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? 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!