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Ok…I am all about keeping it real on this blog! Since my blog is still in it's infancy…I haven't really showcased my weaknesses yet! I definitely don't want you all to think that I am flawless! 🙂 So here is a little glimpse into an area of creativity that I totally STINK at!
Let me back up a little bit…as a child my mom usually made our birthday cakes. She did a great job and I remember being impressed with the cakes as a child. When I became a mother I wanted to make special cakes for my children's birthdays…just like my mom did! So when my oldest turned one I made him a jungle themed cake. It wasn't overly extravagant and it turned out ok. It wasn't Pinterest worthy to be sure…but it passed my low standards!
As time went on I tried again a few more times and had some pretty big failures. Cakes that were just hilarious to look at and really didn't even taste decent. Finally a few years ago I stopped succumbing to the pressure I was putting on my self to be a “perfect” cake baking mom! I just started to order cakes or cupcakes from people who have actually been blessed with the ability to decorate cakes! It was a big load off my shoulders!
For some crazy reason…when my youngest (and last…unless God plays a funny joke on me!) child turned two back in January I felt the urge to make her cake. When I mentioned my plan to my husband…he looked at me like I had sprouted horns and grown a green tail! He politely asked me why we didn't just order a cake from a very qualified baker that we love to use…. I told him that I had a plan and it was a simple cake and I was sure it would turn out fine! He just smiled at me…
I had found a picture of some simple cupcakes on Pinterest. My daughter's favorite thing right now is M&M's…so I wanted to do a M&M theme for her little family party. Instead of just making regular cupcakes, I decided to buy a Giant Cupcake Pan. I should have listened to my gut…and made the small, regular sized cupcakes! 🙂
I got really lucky (ha, ha, ha) and the Giant Cupcake Pan that I bought didn't have any directions in the box. I looked online and found several conflicting articles about how much cake batter was needed. Now the box said that it only took one cake mix. Looking back…I am guessing it meant one cake mix for the bottom and one for the top. I had only bought one mix…so that is what I used!
I poured my cake mix into the pan and it hit me…I had forgotten to use non-stick cooking spray beforehand. Oh well…it is a nonstick pan…it won't be a problem. WRONG! The cake did stick to the pan. It wasn't nearly enough cake batter and so the Giant Cupcake was about half as tall as it was supposed to be. I pried it out of the pan and figured the frosting would cover the rough areas!
You can see by the Pinterest picture that I wasn't trying for a very hard or complex design. I was going to use pink and green frosting and then add pink and green M&M's to the top. Sounds so easy….
Here is what I ended up making…..yes…you can laugh. I won't be offended. I had quite a laugh myself when I finished this little work of art!
The first question that my family asked was….WHAT IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE? There were many interpretations of this cake….NONE of which was Giant Cupcake! There was Smurf House….there was Mushroom….once I added the 2 candles to the top…I thought it looked like some kind of Alien Aircraft!
If you could have seen the back of the cake, there was a crater where my little one grabbed a handful of cake when I had my back turned. I tried to fill this area in with frosting…but it never really looked right!
The good news is that my sweet daughter DIDN'T care that I made her a Smurf House for her birthday cake! You can see by her adorable grin (still covered in chili from dinner) that she is delighted with this cake and can't wait to eat those M&M's off of it!
I guess the moral of the story is this….I totally stink at cake decorating…and that is OK! I tried…I can honestly say that I tried to make a pretty homemade cake for each of my 4 kids at least once….none were great…some were horrible…but I made an effort! By the way…I have asked my family to FORBID me from trying this venture again unless I take an actual course in cake decorating!
As a mom….I am not perfect and I am not good at everything. I am still figuring out my own strengths and weaknesses! I have come a long way and can LAUGH at myself now….and other people can laugh at me…without me freaking out or crying!
So…I ask you two questions today. FIRST….what do you think this “cake” looks like? SECOND…what is one of your weaknesses…because we all have some?!?!