Thursday, October 7

Let Them Eat Cake or One, Two, Three, Four, Five. Senses Working Overtime. Part II

About a year ago my four year old daughter laid eyes on one of those 3-D doll cakes at the local bakery. It was Pepto-Bismal pink with a real Barbie stuck in the middle, giving a regal wave from her icing laden hoop skirt. My girl was beyond smitten.

'MOMMY WHEN I TURN FIVE I WANT THIS CAKE FOR MY BIRTHDAY.'

She spoke all in caps back then, everything was cranked up to eleven. These days she is able to modulate her volume thanks to her kindergarten teacher but back then we pretty much wore ear plugs all the time.

Anyhow, I figured I had a year for her to forget about it so of course being the chump that writes this blog, I said she could have it for her fifth birthday.

She didn't forget.

Have you ever priced one of those cakes? Well I had no clue how much it would cost but let's put it this way: when I asked the baker how much is that cakey in the window her answer made the back of my head blow off. Perhaps our daughter can have THAT cake for her wedding.

But our daughter didn't understand that her parents actually have a financial cap on iced confectionery displays of love and her request had just surpassed it by a long mile. No Barbie cake for you my dear.

She went through all the stages of grief over the cake:

Denial: I WILL have that cake.
Anger: Get me that cake or I'm telling everyone that you are the worst mommy in the world. BECAUSE YOU ARE.
Bargaining: Mommy, if you get me that cake you never EVER need to get me a cake ever again for any of my birthdays.
Depression: I guess I will have the worst birthday ever this year because *sigh* I won't have that cake.

Wait. She never made it to the stage of Acceptance.

Well she didn't need to make it to that stage of acceptance because today is her 5th birthday and guess what her mom did? No, I didn't buy the cake... I BAKED IT.

Now I'm no wiz in the kitchen but a friend had the pan (thanks Elisa!) and in a moment of insanity I thought 'how hard can this be? I'll make it myself.'

And you know what? It turned out fine. Sure, sure, it's not Barbie and it's far from perfect and she kinda looks like a pink hooker in a hoop skirt because her icing bustier keeps melting off leaving just a few modesty dragees over her nipples but hey, I MADE IT and she will love it. I hope.

For an extra twenty she'll let you do body icing shots.
Today my girl is five years old and I love her more than this keyboard can ever express.

Happy Birthday Little G, mommy loves you more than cake.

Part 1 referred to in the title is here.

18 comments:

mapsgirl said...

I think you did a great job and she's going to love it!!

Happy Birthday Little G!!!

Julie @ The Mom Slant said...

I think those gumdrops belong perched on the doll's boobies. But that's just me.

Happy birthday to your big girl!

Ali said...

AW. You made it! It looks great!

Happy Birthday to Gi :)

Sam said...

I made a similar cake when my partern's daughter turned 4. It was quite the endeavour! (I used a Cinderella doll who was wearing a painted on boustier so I didn't have to "clothe" her - as THAT would have been ugly on my part)

KUDOS to you!!

She is lucky to have you for a mom! Happy birthing day to you and birthday to her!!

mandibone said...

Happy Birthday G.

R said...

my mom/aunt used one of my Barbies (okay, it was Midge) and did me up one of those when I was younger - it was the BEST.CAKE.EVER. :) I think it looks fantastic - and I'm glad you were able to give her the cake she so desperately wanted without breaking the bank :) (seriously - they cost that much?? that seems crazy to me! especially as at the bakeries they use the dolls that are only the upper-half of the body on a stick! what a rip off!)

wishing your G a wonderful 5th birthday :)

Chibi Jeebs said...

Happy birthday, G!

Cake looks GREAT. :)

xoxo

Skwishee said...

That's awesome, Katie! I especially like the little star pasties :) How'd you get the skirt shape?
Last year, B said "I want a red car cake" so I stayed up all night carving a car out of cake and covering it in red/pink fondant and decorating it. Turned out pretty great, I thought. "But Mom... I wanted a ROUND cake. With a PICTURE of a car." :P

Happy Birthday to G!

Kathryn said...

okay - the cake is truly impressive. Well done. And Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Redneck Mommy said...

Happy Birthday G!!! Aunty T loves you.

And I can not express how much I adore that you made a whorey cake for your kid Bumper. BEST MOTHER EVER.

Melissa said...

Oh, I hope she loved it! And hopefully when she gets older she'll realize how much more it means that you made it for her :)

Happy Birthday, G!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

The stars on the boobs are killing me.

You did a great job! I'm sure she loved it. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!!

for a different kind of girl said...

Anything, and I mean anything, is fantastic with pink frosting.

Of course, when I say anything, I mostly mean cake. Dang, I wish I had some cake right now.

Alas...

That is a fantastic cake, and I hope your birthday girl loved it.

mayberry said...

That is the best cake. And now I've learned something new (modesty dragees). HAPPY BIRTHDAY G!

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

Happy birthday, G! Your mama loves ya, as evidenced by the Pepto-Dismal cake she made.

Kyla said...

Happy birthday, G!!! Five is awesometastic.

I bet your Barbie cake tasted much better than the bakery crap does!

Ouidad Blog said...

You did it! What a sweet Mom you are! (Did you even style Barbie's hair?! It looks nice!)
-Deb for Ouidad

Karyn Climans said...

Your daughter will remember that you made that cake for her for the rest of her life ... far better than any store bought cake!!! I still remember the castle cake that my mom & I made together for my 5th birthday. You just won the "Mom of the Year" award!