Surprise, we are having a party

sp5This year when I was talking about birthday plans with my oldest, we gave him the option of having a party or going skiing. He picked skiing, which is fantastic. We were more than happy to try something new with the kids and especially because he wanted to do it so badly. Unfortunately, he got sick as soon as we got there, and missed going skiing.

I also know that this time in our lives is fleeting. Birthdays are a reminder that our kids (and all of us) are getting older by the second, and I just couldn’t skip the party. I can see that there is a limited number of birthday parties left before the kids are too cool to have their parents involved in birthday celebrations so while I can I am going to celebrate. Continue reading

Canada Day Cake

canada day shirtI haven’t posted anything in a little while because I have been on a baking frenzy and I am supposed to be studying for exams. I write the first exam of three on Wednesday of next week. I just can’t let a holiday pass by without some sort of festive treat. We had a party on Canada Day to celebrate the birthday of our fantastic country and I made a cake, no real surprise there. I also made some festive cupcakes for the kiddies, I will reveal those tomorrow. We had a great time and the kids had a blast with water guns, and water balloons. Here is little L sporting his new Canada Day shirt for the occasion.

Historically I have made a sheet cake frosted with white icing, and decorated with strawberries in the shape of a Canadian flag. I thought that I would mix things up a bit this year. I have wanted to try making a cake with more than 2 layers. So I made a red, white, red layered cake to resemble the colours and pattern of the Canadian flag. It was more like pink than red but after a few drinks who could tell the difference. I did my best free hand maple leaf on the top. My free hand technique could use some work, but the taste is the same regardless of drawing ability.

The Big 5

My oldest turned 5 yesterday, and to celebrate I made this cake for gezzert.  It was a little harder than I though it would be.  I printed out the number 5 on regular printer paper and used toothpicks to stick it into the cake.  The frosting was semi-hard at this point so the paper didn’t stick to the cake.  Then I thought I would just shake the sprinkles on and the cake would be done.  Instead I had to spoon them on, and push them into the frosting.  I was wondering if the frosting should still be wet?  But not too wet because the colouring of the sprinkles would run.  If anyone knows a better way please let me know.   Then  I tied water balloons to wooden skewers, stuck them in and voila.  The birthday boy was very concerned that the heat from the candles was going to pop the balloons, rest assured that didn’t happen.  Now who wants cake….