This post by Jennifer Flaten
Today we are celebrating my son’s 11th birthday, so yesterday I spent the afternoon making his cake. Actually, since I used a box mix, I didn’t really spend that much time making his cake. I did however spend a little time decorating his cake.
Until a few years ago, my son always chose a store bought cake. He really enjoyed going to the bakery, flipping through the designs and picking a cake. I think he choices were made less on how tasty/well decorated the cake was and more on the little toy that was usually included with the design.
Then one year he was disappointed because he couldn’t find the perfect Star Wars cake, sure there were Star Wars cakes, but none came with a toy. Maybe Star Wars is perceived as an older kid’s cake and therefore, no toy.
No matter the reason, my son was disappointed so I foolishly said “Pffft, don’t worry. I’ll make you a Star Wars cake.” Obviously, I’d watched one too many Cake Challenge on Food Network.
Excited my son tossed out idea after idea. His faith in my ability to create a Star Wars cake was both heartwarming and terrifying. It didn’t help that his sisters were just as excited as he was and even offered to fabricate the Star Wars themed decorations for the party. Now I really couldn’t back out, I had to come up with design that was doable on my limited budge and with my limited skill set.
What is that old saying “Promise a cake in haste, repent in leisure”? Okay, so maybe that isn’t the exact saying, but that is how I felt.
I was idly flipping through my cookbook hoping to spot some kind of inspiration and I found a recipe for a cake baked in a bowl, creating a half dome shape. Lightbulb! The death star, that’s it. I would make a death star cake…uh actually a ½ a death star but close enough.
If you squint at the picture it sort of resembles the death star…all that matter is the boy was thrilled. This, of course, sealed my doom.
Everyone loved it and now every year since he’s me to make him a cake representing whatever is his most current obsession. We’ve had the red bird from Angry Birds, a Mario Mystery box (a rectangle painted yellow with a question mark on it)
This year it is another nice simple shape-a creeper from Minecraft.
I can’t wait to see what next year brings.