As some of you know, I have discovered in the past year or so that – despite my aversion to cooking of any kind – that I enjoy baking and decorating cakes. For Christmas I asked for more decorating tips and other cake-baking implements, and among other things I got a cake turntable, a cake leveler (to trim off a cake and make it flat on top), and a couple of theme decorating books.
I am not an expert by any means. I’ve never taken any decorating classes, and I don’t make
anything from scratch. Not yet, anyway. But my family knows I find it fun and relaxing, so they’re willing to go along with it. They even request theme cakes, AND actually eat them.
In my head I can make rosettes and fondant figures (I mean, heck, I watched Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes), but in actuality I’m at the cutting the cakes into fun shapes and slathering them with frosting level. But again, while I have aspirations to improve, I’m mostly doing this because it makes me happy. And believe me, no one’s more surprised that I’m baking things than I am.
So far I’ve made an orange grub and dirt cake for my nephew, a wolf head for a friend, a failed fondant-covered monstrosity, a roast turkey chocolate cake for Thanksgiving, and a bear for my other nephew. This year I’ve been tasked with making, and I quote, “a snake about to strike a mouse” cake. That one’s going to be a challenge.
Do you have a hobby that makes you happy? Are you any good at it, or does that even matter? Do you like to bake? Does anyone know how to make “a snake about to strike a mouse” cake?
Suzanne lives in Southern California with a parakeet, a handful of noisy finches and a lot of fish, which aren't noisy. She writes witty, sexy historical romances, and thinks Robert Downey Jr is hot stuff. Her latest historical romance, "The Handbook to Handling His Lordship", is available now! It just received an awesome Kirkus review, which Suzanne has taped to her front door.
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