Two of my kids have May birthdays, which is great because we get to eat a lot of cake. Jack comes first and he’s easy. This year he said, “I want a chocolate cake with white frosting.” Perfect. I went to the party store, bought some Mario decorations, went to the grocery store to place an order, and we had a cake!
Quinn though. Quinn was all, “Will you make me a cake?” and how could I say no? (Side note: By “making a cake,” I mean, “purchase boxes of cake mix and cans of frosting and assemble them according to instructions.”) So I said yes and then one night he came downstairs after we’d put him to bed and he gave me these elaborate blueprints for the cake he wanted.
Let’s get to work dissecting this.
Point: He has VERY specific measurement requirements. Unfortunately, I don’t have a round 12-inch cake pan. I’m not sure anyone does.
Counterpoint: I can make either two normal size round layers that might not be big enough to decorate properly or I can make two rectangular layers that will basically be two cakes, one stacked on top of the other.
Conclusion: Two cakes it is! Quinn quickly agreed.
Point: Quinn doesn’t know that the cake part of cake is called cake.
Conclusion: He is adorable.
Point: Quinn wants white not brown “bread.”
Counterpoint: I want both, especially if there are two cakes.
Conclusion: Quinn agrees rapidly to brown AND white bread, although I actually bought yellow cake instead of white cake because it tastes better and it was unlikely that Quinn would catch me in that little white (or yellow) lie.
Point: The layers should be stacked on top of each other.
Counterpoint: What? Was I going to lay them out horizontally?
Conclusion: Agreement on vertical stacking.
Point: The white frosting from between the layers should jut out “from that crack in between.”
Counterpoint: That seems difficult.
Conclusion: I will put white frosting between the layers and then I will frost the entire cake in chocolate then I will improvise a piping bag with a Ziploc and draw a white line around the cake where that crack would be.
Point: The cake should say “Happy 11th Quinn!!”
Counterpoint: That is waaaaaaaaay too hard to do with my fine motor skills and a Ziploc bag, so instead I will draw a shaky “Q” and two straight lines that can be interpreted as an “11.”
Conclusion: I don’t tell Quinn about this part before he sees the cake so there is no opportunity for prior restraint.
Point: There is some sort of question about…an arrow? Or…something else?
Counterpoint: I don’t want to ask because I am concerned that the answer will just mean more work for me.
Conclusion: Let’s just ignore that.
Point: Quinn wants a plastic cow on top.
Counterpoint: Let’s see how many different kinds of plastic cows that Target sells.
Conclusion: Imma put SIX plastic cows on top.
Quinn says the cake was the best cake he’d ever tasted. The only mistake I made was doing a good job and now he keeps telling me that he wants me to make a cake for him every year. Rookie mistake.