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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Polka-Dot Cake

This weekend we had a family celebration for my Grandpa and mom's birthdays and I was in charge of bringing the cake.

I'm a confident and proud cookie and cupcake maker but cakes…

Well… I'm not so good with cake.

It's always one of the first questions people ask when they see my cookies/cupcakes. "Do you make cakes?"


Honestly… I'm just not all that interested in cake decorating. Maybe it's because there's usually only one cake and one chance to get it right. If you screw up on a cookie or cupcake it's no big deal. I don't know… I'm just not a cake decorator.

Anyway… for the birthday thing, I thought I would just make cupcakes. Then, my son & I stopped at the candy shop when we were at the mall yesterday and I saw these sprinkled chocolates. I remembered seeing this polka -dot cake in one of my vintage Betty Crocker cookbooks and I just had to give it a try.

I tried to show the cake at its best angle for this photo but, it was really a disaster. The top layer slid over, the frosting ran, the sprinkles bled… the only good thing about it was the taste. Thank goodness I went ahead and made the cupcakes too. Saved my pride a little bit.


Cathy said...

Both cakes look yummy, and I love those sprinkled choc drops. Your cupcakes are incredible though - they look too good to eat!
Cathy XX

Lori said...

Oh Emily, I too have that vintage book along with tons others, how adorable! Darn, so the sprinkles ran? Was it your icing? Love the cupcakes, is that fondant flowers? I started doing cakes at 9! And now getting well much older still do them but rarely, I'm bored of them! Last year made a 11 tier wedding cake and a stacked pink one, ugh! I agree about cookies and cupcakes! I actually love makeing faux cakes withfabric and trims the most! beautiful site! Lori

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Cupcakes....to die for~! Love them.

Angela Henrie said...

I just found your blog - I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing. I am a baker at heart too.

momof2gr8kids said...

i too would much much rather make cupcakes too.. yes. my cakes flop and run away from me as well.. sigh.