Welcome to a new True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches!
This Thursday-We’re celebrating Birthdays!
In case you don’t know The True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches is a weekly series co-hosted by Melissa from Home on Deranged. Wife, Author and Mom-extraordinaire, to two lovely girls, who are similar in age to my boys! We pick a topic and share the hilarity and mayhem girl vs. boy style.
This week read about my experience as a wannabe DIY foodie, all in an effort appeal to my (newly) 4 year-old who saw a LEGO Birthday cake on a blog I was reading. UH-OH….
MOM CAN DO IT! YES, SHE CAN!
The LEGO birthday cake beginnings
I don’t know what got in to me. At some point, when I became a SAHM and then a blogger- I decided I was creative. I saw a great post on a beautiful LEGO birthday cake, I knew would be perfect for Hayden’s Birthday. (Hayden saw it too, and so I heard about it for about 6 weeks. No more blog perusing for him!) With the best of intentions, I then convinced myself- I could create these amazing egg-free cakes for Hayden’s birthday.
I even told myself it would be cost-effective and I would have ample time. I surfed Amazon and bought LEGO figure molds and then shopped Wal-Mart and stocked up on Wilton supplies. I found a great edible cake transfer- all weeks before I needed any of it. One batch of birthday cupcakes for home and one sheet cake for Hayden’s preschool birthday celebration. No one reminded me, I can’t bake. Nor do I have any creative decorative skills- at all.
The great LEGO cupcake disaster
Okay when you substitute eggs in cake with applesauce- the cake is moist. Super moist- like when you peel the paper away- it will crumble. D’oh. Then, I tried to follow the simple microwave melting instructions on the Wilton melting candy and at first it seemed okay, then it got bad. I switched to the double boiler method to melt and over-heated several batches which clogged in the dispenser and blew melted candy all over the counter tops and walls. I swore. I said the f-word, quietly and repeatedly, and still I never curse. In the end- it was far from Pinterest worthy, not even share-with-the neighbors worthy. Plus as you can see I need a basic class in frosting. However bless Hayden’s heart, I was still a hero in his eyes.
Great news! Those LEGO molds, easily freeze water for LEGO figure ice cubes.
The great LEGO birthday cake debacle
I had two days of recovery before the sheet cake was needed and I decided to use eggs in the mix (since Henry would not be eating it). The cake baked wonderfully. Hayden was MORE than happy to assist. He was thrilled. The homemade butter cream frosting, whipped up like a dream. Then bam. While READING the directions for the cake transfer, I still managed to put that bugger on upside down. Envision how would apply a temporary tattoo, ONLY it should have been face-up. Yikes! The directions even clearly stated, you have one shot at application. Don’t mess it up, dumb- a$%.
I peeled that transfer off and removed the children from the area. I was berserk. I whipped a second batch of frosting, in a mad fury, as the kids stared from the next room. I very quietly bleeped out several more choice phrases. I applied the frosting with fierceness and put that stinking transfer on the right way- scraping the initial frosting remnants from the top of that cake. Just typing this is sending me back to the tunnel vision I had, while trying to salvage that mess.
… Once I could breathe again- I showed Hayden his cake and he threw his arms around me and said “Thank you, mommy, for making this for me.”
I have begun checking with local bakers to see if I can find someone for Henry’s “Thomas the Train” (allergy sensitive) birthday cake that I need in May. My mental state simply cannot bear another cake. It’s just too soon. I wish I could say it was “cost effective” and “priceless” due to my son’s delight-but I think my therapy bills will wipe out any potential savings. 🙂
And note to self and others like me… we just returned from LEGOland in KC- They offer birthday party packages AND include a cake.
Join us again next week, when Melissa talks birthday celebrations with the girls! But before then, tell me about your birthday planning experiences- funny, amazing, (hmmm) therapeutic…share it with us!