preparations have begun

went out of the house
tempt fate or go flat insane
these are the choices

Today I went to a cake supply store. This may not seem like a big deal, but after sitting on my ass on the couch for days on end, it was a very big deal. I’m not even that good at decorating cakes, but my couch time has resulted in an obsession with the Ace of Cakes show on the Food Network and so now I am going to get a flaming whisk tattoo and speak only with words like "fondant" and "gumpaste."

So I came home with icing bags and decorating nibs and icing that comes out of the can like spray paint, and pre-colored rolls of fondant and a bunch of other stuff. The wee one wants a castle cake for his party on Saturday and dammit, I’m going to make a kick ass castle cake for him. I’m not going to cover the whole cake in fondant, though, because I haven’t tried that before and I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of thing that needs practice, especially when you’re someone like me – a person who can barely fold a towel the wrong way. The idea of draping a thin layer of perfectly smooth icing over a cake, while enticing, seems almost completely impossible. The fondant is to make flags for the turrets! And maybe a drawbridge (though I think a hershey bar would make a good drawbridge, too).

Anyway, I still have to go out for more doodads (gotta get ice cream cones for the turrets and stuff like that) so I’m excited. Don’t worry, though, I won’t overdo it. I promise. I am still taking it easy. And my mom is here, preventing me from doing any heavy lifting or stair-climbing or triathalons or bungee-jumping.

A castle cake is going to be so fun to make. The wee one has had a giraffe cake, a barn cake, a rocketship cake, a robot cake (and a porcupine cake for school), and a Buster cake (from Mythbusters). They never turn out perfect, but my lack of craftiness sets the bar low, so everyone’s happy.

I have a secret plan for making a moat. I really hope it works, and I can’t wait to brag about it!

4 thoughts on “preparations have begun

  1. I love love love love love Ace of Cakes. So freaking awesome.
    I can’t wait to see the castle cake. I’m just impressed that you make such intricate cakes. I’m a total wuss at that stuff. Take pictures of the process, too, those are always fun. šŸ™‚
    Glad you were able to get out and about!


  2. My mom made a castle cake for my 7th or 8th birthday. It was pink. And she used a Hershey bar for the drawbridge šŸ™‚
    Have fun, and post pics.


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