Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The last three hours of my time have been spent making frosting, coloring it, and decorating a Spiderman cake for Camden's birthday tomorrow. I'm by no means an expert cake decorator but I enjoy making cakes for my kids. This cake turned out reasonably well and I finished it before midnight so end of story right??
After I decorate my cakes I put them in the oven (if I'm not going to be using it!). That way they don't dry out and I don't have to cover them with anything. I told Sam that I was putting it in there and he said, "That's definitely the safest place for a cake in this house." I believe that was a sarcastic comment on my refusal to cook much during the summer. Oh who am I kidding....I don't cook too much anytime!! Anyway, I tucked the cake all safe and sound in the oven, thinking about how excited Camden would be to see it in the morning, and then moved onto my next task. Sam and I were discussing the fact that Camden asked if he could have cake for breakfast. Usually we let our kids eat cake the morning of their birthday. (Judge if you want to but birthdays only come once a year!!) We both agreed that it would be nice for him to have some cake for breakfast, however, that meant I had to mix up cupcakes because this cake is for his party. So, you can probably see where this story is going, I turn the oven on to preheat and begin mixing up the cupcakes not even remembering that barely 5 minutes earlier I put the cake in the oven. (Sam also didn't realize what was happening since he made no move to stop me.) When the timer dinged to tell me the oven was heated, a switch went off in my brain, "NO!!" I started screaming for Sam (he had gone to bed). He thought I cut off my finger (because so often you use a knife when baking cupcakes). I retrieved the cake and surveyed the damage. The frosting got pretty hard because most of the shortening melted out of it. It is definitely not perfect but it is salvageable for looks. It probably will not be edible but I just don't have time to bake and decorate another one so if you come to Camden's party, take a picture of the cake but if I were you I would eat a cupcake.
(Before on the left. After on the right.)


Nicole Crawford said...

The cake still looks amazing Sherilyn! I bet Camden would never know. Forgetting that you just put the cake in the oven is something I would totally do. Have fun celebrating with all you cakes.

Holly said...

as a cake maker this made my blood curdle.
I cannot believe it survived like it did - I think it still looks great!

cool cake !!

(and that's TOTALLY something I would have done!)

Rhonda said...

Man, that cake looks so good in both pictures. Mmmmmmmm.... Sorry about the preheat fiasco. Who knows. The cake may still be edible.

Happy Birthday to Camden.

Jennifer C said...

I would have totally done that! I am just so impressed that you made that looks amazing! Hope Camden had a great day!!:)

Debbie said...

I can't believe it looks as good as it does after the oven ordeal! You do such a good job with them, and Camden probably wouldn't notice!

melanie said...

sherilyn--i'm so sorry! the cake does look awesome in both pics (in fact, how can you tell them apart?!).

i have been having quite a few senior moments lately. bill is starting to get frustr...i mean, worried!