And as Poppa Trix's birthday falls on December 19, smack dab in the middle of the Hanukkah/Christmas/holiday season, I always feel it's important to do something for him that has nothing to do with the holidays. You poor December babies know what I'm talking about. How many times have you heard this? "It's your combination Christmas and birthday prezzie!" or "The cake is blue and white for your birthday and Hanukkah!"
So when Poppa said he wanted "a cake or something" for his birthday - a rare request, as we aren't much into sweets around here - I knew I wanted to make him something that looked just like a winter's birthday.