Somewhere along the way my sweet preference switched from cake to pie. Childhood birthdays consisted of various combos: vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, raspberry jam and whipped cream, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.
All of you out there who favor of cake- it's because you haven't had my Mom's pie. ~
Her repertoire could stock a bakery, but my choice was apple with a streusel topping. With candles of course!
This pie's apples were firmer and tart- perfection.
Thank you Mom. With love, your pie magnet.