Monday, May 18, 2009

Green Eyed Cake-Eating Monster

I love cake. That has been clear since day one of this blog, right? Ok, good. What maybe has not been made clear is that although I love to eat cake, and that I like to bake, I like even better to eat cakes that someone else has made, preferably a person in a home, or a gourmet bakery, not a factory that pretends to be a bakery by adding "bakery" to its name. And that's really because I have no idea how to decorate a cake. It's not a skill my mom passed down (unless you consider putting thin frosting, flavored with cherry Kool-aid into a sandwich baggie and cutting the corner off, then writing peoples names on cakes "decorating." ) Yet somehow my sister, Jennie, has emerged as a sort of goddess of cake decorating. She did all kinds of amazing little cakes for her kids' birthdays when they were little. She decorated my wedding cake to match one I saw in a bridal magazine. Perfectly. And this weekend, I think she might have outdone even herself with this one....



Do you think I could learn to do that? Not likely. I think it might be in the genes. Like big boobs and small feet and greenish eyes, all of which she got and I didn't. I might have to accept that I'll never be a cake goddess. I guess I'll have to settle for a cake consuming genius (with smaller teeth and a better butt and fuller hair.) Hey, you win some, you lose some, right? So get baking, Jennie. Me and my big ears will be waiting for your next cake.

9 comments:

veronica said...

That cake is gorgeous! Looks like something out of a magazine!

SO said...

Beautiful! I love the flowers!

And Kool-aid in frosting? I've never had that. I must try it now.

Kristina P. said...

Are you kidding?!?! That cake is AMAZING!!

Kami said...

She's got talent alright! That is almost too pretty to eat. It's a good thing I hate frosting.

rychelle said...

it's almost too pretty to eat.....almost.

Melissa said...

That cake is GORGEOUS!

Call me weird though, I hate frosting! So I would enjoy looking at it, and then eating some other cake without frosting.
I'm a freak

jennie w. said...

All right all you frosting haters. This was phenomenal cream cheese frosting over a butter pecan cake. Drooling yet? You should be. I was sitting at the back of the party eating cake straight off of the platter.

P.S. I thought big teeth were good. They're not?

L. said...

Arianne, Do you remember when you were little that you and I made ONE perfect cake consumer? I ate all the cake, you ate all the frosting, and we were BOTH happy.

PS for others: Kool aid is super for frosting, a little bit of powder beaten in thoroughly with a mixer both colors and flavors white frosting at the same time. And you can do a lot of very pretty things squeezing frosting out of the nipped-off corner of a zip-loc baggy -- but nothing in the same universe as this cake of Jennie's!

André said...

You had me until the word 'pecan' was thrown out there. Regardless, it's a beautiful cake. I tried decorating a cake once and it was supposed to be very simple and it still turned out to be a mess. Oh well. Some people are born to create and others are born to eat. I'll stick with the eating.