Friday, August 31, 2012

The Cake Ordeal, or Trial By Frosting

Birthdays for one small Two
and two big Sevens
all in one whippy whirlwind of a week. 
With such a mouthful of birthdays,
we partied nice and mellow...
except for... the big girl cakes...
A few words to the wise: 
Betty Crocker
invented cake mix for a reason.
The reason?
She had twins plus two toddlers
and could not juggle kids and kitchen.
My attempt turned out two overly dense 
six-layer rainbow pink berry chocolate cakes
with floppy, sloppy frosting... 
sound yummy?
I have learned from my mistakes. 
From now on, I will stick to wordy, artsy things
and leave baking to the Big Whisks 
and their foodie blogs.
Goodbye, high rise glorious 
skittle skat roarious.

It's cupcakes from now on.

Five days later, Birdy's birthday began
with a houseful of pink balloons.
What else does a newly two need?

A frilly dress-up,
a home-sewn crown
fuzzy old chenille in a soft new quilt,
and some really easy cupcakes from a stress-free mama
and a

Yummy Cake Books:

Product Details
The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious
High Pie Angel Food Cake - Nancy Willard, Richard Jesse Watson
The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies - Heather Forest, Susan Gaber
Round is a Mooncake - Roseanne Thong, Grace Lin 
Clever Jack Takes the Cake - Candace Fleming, G. Brian Karas
Mud is Cake - Pam Munoz Ryan
Thunder Cake - Patricia Polacco
Moon Cake - Frank Asch
Babycakes - Karma Wilson, Sam Williams
The Fairy Tale Cake - Mark Sperring, Jonathan Langley

What are your favorite yummy books?


Barb Davis-Pyles said...

Faith, I love reading your blog. It reminds me of all those happy, crazy , messy days gone by -- now that my "little ones" are 14 and 16. When they were small, we read "Elliot Bakes a Cake" by Andrea Beck. It featured a fun recipe at the end, which, of course we made. I mean, who wouldn't LOVE a cake made with jelly beans?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You're pretty awesome to attempt the sky pie high cake. Most I ever put together was three layers, but it was dark chocolate and raspberry filling. Yum.
I'm sure great fun was had by all judging from these photos. :D

MollyMom103 said...

I wish we were neighbors and could hang out. I really do. Oh the things that we coudl do!

Faith Pray said...

Barbara, thank you for the perspective. It's a short, sweet season. I hope I can remember that in the midst! I can't wait to read "Elliot Bakes a Cake." Thanks for the recommendation!

Faith Pray said...

Tricia, chocolate and raspberry sounds sooo tasty! Yow!

Faith Pray said...

Yes, Molly. If you were my neighbor, I'd be there all the time asking you for writing and life advice. and tea. And then we could play! I wish it, too!


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