Martha Stewart I am not. Princess of Pinterest? Hardly. I am, however, capable of making a simple cake from a box mix. Or so I thought. Last week was my daughter’s 5th birthday. I was going to make her a simple birthday cake for our family celebration. Nothing fancy. Easy, right?
Well, as seems to be happening more and more frequently in my life since having children, shit didn’t exactly go as planned. I was running behind and in a rush to get the cake baked and frosted. In my haste I may or may not have forgotten to grease the cake pan. I also may not have waited for the cake to cool prior to attempting to remove it from the cake pan. The result? Something worthy of a Cake Wrecks submission. Not even an adorable cake topper and candles could save this monstrosity of a cake.
For a split second I thought about scrapping the whole damn thing and running to Wal-Mart to pick up a cake that didn’t look like it was made by a blind baker using only his feet. But what’s the fun in that?! I decided this cake was the perfect way to commemorate my daughter’s 5th birthday. After all, her birthday is also a commemoration of the day she made me a mother. This cake accurately sums up my experience of attempting to figure out this whole motherhood thing these past 5 years. Just like my journey through motherhood, it is full of good intentions and love. Also, it is completely flawed and didn’t go as I had planned or expected. Motherhood has taught me a thing or 2 about embracing imperfection and learning to laugh at myself though. And that is why this was the perfect cake.
So we celebrated 5 years of loving our sassy little girl. I also celebrated 5 years on this incredible journey of learning how to be a mother. It’s been sweet, full of love, plenty of unexpected challenges, and it’s not always pretty; which is what made this cake a perfect centerpiece for this celebration. And, perhaps most importantly, the birthday girl loved it. Flaws and all.