Do you hear that clapping sound? That’s me patting myself on the back for creating my very first cake , , , Birthday Cake To be Exact! I love to cook and I know baking is a big part of cooking, but I really never had the kahuna’s to attempt it. Sure, I used to help my mother bake homemade bread, but I never even thought about baking and frosting a birthday cake.
The “Original Domestic God” gets an A+ on this project and I can now add it to my list of culinary accomplishments. The beauty of it is; I am no longer fearful of baking, well . . . anything!
So, yesterday I didn’t write any posts about anything because I was too busy party planning and making sure everything was as perfect as it could be for my granddaughters 4th birthday party. I am very blessed that my grandchildren live in the apartment above my wife and I (we own a two family home) and I have such a great relationship with my granddaughter. We are best buddies!
I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday and she said; “Papa, I want you to make my cake, you can make it lots of colors, like rainbows and horsies!” Are you serious, me, make a cake? I tried to convince her to go with either a bakery cake or supermarket cake, but arguing with her was pointless and I caved . . . big time!
“What kind of cake do you want Papa to make?” I asked, frightened of the answer I was going to receive. “Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, Waaaaaaaaaant . . . . a My Little Pony Cake!” She said, clutching three multi-colored little ponies in her hand. Dread set in fast as I realized I had no clue what a “My Little Pony Cake” would even remotely resemble. With a smile on my face, I gave her a hug and said; “O K, Papa will make you a My Little Pony cake!”
AND THE RACE WAS ON!
After some careful research, I came up with a kick-butt plan for a My Little Pony Cake. Now, I had to actually make and build it with about as much experience making a cake as my granddaughter had. I decided to go with a three layered cake, chocolate, vanilla and chocolate, with multi-colored frosting. Speaking of frosting, “How the hell do you frost a cake?” Oh boy, oh boy, what did I get myself into?
I searched the internet and found a video on “how to frost a cake” and took the speed frosting course 101. Next, (with my daughter’s advice) I went to our local supermarket and bought three small tubs of different colored frosting from their bakery department and then I was off to the “Party Store” Dear lord, what did I get myself into . . . Help! Who knew there were so many decorations for My Little Pony . . . .SCORE!
THE GRAND FINALE
Cakes baked . . . check
Frosting bought . . .check
Decorations . . . check
And then the proverbial light went on. Instead of making each cake exactly level, I’ll tilt them a little and make it look like the ponies are racing up a winding road to the top of the mountain! So I put it together, frosted the cakes and got the pony race started. The cake went over like I “hoped” it would and my granddaughter absolutely loved it. “SUCCESS” Oh, and with the extra frosting, I made sugar cookies, frosted them and made rainbows out of M&M’s on top of them. Honestly, it was a ton of work and it made me realize that I like cooking a whole lot more than baking!
Namaste my friends annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd . . . Bake On!