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Wednesday
Oct122005

The Cake.


Reader Comments (57)

That's gorgeous. I'm an artist and I would never be able to make an R2D2 that amazing. It was all worth it.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkim
That cake is freakin' AWESOME. I betcha Henry remembers it forever 'n' ever. I still reminisce about the fabulous concoctions my mother constructed for our birthdays when we were small. (And I bet she had some horror stories about melting frosting, us having grown up in Las Vegas and all.)
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermegs
Oh my gosh, there are SEVERAL SHADES of blue. That's above and beyond the call of duty. Brilliant.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
nice!
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterhillary
That is totally amazing.I honestly remember the cake my mother spent hours on for my fourth birthday. I swear. Hopefully Henry will do the same. :)
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJoy
Wow, it looks amazing! Hard to believe this is the same possessed-seeming frosting from the previous story. At least it was on its best behavior for the photo-op. :-)
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Well, the frosting at least behaved long enough for you to take a picture. It looks great.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterFraulein N
that looks great. of course, i wouldn't eat it because i have a thing where i don't eat blue foods (why would anyone want to??) but he did a good job doing r2d2. i hope that's not what everyone said, without mention to all the pain and suffering you went through making the 3-tiered brick cake.

that blue gel is the creepiest thing i've ever seen though. it's worse than aim toothpaste, on the level of The Abyss creepiness.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermathew
I sympathize. Really. This spring, I made a chocolate cake recipe I've made several times before. The cake came out so horrible and crumbly it could not be frosted. I cried, threw it away, cried some more, and bought a cake (horrors!) for my daughters birthday. First time in 12 years she did not have a homemade cake. I decided it must be the oven, bought an oven thermometer, discovered my oven is 50 degrees to hot, and attempted the cake again for my younger daughter's birthday. It came out better, but still not right, and I had to practically glue the frosting on, in tears. But I did it. And everyone ate it. It wasn't good, but they knew better than to say anything!
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJill
please please please can i have one for my birthday?
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkilowatthour
Color me impressed
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEulallia
You would never know all the problems you had with that (very) blue icing!
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBethiclaus
That's the finest goddamn edible brick it's ever been my privilege to see.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
atta girl. love the cake. what's on tap for next year's cake, then?
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterhonestyrain
Are you kidding me? Where's the melting? The sliding layers? It looks AMAZING!

Nice job!



October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterChookooloonks
Beautiful! :)
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSassy
You should have seen it ten minutes later. Seriously.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteralice
But the only thing that matters is how it looks when the picture is taken. All baked goods are as grass--they riseth up and are cut down in short order.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Wow. I didn't know R2D2 was so well hung.

I'm a bad mom, I usually do the scan of the napkin that someone else attaches to the cake.

Really great job! It looks yummy!

October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEm
I too suffered the melting frosting syndrome. I know what it was though, you see one of my brood has a milk allergy and I attempted to substitute a very healthy all natural cholesterol lowering yet tasty margarine for the butter in the frosting. But, alas, healthy margarines melt at room temperature, this is why they don't clog your arteries, and I too had to frost in 2 minute increments and then rerefrigerate the cake. I also attempted to use all natural vegetable based food coloring, and it was such a sad little, melting colorless cake that I didn't even bother taking the picture. Oh well, live and learn.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterclickmom
I think that's just excellent. Impressive. Who cares if it melted 10 minutes later? You have photographically preserved that demon cake's moment of perfection for all eternity. We shall always remember that cake thusly and lo, be impressed.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTitanKT
It looks fantastic from that angle. And you have great photos of it before it melted. So what if Henry didn't really eat it - it's the thought and photo evidence that count.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commentererika
Oh, sure, show us the pretty "before" version and deny us the shockingly hideous "after" picture. How can we ever believe that hilarious tale of woe when you show us this? You're losing all credibility.

Btw, I have the same cake layer problems. Now I get cakes from my favorite bakery. When I ordered a cake last year for my son's birthday, he said, "You mean, you didn't make it with love?" I said, "No, but I ordered it with love."

Really not the same, I know.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
It is so cool. Star Wars fans everywhere are impressed I am sure. Who cares about the temp when it looks this awesome.
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commentergreensunflower
WOW! I want one. I have a picture of me at 16 at my sister's birthday party with a blue frosting mouth. It was surprisingly fetching...
October 12, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMiel

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