Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Four: the cake

Yes, the non-toddler had a birthday cake. Yes, I made it. Yes, I'm in Year 6 as The Mother Who Refuses to Pay for a Bakery Birthday Cake for Her Kids.

But for Alex's #4, maybe I shouldn't have been that mother.

I made the very big mistake of committing to making Alex a Lego cake. So I got reminded of it every day for a week. When am I going to learn that my boys have brains like steel traps when it comes to promises from their parents?

So I was in it whether I liked it or not. The very simple and exquisite example that enticed me so is pictured here. (Aside: does anyone know how they could have possibly gotten that well-defined edge around all the bumps when marshmallows are curved?)

My version wasn't exquisite. Or simple. It took me six hours. And I sweat (not on the cake, though, since I moved a fan into the kitchen). Seems those little blocks required freezing between layers of icing, and the little round thingies (big marshmallows halved) needed to be frosted indi-freakin-vidually.

I can't complain too much, really. I knew without a doubt it would be a challenge even with the simple design. Especially when I amped up the recipe to two cake mixes and making my own buttercream icing.

But for some reason I wanted the Lego cake to happen anyway. And happen it did.

Alex loved looking at it, although he refused to eat any of it. Thanks, honey.

In the car today I decided to throw caution to the wind and ask him what kind of cake he wanted next year.


"Uh, yeah, that'll be a half-sheet ready for pick-up on September 16..."


Anonymous said...

adorable cake...i am the mom who refuses to bake perhaps because noone would eat the results i come up with...

Brittany White said...

it sounds to me like you're starting a tradition with those boys. the same way that mom used to make me potatoes and weenies for my birthday...which I bet she dreaded even more than you do an optimus prime cake...

anyway, I think they look great! I can't help but wonder - would fondant would have been easier or more difficult?

Anonymous said...

I think it looks awesome. I bet he stared at it for a long time.

Christine said...

Brit, I sure thought about using fondant, but I wasn't sure it would work and be any easier to cover a marshmallow with it than to frost it. I don't know. I think the look of the fondant would have been amazing, though...