The Great Birthday Cake Conundrum
The Great Birthday Cake Conundrum, you’ve felt it too right?
Last night woke in terror. I had an actual heart racing, palms sweating ‘moment’. There in the dark, it dawned on me … my baby girl will be turning one in a month and I need to make her a cake, not just any cake. I need to make her FIRST EVER birthday cake.
Do you remember the absolute joy of choosing your birthday cake? I remember flicking through the pages of the Women’s Weekly cake book, marking pages. Enthusiastically workshopping the possibilities with my best friend.
This cake came with a list of requirements, the two non-negotiables being: it had to be pink and it needed icing (a novelty in our household). Then the hours my mother spent in the kitchen mixing, baking and icing that ultimate birthday cake in preparation for my party. Strangely, I don’t remember the party, but that cake is forever cemented in my memory as one of the best that my mum has ever made.
Right now, every time I open Facebook, I am inundated with images of cakes: Multi-tiered, dripped, watercolour buttercream with hand-sculpted fondant toppers.
That is what Social Media expects me to create.
But what does my baby girl like? What theme should I go with? I have been grasping onto anything that she shows a remote interest in; ‘Oh look, she watched Sesame Street for a solid minute, she must love it! I’ll make an Elmo cake.’
I Googled Elmo cakes. Suffice to say, I don’t think she loves Sesame Street that much.
So I’m going back to the classics. I am dusting off my Women’s Weekly and flicking through the pages, with my baby in my lap, until we find one that she tries to eat off the page. No pressure here, at least until my eldest turns six…in her first year of school…oh no.
Got any tips to help a mumma out?
Jess Tucker is a mum of two energetic girls, a yoga enthusiast and she loves creating tasty treats in the kitchen. In her spare
time she occasionally attempts to teach teenagers the art of the English language.