Monday, October 24, 2011

Not Always Homemade

     There are times when I simply do not have the time to make everything homemade. While these times are rare, they do happen. And guess what? I'm okay with that. I have come to terms that I simply cannot do everything perfectly and extravagant.
     The month of October has just been chaotic, especially these past two weeks. I have been running on empty trying to get all my "projects" finished, and in the midst of everything, it was my daughter's birthday. She just turned 4, which means that she knows that her birthday is coming up and actually has opinions on what she wants. In past years, I have been able to get away with celebrating her birthday on a different day, and I got to choose the themes. Well.... times have changed!
    Miss Ava changed her mind every day on what she wanted her birthday cake to be. First it was a rockstar cake. Then it was a princess cake. Then she wanted a fairy ballerina cake. She finally decided she wanted a Barbie cake. She decided to mention this little fact when I was putting her to bed the night before her birthday. On her actual birthday, we were planning on going to a pumpkin patch with her preschool friends, so she wanted to have cupcakes for them. So, at 10:00 on the night before her birthday, I was baking pink cupcakes and a little pink Barbie cake.
    I just didn't have time to bake her cake from scratch, so I used a boxed cake. And canned frosting.                                                           *Gasp!* 

     I had no idea as to how I was going to make a Barbie cake. So I went online, and found a silhouette of Barbie, printed it, cut it out, and taped it to a fondue skewer and stuck it in the cake. Clever, I know.  Please pay careful attention to the droopy frosting, and the pathetic attempts at a pink border.

     Things were so crazy, that I didn't even have time to make dinner. So, we had cake for dinner.  After we sang "Happy Birthday", I set the cake on the table, grabbed some forks, and we all went to town.

     Did it matter that there was droopy frosting, no dinner, and a fondue skewer in the cake? No. Miss Ava was absolutely tickled pink with how her "Barbie" cake turned out, and she loved the fact that it was pink. There are times when I put so much pressure on myself to make everything "perfect" that I forget why I'm baking the cake in the first place. So please, don't kill yourself trying to make everything perfect. Cut yourself some slack and just take time to enjoy some boxed cake once in awhile.


  1. I love this post. I they to make everything just right and I get lost in the commotion and I don't enjoy the experience like I should. Thank you! I needed this post right now.

  2. Aww... thanks for commenting, Amy!! Hope you are doing great with your darling little girl.

  3. I love this post! So true! I am about to post about box cakes as well...which in my opinion are a great option for those of us that are time deficient.

  4. I love it! Sometimes there just isn't time for homemade and it is so important to remember the reason behind what you are doing. I'm sure your little one will be talking about her special cake for awhile!

  5. Love it Claudia! I feel the exact same way! I tend to go overboard a lot and then am too tired or stressed to enjoy time with the kids. Love it!!



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