“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake”
Last month I wrote a post about how excited I was to take a cake decorating class. Nerdy I know, but do you ever have those Monday mornings when you are driving to work dreaming about other jobs? It’s not that I don’t love my job, its more that I just don’t want to be in an office all day. Most of the time, my Monday morning dreams revolve around food. A bakery to be exact. I blame it on too many Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss.
When I was sitting at work on that particular Monday morning, in my inbox was a groupon for a class at SweetWise Bakery here in town. I was intrigued because 1-it was a Monday and if I’m ever going to open up that bakery, I should probably learn how to bake, and 2- The boy’s birthday was coming up and after last year’s Rubik’s Cube cake, I needed some extra help if I was going to up my game. I bought the groupon and signed up. Bring it on.
Then, one Saturday, I joined two of my friends and learned all about cakes. The class was amazing! The owner of SweetWise was a great teacher and fondant was not as hard as I originally thought! I never thought at the beginning of the class I would have a smooth cake but after two hours I ended up with a gorgeous cake. Not bad for a rookie.
I went to the SweetWise store and spent way too much time (and money) getting supplies for the Boy’s birthday cake. I started to get nervous. It was one thing to create a perfect cake under the supervision of an expert but on my own…I wasn’t so sure. I bought a nice cake pan, a rolling pin (up until then I had been using a floured wine bottle), fondant, fondant mats and orange and black coloring. Looking back, I should have gotten some more things but like I said, too much money was spent and since I do not in fact own a bakery, I figured I could make do.
Fast forward a couple weeks to last Friday. We were finally going out to celebrate the Boy’s birthday which meant I had a cake to make. I decided that this year it would be a Bengals cake. We are both HUGE football fans and cheer for our home teams. I have the Steelers black and gold running through my veins and he, unfortunately has to cheer for the Cardiac Cats. But his Bengals did well this year and since I like the kid, I decided to make a Bengals cake. I woke up early to bake the cake so that during my lunch break I could decorate it. As I sat working at my desk at home I felt like the naked uniced cake was taunting me from the kitchen.
Lunch time came and I went out to the kitchen and just looked at the cake for awhile. What had I gotten myself into? Before I could think about it too much, I got to work. I dirty iced the cake, colored the fondant, rolled it out and placed it on the cake. Then I did my best at Bengal stripes although I swear I lost part of my soul doing it 😉 and topped it all off with the Bengals B.
You can find more pictures of the process and see what “dirty ice” is here. For my third cake I think it turned out pretty well!
The Boy loved it! We had a great time! We went to the Saucer, which is now a mandatory go-to for celebrations, The Gurst Haus, a new place for us that honestly needs it’s own post. Until I can write a post on it, suffice it to say that walking into this place made you feel like you walked into the movie Beerfest. It was delicious and so fun to try a new place. While we were sitting there though, I couldn’t help but think about next year and how I was going to top the Rubik’s Cube and now Bengals cake. I have a couple of ideas 😉
Maybe those Monday morning dreams aren’t that far off after all! What are your dreams this Monday? Have you taken any classes or found a new hobby that you love?