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403. Amanda’s Birthday Surprise Pajama Jammy Jam With Christina Lauren and Kristin Dwyer

This is a silly episode about cake, desserts, and in the middle, a surprise party for Amanda. She thought she was logging in to talk about cake. I surprised her with a virtual pajama birthday party with Christina Lauren and Kristin Dwyer – and a lot of pictures of Adam Driver.

Zeb is begging throughout the recording. We talk about cake and desserts. We discuss strange food combos. We’re very silly. We get a super-surprise sneak preview of their latest book! Come celebrate with us.

Here’s a picture of Amanda’s birthday cake from Whiskful, who is taking orders for local pickup and delivery in Somerville, Cambridge, and the greater Boston area.



And here is Lauren’s outstanding shirt, and wall decor, all Adam Driver:

Lauren from Christina Lauren wearing a black shirt with pictures of adam driver ironed on to the front, and pictures of Adam Driver taped to the wall behind her, for Amanda's birthday.

Cake is the reward, and buttercream is the bonus.

What’s your favorite dessert? Cake? Cupcakes? Pie? Brownies? Cookies? I’m all about carbs so please tell me your faves! 


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  1. 1
    Stefanie Magura says:

    I will take all the chocolate desserts please and thank you. Especially if chocolate is the only flavor.

  2. 2
    Kareni says:

    I’ve yet to read the transcript…but that cake looks scrumptious!

  3. 3
    Yota Armai says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda!
    Now I want cake, but not just any cake, buttercream frosting cake from Publix. And pork rinds with salsa, and all the desserts.


  4. 4
    Vivi12 says:

    Fruit pie, never chocolate or any kind of cream pie. My mom used to make a fresh strawberry pie, on homemade crust, with a thin layer of cream cheese under the fruit. So good!

  5. 5
    Sarah F says:

    Pie, brownies, cookies, cake. Cake is delicious, I will always eat it, but I’ve never been excited about cake in the way I am about pie. Personally, I think pie has more room for creativity and variety of flavor, texture, richness, etc.
    And this is personal experience, but I can only think of one time in my life when pie has disappointed me, but many, many times when the cake has.
    If I may add ice cream to this list, it would go right after pie!

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