Although a wedding is the start of a new life, it also includes a leave taking. As a mother I get a lump in my throat to think of how sad I would be if one of my children eloped. I hope I get to share the joy of that big moment, and to shower my children with love and blessings as they begin their new lives.
But for a young couple, of course, eloping is a romantic adventure.
So, when a young man I've known since childhood runs off and gets married, what should I do? The first thing that came to mind is to bake a cake. I chose the Black Chocolate Party Cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
I told Tim that if my own son eloped I would give him a sound thrashing! Therefore, in his honor I will always refer to this recipe as Tim's "Sound Thrashing" Cake.