November seems to be the month of birthdays for our family. Micah turned 2 on the 19th. Equipped with my boxed cake mix and can of icing from America, I actually managed to put together a cake in the near proximity of his birthday.
I'm not exactly sure why but I attempted to make a layer cake. For most of you, that's not a big deal at all, but for this pastry-impaired mama (as if you could even call boxed cake a pastry!), it's a pretty fantastic feat. No one in my family particularly likes icing so why I deemed it necessary to add an extra layer of the sugary glue in addition to an extra layer of hard work still remains unclear. The truth of the matter is that I wanted to put a little bit more effort into his cake rather than just dumping the mix in a 9x13 pan. And this is what I came up with:
Yes, the cars most certainly came straight from the toy box in an attempt to cover up the crumb-filled icing and uneven surface. But you can't even tell the difference, right?
Micah certainly couldn't. My cake's less-than-stellar appearance didn't deter his eating ability in the slightest.
Another confession: we actually opened his present first and then did cake because I forgot to charge the battery for our video camera. But I'll post the pictures as if we actually observed typical birthday party chronology.
We're not terribly big present people in our family but I felt kind of bad not giving the kid anything for his birthday. Kevin said he wouldn't remember but I surely know that I would. So I gave myself a $10 budget at the Honolulu Wal-mart and was pretty pleased to find the combination of two of his life's greatest pleasures: Elmo & cell phones.
So now I've got a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and one on the way. It's a blessed craziness, I tell ya!