Saturday, September 05, 2009

our own personal cake wreck....

Six months ago, one of the spud's friends turned three and his mother delivered to the nursery a blue train cake, cunningly crafted by a local baker.

All the kids had blue poo the next day but that just added to the thrill as far as the spud was concerned. He ranted on and on and on about the blue train cake for months.

A year ago, another of his best friends Jacob (or 'Jpeg' as the spud calls him) had a blue train cake for his second birthday and while it was home-made, it was a perfect Thomas replica - smooth icing, regular shape, cheerful face - beautifully put together. Their thank-you cards had a cute image of Jpeg blowing out the candles on this monument to good home-making skills and it sat on the spud's dresser for months and months.

You can see where this is going. With his party approaching, I asked the spud what sort of cake he wanted at his party and without a second's thought he shouted 'BOO TRAIN CAKE!!!!!

I asked him several times over the course of the two months running up to his birthday and sadly the answer never varied by as much as a decibel.

Rather than going out and buying one, or simply baking a cake and cutting it into a train shape I went totally Motherly-Love-Blind and single-mindedly blundered into the whole thing with a 'how hard can it be' attitude.

This hard, as it turns out...



...and after that, all the spud ate was this...

...hardly surprising really....



...actually I can't believe I had the guts to serve it up at a party with real people attending... or to post it on the blog. I think I need to offer up a prayer to Julia Child begging forgiveness for my transgressions...

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16 comments:

Lola said...

It looks delicious - I'd have some! In fact, if you send a piece over (I imagine you have leftovers) I'll consume it with delight and ensuing sugar frenzy. Blue poo would be brilliant too!

Day-dreaming... said...

Not to offend, but it looks more like a blue truck. But I applaud you for your courage to try doing it. I have no idea how to start making a train 3D cake even though I like baking.

Maternal Tales said...

Hilarious. Darling I bow down to your superior cake-making skills. Seriously. It looks fab - don't be embarrassed. At least you made it (I got someone else to make it for me)!!! And as far as Motehr love goes...you've proved yourself for the nexty 50 years at least. You can relax now x

Jennie said...

Love the roulade wheels! Well done. Have entertained the notion of doing something similar but...nah.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Well, it is more than I would have done. I seriously would have bought it at the store. No way would I try that. At all!

(Your blog archives say you wrote a post in 1990. Really?)

Pippa said...

Hey it looks great, and next time you will do even better :)

Iota said...

Jpeg - love it!

The cake is fabulous, it really is.

Jen said...

At least yours resembles a blue train. If I tried, someone would ask, "What is that? A blue cloud?"
You deserve some sort of medal for trying.

Carol said...

I am most impressed at your cake baking skills!! I dread to think what mine would have ended up looking like :-)

C x

DJ Kirkby said...

I am very impressed. It looks like a train. Mine would have looked like a lump of hard cake. Lcukily we have a friend who bakes cakes and she does them for all the boys, otherwise they'd end up with pies or cookies for their birthdays as that is all I can make.

Helen + ilana = Hi said...

Well I for one think your cake is awesome..... especially since I can't even get a store bought cake right!

singstio = singing in stereo if you are three.

Nicola said...

What are you talking about? I am SERIOUSLY impressed. I would have eaten it whole without hesitation. And how wonderful that you took the time to make it. I can only imagine the blood, sweat and tears in the kitchen at the time!

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Well damn I think it's cute as hell! I love LOVE the wheels :) LOL I bet that took a whole bottle of blue food colouring :P Nice Job Sparx, you shouldn't be ashamed even a tiny bit. :)

Michelle said...

Sparx, I admire your cake making abilities. I would not have attempted this feat. You should be proud that you were able to do this !

cactus petunia said...

Very cool! And even if he's over it, I'm sure you'll remember it forever!

jeux R4 said...

he he he.....funny......Loved to read it......I love cakes.....may I have a bite of it? send it in email....LOLzzzzzzzzz