The first time I decided to make my son’s birthday cake was a total disaster. It was nearly ten years ago, and I was so excited. I had exactly the image in my head. A beautiful sharp-edged gift box, in bright blues and yellows. Polka dots, and a big bow. The reality? A fairly squidgy looking, insipid yellow and sort of aqua coloured rounded-edged cake. Ever been there? I understand your pain. You so desperately want to make your child’s cake. And someone, somewhere has made it sound so simple.
If I could give you the absolute best piece of advice ever? The advice I wish someone had given me? Give yourself time. Enough time. In fact, give yourself more time than you need. I now do this every day of the week, and ‘last minute’ equals less than a week’s notice. A week. Not an evening.
Break it down into manageable chunks, and do a little bit each day for about five days. Make the toppers first, then they can be hardening while you make the cake. Bake on day 3, and set it to one side to cool all day. Buttercream it in the evening, then leave it in the fridge overnight. Cover it and finish it off on day 4, and nonchalantly present it to the birthday boy or girl on day 5. Stress-free, and looking relaxed in the photos.
What do you think? Does it sound like something you could do? Or am I just someone else making it all sound too easy? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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Love from Really Yummy HQ x