Daily Diversion #446: Emily Dickinson’s Coconut Cake

My momma’s birthday is today! We celebrated it last night with a tasty meal at home. I try to make those I love a special dessert for their special day. Our resources and mobility are limited these days, obviously. Because of this, I needed to make something with ingredients I had at home. I decided that it was finally time to make Emily Dickinson’s coconut cake. It’s been on my radar for at least 12 years. No joke. 

Emily’s handwritten recipe

I used this post as my guide. Like that blogger, I mixed the cake by hand. 

Since this was for my mom’s birthday, I embellished the cake a bit by adding a blueberry glaze* before topping it with walnuts and confectioners’ sugar. 

Birthday cake

The cake itself is moist, flavorful, and not overly sweet. Perfect with a cup of tea. 


*For the glaze, I added approximately 3/4 cup blueberries and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to a blender and mixed it until it was smooth. 


“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.”–Emily Dickinson

Happy birthday, mom! I love you.


I hope you are all well during these difficult, uncertain times. Have a great weekend.

[Book Nerd Links] Jane Austen’s Emma, Baby Peggy, Emily Dickinson, Pittsburgh, and Paris

Baby Peggy (April 1922).

Emily Dickinson on Poetry

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”-Emily Dickinson 

A couple of Emily Dickinson books

A couple of Emily Dickinson books

Your poetry certainly passes this test, dearest Emily! Happy birthday.

An Emily Dickinson Scrapbook

Today is poet Emily Dickinson’s 185th birthday. Let’s celebrate, shall we?

Drawing of Emily Dickinson as a child

Drawing of Emily Dickinson as a child

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”-Emily Dickinson

Book cover of Poems by Emily Dickinson, 1890

Book cover of Poems by Emily Dickinson, 1890

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[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Second Stop: Terrific Friends by Diana Shafer

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!


This shop is full of whimsical, beautifully rendered prints of famous writers. They’re all very witty. Try falling in love with just one. I dare you.