The cake is the cornerstone of a traditional birthday party. If we were playing $10,000 Pyramid (which is one of the best games shows in TV history) and the phrase to guess was “Things at a Birthday Party”, I would bet cake would be the first clue. Every year as her birthday approaches, I struggle and worry about Lydia’s birthday cake. She has a peanut and tree nut allergy and bakery cakes are not an option. There are enough birthday parties that she attends for friends where she can’t eat the cake so I smuggle a cupcake or Oreos in for her. For her special celebration, she needs to have a cake she can eat.
I can cook and I can bake; my cakes are always fluffy and moist and my brownies are only crusty on the edges. I know that in baking, science and accurate measuring make all the difference in the world. Here is my public service announcement for the day, a wet measure and a dry measure are not the same. Please don’t swap them out and expect the same result. *climbs off of soap-box* My problem isn’t worry over the way the food will taste but rather how it will look. I am no cake decorator and the cake in my head hardly ever is presented on the plate. If I could talk Lydia into a bundt cake we’d be in business but she always asks for a character cake.
I am not sure what was going through my mind when I bought the tiered cake pan set other than, “I saw tiered Elsa cakes on Pinterest. How hard can it be?” It took three days of baking and decorating and I was most pleased with how the snowflakes turned out. I ordered this Chocolate Mold from Amazon.com because I could not find candy snowflakes to purchase for less than $50 and I am not exaggerating. I simply filled the molds with Candy Quick purchased from Wal-Mart. The chocolate set up in minutes and tasted yummy! All the kids at the party wanted snowflakes on their slice of cake. Also, if you are also baking a peanut & tree nut allergy friendly cake, do not use Wilton’s Candy Melts. In fact, I haven’t found anything from Wilton that doesn’t have an allergy warning for peanuts and tree nuts.
I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. I think I might need to invest in some cake decorating classes at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. My biggest fear now is that I’ll need to make her wedding cake one day!
It certainly wasn’t a professional job but her smile told me that the cake was exactly what she had imagined.