I love making yummy treats and pretty cakes that take days to perfect, but baking should also be fun! Sometimes I get too caught up in making everything look right that I forget I’m supposed to enjoy this, that’s normally when I end up going weeks without baking. This evening I went back to just having fun while baking and it was so good to not worry about the tiniest little things that may mess up how the cake looks, I didn’t worry about anything at all in fact. This evening I had my nephew over and helped him bake his birthday cake!
He turns 11 on Friday and normally I bake their cakes. But I had promised Jordon he could come bake with me one day, so he came and baked his own birthday cake. He did most of the work which seems like a cop out on my part, but we had a lot of fun and he was very pleased with the result. Honestly, I think this was much more exciting for him than just getting a good looking cake based on his interests like what his brothers got (well, semi-good looking. My fondant skills are still developing haha). I encourage you all to help a loved one (either a kid or baking impaired adult haha) bake their own cake, they’ll probably end up appreciating it much more!
So, today I’m giving you a lesson on how to bring the fun back into baking.
Pre-measure the ingredients before you start. Once it’s done it’s done and then there’s nothing getting in the way of baking fun!
Go crazy with colour! Who cares if it’s not along some particular theme or even if they go together, just pick your favourite colours and run with it!
If you can’t decide between frosting flavours, do them all!
Pile on the frosting, there’s plenty of time to worry about cavities tomorrow!
Go wild with decorations! Why limit yourself? There’s no such thing as too much bling!
Admire your creation. But not for too long, you don’t want to waste good eating time!
Um, I don’t have photos of this step because by the time we were done it was already 30 minutes past his bed time (with a 20 minute drive back to his house) and I wasn’t about to feed him all that sugar so late on a school night, have him bouncing off the walls all night and face the wrath of my heavily pregnant with twins sister! Have fun guys, but be sensible haha!
This is the most important step and is actually the second part of every step above: Have fun and don’t worry! Trust me, I know a lot of fun and enjoyment can come from creating beautiful baked delights, but every once in a while let your hair down and just do it for the fun of it. And, even better, show somebody else why you love doing this and how much fun it can be!
Time for bed for this baker, all that fun has worn me out! See ya later kiddos and don’t forget to lick the spoon when you’re done!