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When you become terribly important and famous, like Ellen DeGeneres and myself, people do stuff for you on your birthday. Famous people want to be near you. They send you taped greetings from their movie sets, touching tribute emails, photos of themselves with you, and also, fancy prezzies. I know, because I’ve seen this happen on tv. I also know because it happened to me this week. So here is my super-awesome 40th birthday round up. It is really long. And there are no recipes. But it has videos. Instagram photos. Other famous people. And a cat.

First off, I learned that I have very loyal readers. Like, I-wouldn’t-want-to-meet-you-in-a-dark-alley loyal. I’m glad you’re all on my team.

Also, I got 20 birthday cakes! And I’m getting another one on Sunday. That’s 17 Bake My Cake entries (which rocked my world),  and 3 additional cakes that I stuffed my face with. I told you this body runs on sugar. With the cake Rosie is making me for Sunday, that will be 21. Which is probably about average for famous people.

Katherine and Scott (over at Eggton) sent me photos of the cake they didn’t enter for Bake My Cake. So I guess my cake total is really 22. These photos were sent to me as outtakes. (Famous people have outtakes and blooper reels.) These photos made me very happy. It’s a Justin Bieber cake. Get it? Because I’ve been threatening to get a Justin Bieber binder and backpack for baking school? Famous people tell inside jokes like that, and then they toss their hair and laugh at the little people who don’t understand.

Speaking of Rosie, she posted a tribute for me on her blog. You can see it here. It included photographic evidence of my role as The Cat in the ill-fated production of The Farmer and Dell that I told you about. If you are famous, you will toss your hair now.

Also, when Katherine and Scott lost their heat in Bake My Cake 2012? Scott got on my iPhone. And he started calling people to ask just what their damage was. He was pretty pissed at anyone who’d vote for a 13 year old kid. Or my sister.

My famous sister (author, editor, movita competition loser), made a video montage of my life. Which made people cry. Which in turn made my sister get mad because she was making fun of me starting at about the 5th photo in, and the whole point was to make me look like a total doofus. This is the video. Don’t cry. Seriously. It makes her pretty angry.

Click here and don’t cry, mofos.

You can, however, cry over this. My sister sent me this insert from a baby album. I’m with my Great Aunt Amy. She passed away, at age 97, on the weekend. She was a pretty big part of my 40 years. I’ll tell you more about her soon, when I post a recipe she handed down to me.

My sister also posted naked baby pictures of me on facebook all day. Like this one:

And photographic evidence of white oxford shirts and bad fashion decisions. Hair toss.

I learned to belly dance on my 40th. Elsa, Bake My Cake 2012 champ, taught me.

Someone left flowers for me. 2.0 says niles (Cat No. 2) found them in the garden, carefully chewed each one off at the base, carried them into the house and then arranged them in a vase. Seems likely.

People at work did really nice stuff for me. They decorated. And fed me cakes. And gave me prezzies. Like this cane that my student, Alexis, made for me. Because I’m old. And a plate shaped like a flip flop for food styling.

Katherine and Scott sent me a birthday video. They are famous, so they shot this on location. You should know that when I got my iPhone, it may have started a fight between them. Katherine emailed me a really long tutorial on how to play Bakery Story. I refer to it often. Then Scott emailed to say:

… be VERY VERY CAREFUL to not accumulate a whole bunch of gems and then let 2.0 play the game. Because he’ll accidentally blow each and every one of them on hurrying up the cook time of a dish that was only slated to take 5 minutes anyway or buy some pink tiles that you’ll want to remove every time you play the game. I guarantee. It will not go well for either of you if you let him play your game.

And then Katherine responded with:

Movita, Scott is referring to the fact that I tend to move my fingers very fast on his iphone and a couple of times I accidentally hit “yes, spend 5 gems to finish cooking this.” It was frustrating for both of us, apparently. I also bought a bunch of pink tiles that I thought cost a couple hundred coins, but I might have been a little tipsy because they cost gems, not coins. Again, Scott was like WTF is wrong with you? It was a dark phase of our relationship.

Honestly? This email exchange was a dark phase for me as well. But that’s how famous people roll. We deal with adversity that you, the lesser people, wouldn’t understand. Also, famous people send each other video greetings. Video greetings like this will be played at fundraisers when a disease gets named after me. Here is the video greeting Katherine and Scott sent me, in which Katherine buys me snowy windows and wastes a crap load of gems on my iPhone. And at the end? Katherine pulls an iPhone out of her underwear. Because that’s where famous people keep their phones.


