Birthday season has started at our house.
They year starts out in February with Liam.
He is turning 7 today.
After looking through my many cake and cupcake books he chose a sand castle cake out of Cakes for Kids.
Every so often I catch my little boys lying on the floor looking through the cake books on the shelf.
They are so cute!
Another thing I like about the kids picking their birthday cakes is that I usually get to buy a new something for baking.
This time it was a 12 inch round cake pan, and an 8 inch square cake pan.
We have the best store here in Logan called Kitchen Kneads.
I love that place.
I thought this was going to be an easy one. Looks easy don't it! Not so my friends.
I don't know what happened. I was in cake decorating mode, I had the little TV in the kitchen with a good show on, it was just harder than I had planned for it to be.
The frosting is made with shortening to make it look like sand. Gotta make sure there is a crumble layer of butter cream. It doesn't like to stick to the cake. The doors, windows, and little balls are tootsie rolls melted a bit in the microwave and rolled out or up. The sand is brown sugar. The pebbles I found in the bulk section of the supermarket. Caramels and sugar cones finished it off.
My only catastrophe was that tall tower in the back. It is supposed to be 3 layers of cake. Well, when the tall, heavy cake sat on the bottom round cake it was too heavy. It started to fall over. Actually, it finally did fall over.
Solution? Rice Krispy treats. I made an 8 inch pan of rice krispy treats and cut them into the right size squares, frosted them and decorated them as if the whole thing was made of cake.
Look at his face does he care? Nope.
That smile makes all the baking and improvising worth it.
I would do it all over again.
Have a great 7th birthday little man.
We love you!!