I love making Birthday Cakes.
Yes they are exhausting and take forever, but I love the adrenalin of getting to the finished product. My kids love the weeks leading up to their birthday flipping through my cake books (and now the Internet) picking out what they think would be the best cake for them. I haven't quite put my finger on what it is that gets them so excited. They can't actually eat many lollies or food colourings so usually the cake includes a part that has vanilla icing that they have.
I think that for them being included in the planning and preparation of the cake that then everyone can see that was made for them, makes them feel special. Some of their favorite photos and memories are of their birthdays.
This weekend was 2 yr olds birthday party, after several consultations with my Womens Weekly Birthday Cake Book he chose the Train Cake. I was secretly very excited. Neither of our other kids have chosen this before and I was waiting in anticipation that one of them would choose it. So here we go, my version of the Womens Weekly Train Cake. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't need to rush off and buy a store bought cake like Josh Earl.
What you can't see in these photo's is the 3rd carriage that I made, which was full of gluten, dairy, egg, nut and soy free biscuits. They were so popular that they were eaten before we cut the cake. For my future reference I am going to post a recipe that I used to make the cake later this week.
Just so you know I have nothing against store bought cake either. Just like anyone else I love to buy something that has been made by someone other than myself. I don't think that my children would be disadvataged in anyway if I decided one year to go this way, I just like doing it myself.....and bought gluten free birthday cakes cost a fortune!!!!!