Even though I'm not an ambitious baker, for the past few years I've enjoyed doing creative cakes for the girls' birthdays. I admit, I'm a little more creative with Syd's cakes than Jules'. Sydney has had two horsey cakes and two butterfly cakes; Jules had a J/candy cane cake and a requested non-fancy red/green coconut cake (I say requested because I know some people think it's just wrong to make December birthday cake look too Christmas-y, but Jules and I don't seem to mind holiday-themed cakes).
This year I asked Sydney what kind of cake she wanted.
"I want a cake of a dog running after a cat!"
Clearly the girls have kittens on the brains, and while I suspect that a dog/cat fiasco picture would be really funny for the 6 and under set, I couldn't quite formulate a baking plan with those directions.
I know. Kittens are cute. Kittens are funny. Kittens with princess crowns on their head are especially amusing.
But I suggested she might want to go in a different direction. Particularly since she had wanted a fairy princess themed birthday party.
Her new instructions: "Fairies. Chocolate cake. Pink frosting with purple flowers. And Happy Birthday Sydney written in white frosting, in cursive." The cursive part was very important because that's Sydney's new thing--writing everything in cursive.
Those are the kind of specifics I can work with (even though my cursive was a bit lacking).
I baked the cake in two springform pans (actually 3, but then at the last minute decorating a 3-tired cake seemed a bit overwhelming). It's chocolate cake, and buttercream frosting (that I was going to make from scratch and then decided that store bought was perfectly fine), and I piped on the frosting with Sarah's cake decorating tips. I also remembered some advice from Andrea--she having learned some insight from watching the Cake Boss--and applied a frosting crumb coat. Thank goodness I did that or I would have been stressed out.
Not only did Syd help decorate/art direct/supervise the cake project, she also set up this whole photograph. Put the cake here. I'll sit here. With these bee-you-tee-full flowers. Oh, and on the right side there--where you have the two white candles and then the one pink candle--those need to be switched around so they form a better pattern. Mmm hmm. She's definitely my daughter.
(Photo pre-candle switcheroo) I ended up surprising her with the fairy on top. It so happened to be her "second favorite present ever!" so hooray for me. Evidently the fairy's official name is Rosetta (one of Tinkerbell's fairy posse), but we call her Lisa. That's a very nice name for a fairy, don't you think?
I wish I could say that I did something fancy for the food, and then I could--as Tamara requested--show you pictures of the amazing adult food. But really, it was just regular food. It was good food, but it wasn't anything fancy. I had thought about doing something fancy, ie: more labor intensive. But when I mentioned this idea to Jason, he said, "How about we just do something from Costco?" And 100 points to him for being practical and realizing that his easily stressed-out wife did not need to be fussing over food. So that's what we did. It was a perfectly wonderful lunch, and the best part was that I didn't have to spend a million hours in the kitchen.
I didn't even have to cut the cake; my sisters did that (I love Andrea and Sarah).
So, there you have it. Sydney's dream birthday party: the special cake, the fairy wings, the company of friends and family.
And, of course, presents. Sydney loved everything she got--she's not one of those kids who thinks that new clothes are boring--although thanks to her grandparents there was one present in particular that she's crazy about.
Watch out, world. Here comes a fantastic six-year-old.