What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
A friend of mine has twins who recently had a birthday. She asked me to make the cakes. Last year they turned 3 and it was all about Mickey & Minnie:
I’m normally pretty good at making cakes tasty, but making cakes pretty is more of a challenge. I never did very well in art class, math class sure – all As, but art class, well I got an A for effort. I’d like to get better, but my typical plan is cover cake with as much frosting, caramel, and candy as possible and hope no one notices the sloppy and/or unimaginative decoration job. This usually does the trick. But with kids and birthday parties, first impressions matter. With the cake olympics I got a chance to practise my cake puzzles:
And this year our new 4 year olds wanted rocket ships and Hello Kitty. Here’s the story of the rocket ship:
First I checked with Uncle Google and found two awesome plans: Rocket ship cake from Parenting Magazine and this rocket ship from from Betty Crocker. They even have a video and some great tips. I decided to do something that combined the two. Then I got to baking. I made one of my favourite chocolate cake recipes. Then I whipped up some nutella peanut butter frosting (basically mix equal parts nutella and peanut butter with enough powdered sugar to get the consistency you want) for the glue and a standard cream cheese frosting to frost (because I needed something I could dye blue). Time to start the puzzle.
I was really pleased with it. It was fun, super easy, and the kids loved it. And I think I’m getting a bit better at the decorating =) Practice makes perfect I guess.