Kim: As I was reviewing this blog about the memories that cakes elicited for Celeste I had to chime in. I remember I would get a special doll cake each birthday. Similar to the one posted above by Mrs. Perfect Celeste Cake-maker. Of course it was…all those damn cakes were perfect. What. The. Hell. Who does that? I was seriously impressed with my cake making skills until I saw those. Holy. Shit. Woman. I am going to take one for the team here and post a few pictures of the cakes I have made for my kids. So here they are…my awesomely imperfect birthday cakes. I can only venture to guess that what I lacked in artistic design and perfection – I made up for in the deliciousness of my homemade butter cream frosting.
Celeste: We have many traditions in our family, but one of my favorite traditions is how we celebrate birthdays. I know this sounds silly, but when I was pregnant, one of the things I looked forward to was being able to celebrate my child’s birthday with a homemade cake. Over the years I have made many homemade cakes – and my kids get to decide what they want their cake to be. I love the whole process. Helping the kid decide what design they want, searching through cookbooks from 1960-present and the Internet to find just the right design. I love buying all the decorating tips, candy, and food coloring needed, planning when to bake, let cool, shape, crumb coat, then actually frost the cake and put on the finishing touches. If it all goes well (which it rarely does), it is a 2-day process – but usually my crafty dogs end up eating a cake while it is cooling and I have to start all over again….and I love it. If I could quit my day job and work at a bakery, would I? Probably not – I do this for my children – for the memories they will have of their birthday celebrations – with the hopes that maybe they will carry this tradition on and make cakes for their children.
No, that isn’t Big Foot , that is Chewbacca.
And my basketball cake? No, the netting is not straight and yes the basketball
isn’t perfectly round.
I’m not going to lie…I am pretty proud of this ensemble. Tell me you don’t think I totally rocked the Halloween theme with the pumpkin and witch’s hats. Don’t even get me started on the ghost cake…getting the frosting to be actually WHITE white is just pure talent if you ask me.
This one isn’t too bad…except that the laces on the football are crooked and the white lines on the sides are uneven. Whatever…again I redirect you to the fantastic homemade chocolate frosting.
I was trying to find more pictures…you know…the ones where the cake is totally crooked and the frosting job looks like it was done by a three year old. (I have done many of those cakes). Apparently I didn’t take pictures of those cakes.
Natalie: Nice blog ladies. I have bought every single one of the cakes for my kids birthday. I’m including a picture of how I feel about you making cakes for all your kids parties.