My Favourite Cake

Don’t be fooled, there are no good cake porn pictures here.  This post is more about my wrecks.

My good friend Judi asked me the other day what my favourite cake has been.  Hers was definitely a favourite, and you can check it out again here.  But I’ve had other favourites…so what makes it a favourite?  For me it isn’t necessarily the finished product that puts the cake in a “win” category.  There are a few factors to consider:

1 – how much fun was it to make?

2 – did everything work out in the process?

3- how smooth did the fondant lay… (this is a biggie)

4 – did the ECBF help me?

5 – how great was the reaction on pick up/drop off?

6 – how did the pictures turn out?

7 – is it going to taste fantastic?

As you can see from the above list, very little has to do with how the finished product looks.  Mr. Toothy Shark was a big fat depressing mess from the get go – probably, even if he didn’t have 300 teeth jammed into his crowded mouth, even if he were perfect in every way, I hated him, so he was a fail.  Nothing worked right when I was making him, I was stressed out about the blonde’s first birthday celebration in my house, the ECBF didn’t help me (which I love), the fondant was finicky, and the pictures were junk.  So it was a bad one.   It didn’t help that the ECBF fell on the floor laughing when he saw it. 

My nephew Nicho’s 6th birthday cake  was also a collosal failure.  I had just come from fairly unexpected dental surgery, slept a couple hours in a T3 coma, and then got up to make that sucker.  I was in a foul mood, nothing was cooperating.  Even though it looked substantially better than Mr. Toothy Shark, it was a bad one and no one could tell me otherwise.  I still delivered as planned but I was unhappy doing it.

My favourite cake of all time has therefore been decided.  Carl’s 4th birthday cake. 

Let’s review:

1 – how much fun was it to make?  SO MUCH FUN.  Bacon Chicken Layer Cake.  The chicken was from chicken-flavoured baby food.  I love baby food jars, they’re so little and cute.

2 – did everything work out in the process? YES.  It was adorable, the cake baked beautifully, and the frosting (cottage cheese and peanut butter) blended so nicely.

3- how smooth did the fondant lay… (this is a biggie)  N/A – this was a fondantless cake.  Carl is on a perpetual diet.

4 – did the ECBF help me?  N/A – This cake was baked pre-ECBF. 

5 – how great was the reaction on pick up/drop off?  Pretty frickin’ fantastic.  Carl was thrilled.   Dogs are so happy to just… be.  I mean, the same stuff happens every day but he is just ecstatic about it, every day, no matter what.  We could really learn a thing or two from them…no?

6 – how did the pictures turn out?

7 – is it going to taste fantastic?  Well… I personally wouldn’t eat a bacon chicken layer cake with cottage cheese peanut butter frosting, but the birthday boy thought it was pretty great.

You know, I get it, I’m a lunatic who loves her dog and bakes him a cake on his birthday, but I’ll tell ya, that’s nothing compared to what we do for him for Cinco de Mayo.

One thought on “My Favourite Cake

  1. Me gusta!!

    Full disclosure: I used to sit under our kitchen table and eat our cockapoo’s Milk Bones. I still have a bit of a Pavlovian reaction to them.

    Great post!

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