We really lucked out with the weather that day. When the rain began, I worried it may ruin our backyard birthday party. Our daughter Stella and friends were celebrating her third birthday, and she was quite ready for cake. Soon the sun burst out and a brilliant rainbow arched above. Parents pulled out cameras and snapped away. The rain dried up as fast as it came. Cake eating could commence!Stella, the birthday girl, was proudly wearing her favorite lacy, pink Barbie dress and couldn’t have been more excited to notice she matched the Barbie cake I had so painstakingly crafted that morning.These kinds of baking projects always look easier than they are. The inverted 8 cup measuring glass produced a gorgeous skirt-shaped cake. Unfortunately, Barbie only sank up to her thighs in the soft white cake mound. It turned out to be easier to make another cake than to cut off Barbie’s legs. I know, because my husband and I tried! Needless to say, wire cutters, pliers and a steak knife weren’t up to the task of rendering a shorter Barbie. I then hastily prepared a small cake to place on top of the first cake. It was soon trimmed to size and set into place. I frosted the cake around a carefully positioned Barbie. The pink of the frosting matched Stella’s dress to perfection. White frosting was stuffed into the cake decorator to embellish Barbie’s full length pink skirt with garlands and rosettes. Two big puffs of frosting were applied to her ample chest and Barbie was ready for her birthday debut.The sun was shining and it was time for cake! I picked up Stella and plopped her upon the picnic table. Her plump, little, bare feet poked out of her lacy pink skirt. The Barbie cake was ceremoniously placed in front of her and her proud smile was caught on film for a cherished family memory.The little pink dress is now tucked away in my daughter’s scrap-box of mementos. That home and big backyard are just a memory too. It’s still there; it just houses another happy family now.I’ve made many cakes and enjoyed many rainbows since that day. But that particular day with my family, including both a rainbow and a cake, remains one of my favorites.
Hey all–have been super sick this week so not much energy to post. However, my friend Maryann has an awesome story to share! Hope you all love it as much as I did!
Maryann lives in Littleton, CO with her wonderful husband, their two fabulous (most of the time) teenagers and a large assortment of lovable pets. She is currently interviewing artists for her upcoming book. Her blog is www.artists.50interviews.com