I'm not sure where I got the idea that a good mother only does homemade birthday cakes. Was it because my mom did? Or because my sister did? Or was it something else that ground that into my brain? Well, whatever it was, IT WAS WRONG! My first attempt at a fancy homemade birthday cake was for Daphne's 2nd birthday. It was a lion, her favorite animal. I'd say it turned out pretty mediocre:
Then the next year I got smart and bought one. It turned out so cute! And it actually tasted good, which is the main reason I'd avoided store bought cakes up until then (aside from the brainwashing).
Then I made the mistake of trying to make a fancy homemade cake again. This time for Beck's second birthday last December. The train cake. It was SO MUCH WORK! I spent probably six hours on it, including making the cakes and decorating them and assembling them. And the result was only one false move away from being a train wreck. I guess it's not bad for an ameteur. But it wasn't what I'd hoped for. I think I need to take some cake decorating classes.
But in the meantime, I heard from two friends of mine, Mary Christmas and Rebecca Poppleton that they had started a cake-making business, the Cake Mamas. So I hit them up to make Daphne's birthday cake this year. Mary said she wanted a challenge. So I told her "horses, polka dots and M&Ms" as per Daphne's request. And this is what the two of them created....
Have you ever seen its equal??? I think not. It's BRILLIANT! The horse is made out of fondant-covered styrofoam. The bow is made of sugared gummy tape. The polka dots and trim on the plate are too. The cake inside is confetti cake. And the frosting is buttercream (except for the part where the horse is coming out. That is fondant). It tasted amazing, and it has got to be the most impressive cake I've ever seen. I considered for a few seconds claiming to have made it myself. But I know no one who has ever seen any of my other cakes would believe it for a second.
SO.....if you're in the market for an amazing, one-of-a-kind, delicious, homemade cake, call The Cake Mamas! Mary 801-787-7870. Rebecca 801-636-4973.
p.s. My sister just made this cake for her daughter's baptism party. Can you see why I feel so inadequate??