Dearest Boo, when you were a wee, tiny one you so enjoyed taking things apart, just to see what was inside. I totally blame this on myself. I was the one that introduced you to the nursery rhyme, “Here’s the Church”. I was the one that insisted on teaching you how to do the hand part. I was the one that showed you by cutting apple slices through the center horizontally will allow the stars to present themselves into a star shape. I was the one that showed you a sand dollar and how, when you break it open, five little “bird” shells will fall out. I am to blame on your passion for knowing what is inside.
When you were in grade school there was not one broken electrical appliance that you did not take apart, or at least try, to take apart to see what was inside. You called them your “experiments”. The last “experiment” that I remember was coming home to see you sitting calmly on the floor in the middle of our family room. The entire carpet was covered with parts of a radio. Perhaps I had a budding Thomas Edison on my hands? No. You promised me that you would be able to put it back together. After several days we both could tell that that was not going to happen, so then your promise turned into the statement that you would clean up your mess. After several days I got a trash bag and threw all the parts, components, wires, whatever into the bag and out to the trash. I guess I had a budding Oscar the Grouch living with me.
You next moved on to “potions”. The counters in the kitchen and bathroom would be covered with your messes where you were experimenting on mixing on thing with another. As a parent I learned to “pick my battles”. On this one I felt that by my encouraging you to mix up “potions” this would increase your curiosity and joy when you got to high school and took your required chemistry class. Perhaps I had a budding Madame Curie on my hands? No. I guess I had a budding Dr. Bunsen Honeydew living with me.
The good news is that through all your learning I learned to like to know what is inside of things, how is you mix A with B you will get C. You may be wondering what in the world I am trying to say. Well, the point of all of this is that I found this awesome idea on one of my favorite blogs (http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/2010/02/heart-cake-tutorial.html). This young mother is just amazing in the projects that come out of her kitchen.
Your Aunt Charlotte’s birthday is today, Valentine’s Day, so I just knew that I had to try this for her. This took me forever to try it. And how dumb that was, as it is just a cake. What is the harm that would come from it if I failed? One of favorite women once said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every expierence in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself. ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along'” (Elenor Roosevelt). It took two tries all on my own, before Amanda had the tutorial on her website showing how she did what she did. Finally, after two failed tries, we had success and that was only because I found the directions.
Here are the final cake box, the final cake and the second attempt’s “inners”. Your Aunt Charlotte did call and said that she liked the cake and, without any hints on my part, knew what was inside. So I am guessing it was a success. I will have to try this again, just so that I can see the “inners” for my own self.
Here is the box
Too cute, right??
And here is the outside of the actual delivered birthday cake:
Four layers of delicious cake and yummy buttercream frosting. Topped with strawberry cake crumbs. Is your mouth watering yet?
And, finally, what you have been waiting for……..the “inners” of Practice Cake 2….
That’s right…………………it’s a heart “inner” cake! Don’t look too close, as you will see that I clearly don’t know what a heart looks like. Hopefully, I learned from this one and my actual cake’s heart was more pointed in the center. I had a delivery service take it to your Aunt Charlotte at her work, just so that she would be surprised and not know who sent her this masterpiece. But alas, I failed to tell the young man who was doing the delivery to take off the paper with the address as I feared Aunt Char would recognize my handwriting. And she did……the jig was up.
And speaking of the poor delivery man………..I forced the remaining half of the cake off onto him. He must have thought that I was some kind of witch, like from “Hansel and Gretel”, as I was running around the house giving him any leftovers I could find. The poor man could not get out the door fast enough! On the plus side, all sweets are cleared out of our home, at least for today. For directions on how this awesome cake is made please go here http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/2010/02/heart-cake-tutorial.html.
Bottom line, on this day of love, what most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things. That is what I want you to remember, Boo. It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters (Mother Teresa). This cake was filled with Love that you could see and Love that you could taste. Joy Rising.