After our first attempt at Lily’s Dora castle cake went horribly wrong, I hoped that Lily would never ask me to make a cake again.
Lily has a dairy allergy, so it’s hard to find her a cake she can eat without breaking out in hives. I had hoped to go to the vegan bakery to get Lily’s cake for her kid birthday party this past Sunday because we’ve seen what happens when I try to decorate a cake myself. It didn’t seem right to subject our birthday guests to my cakewreck. I mean, sure, it would be funny, but the cake itself looked disgusting even though it tasted good.
But, of course, Lily wanted to make the Dora castle cake again. This time I was determined to do a better job with it. Someone on here suggested painting the cake with jelly and water and putting it in the fridge overnight. I did this. Other people suggested making the frosting thicker. Did that. I also switched from vegan margarine to butter-flavored Crisco. The vegan margarine gets super soft when out of the fridge, making the frosting ooze, but then super hard when cold. When we took her first cake out of the fridge, the frosting was rock hard. Butter-flavored Crisco solved our frosting consistency problems.
And with those minor changes, the cake was actually ALMOST respectable looking.
But then I had to put this giant thing in the fridge. The cake was so tall that it was impossible to cover. I am ill-equipped to deal with the storage of super tall cakes. I’m sure there’s some easy way to cover them, but I don’t own that kitchen accessory. So when I tried to cover the top with foil, it knocked the ice cream cone towers over once again.
Note to self: If you ever make the Dora Castle Cake again, put the ice cream cones on the day of cake consumption and keep some extra frosting around to patch things up.
Luckily, none of the other parents at the birthday party had any cake decorating skills so they were super impressed by the cake, even with its tilting and crumbling towers and, by that point, sagging decorations. They thought I was majorly inventive until I ruined it all by showing them the picture and telling them how much Lily wanted to make this cake.
Lily’s rating of the second cake compared to the first? “They’re both my favorite!”