Roger, Ray & I were talking about that tonight. It oes work for everyone and Rebecca would feel very special with that luxury item. She's used to Grandma's cakes. I bet she'll adapt quickly. The grocery store's version here is pretty awful so I may bite the bullet and head for Baskin-Robbins. Birthdays are only once a year. We don't have nearly the choices here that the city did.
L., what I call a pastry blender is a half-moon shaped thingie with a horizontal handle and knives across the "smile" of the half-moon. It's used to "cut" flour and shortening together usually. You grasp the handle firmly and "cut" the ingredients until they're are small lumps. I missed that part of the recipe - just glanced at the ingredients and the magic word "microwave" and recognized it. I don't remember doing that much work with my version of the recipe but it's been a while since I made them. I do, however, own a pastry blender because I still make "scratch" biscuits once in a while.
Still waiting for girls.