The Many Adventures of Keira!

This is our page to document our family's adoption journey- starting from when we first started planning for our little one, to when we brought her home. We're also going to keep this updated with all of the things that Keira has been up to since she's been home with us here in the U.S!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Ugliest Cake Ever...No, Really...EVER!

I like to cook. Really, I do! I can cook up a storm and am actually pretty good at it...but baking??? Yikes! I'm so bad at baking it's actually quite frightening. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Everytime I try to bake brownies, it turns into cake. I once made these cream cheese cookies that were supposed to be fool-proof. Apparently I'm the fool they didn't proof it against because the dozen cookies I was trying to make turned into one big flat pancake. Most of the time it tastes pretty good but WOW is it ugly! The really absurd part of it is that one day I would like to own a coffee/dessert type of shop. Well, I'll tell you what, I would be pretty broke trying to live off of any money made from my baking! lol I don't know if I can even be saved through getting years of culinary school even. I've been told that my problem is that when you cook, you don't have to be precise, it's a pinch of this a dash of that. If you miss something, then you can always add it later. With baking, it's very precise. If you miss anything from the get-go or didn't measure something just are pretty much done and have to start over. Take a look at the picture and you tell me if I just missed It also doesn't help that I am VERY impatient....something that I hear that baking takes a lot of.

I'm the first to admit...that is the ugliest cake in the world. Ever. Period...EVER...and even though Keira was the one that put the letters on the cake (did you catch that we ran out of "D's" and had to try and substitute an "I" and a "C" to try and form a "D" for Daddy?) I can't lie and pretend that she made the cake! LOL

After I took the cake out of the oven, I let it cool for a while. Normally, I get too impatient to wait and end up with melted frosting because it was too hot still. This time, I wanted to make a nice cake for Dan's birthday, so I waited. Well, when I started trying to frost the cake, I took the bottom layer and leveled it out. So far so good! It was straight...kind of! After that, I put some frosting on and started to try and smooth it out before putting the other layer on. That was where things went terribly wrong. I put the top layer on, then after that as I was trying to frost the thing, big chunks of the cake just started to fall off! Oh NO! What do you do now??? Well, I started to take the frosting and use it as paste to stick the fallen pieces back on the cake. Is that even what you are supposed to do? Is something like that even salvagable?? Well, that kind of explains the lumpiness.

After that, I gave Keira the letters one by one and had her put them on the cake. We started out great with the "Happy". After that, it turned into baby chaos! LOL Here is Keira admiring her case you didn't notice, she also stuck her finger in and was licking her finger. The thing was such a mess anyway, Dan probably wouldn't notice the big new hole on top now from where her finger stuck in! :)
Dan got up from sleeping and started opening up his birthday presents. We gave him some really cool shirts and a couple of hats. He has been wearing baseball hats for a while now, but I wanted to get him something a little different as well. I got him a really cool plaid hat with a brim. It's taking a while to get used to it, but he does like it. I'll see if I can get a picture sometime. Keira likes wearing it as well.

Sometime in the afternoon, we presented the cake to Dan. We sang happy birthday and Keira helped him blow out the candles. What does he say? "Happy Birthday Dadicy??" LOL I guess he did notice that we ran out of D's!

Mike and Lorraine joined us for his Birthday Dinner where we tore up some pretty fabulous Sushi! All in all, an end to a great birthday. Well, technically, his birthday is today, but he has to work today :(.

Dan said that he loves Keira and I AND the ugly cake! I'm glad that I have such a great husband!


Paula said...

Happy Birthday Dan! I enjoy baking but always figure it's a science experiment - sometimes it comes out right, sometimes it doesn't. To make my top layer even, I just turn it over so that what's the top while baking becomes the middle and then I just frost all the gaps. No one's complained yet (or they're just being nice*S*).

Anonymous said...

OMG Happy Birthday Dan!
Sharon...that cake is made from love!!! Let me tell you I had some pretty disasters after finally learning trade secrets. I'm still holding my breath when baking and frosting the darn things. It's like 50/50 chance it works LOL. Cake baking yah I'll leave for the pros we just do it because we love em!!! No matter how ugly it is right? BTW the cake looks fabulous!!! Good job Keira!!!