So when Evan turned one, I decided at that point that, Lord willing, I would always make my kid's birthday cakes! His was simple. His obsession at the time was -surprise surprise - basketballs. It was a pretty simple cake.
But by his second birthday he was into tractors and that cake was not as easy. Since I really enjoy a challenge, I find the hardest cake pattern I can find and try:
With Carter, the inspiration wasn't as easy. His 2 obsessions lately have been books (which makes my lil' teacher's heart skip a beat) and our cat Maya. Neither one of those is a great theme for a birthday party. Can you see it - cats every where? Don't think so! But it hit me a few weeks ago that his VERY FAVORITE book right now is:
Along with that book and "Moo, Baa, La La La" he has a growing obsession with cows. I will moo and he will moo. Sometimes I will hear him mooing in another room. So the idea took shape. A farm themed birthday party.
I always seem to get in over my head, but this time I was prepared, or so I thought. I called around a couple of months ago to find a cake decorating class, but because of the summer time there were none offered until August. So I went with the old stand by - Google. I found a few sites that actually had step by step video on some basic cake decorating techniques which gave me enough confidence to try this:
And since Carter is obsessed with cows, he got his very own:
See the problem, I felt, poor Carter gets all the hand-me-downs and I remember someone during Evan's 2nd birthday making a comment like "How are you going to out do this cake, when it is time for Carter's birthday". So at this rate, can you imagine what their cakes are going to look like when they are 18! Evan is already talking about what kind of cake he wants for his birthday - 6 months from now!!
So after 8 hours of cake decorating fun and developing carpal tunnel, I finished it! The boys loved it and that is all that matters!