I’m a creative person, I can sing, I can dance and I can draw. I’m lucky really, I have a bunch of little talents, none that could ever bring me close to a professional level though (bummer!) but something is better than nothing, right?
When creating the cake for Miss Possum’s first birthday, I thought I’d be fine with it. I honestly thought I could put a decent cake together. The cake would be delicious and it would look spectacular.
I’ll freely admit that I wanted to impress other mums at the party (silly, I know).
Miss possum’s first birthday theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar and although I’d made some adorable decorations, the cake was a fizzler.
Okay, I know it wasn’t that bad but I was very disappointed with the outcome. It looked so much better in my head.
Bring it forward to her second birthday party, when she turned four, and I really wanted to lift my game. My own expectations told me I could do better. I was really scared about trying fondant but although messy, it was much easier than first anticipated!
I found this awesome marshmellow fondant recipe that’s not only delicious but it cuts corners like you wouldn’t believe (with three kids any corner cutting is a good, no, a great thing!)
So, it was a Pinkie Pie Party this year (not the new weird one but the old cute one) and I decided I’d throw myself into it.
I had a great recipe, tick.
I watched a heap of you tube clips, tick.
I bought some fondant equipment, tick.
I was ready to go.
Had I known I was going to develop this blog I probably would have taken photos of the mess, my house was covered in icing sugar. Even after a vacuum and mop there was still a wet, sugary sheen covering my tiles.
I’m not ashamed that I did a practise run. Here was the cake I made for Kindy.
And then, I really surpassed my own expectations and created this one for her birthday party.
I did tell you I was going to throw myself into it!
I did impress mums at the party (thanks for stroking my ego, girls) but the comment that really made me the happiest person alive was when Miss Possum said ‘Oh Mummy, I love it!’ with a big grin on her face.
Learning how to make a fondant decorated cake was not worth getting attention from other mums, high expectations of myself, or not. Really, the only reason I’ll be making spectacular cakes in future will be for another look at the joy on my little girls face.
When have you surpassed your expectations? Do you have any talents that come in handy?