My poor, long-suffering husband is doomed, so long as we live at Bent Barrow Farm, to have raspberries on every birthday cake.
A midsummer birthday has its perks—outside gatherings, sunny picnics, and fruity desserts among them. We've been picking a gallon a day from our overgrown, under-weeded patch and we've hardly scratched the surface. The consequence? Raspberry shortcake (2009), raspberry cheesecake (2010), and raspberry upside-down cake (2011) desserts for my lovely Leo.
Luckily for him, the raspberries (and his birthday) happen to flood in at just about the time of year when our neighbors' Jersey cow is in the peak of production. They do go well with fresh whipped cream.