A couple of weeks ago my oldest turned four years old. I know I say it over and over again, but I can't believe how quickly these four years have gone by. Recently I was looking at pictures of the day he was born and now here he is far from that tiny bundle I held in my arms that day.
Here he sits with little brother anxiously awaiting the "singing" candle; a family tradition my mother began that my husband will never let die! The only thing better about this photo would be if they were looking at the camera. I love how they're sitting together sharing the same chair. Brothers and best friends!
Even though he isn't the birthday boy this picture was just too cute not to share. The cupcakes apparently passed the taste test!
For months my son told me he wanted a baseball hat cake for his birthday. Two days before the party he tells me he decided he wants a sword birthday cake instead. Too bad kiddo I already bought the stuff for a baseball theme this year and your "frugal" mama (we won't say cheap, although it's totally true!) isn't about to go out and buy whatever it might take to make a sword cake. There's always next year!
So here is my attempt at making a baseball hat cake. I love making birthday cakes for my kid's birthdays but I am far from artistic and cakes require a little of that to turn out just right. So mine are personalized with imperfections but that's what makes them special right? So far my attempts have included a police car, airplane, lion, and frog. But this cake was by far the easiest one I've ever made.
For the cake I put 1 1/2 cake mixes in a 3 quart round oven safe bowl and added extra time to cook it all the way through. Mine ended up baking up nice and flat without the usual semi rounded top that usually occurs on cakes that you have to cut off to make flat for decorating. Not sure how that happened, but won't complain about something that makes my cake making attempts easier. Cake cooled and removed from bowl and ta da, the beginings of a hat. I baked the remaining 1/2 of the cake mix in an 8in round cake pan and used that for brim of the hat. This unfortunately did have a rounded top that had to be cut flat, oh well you can't win them all. I cut about half of it away to form the shape of the brim and much to my surprise and delight it fit perfectly around the rest of the cap. Cover with frosting and a hat begins to appear. I used red Twizzlers pull and peel pieces to make the stripes and red M & M's for the center of the hat and the letter E. Easy as pie, only it was a cake!
The cupcakes were a little more labor intensive, but still super easy. After they were frosted with white frosting I used more of the pull and peel pieces to make the seams of the baseball. Even though it probably took longer than just using red frosting it was less intimidating to me. Frosting and I are not friends when it comes to drawing straight even lines. They always end up looking like they were made by a kindergardener; all wavy and thick on one end, thin on the other. No offense to kindergardeners out there, who are probably much better at decorating cakes than I!
The best part of all though was when my son, who had wanted a sword cake, saw what I had made and said, "Wow! That's really cool!" And for that son, I will make you another cake next year. Maybe even a sword!