Sometimes, looking forward toward a busy baking weekend, I wonder how I'll be able to get it all done. Days before, the creative process kicks into gear and I begin to build a cake in my mind. I spend days with inspired motivation, mentally revise the cake a few times, and ultimately sketch out the final design. Even then, the cake can take on a different design as it is being created. I really never know what the actual cake will look like until it's done.
This past weekend I made a birthday cake for Claira, my 5-year old great neice. Claira is a beautiful little girl, with dark brown eyes, warm chestnut hair, and a shy smile. Her mom, my neice Louise, called Saturday to ask if I was planning to make Claira's cake. The week had gotten away from both of us, so a cake wasn't planned but I was very happy to make a cake to mark this first "big" birthday, even with one day's notice. Five years old is a big deal. I remember when I turned 5. That morning I woke up thinking I was taller and that I could definitely run faster. It's the first milestone birthday that a child will remember. I wanted Claira's cake to be something she'd remember along with her special day, to join in her memories of her first big-girl bike (a 2-wheeler, pink and white, with all the bells and whistles).
|Birthday girl Claira - with self-applied|
make up (washable!)...
|Henry checking out Claira's |
new birthday bike!
Louise said Claira requested a chocolate cake with choclate frosting, and for the design..."just something pretty." I went to my standard Hershey cake recipe, for both the cake and frosting (found on the back of the cocoa tin). I decided to make a cake with flowers, and a bumble bee, and a few lady bugs. Louise is an outdoors-type mom who has always loved nature and growing things. I figured Claira would appreciate the same. So, I got out the fondant and food colorings, and went to work. It took a couple of hours of creative energy, and I made a big mess in the process and was glad to be finished, but when I saw the look on Claira's face as she first laid eyes on her cake, it was all worth it. It's always worth it!