Sunday, March 12, 2006

got cake?

We spent most of the day today recovering from Boy10's birthday party on Saturday. There were four rowdy little friends. There was pizza, a movie downtown (note to self: do not repeat next year if you know what's good for you), a piñata, and cake. Lots of cake.

As a budding artist, Boy10 has always been particular about his birthday cakes and as he gets older, he likes them to make a statement. I don't mind, because fiddling around with icing is one of the great joys in life, right?

Here are a few of the cakes I've managed to capture on film.

When you turn 2, a teddy will do...




When you're 9, Sponge Bob's just fine...





And when you reach 10? What then?


Look, it's a giant hamburger! And yes, I know I need a haircut but I was hoping you'd be distracted by the cake.


Just like every year, we ended the party by smashing an unsuspecting piñata to bits. It's a testosterone thing. This year Boy10 and I came up with the following creation.


go ahead, make my day


Now that the February/March Birthday Extravaganza is over for the year, we can all get back to normal. Whatever that is.

35 Comments:

At March 12, 2006 10:32 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Christina, you are just waaaay too much! How did you get to be so creative around food :) I must say I am totally impressed, esp. with this year's cake. Surely it wins THE surprise!

 
At March 12, 2006 11:05 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Oh my God. That cake burger is a work of art. I've never seen anything like it.

And yep...I'd say that the dimensions are pretty accurate when compared to a US hamburger.

Sal

 
At March 12, 2006 11:08 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

That is the coolest birthday cake I have seen in my whole life! He must have been over the moon about it!

 
At March 12, 2006 11:26 PM, Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - "play with your food" has always been my motto. I love creating and experimenting as long as I'm not under pressure.

Sal - Thanks! :-) I don't know about it being a work of art, but it's certainly one of a kind.

Dixie - He was really pleased with it and his friends thought it was a hoot. Must impress your peers, you know. :-)

 
At March 13, 2006 12:44 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Genius! Can I please come and be your kid? Those cakes look more like art than food! And that pinata is hilarious. :D Well done Mom! *applause*

 
At March 13, 2006 12:55 AM, Blogger traveller one said...

Those cakes are amazing! And I thought my hamburger replicas made from cookies for my daughters kindergarten class were cool. Your hamburger cake literally "takes the cake"!

 
At March 13, 2006 1:35 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Christina!
What a cake and the look on his face says it all; thanks mom!

 
At March 13, 2006 1:58 AM, Anonymous lillian said...

WOW the cake looks great! Going to try it when my boy turns 10 in July.. if it looks anything like yours I'll take a pic.. otherwise.. hmm forget I wrote this comment lol
delete what was writen above... start again,

Dear Christina..we will be in Switzerland in July, do you think you could make us one of those cakes, and bring it over?
that would lovely
:-)
hihihihi

 
At March 13, 2006 4:27 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Wow!

 
At March 13, 2006 7:52 AM, Anonymous rebecca said...

My heavens.... That's amazing! How far did Boy 10 and his friends get with the cake? Want to bring the leftovers to Basel? ;)

 
At March 13, 2006 8:04 AM, Anonymous Belinda said...

LOl the first thing I thought when I saw the cake was.. oh lord, that's a LOT of sugar to be giving a bunch of 10 year olds. I can only imagine how hyper they all were. But my goodness, that is such an impressive cake. I consider myself to be quite competant in the kitchen but that puts anything i've made to shame!! wonderful birthday cake Christina!! :D

 
At March 13, 2006 8:36 AM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I have trouble making toast... I can't even fathom creating a cool looking cake. Boy10's lucky to have such a talented mommy!

 
At March 13, 2006 9:41 AM, Blogger swissmiss said...

That's a fabulous cake - I love all the treats and special things you do. I hope to be more like that as Boy gets older.

And Boy9 has a new name. Boy10 - that'll take some getting used to.

 
At March 13, 2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

LOVE the cakes! Will you make mine for me next year? Sponge Bob would be great. Who says you can't have Sponge Bob when you turn 33????

Hope boy10 had a wonderful birthday! Tanti auguri!
Cyn

 
At March 13, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That burger cake looks absolutely great! Must have really been fun to make it. When I grow up, I'll stop playing with food, too. ;-)

 
At March 13, 2006 3:34 PM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

That is one fab cake! What are the tomatoes made of? Maybe I will make that in October for my Met. I have to get a fairy princess cake next month for LL...she wouldn't dig the hamburger.

 
At March 13, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Oh my goodness, that is impressive! I made brownies from a mix a couple weeks ago and they were hard as rocks. (But I think I'd be good with the icing, if I ever baked anything worth decorating.) Bravo to you! And the photos in the previous post and this one are wonderful! :)

 
At March 13, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger mar said...

You are an artist. Can't believe the hamburger-cake, it's wonderful!
Sounds like it was a very happy bday!

 
At March 13, 2006 6:21 PM, Blogger euro-trac said...

OMG!!!! That cake! That burger cake is just the most amazing thing!
Very Elvis! :-)
*****
Happy Birthday!

 
At March 13, 2006 7:13 PM, Blogger lily b said...

That has got to be the coolest cake I've ever seen. I would have wanted to put it in a glass box and save it forever, but I guess that's what photos are for.

 
At March 13, 2006 8:33 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Incredible Cake! Wow reminds me of my 7th and 8th grade years of trying to make the same thing in ceramics class. Incredible job!!! Really you do so great. I guess your the stay at home mom extraordinaire!

I'm sure hoping you actually did follow a how to guide on this or you should be the one writing the book!

 
At March 13, 2006 9:39 PM, Anonymous stringbean said...

Ohmigod! That cheeseburger cake is THE coolest cake I have ever seen!!!

 
At March 14, 2006 5:35 AM, Blogger Prairie Girl said...

What a fun post! Great photos and dialogue. I love the hamburger-cake-boy-10 photo the best. He looks really happy and cake looks very tasty :-)

 
At March 14, 2006 6:53 AM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Kid's birthdays; One of the few reasons to be happy your "kids" are grown.

 
At March 14, 2006 8:25 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

bloody brilliant!! The hambager cake was awsome!! you are the coolest mom ever!

 
At March 14, 2006 9:44 AM, Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Bravo my dear! You are really talented! You should be making money with your cake skills!

 
At March 14, 2006 3:02 PM, Blogger jen said...

Congratulations to Boy10 and his mom for being such artists :).

- Sparky from Jen's Computer

 
At March 14, 2006 7:42 PM, Blogger Tracie B. said...

mmm...a hamburger and a cake! can i have some?

 
At March 14, 2006 10:25 PM, Blogger J said...

Fantastic! You are just too creative!

 
At March 15, 2006 6:20 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

WOW! That burger cake is awesome! I am very impressed!

 
At March 15, 2006 7:25 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

OMG! THAT CAKE! O.o

 
At March 15, 2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous lydia said...

that cake is amazing! how long will it last? have you still got some?

 
At March 15, 2006 4:29 PM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

Unbelievable! Your cakes are a m a z i n g! If you lived anywhere near me, I'd pay you an arm and a leg to make creations like that for my son. The hamburger one is positively brilliant.

Oh right. I got carried away by the cake pics and I almost forgot to wish Boy 10 a very Happy Birthday! :-)

 
At March 16, 2006 10:53 AM, Blogger Hamish said...

If you ever move back to North America, I think there's a show on the Food Network waiting for you.

 
At March 17, 2006 2:38 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

DITTO to what everyone else said, never in my life have I had anyone make me something THAT creative! Way cool!

 

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