See that slightly excited look on my face?
That’s me at around 9pm the night before my daughter’s third birthday party. I’d finished all preparations for her party, including making an amazing looking cake, and was getting ready to put my feet up.
Usually, a snapshot of me at this time of night before one of my daughters’ birthday parties would involve a kitchen bench (and floor) full of icing sugar and crumbled pieces of cake, and me on the verge of tears, as I attempt to recreate a cake out of The Women’s Weekly.
Not this time, my friends. Not. This. Time.
When Miss Three requested a Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday cake, I went into a panic. I turned to Pinterest for answers and had to pick my jaw up off the ground when I saw the creations before me.
There was no way I could recreate what I was seeing. It would be Clifford the Big Red Mess if I had anything to do with it. I scoured the internet for answers and finally found one.
Friends, it took me five long years to find the secret to creating a spectacular* birthday cake with little effort and next to no skill, but I got there in the end.
Do you want to know what the secret is?
Edible icing sheets.
Right?! Uh-huh! Yep, I am telling you this for free, my friends. These things are absolutely amazing. They will give you an impressive looking cake for minimal effort. High fives all around.
It’s no secret I’ve not had the greatest track record with birthday cakes. There was the number one cake, which critics claimed looked like a giant penis thanks to the icing that was a little more skin coloured than pink, and the bottom of the number one that was a little more rounded than it should have been. Then there was Dorothy the Dinosaur, which turned out almost real-life dinosaur-size and the rainbow layered cake – or should I say Leaning Tower of Pisa.
On the eve of my daughters’ birthday parties, I would usually send my friend and baker extraordinaire Lauren a frantic text declaring disaster.
This year though, I texted her completely calm and proud of the decision I had made. The cake even broke and it didn’t phase me.
I can only describe edible icing sheets to you as life changing. This is not a sponsored post, I simply want to share with you the secrets to my cake success.
I googled edible icing sheets and found a company that met my needs.
All I had to do was go to their site, upload an image, choose my postage method and Bob’s your Uncle. For around $30, I had a Clifford the Big Red Dog icing sheet on my doorstep within two days.
I tell you what, that icing sheet took so much pressure off me and resulted in a cake that I can still say I made.
The best part of all was seeing Miss Three’s eyes light up when she saw Clifford her best friend on her cake.
Gotta be happy with that!
*Not quite spectacular, but close enough in my three-year-old’s eyes.
Are you a kids birthday cake pro? Or are you a disaster zone like me? What’s been your biggest cake failure or win?
Linking up today with the ever-awesome Jess for IBOT.