ANYWAY! Onto the post. Birthday cakes. I love making cakes. I always have. Even when I was alittle girl I would make cakes with my dad, grandma, and mom for every holiday there was. And I'd always decorate them in interesting and extravagant ways. Somewhere along the line I stopped making cakes. It probably happened when I turned into a teenager. You know, baking wasn't the "cool" thing to do and I tried to be as cool as possible. But I still somehow ended up a loser. Well I was reading MckMama's blog and found the Rainbow Cake recipe from I am Baker. I just HAD to make it. My grandpa's birthday was coming up so I called my grandma and told her I was making him a cake. She sounded skeptical, probably because she remembers my crazy childhood creations, but she said ok. So I made it. I didn't follow the directions 100%. For some reason I have a hard time following directions to the T. Don't know where I got that from. So the cake ended up leaning. It looked pretty but it leaned. I was pleased and disappointed with myself.
My next feat was Madelynn's birthday cake. I had decided I was going to make a large cupcake decorated like a ladybug. But I couldn't find a large cupcake pan under $30 anywhere and that just defeats the whole purpose of making your own birthday cake because it's cheaper than a store bought one. So my sister-in-law Amy told me about this place that rents out cake pans. A week before Madelynn's party I went over there to ask if they had any large cupcake pans. They didn't but they did have the Wilton ladybug pan. It was cute and her party was ladybugs. So I rented it but I was terrified. I looked online and that cake could only go 2 ways. It could look good or it could look bad. There were no in-betweens. I decided to make the cake for Madelynn and cup cakes for everyone else. I thought if all else fails and the cake is a disaster I can just give her a cupcake. That's probably what I just should have done anyway since she didn't eat but like 2 bites of the cake. I practiced star tipping onto a tupperwear lid and I was pretty sure I had it down. I was less stressed then. The cake turned out beautifully. And so did the cupcakes. Those were super easy. And I found out while making the cupcakes that my oven is tilted or something. That's why the rainbow cake leaned so much I think.
This is what I sent her.
And this is how it turned out after she added the picks and letters.
I love making cakes again. I pretty much just want to bake all the time. But I can't do that because I'll gain like 100lbs when I'm trying to lose that. But I'll probably keep baking for special occasions.