Friday, December 19, 2008

Birthday Cake

It is finally done. I've spent close to two weeks working on the cookies, cake, filling and frosting. I hope Danny likes it. Four layers, what the heck was I thinking?

If you're not familiar with the movie "Cars" (you're lucky) this is supposed to be a scene where the cars go "cruising" down the main street at night with all the neon signs lit up. Do you have any idea how hard that is to do on a frosted butter cookie? I made cutter templates from Danny's various colouring books and toys, and then just gave it my best with royal frosting. I think it looks OK. I wish my kitchen weren't quite so slanted and that someday I could bake a cake that is actually level.

So um, you know all those theories about food colouring making kids hyperactive? I guess we'll have some annecdotal observations to add tomorrow.

It is supposed to be scary cold here over the next couple days (-12 F.) I'm afraid we might have to keep the birthday celebrations closer to home as it probably isn't a good time to be outdoors. Danny has his 4 year check-up early tomorrow (on his birthday, poor kid, but it was the only time that fit everyone's schedule) and I promised him a Hy-Vee breakfast afterward, but i think the Union Pacific Train Museum will have to wait for another day. Hopefully we can get home before noon when the temperature is supposed to start dropping like a stone.

Four years old. Wow, it went fast.


JK said...

It's absolutely adorable!

Happy Birthday Danny! :-)

Goody said...

Thanks, JK.

Anonymous said...

OMG! If I ever had a cake ONE QUARTER as fantastic as that, I might not now feel such childhood emotional abandonment! Most I ever got was some multi-colored flaked candy baked into the batter of an angel food cake. Which I liked, but still..

*right-click/save that pic*

Goody said...

Thanks. I'm sure if I had other children I wouldn't be able to put that much work into one cake, but I guess he's lucky to be the only child of very late-in-life parents.

Angel food cake rocks. I never thought of the candy idea...

Jenn said...

Did I mention on your other blog how impressed I am with this cake?

Also, don't complain about your scary cold. It's currently -46 celsius with the wind here and it's been around there for about 2 weeks now. Brrrr. It's amazing how warm -25 feels after a week of -40.

(My word verification for this one was delerpig, as in "Will you be having a delerpig roast for Christmas supper?)

Goody said...

I've always wondered, do you keep a block heater on your cars at night? With all the problems we've been having with our cars from the cold here lately, I've been considering it (we don't have a garage anymore (stupid tornado!).

Yeah, some of those word verifications are pretty funny.

Goody said...

Thanks again for all the compliments about the cake-I really wanted to do something memorable.

Jenn said...

Oh yes. You can't buy a car here, new or used, without a block heater. They work wonders, even plugged in for 20 minutes or so...though we usually just plug the car in overnight.