Saturday, May 4, 2013

We can't all be Pinterest-Perfect

Charlotte turned 8 yesterday. She is in such a hurry to grow up.  She loves her birthday.  Me? I suffer anxiety at the thought of planning a party, dealing with invitations and RSVPs (why oh why do people seem to think responding to an invitation is optional??) and the cake.  The cake.  Every year I think I should just take the easy (and expensive) way out and order one from the grocery store.  Some years I do.  This year Charlotte asked for a chocolate cake with pink icing.  I thought to myself "I could do that!" Then I searched Pinterest.  Pinterest.  That mystical world where everything but preserves are put in Mason Jars and the world is carefully edited and filtered and curated into pretty little boxes.  Everything has to be home made in Pinterest land.  Everything.
Birthday girl
  A quick Pinterest search for "easy" birthday cakes shows me pictures of cakes that are far from easy.  Can beginners actually do this stuff??  If I tried to make that car or that airplane I would end up crying in a pile of cake crumbs before I knew it!! In fact, I have cried in a pile of cake crumbs.  And then a fondant-proficient friend came along and turned those crumbs into something more closely resembling the cake I envisioned.

"Easy" birthday cakes??  Really??
This looks a little more doable...

Close enough?

Well, Charlotte didn't get a Pinterest-perfect cake. The icing is from a can and  the writing looks like one of her brothers did it.  The sugar flowers came out of a box in the cake-decorating section at the local big-box store.

Thankfully my kids don't care if their world is Pinterest-perfect.  I need to stop caring a bit more too.



Ami said...

Eight years old! What a wonderful age.

And a great cake, too. YOU are the only one who worries about the cake being perfect.

SHE will remember that her mom always baked her a birthday cake and made it the way she wanted.

Anonymous said...

I think it's beautiful.

LaughingLady said...

Yeah, just because someone painstakingly wrote a blog post and took gorgeous pictures is no guarantee my attempt is gonna look anything like theirs!!

And I agree with the first commenter ~ she'll remember you made her a cake just the way she wanted it.