So, I love making and decorating cakes. I love learning how to work with fondant and frosting. Some skills are easier than others but so worth it. To see the look of absolute delight and excitement on a child’s face when they see their cake is the best part.
I became interested in learning and honing my skills in cake decorating when my oldest was around 5 years old. I made her a barbie cake like I had when I was 5 years old. I borrowed the cake pan from my mother and used the same doll topper that had been used on mine. Rolling out the fondant and attempting to apply to the cake was both frustrating and exciting. I had just started working with fondant so it was thick and very simple. As I laid the top layer so that it curved and gave it some dimension, I began getting excited. It was actually looking like a dress! My bow was not the best, but…it looked like a bow! I made the top of the dress and used some frosting to detail it just a tiny bit. Then I placed the barbie cake on top of a simple rectangular cake decorated with frosting and flowers. Smoothing out frosting was not one of my better skills so you could see every line and swirl in the frosting despite my attempts and frustration.
I may have had food coloring stains on my hands from coloring the fondant. There may have been bits and pieces of fondant spread across the table or cornstarch smeared on my cheek. But to me, those all were proof of the hard work that I had done. I was so proud of my accomplishment. I knew I could definitely improve and hone these skills into something to be really proud of. Something that I could show others and feel true pride in my work.
And the best part? My daughter absolutely loved her cake. Her big blue eyes lit up and she had the biggest smile on her face. That was all I needed. Her appreciation and excitement for this cake that her own Mommy made for her. She gave me a big hug. She proudly showed all of her friends as they showed up to her party.
Over the years, I have made more birthday cakes for both my daughters. I have decorated cakes for close family and friends. I enjoy looking at my all of these creations because I can see where they just get better and better each time. My skills continue to improve and my love for cake decorating continues to grow.
About 6 months ago, I celebrated my birthday with my family. My 11-year-old daughter made and decorated my birthday cake with the help of her grandmother. Her excitement and pride in her work shown brightly as she told me with the biggest smile on her face, “You are going to love your cake. It’s perfect.”
And you know what? It really was. She put 110% of her love into that cake and I couldn’t ask for anything more. Maybe one day, she will do the same for her own children. Sit in front of the computer learning how to make a sparkly mermaid tail or a superhero shield just so she can see that same look of love and appreciation that I saw each time she saw her birthday cake. It makes my heart swell to know that I made such an impression on her with something as simple as a birthday cake.