Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of Love.

Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

I baked a cake & ate it too!

When my daughters turned 3 & 2, a few months ago [their birthdays are a week apart], I had no interest in baking a cake. In fact, after buying a Dora sheet cake for $30 from a local grocery store bakery, I decided I would always buy our birthday cakes. Afterall, for the time it would take me to bake & decorate a cake of that size, placing a simple online order & paying $30 sounded like a better deal to me.

Then, I watched an episode of Cake Boss {I believe it’s on TLC, I watched it on Netflix}. And then, I watched another one… and another one… needless to say, I’m hooked. And, for some reason, when I become intrigued by something, I want to do it, or at least try. Well, last week, my son turned one, and do you know what I did?

I baked him a cake… from scratch!

I had found this rainbow cake recipe with Lemon Meringue Buttercream Frosting AND {since they always use fondant on Cake Boss} I just had to cover the cake with fondant, too! So, I found a lovely site with recipes for Marshmallow Fondant, Rolled Fondant & Buttercream Fondant. I made the Marshmallow Fondant because it had the simplest recipe and then read it was the hardest to work with {of course!}!

I prepared the fondant the day before I baked the cake. The recipe was so simple that I managed to make it while the girls were darting in and out of the kitchen. However, I decided to wait until the kids went to bed to start on the cake. It ended up being an all-night affair – making the batter, separating the batter, coloring the batter, baking the layers, letting the layers cool, making the frosting, layering & frosting the cake, kneading the fondant, rolling out the fondant & applying the fondant. However, baking is very therapeutic for me, and I truly enjoyed the whole process.

I still consider myself a novice baker, so here are some things I learned in the process:

  • The cake recipe said to let the cake cool, in the pan, on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then flip upside down and stick in the fridge to cool quickly. I didn’t realize she meant to stick the cake in the fridge still in the pan. By sticking the pan & the cake upside down in the fridge, the cake drops out of the pan on its own when it has cooled enough. OOOOOO…… {I found this out after tearing the first cake layer, when trying to remove it from the pan.}
  • Applying fondant is not as easy as they make it look on Cake Boss. And it is hard to smooth out on the corners of a square cake.
  • Once the cake layer touches the frosting, it is hard to adjust & align with the layers below it.
  • Kneading the Marshmallow Fondant was a great way to release my stress and tension of the previous week.

My husband & I dream of having a bed & breakfast someday {like when our kids are grown} with a bakery. So I have a lot of time to practice & learn these all important skills.

Even though the cake was far from perfect when I finished it, I was anxious to see & taste how it turned out. So, after a day and a half of excitement and a bit of nervousness, we lit a candle and cut into it. And it was utterly beautiful.

Far from perfect, but a masterpiece just the same. Lil’ Man received the first piece, which he just sat & stared at, unsure of what to do. However, after I lifted it to his mouth, he took over and demolished it, developing an immediate sugar coma. Then, the rest of us dug in… and the cake was rich in flavor and completely delightful.

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  4. Dklentz01983 says:

    The cake layers look beautiful together. That sugar coma bit was too funny and the picture is precious. 

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