That first Elmo cake laid the groundwork for two late nights and lots of profanity every year. I’ve made all of the birthday cakes for my kids’ birthdays. Twelve in all.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the personal touch that I can put on their birthdays. The problem is that I’m not an accomplished decorator so making a cake is not a simple endeavor for me. I get plenty of compliments for the cakes that I’ve made and I’ve been told that I should start a cake business. Well, first of all, it takes me 4 hours to do a cake that is simple by comparison to a cake that you see on TV. I couldn’t make any money at it. Second, I’m not that good.
That’s fine. I already have a job and eating cake all day would require me to wear stretchy pants. I don’t like stretchy pants. I do it for the kids and that’s good enough for me.
My youngest just had her 5th birthday, so in honor of raising Monarch butterflies this summer, we made a Monarch butterfly cake.
For my oldest daughter’s 7th birthday, we planned a science party where we had about 20 kids with little lab coats and goggles. The kids moved from station to station, staffed with family and friends, where we had fun little experiments set up for them to participate in. As we had them do the experiment, we explained the science behind what just happened in a simplistic fashion. For this party, we had small lab beakers placed with colored water around the room and would drop dry ice pellets in the water to make it look like boiling water. Becasue I had dry ice, I decided to make an erupting volcano cake. It wasn’t my best visual effort on the cake, but when the eruption happened, the kids didn’t care what the cake looked like.
I learned to use fondant a few cakes ago rather than frosting the entire cake. It’s much easier to work and looks cleaner on the cake. Here is a gallery of a few of the cakes that I’ve made over the years. The gallery is not complete becasue some of the cakes were made before we owned a digital camera. Luckily, a few of the images were taken by friends that owned digital cameras at the time. Not sure what’s next, but I’m sure it will come with a few four letter words while I’m making it.