Monday 18 July 2011

Hilarious in Hindsight

Yesterday evening I sat down with my rapidly growing children to look through some of their childhood photos. We found lots of pictures of Birthday cakes that I made for them over the years. At the time, I was really proud of my creative efforts, asking what they would like their cake to be, buying coloured icing and sometimes spending days sculpting wonderful culinary feats. Looking back at them, they are so hilariously awful that we laughed until we had tears streaming down our faces and we could hardly sit up!!!:-D

I must point out that they always tasted delicious, but why oh why did nobody take me aside and gently suggest that Marks and Spencers sell perfectly nice party cakes and that I would not fail my duties as a mother if I chose not to get elbow deep in roll-out icing?!

I'll start with one I am STILL quite proud of, but feel free to chuckle at the rest.

The next one is downright scarey.

This one took me days to make. I had to stick icing around swiss rolls and ice cream cornets for the turrets. At the party one of the Dads asked me if it was a car!

                                                       (It's a castle, if you're struggling!)

This next one was made on a very hot July day for my son's second birthday and the butter icing was almost sliding off the cake. For the first two and a bit years his day (and consequently MY day) started between 4.30 and 5a.m. so I was exhausted when I made this. I even went to the trouble of using green food colouring to colour some sugar to look like(!?) grass.

                                            (It's a tractor.....)

Needless to say when my mother-in-law asked me to make an anniversary cake, I made it and gladly paid a friend to ice it for me. Hope they made you laugh too. x


  1. These cakes are fantastic!!! You should be very proud :-) And the beautiful cakes from M&S and Waitrose etc never ever taste as good as a lovely freshly baked, freshly decorated one :-) I'd say it was well worth the effort! The castle one looks really impressive and difficult to make :-)

  2. I think you should still be proud of all of them. A lot of effort and love went into them - and I can tell what they are. :o)

  3. Thank you Amy- you are very kind. I just think the castle looks so clunky and lumpy! the kids were delighted at the time, but we did enjoy a laugh about it yesterday!

  4. Aww I love them! So much effort has gone into them and they make for such a special story! It's so precious that you can look back at them with your children and laugh!

    I loved this post :))

  5. A million times better than those fancy store bought kinds! Pretty funny!