I have great memories of the birthday cakes my Mum made me as a child. Mum still is a wonderful baker, and while I enjoy cooking, I don’t do much baking.
I have a confession – I have NEVER made a birthday cake for any of my children…..they have always been bought. My excuse is that I could not recreate the beauty of a Winne the Pooh Cake, Disney Cars, Me to You Bear or whatever the latest trend my kids love/watch on TV.
Reality is, baking cakes scare me.
So today, in preparation for my son’s 4th birthday this weekend, we “baked” together, because as far as my kids are concerned, melting chocolate is baking!
We made the ubiquitous Top Hats – are these a world-wide phenomenon? My son insisted in calling the marshmallows mushrooms (now there is a bun I would not fancy trying – mushrooms dipped in chocolate with smarties and sprinkles!).
I hope you can tell that he did these all by himself (!) – and we are taking 30 in for his class and teachers tomorrow, in case you are thinking we have to eat these all by ourselves!
before we ventured into a new realm of baking adventures – decorating a cake!
I bought a chocolate cake and we proceeded to decorate it – much fun was had, and I tried to control my OCD by allowing him to help!
When one of my daughters arrived home – she proclaimed in amazement when she saw the cake “Mum – you NEVER let us bake a cake – but you have just made one.” I reassured her that I had NOT baked this, but just decorated it, which is closer to baking round here than usual.
Mum-guilt however is rearing it’s ugly head, and I think I really will need to do some actual baking for my daughters’ birthdays in December.
So todays Show and Tell is my ‘non-baking’ baking!- Not quite a conventional Show and Tell, but I hope you enjoyed it.
Here is the birthday boy – this is the digital scrapbooking card I have made for him.
It is also my Dad’s birthday 2 days later, and here is his card, using Amid Memories by Lara Payton (the first digital kit I ever purchased, and still my favourite heritage style kit) and her new gorgeous Big Ribbon Alpha.
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Regular followers of my blog will know I have taken several on-line photography courses. As a number of us are from Northern Ireland, we have arranged a meet-up to take a few photos (or a few hundred) THIS SATURDAY so watch this space for more photos coming soon.