As I started preparing in Brooklyn, I felt theCamping when you can’t walk among strangers in your pjs with a bag of dog poop in your hand and still strike up a conversation shirt and by the same token and same happy anticipation I’d felt before hosting other, more traditional parties. After work ran late (still possible even without a commute), I had a narrow hour to make Bon Appetit’s Easy Sheet Cake—then belatedly realized it would take 45 minutes to bake. No matter! My boyfriend and I halved the recipe to make a faster cooking, extra-thin version that we layered with whipped cream before topping it with berries. (If time allows, do follow the steps as directed by BA’s experts.) The good thing about presenting a cake on a video call is that only one side has to be complete. I topped it with chunky 6-0 candles that were, thankfully, still available at the grocery store.
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As we all joined theCamping when you can’t walk among strangers in your pjs with a bag of dog poop in your hand and still strike up a conversation shirt and by the same token and call—a gathering of people from both coasts, as well as some just walking distance from my parents’ house—it was clear everyone had taken the celebration seriously. One of her friends had prepared photos of her to use as a background; another had brought a birthday cake-shaped hat. Everyone came equipped with candles, which seemed to illuminate their creativity: One couple wedged them into orange halves, another friend used a scone. My sister’s had all stuck together in the box, making her Zoom square one-third fire. When my mom finally came into frame (wearing a fuchsia wig, as she’s currently learning to cut her own hair), she burst into tears. We all sang, uncoordinated, and blew out our individual flames.