The cake was a challenge. I can bake an ok cake – usually. But this one needed some actual structure. Eeks. (See Dave feigning concern, left)
After the 3rd head had fallen off and I was out of cake and had Stormie quickly whipping up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats to fill in (and by the way – if I had it to do over, the main body would be cake, all limbs would be Rice Krispie treats), I cried to Stormie, "What was I thinking? Why did I think I could do this?"
She quickly answered, "I'll tell you why – Ace of Cakes! That's why."
It's true. I am an Ace of Cakes junkie, that's the main guy, Duff, on the left (see http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_db ) It is my favorite Food Network show (and by the way, I know one of the Food Network's fabulous cameramen and the next time he gets to shoot Duff and the incredible cake-making team, he's going to get me an autograph written in white chocolate…right, Greg?). Anyway – these TV people are cake makers extraordinaire. They create huge towering buildings and fire trucks and dinosaurs – all out of cake. If something doesn't work out, they scrape it off into the trash. I have to admit I was kinda wanting that experience and I ended up getting it. The first time or two, it felt somewhat wasteful, but by the time I got that last new head and neck on and decorated – scooping off the junk into the trash felt good. It felt very Ace, or maybe Deuce of Cakes.
If Stormie had not been there, I think I'd have crumbled in despair – much like the cake-head kept doing. But we did it – we got it there – 3 cakes mixes, 4 batches of buttercream, chocolate chip toenails and white almond bark tinted some weird color for those pointy things on its back – later… and Gavin loved it and everyone wished that I had done it in Rice Krispies. Geez, people, you have no idea!
NOTE TO SELF: I think now I could master one of those Barbie-dolls-in-ball-gowns cakes from the early 70's…perhaps a teddy bear, or maybe even Michaelangelo's, David?
pictured: Gavin's dinosaur cake