There was a time when I used to make some spectacular decorated cakes, having learned the trade from my mother. Then life happened. I had kids and tried fitting decorating birthday cakes around nursing and naps and questions. My health took a nose dive. My perfectionist tendencies caused me to become further stressed out, and I decided to not worry about making perfect and beautiful birthday cakes for my children. And yet, I did, and life was still happening.
This year, for my daughter’s seventh birthday, we came up with an idea that seemed straight forward, at least as far as decorations go. The details, however, were a bit more involved, and as usually happens, life happened. We were rewriting how we were making the cake as we went. It was not coming out as a perfect vision of modern elegance, so we decided to go with funky.
Somewhere in the mix, between licking different flavored cake batters, my daughter going crazy with the sprinkles, making spiky cake pops, and a very enthusiastic claim from my daughter that the cake was pinkalicious (very pink and very delicious, she explained), I realized that I was no longer stressed out. I was making the cake with her and that was really all I cared about. At that point I decided that all birthday cake making should be crazy, birthday kid-involved, special time ensuing events. Bring on the sprinkles!
This post was part of the Families Create! Make and Play Challenge.
Our theme for October’s Families, Create! Make and Play Carnival was phizzwhizzers. Our participants shared with us the odd and out of the ordinary, the dreams we aspire to, and the individuality that makes them unique.
Check out what Families Create! participants created this month:
Brenna at Almost All The Truth creates the dreams of dreamers with her children with a little help from Roald Dahl.
Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children found the perfect fish hatto make for one of her phizzwhizzing children.
It’s Little House on the Prairie complete with modern plumbing, cell phones, and video games. Mary and Laura would surely find Kieran’s imagination to be full of phizzwhizzers! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares how her son (Kieran) combines pioneer play with today’s conveniences.
A new birthday tradition evolved at Living Peacefully with Children when Mandy and her daughter worked on a funky pinkalicious cake.
Please join us for November’s Families Create! Make and Play challenge. This month’s theme is Rhymes and Verse!
I have had this tab open for two days, and just realized I still hadn’t stopped to say how awesome I think that cake is! It’s awesome! I love the reminder to let go and just enjoy. Involving the birthday kid in the baking of their own cake sounds like a brilliant tradition to me. I just might have to adopt that one myself 🙂
I agree with Melissa – it’s so much more fun to let go and enjoy the process rather than worrying what the product will be. Very cute 🙂