Let them eat cake (finally)
My son found a picture of a Towering Sand Castle Cake "Family Fun" magazine -- the Crafty Mom Manifesto -- and wanted us to recreate it. This magazine must be published in some ancient text of the early felt-workers, because I’m so craft-challenged I usually can’t understand a word of it. Couple that with the fact that although I know my way around the kitchen, my baking skills are not all that impressive. I asked him if I could just whip him up a nice Béarnaise sauce instead.
But he was undeterred. He wanted to bring this cake to our weekly summer playgroup, and since I couldn’t find an exact replica at the Publix bakery, I was forced to humiliate myself in buttercream.
We worked all morning on it. I have seen so many of those Extreme Cake Challenges on the Food Network, that I found myself giving impromptu soliloquies to the camera regarding my fondant work, but other than that, there was surprisingly little drama. Like a real sand castle, I had a few issues with crumbling, but we managed to make it work with frosting spackle. Matthew had particular fun smashing the Nilla wafers into “sand,” and thankfully, that also hid my shabby icing work. We really had a great time doing it and were both quite proud that we had pulled it off.
Perhaps even more so for me since this marked the first occasion in which I had successfully replicated a page from the Crafty Mom Manifesto.
It turned out to be a piece of cake.