Even though our family is miles away and the friend population here right now is pretty slim, I still wanted to do a birthday hoo-rah for my man and make his special day, well, special. I woke up knowing that that I wanted to bake him a cake. He doesn't care for sweets thaaaaaat much, and store made cakes are over the top for him.
I'm not a baker and will never be one. I have always admired the pastry chefs on the Food Network that make whipping icing look like it was a natural movement. However, I am pretty good at figuring my way around the kitchen. So when I hit numerous bumps in the road on my way to getting this cake finished...I was at my whits end. Who knew so many things cold go wrong within a 30 minute time frame. Whew!!!
I was beginning to feel like an octopus who's arms flail every which way doing all different things...yeah. My attempt was to get this all finished before Mike got home (which is always different). The cake topper still had to be made and a shower for me was still in thought. Anyhoo..
Things only get worse though. My clever idea to use my
|Don't mind my ugly-fied pizza stone. It's just well seasoned. Seriously!|
Oh I finally got things done. It came out pretty, out of the oven that is. Trying to do the flip-me-over routine didn't work so well. It stuck. I flustered. Almost cried. But managed to push through. My Aunt Shirley and Nana would be proud that I resorted to a home-made cake batter. They're masters at baking.
All in all, the day wasn't total failure. The cake was enjoyed, the birthday boy was happy, and we added one more crazy and adventurous day to our "little family of four" album.
How do you celebrate birthdays when there is no family around? I'm always up for ideas, especially with the girls' 2nd birthday peeking around the corner.
Little Note: This recipe was teh bomb!!! It was sooooo good that it is now our family cake recipe. No more box mixes for this lady.