Then there was his requested birthday cake. He wanted a chocolate cake covered with white icing with green around the edges. As far as I could tell, he was describing a layer cake that was totally iced (he wasn't impressed by the paltry amount of ganache that was "icing" my birthday cake; never mind that it was a delicious cake). I made a wacky cake in 2 round pans. I put peanut butter icing between the layers for some extra flavor, and iced the whole thing with cheater Italian meringue. Then I tinted some Italian meringue green and experimented with piping it.
|The blank spot is for the 6 candle (re-used, of course).|
It worked pretty well, although the lines softened after several hours. What did not work was my vintage cake cover. It was too small! Which led to a strange contraption on my counter involving my dishpan and several dishtowels.
Fortunately, Ben loved his cake, and it tasted good, so everyone was happy.
I was even happier when I bought a cake stand and dome. The dome is actually acrylic because I like its shape and I was nervous about a large, fragile glass cover. I'm planning to use the cake stand for more than just cakes, and I want the children to be able to use it, too. (The cake stand debuted on Mother's Day with the poppyseed violet cake, when I realized I wanted to tell you about piping Italian meringue.)
There were presents, too, and quite special that his sister thought of him and bought him gifts with her own money.
It's a joy to have a big boy in the house!