My baby turned 4 last Monday, and we finally had his big monster-themed birthday party over the weekend. My boys' birthday parties are always a big deal around here. It all started when my oldest son turned one.
I had the great idea to make a really cool wagon-shaped cake for his birthday party. I am not going to show you a photo, because it was kind of terrible. Don't get me wrong, it tasted wonderful, but my decorating skills, or lack there of, were very apparent.
After that first cake, I felt the need to redeem myself. The next year was Elmo, then Ninja Turtle, then a dragon - with actual wings. That one, I am going to have a hard time living down!
Can you see why my kids ask me to recreate this every year?
As the years have passed, my cakes have become the talk of the family. We theme the party around the cake and I try not to disappoint. Everyone tells me I should have a bakery business, but I think I would just end up hating it. I create these cakes because I love to see the smiles on my boys faces when I am done. No amount of money could replace that.
Well, this year for my baby's fourth birthday, I feel like he let me off easy - no cutting and shaping of cake involved. He chose a monster cake and cupcakes. 5 batches of cake batter and countless batches of buttercream frosting later, I was done - with sanity intact! I call that a win.
"I create these cakes because I love to see the smiles on my boys faces when I am done. No amount of money could replace that."
I thought it would be fun to show some behind-the-scenes of how I put this monster cake together. Please pardon the messy kitchen - when I bake it gets a bit out of control!
It may not have been "Cake Wars" worthy, but it was utterly delicious, and that is the most important thing, am I right?
We are die-hard chocolate cake fans, so when it comes to birthday cake, chocolate is a no brainer. However, I do aim to please - I always make white cupcakes for our guest that prefer it. What's your favorite birthday treat?