Sunday, April 6, 2008


I didn't blog last night. I have a valid excuse. I was up to my elbows in green frosting. And it's my mother's fault.

You see, when I was a small child, my mother would ask what kind of cake I wanted. Then magically, the night before my birthday party, the cake would be created.


Here I am with my teddy bear cake.


This cake was fashioned after my favorite stuffed animal, a pink elephant called "Elly."

This was such a good childhood memory that I decided to continue the tradition with my own children. I spent half a day creating my son's first birthday cake, and he grabbed fistfulls of it and demolished it within 30 seconds.

Since then, I have made more than 20 cakes for my kids' birthdays. They are always allowed to choose the cakes, and I have made everything from butterflies to lily pads to Winnie the Pooh.

This year, my younger son ordered a tractor.

I tried to convince him that it would be much better to have a flat field and decorate it with one of his diecast tractors. No dice. He produced his John Deere brochure with the articulated tractors and ordered a particular model. He chose the model because he liked the fact that it had five headlights, one for each year of his life. I was expected to recreate the tractor, headlights and all, from cake and frosting.

This is what he expected.


This is what he got.


He was okay with that.

What have I learned in my 10 years of making birthday cakes?

Don't spend half a day on something that will be demolished in minutes.

As long as it resembles the object it's supposed to be, the kids will be happy.

If all else fails, cover it in chocolate and serve it with quality ice cream.

And, most importantly, hide some extra cake pieces so that if the party goes badly, I can sneak away into the bathroom and eat cake. Makes me feel better every time.


Jenean said...

I LOVE the donuts as wheels :) Great job!

The Pastoral Princess said...

I love it!!!! My son had a John Deere cake for his 2nd B-day, I worked hours on was destroyed in seconds!! He drove this 'tractor' all over it! You are so right about not spending hours on something....I chuckled!!!
Good Work!!!

Anonymous said...

Great cake Erin!!
You learned the bathroom thing from me too, except mine was eating chocolate covered cherries!

Treasia said...

A job well done by you. Pat yourself on the back for it. It's beautiful.

Let Them Be Little said...

That is adorable!! You did a great job!

Ibleedgreen said...

I'm tellin ya,this kid is gonna go far in life.

m~ said...

That cake is wonderful! I've tried making cakes in the past so I know how hard that was. I'm impressed!

Rhea said...

That's the best tractor cake I've ever seen. Seriously. Not that I've seen a lot...or any, come to think of it. lol Oops.

Insightful Nana said...

Darling cake.

First time to your site. You photos are really nice.

Fresh and lovely!

Anonymous said...

Love the cake.. He looks like he loved it!


Mum-me said...

What a fantastic cake - any little boy would have been pleased with that.

Having a special birthday cake, made-to-order by mum, it also one of my favourite childhood memories and one I have tried to continue with my own children. Unfortunatley I am not as creative as my mum, but I do try.

Happy Mommy said...

Oh my, that cake is beautiful!!!! You have a gift!

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