And finally, a great number of you sent me some of the most touching emails I have ever received in my life. I have picked just one to share, because it sums up so many of the sentiments you all shared, and because it sums up the hopes and dreams I have for all of you. One of my favourite bloggers, Antoinette sent me these incredibly kind wishes. She has a blog called cooking-spree. You should really go visit her. I hope she won’t mind me sharing her words with you:

Life in my world these days has been a bit feverish, with a few little (but nonetheless precious) things slipping through the cracks. Baking something special for you has been one. With cakes flying crazy across the great wide interweb in your direction, you can’t have missed mine…but I just want you to know that in my mind I’ve created you one. Picture a music box cake that, when the music begins, the lid opens, up rises a twirling ballerina, bakers cap on – around her fly 40 song birds (I borrowed from Snow White). And in the ballerina baker’s hand, a cake, a music box cake that, when the music begins it opens and inside, a ballerina, bakers cap on……

And so it goes, on and on, a ballerina baker’s dream rising high and higher on the songs of birds.

Happy Birthday, Movita Beaucoup, and blessed be!

And thank you for the sweet life you share!

With Love,

My sister said, “that sounds really nice, but I think it’s gunna be pretty tough to pull off.”

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Thanks, friends. To borrow from Antoinette, I hope this new year for me also marks a year when your own dreams rise higher and higher on the songs of birds.


  1. Rock Salt on May 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’m so glad you had a suitably excellent birthday Miss Movita – it makes me smile to think of all your birthday adventures, celebrations and eatables. Feelin the love, it’s like a right nice polar bear giving me a giant hug, but less bitey.

    • movita beaucoup on May 5, 2012 at 6:56 am

      I’ve decided that all birthdays should be a week-long affair! I can’t believe I’ve tried to hide my birthday before this. Huge mistake. HUGE!

  2. frugalfeeding on May 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my lord, what an awesome birthday. I prefer mine to be rather more low key, but that just sounds awesome. Happy Birthday, by the way!

    • movita beaucoup on May 5, 2012 at 6:57 am

      Low key is always a great way to spend a birthday. But… twenty-two cakes is even better…

  3. emmalina73 on May 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Sigh, the world of glamour and glitz that you lead is a bit overwhelming for a farm girl like me. I tried flicking my hair but I hit myself in the eye and I’m pretty sure the pigs were laughing at me. Maybe I just need to practice.

    Well judging by your tribute video you have lived a full and happy life, one filled with love, laughter and some glasses that could stun small oxen. Ok maybe quite large oxen. But then there is the picture of your Nana and, yes, this mofo teared up. What can I say, no toughened celeb am I. Sending love to you for your loss.

    Wrapping things up I just want to say, you rule. No tribute is too large nor, for that matter, are any spectacles. You are the legend of our lunchtimes, the star in our firmament, the meat paste in our gluten free sandwiches. Happy birthday long distance but very real pal of mine xxx

    • movita beaucoup on May 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Yah. The glasses. I think my mother had a theory that if you had to wear glasses, you might as well go LARGE. You know, embrace them.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, friend! I loves ya and your entire farm family!

  4. kydel on May 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    It sounds to me like you had a spectacular birthday. You hit 40 smack in the face and “Stuff you 4 0, Do you know who I am?!”

    I’m really glad you had a great time and if anyone deserves it, you do!

    I am really sorry for your loss and the tribute from your sister was beautiful.
    I love the video she also did for you. The end made me giggle quite a lot. Go see Daddy Beaucoup! Jeez!
    Like Emmalina, I too tried to flick my hair along with you, but now I’ve put my neck out. I’ll just be a nobody for now until it eases up a bit…

    Until the next one Beaucoup! xxxx

    • movita beaucoup on May 5, 2012 at 7:01 am

      It really has been an amazing week. And thankfully, I’ll be seeing Daddy Beaucoup tomorrow for more birthday celebrations.

      I hope I’ll recognize him…

  5. glutenfreezen on May 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Good grief. Your entire post today made me cry AND laugh out loud! What a special and blessed 40 year old you are. And your happy birthday post to you?

