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Greetings relayed from Lyn, cake recipes, usw.

I got a very welcome PM from thelyn last night--she and Alex are working to make their new apartment in San Jose habitable (it's painted, but still needs some repairs), and hope to be online before too much longer.

Big changes are on the way in my neighborhood, and I'm trying to get used to them . . . yesterday, I got a completely unexpected call from a local realtor, saying that the plot of land adjoining my back yard was going to be developed as a small retirement-townhome complex. I've loved the way my lot runs freely into the city cemetery's unused section; I have an unbroken vista of more than a half-mile, with just grass and a few trees. Not for much longer, evidently. There are much worse possible developments than retirement townhomes, but still--I have to sigh for the stand of big old evergreens that are just on the cemetery's side of the property line, because I can't imagine they'll survive the development. Goodbye, rabbits and yellow-bellied sapsuckers and foxes.

I have to bake a cake this afternoon to take to a Rotary cookout (greeting the new district governor; this is official visit day, and actually I need to do some whippin' and gittin' to make the official-visit board meeting at eleven). Which one of these should I do? I'll have to go to the grocery store for flour and sugar no matter what, because I'm almost out of both; the question is just whether I buy a jar of mayo while I'm there, or plums, eggs, and a lemon.

My Mom's Idiot-Proof Mayonnaise Cake, Proven Successful in Tiny Scottish Dorm-Room Ovens and Everywhere Else, Too

1 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
2 cups flour
1 cup boiling water

Mix together. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes (grease and flour pan). Frost with simple powdered-sugar & cocoa icing.

Cinnamon-Sugar Plum Cake from Bon Appetit Magazine, Untried but Sounds Plausible

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon peel

5 large plums, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Do the standard cake-batter thing (don't separate the eggs). Pour into buttered 9-inch springform pan. [editorial note: the springform pan seems like overkill, especially for a cookout, and where is my springform pan, anyway? Your basic round pan will do just fine.] Press plum wedges halfway into batter in concentric circles; mix remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over plums. Bake about 50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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