumb drive and color laser print in hand, only to find that they had been out of edible printing media for days, and the shipment was late. Went back Wednesday, and still no media, so they referred me to a bakery several miles away that could pick up the slack. Sure enough, they could, except that (as I mentioned in another thread) their edible printer had a streaking problem.
Yesterday morning (as detailed in the other thread), I managed to largely remove the streaks, at least to the point where they weren't obnoxiously noticeable, but then, last night, after dinner, when I went to frost the cake, I found I'd mixed the frosting too stiff: it was ripping the top crust off the cake (of which you can see evidence, but to be fair, the top crust on the cake seemed a bit more delicate than usual). It was also stiff enough that the pictures took a while to bond, and indeed, half an hour later, when I cut the cake, they still hadn't completely bonded.
At any rate, spice cake, with maple-cinnamon BC (Vermont Grade B maple syrup in the recipe that's been on the back of the powdered sugar box since before most of us were born), with the ends left naked in deference to my father.
Emergency! was an action/adventure TV series that ran on NBC from January, 1972 to September, 1977, at a time when local governments were just beginning to experiment with the idea of emergency field paramedics (an idea that the military had been using for decades). Robert A. Cinader, a close colleague of Jack ("Dragnet") Webb, developed the series in hopes that it would do for the then-experimental programs what Dragnet and Adam 12 had done for police, and it was produced under Webb's "Mark VII Limited" production company.
The series followed the adventures of the paramedic/rescue squad, and engine company, based at fictional Los Angeles County Fire Station 51 (for which L.A. County Station 127, near the Carson Refinery, provided exteriors and some interiors), and the doctors and nurses of the Emergency Department at fictional Rampart Hospital (for which Harbor General, now Harbor/UCLA, was the real-life counterpart). For more information, see the Wikipedia article
So for someone raised on Emergency!, it was the most obvious theme in the world for a 51st birthday cake. The pictures of Squad 51 and Engine 51 were Public Domain images from Wikimedia Commons; I shot the facade of Station 127 myself, late one Saturday afternoon, on my way home from the Printing Museum, and slightly doctored it to remove some power lines, and change the station number to 51 (for many years, in recognition of its TV appearances, L.A. County 127 has been the "Robert A. Cinader Memorial Fire Station"; I left that part intact). And the circled 51 was my own approximation of a 1970s-era LACoFD vehicle marking.
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