I am slap wore out from the party preparations.
And grateful that I only have to do this once a year.
Plus slightly wreck-ish from scanning in those pictures of the boys yesterday and reliving a very stressful time in my life.
And thank you for your kind words of encouragement and praise to our Father for His grace. There are many things left unsaid that I wanted to say and will another time, but I was honestly so overwhelmed by emotions as I wrote that I just had to stop and walk away from the computer.
I’m feeling better now. There’s nothing like the panic of waiting until the last minute to plan a birthday party to whip me into shape.
I am usually not the cake maker for birthday celebrations. Typically we’re in Oklahoma every June visiting my family and my wonderful sister-in-law Sybil makes the boys the most beautiful creations you’ve ever seen for our family party. She has done it for years, enduring our phases through Elmo, Blue’s Clues, and more recently, Transformers (gray and black icing – tasty, but ick).
This year due to scheduling conflicts, we stayed home, and the boys were stuck with me.
The box mix queen.
And the box mix queen had to come up with a creative cake to jive with our birthday theme, which was…wait for it….Legos.
Try to rally.
Whimzie and I were discussing how to make a Lego cake, and since she is the Google Queen, she sent me eleventy million links to different Lego cake sites and we spent the better part of an evening discussing the merits and mistakes of various approaches and which one would be LEAST likely to land me in the next post on Cake Wrecks.
Travel with me, Dear Reader, as I show you how I made their cakes (Yes, plural. They always get their own. It’s enough to have to share their birthday – I draw the line at sharing cake.)
I placed the box mix Devil’s Food cake batter went into mini-loaf pans and mini-cupcake tins.
And Mr. CPQ wanted me to tell you that he totally saved the day because I ditched him after supper to go buy birthday presents for the boys and he made the second batch of cakes AND cleaned the kitchen and leapt tall buildings in a single bound.
I have no idea why that penny is there.
Oops, a little off-kilter – had a wee bit much of the batter in the molds and they were domed on top. So, I leveled them.
And I was left with remnants.
Which now remain on my hips.
For the icing, I went with fondant, even though I”ve never worked with it before. I was way behind schedule and didn’t have time to add in the color and work the daylights out of it and hope and pray it turned out quasi-uniformly colored so I chose white.
I did add some vanilla extract to it and worked it in prior to rolling since the box said that fondant had a “mellow” flavor and could stand to be boosted with something else.
“Nasty flavor” would be a better descriptor.
After rolling it out, I layed it over the cake and trimmed the excess with my pizza cutter.
I used the trimmings to cover the mini-cupcakes and used toothpicks to secure them to the top of the cake.
Mr. CPQ then made a crack about Dolly Parton.
Notice whose name is missing on the cakes below.
I wouldn’t say it was super hard, but it was a little tedious, especially getting the edges to look crisp. The whole project took me approximately 4 hours – 2 hours of cake baking time yesterday and 2 hours of decorating time today (counting interruptions for discussions about who needed to NOT be touching whom).
And they barely ate them because they were too anxious to get to their presents.
Have a nice day.
The rest of this post is for my mother who hated more than anything to not be here for her grandsons’ birthday, so I’m filling her in on what the boys did.
Travis helped with the balloons (he was tickled to do it and he was a big help.)
I decorated the mailbox.
And the dining room.
We had quart-sized bags of Lego pieces that I had scooped from the bin of previous projects. The kids had 20 minutes to build a creation using only the pieces at hand.
Without telling whose creation was whose, Craig then inspected them and declared a winner (it was JJ who had placed a portable potty on his spaceship..he got major creativity points for that).
Then we had the singing of the song, cake, and present opening, then the guests got to chose a small Lego set to build and take home for a party favor.
And I’m sorry, but I didn’t get pictures because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
But they had fun.
We missed you, Mom.