Thursday, February 24, 2011

octopus vs. dolphins

Sometimes its okay that things don't turn out like you had planned. Especially when you make bad plans. Like when you think its okay to drive across the United States without stopping for sleep. (Hypothetically.) (Sort of.) This cake is one of those times.

I had originally planned to have a giant octopus coming out of the top of the cake. Because what's cooler than a giant octopus? And I really needed this cake to be cool. Its for my OWN child. And since I stopped letting him eat cookies for breakfast, I'm falling fast on the "favorite parent" chart. How could my husband be winning? He's the one that makes him brush his teeth every night.

I spent hours making the octopus parts. I spent hours thinking about all the angles of support so the legs would stay in and not tear through the cake. I spent hours playing with my children just so I could avoid working on the octopus. And I worried. My stomach is still sick inside from the anxiety. Late last night, long after midnight...I realized I couldn't risk it. What if something bad happened? What if the cake imploded when I tried to put the octopus on the top layer? What if that implosion set off a cataclysmic chain of events that led to the eventual disappearance of Asia? Then he wouldn't have a lame cake....he would have NO CAKE. And everything would be ruined. And my husband would be the favorite parent indefinitely. Nope, couldn't risk it.

So, instead of a very cool giant octopus, he got dolphins. Yeah, I know, not really a fair trade. But at least there was no implosion. Not that I would give him the option to choose between the dolphins or an implosion, because I think we all know what every male on the planet would choose.

The very first thing he said when he saw the cake was, "Hmm, it looks like you didn't make the octopus." And the next thing he said was, "Oh -- you made a sand castle!" (See? I told you he notices the details.) But his favorite part is the "sleepy turtle." I wish I were a sleeping turtle.

PS: I just had to add -- He has very odd birthday cake requests. A few weeks ago he was set on a dinosaur party and wanted a 3D dinosaur cake holding a pencil. I'm not kidding. Luckily, he changed his mind and decided on a fish cake, but there had to be a "fish thinking about Wesley." Just now from the other room, I heard him giggling and saying, "I always WANTED a cake with a fish thinking about Wesley." Ahhh, sigh.... I think the lack of octopus crisis has been averted.

20 comments:

Glora said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!!!! I absolute LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I personally like the dolphins better but I am a dolphin lover. I can not get over ALL the details of this GORGEOUS creation!!! Happy birthday Wesley! You are lucky to have such a loving and talented mom! Hugs- Glora

Signature Sugar said...

So very creative! And a lucky boy, as well!

RedbudCookies said...

This cake is FABULOUS! Some day your little boy will realize how much his mommy must love him to make him such beautiful birthday cakes and cookies! My little boy would absolutely adore this cake, with or without the octopus. Thanks for stopping by Redbud cookies, I wish I had time to actually write a blog, not just post photos, but it was so nice to read your comment. Happy baking!

Nisson Family said...

I LOVE this cake!!!! It is just the cutest ever! I love all of the details of this cake. And I LOVE that the fish is thinking of Wesley too. Adorable!!! Give Wesley a hug and a kiss from me. Happy Birthday! :)

Pam

CantStopBaking said...

WOW!!! this cake is amazing! The colors and details- wow! and my gosh, what we don't do for our children...but I do think these are the memories that last, and they will feel the love that you put into it...

HRM said...

I can't even tell you how much I love your blog. Such funny commentary and amazing cookie and cake artistry.

Manni said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE it :)
You did an awesome job and he's going to love it!!

Debbie said...

That's a a beautiful cake!

Terri said...

I love stopping by your blog...not only do I get to see amazing creations, I get to read your hilarious posts. It's also nice to know that other bakers have anxieties too....misery LOVES company!

About that cake...simply AMAZING!

Brittany said...

Ack! I LOVE IT!

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

This story, very funny! This cake. very awesome! I love it octopus or no octopus, the little details are amazing.

Designed with Purpose said...

Wow, this is a piece of art! Could you make one for my birthday...haha! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I look forward to seeing what you are baking up next!

Melanie Corral said...

HI! I was wondering what the sea turtle is made of?? :)
This is a fabulous!!

LilaLoa said...

The turtle is made of fondant. I just squished the 2 different colors of fondant into a little turtle mold and then let it sit for 10 minutes in the freezer. I popped it out and let it dry for about 10 minutes before adding just a bit of pearl dust.

Dedicated Docent said...

This is beautiful! I'm speechless. How did you make the waves? How long did it all take?
R

LilaLoa said...

DD-- I started by kneading together blue and white fondant. I rolled it out flat and cut it into long strips. I put my baking pans on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper, and placed a strip of fondant around each baking sheet. Using crumpled up aluminum foil, I raised parts of the fondant to create the "waves." I let it dry for a couple of days before baking and decorating the cake.

Radhika said...

What a simple and brilliant idea. I've pinned your cake to my Pinterest page.
Do you have tutorials on how to make all your beautiful creations?
Radhika

LilaLoa said...

Radhika -- I have tutorials on many of the cakes/cookies that I've made, but not all of them. I would be happy to answer any questions you have though!

Em said...

Hi Georganne!! I looooove this cake!!! I was just wondering which molds you used for the sea creatures??

by v@len! said...

Just beautiful! I loved it!

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