Ella’s 2nd birthday is this Saturday. For every birthday that my children have celebrated (3 for Carson, 1 for Ella), I’ve always made their birthday cake. Hours were devoted to planning the cake, baking a moist cake, tinting homemade buttercream icing, and meticulously decorating the cakes.
After 12 hours (a wee exaggeration) of decorating, my kitchen counters, walls, cupboards, my hair, and my clothes would all be covered in icing. There would be about 37 bowls, spatulas, spoons, and measuring cups to be washed (NOT an exaggeration). I’d have eaten my weight in icing by the completion of the cake (possible exaggeration).
Though all of my cakes were truly the most delicious cakes I’ve ever had, they never really looked that good. Instead of the perfect cake I’d imagined, amazingly decorated with smooth as silk icing, they always look sort of like a they were made by a 5th grader. With all the hours invested in making these cakes, I would have expected a little more out of my performance.
(I had help from a professional cake decorator friend for the Blue’s Clues cake. “Help” as in, she did most of the work while I ate icing.) (I cannot find a photo of Carson’s second birthday baseball cupcakes. They ended up being just white cupcakes because I was completely unable to make red baseball laces with red icing, a seemingly simple task that involved me having to remove icing from several botched attempts and start over. “Remove” as in, I ate the icing off of several botched cupcakes.)
As I started thinking about Ella’s upcoming birthday, the feeling the dread set in as I thought about “having” to make her cake. I’ve made ALL their cakes, 3 for Carson, (ONLY) 1 for Ella, so I was going to HAVE TO make the cake for Ella’s 2nd birthday. It would be the only fair thing to do. It’s what a GOOD MOTHER does for her child*. (*Please for the love of GOD, I’m kidding.)
Last Saturday, I did the unthinkable and ordered Ella an Elmo’s World birthday cake from Kroger. I also set up a therapy fund for her. Poor, poor deprived child.
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