Last week I let the kids make Josh’s birthday cake. They got to measure the ingredients and grease the pans, but I operated the heavy machinery. Let’s just say that the flour and powdered sugar measurements were not what you would call “exact” by any means. The end result was a kind of dry cake and really weird crumbly buttercream and too runny royal icing, but the kids LOVED making Daddy’s cake and were SO proud of it.
Part of me wanted to make a nice cake for Josh’s birthday, with fondant and a theme and everything, but I’m glad I let go of my need to make everything a big occasion for performance and just let the kids take joy in their efforts. Although I do like to make special cakes, and I will keep making them in the future, our celebration was just as happy with our funny looking cake made with too much of the dry ingredients and lots and lots of love.