    Eeegadds!! Where’s the tissue!?

    Happy, happy, birthday! 🙂

  6. glutenfreezen on May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Woops…meant “And your MOTHER’S happy birthday post to you?”

    See, you’ve got my emotions in such an uproar (especially after reading your previous post) I can’t even form words! 😉

    • movita beaucoup on May 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

      My sister is going to be very mad at you.

      But thanks for the birthday wishes! I’m glad I found you in my 30’s, and look forward to spending my 40’s with ya!


      • glutenfreezen on May 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        I loved her video too! Ha! But being a mom, your mom’s blog post went straight to my heart. 🙂

  7. Stephanie Barnhart on May 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Welcome to the 40 and over bellydancer’s club! It’s fun on this side of 40, I promise! And next year, once you’ve been to baking school, I expect you to make your own cake!

  8. birchbarksoap on May 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Look at you and all of the birthday love! Happy, happy, happy birthday. 🙂

  9. mybakingempire on May 5, 2012 at 2:19 am

    That’s some serious birthday love, and laughs! Also, I love your blog and want to help share it with others, so I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award!


  10. Janet NZ on May 5, 2012 at 3:52 am

    40? shmorty… you’re still a pup…
    I’m very sorry about your Aunt Amy. My great-aunty Syb was my dearest friend. She died aged 94…. and I will miss her forever.
    The cakes were all amazing… I tried to vote for Katherine several times, but you have an awesome ‘no-cheaters-here” thingy, so I could not. Congrats anyway to the little girl who made the pretty pink cake – awesome – all of them

  11. wendy@chezchloe on May 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Happy happy birthday! Stay funny and you’ll stay young!

  12. Ann on May 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    23 cakes!! You are definitely rock-star status now. Just remember us little people when you’ve been a long time at the top! 😉

    A very happy birthday to you, again, movita!

  13. ModernAlice on May 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! May all of your man cakes fill your birthday with lots of love and joy!

  14. Just A Smidgen on May 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    What a wonderful 40th birthday, Movita.. it’s been everything you could wish for and more I think.. spree’s got the perfect cake for you and if anyone could make that, it just might be spree. I hope she gives it a whirl:) xo Smidge
    ps… I thought you were only in your 20’s:)

  15. themessybakerblog on May 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    You are one lucky duck. All of the cakes were amazing. Too bad you can’t deliver an entire cake. Then, you’d have been one happy duck for sure. Happy Birthday, Movita!

  16. Amrita aka Beetlebuggy on May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    If all turning-40 birthdays are like this, I wanna turn 40 every year! This post was touching and hilarious at the same time! Loved the peek into the life of young Movita and all the wonderful family, friends and students you’re surrounded by. And I have to state, I am extremely impressed with how Katherine and Scott’s iPhone didn’t budge one bit from its base while Scott was making all those calls on it. It goes to prove all (and any type of) iPhones are super phones!

  17. spree on May 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

    So now you are officially 40 dear girl! And isn’t it awesome already?! I told you! it just keeps getting better (well, until it doesn’t, which you’re so far from it doesn’t even bear mentioning so forget I told you that and just remember — You Are So Loved!)

  18. cravingsofalunatic on May 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I have not laughed this hard in ages. First of all your post was hilarious you mofo famous person. Secondly that might be the biggest iphone in the world, which seems about right cuz you’re so famous. Your sister pulling the phone out of her butt cracked me up. (had to do it) And the video on youtube was wonderful. I am so glad to know what you look like now. I still think the bikini shot is about right. The final note about your dad had me on the floor rolling around laughing like a lunatic. I love you girl. This made my day. So happy you had the best birthday in the world. I mean 23 cakes, Ellen should be so lucky. xx

  19. Meenakshi on May 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I love the mini-Biebers! The chocolate icing looks so inviting…

  20. Kita (@passthesushi) on May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Damn! You know how to have a killer birthday. And it sounds like you have some very awesome people who care for you very much who helped make it all the more awesome. 🙂 I hope I can have one future birthday as awesome as this!!!

  21. Food Stories on May 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Movita …. I’ve truly enjoyed the stories on your site so you have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

    • movita beaucoup on May 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

      This is awesome!!! Thank you so, so much for the nomination!

  22. movita beaucoup on December 1, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in May 2012. Happy baking!