It all started in the WalMart bakery. Bear fell in love with a birthday cake with a monster truck on it. I couldn’t bring myself to spend $20 on a cake. A cake! And really only for a cheap plastic toy made in China that would fall apart the first time he tried to use it.
Thus began my foray into cake decorating.
Or perhaps I should say our foray. For the whole family helped, even the birthday child.
And the finished product may not be anything you’ll ever find in anyone’s bakery department, but it wasn’t bad for someone who couldn’t even get the cake to release from the pan.
L. E. Fant immediately put in her request for a farm cake.
And of course Bug had to have a princess cake.
That last one inspired just a touch of cake envy as my twitter followers began sharing their princess cake pictures. Everyone with girls, it seems, has done a princess cake at some point. And everyone, it seems, can get the cake out of the pan in one piece. And add layers, even. Just look at Renae’s cake, from Life Nurturing Education.
But it isn’t about my (lack of) cake decorating skills. It’s about taking the simple request of a child and figuring out as a family how to fulfill that request. It’s about coming together as a family to celebrate the life of a valued family member.
And now, though we have a ways until the next birthday, the children still talk to each other about their cakes and what they want on next year’s cake. Not a bad little tradition.