“Best Cake Ever”

A few weeks ago, Lily found a picture of a Dora castle cake along with directions on how to make it.

“I really like this cake,” she kept saying, and carried the recipe around with her. Later she came to me and said “Mommy, I just want to make this cake with you.”

I told her that not only could we make the Dora castle cake, but we could make it for her birthday if she wanted. This idea really excited her. As her birthday got closer, she kept talking about how she and I needed to make her special cake. According to Lily, Rose was not allowed to help. It was supposed to be just me and her making a special castle cake with graham cracker doors and jelly bean decorations.

I was a little nervous about my ability to make this cake because I’m not very good at cake decorating. I told Lily this.

“Don’t worry! You can do it, Mommy!”

So I figured, how hard could it be? You make two round cakes, put four cupcakes on top, put four sugar cones on top of THAT, ice it and then decorate it with candy. It looked so simple that only an idiot could mess it up.

Apparently, I am an idiot.

What are you talking about? It looks just like the picture!

What? Like you could do any better.

Actually, you probably could.

I’m not sure what went wrong. The frosting oozed everywhere. It seemed like the right consistency before I put it on the cake, but it was my first time making frosting from scratch so what do I know? It’s funny, as I was making the frosting I was marveling at how much easier it was to make that I expected and beating myself for never making it before. Well, clearly it’s not as easy as I thought.

I fail at spreading frosting. Whenever I try, chunks of cake come up even though the cake was fully cooled. I don’ t know what my problem is.

As we overlooked the fact that the cupcakes and sugar cones were slowly sliding off the cake, Lily dumped an entire jar of giant star sprinkles in one precise spot. It was impressive. And since then, Lily has plastered the cake with jelly beans, peppermints and gummy bears.

Look at that cake! It’s an embarrassment to humanity!

Lily, however, still loves it.

“Look at my cake! We made it! It’s the best cake ever!” she keeps saying, every time she sneaks a peek at it in the fridge.

And it is. Because I’ve never laughed so much at something I created in my life… unless you count how much I laugh at Lily and Rose.

Happy fourth birthday, Lily, I hope the cake tastes as wonderful as it’s made us feel!

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  1. Thats great! To Lily, its more important that you took the time to make it with her, and involved her, rather than how it looks. She will forever remember her “special” Dora castle cake. Happy Birthday Lily!! I bet the cake will taste wonderful!!!!!

    Funny enough, I’ve learned there’s quite a few tricks in cake baking and making from a friend of mine, to realize that nothing is as simple as it looks. For example, to prevent crumbling cake when you are frosting it, you need to “frost” it first with a thin jelly (strawberry or grape) mixed with water “glaze” and set it in the fridge to set. THEN you can take it out and frost it without chunks of cake coming off. Also, at that point there’s tricks you can do with the frosting to thicken and harden it. Short of buying store quality fondant to cover a cake, its hard to get the proper consistency.

    Either way, *I* think you guys did a wonderful job on the cake as it is, and I wish you luck when the sugar rush hits!!! LOL

  2. I agree with Lily. It looks just like a cake is supposed to, and very castle-like. Spires and everyting.
    Also, spreading frosting is notoriously difficult. Pretty sure that template cake in the picture is made of plastic.

  3. Trigem

    It’s the experience that counts. She will always remember making that cake. What it looks like isn’t important.
    Keep letting her help and in a few years you will have a back up cook. My 11 year old son is an awesome cook because we made lots of ugly cakes and such when he was little.

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