Work friend @rockox_selinger enlisted my help for his 1-year old son’s birthday cake this past weekend. It was a monster. Literally.
Hulk themed cake with accompanying hulk-themed smash cake. As Rockox puts it: that’s the joke. Hulk Smash. Get it? Oh come on.
What I’ve noticed from these cake projects I undertake is that I always seem to learn a thing or two. Not just about the cake-making process itself (i.e. finding a better way to grease a cake pan), but also about how I approach a project. In particular, I’ve noticed in the last few cake projects that I haven’t been doing enough cake projects, and in enough frequency of cake projects, to really be getting better. I do a cake, wait a couple months, do another cake. And in the time inbetween, well, I seem to get rusty. So… I guess the time has come to decide…is this something I want to do? Or is this something I want to dabble in.
If I dabble, I fear I will never get the skills I need to be really very good. And what’s worse, the way I take on these projects, over a weekend-evening – it’s just too stressful. I get home from work, set up my stuff, deal with dinner, start my project, and then at 2 am, I’m exhausted and frustrated, and well…the enjoyment is lost.
So I need to make a change. What kind of change? I don’t know the answer to that yet. Life got so busy – and cakes took a backseat, but I used to love these projects, and now I loathe them – so… I need to turn my mind to what it will take to bring this back to fun.
That’s the real monster here.