Little sister turned two yesterday and we celebrated with a homemade cake, balloons and ballet princess plates. She had a blast! Several years ago, when there was only one "helper" around here, I came up with the brilliant idea that the birthday kid would get to decorate the cake with me. They get to choose their own theme and we pull out all the cake decorating paraphernalia and let them at it. Well, now that there are four "helpers" it's not a piece of cake. Excuse the pun. A couple of years ago we had the unfortunate rocket cake. The proud creator assured his grandma it wouldn't actually take off, it was only a cake. He must have mistaken her shocked expression for amazement that we had made a real rocket out of cake, frosting and ice cream cones. At least the cake was edible, bless it's heart. We have made a monster truck cake, a castle cake, a beach cake and two race track cakes. Big sister is just now getting old enough to imagine her cakes so I'm excited about the girly cakes we can start making.
Little sister seemed quite pleased with her chocolate, pink and white cake. She is finally able to blow forward instead of straight up so she could blow out her candles this year.
The cake itself is the Best Birthday Cake from Smitten Kitchen and I must say, it's all it was cracked up to be. If you haven't found her site yet, get your hinny over there! Her photography and writing are beautiful, not to mention her recipes being fabulous. Years ago I gave up on butter cakes because they always tasted like sweet cornbread with frosting. This tastes like real cake and the texture was perfect. All in all, even with the kids help I am pleased with how it turned out. And by the way, the advantage of letting your kids help decorate the cakes is than when they look a bit strange or even hideous, you can smile and say, "he decorated the cake himself!"