Yesterday at theater day camp, the instructions were to dress as your favorite holiday. So she wore her Belize t-shirt, gray shorts, carried a toy stuffed snake and a toy kangaroo. Can’t guess it? She went as Earth Day! (The gray shorts represented pollution.) So with 1 day to spare, I decided for an “earth” birthday cake – just a hemisphere, with continents and oceans painted on with icing.
Then I remembered that she had asked for chocolate icing. Hmmm. Perhaps with the oceans brown (chocolate) and the continents blue or white, it could be a sort of reverse earth cake. We could put Antarctica on top, with gummy penguins and such.
I baked three round layers, each one smaller than the next. I assembled it with huge amounts of chocolate icing to round it off, but it looked more like the half an egg than half an earth.
The grocery store hadn’t gotten the memo on my plans. They had gummy butterflies, but no gummy penguins. Somehow butterflies always make me think of Ron Weasley. Knowing that the cake in progress was already more mountain-shaped than half-earth shaped, my husband suggested making a volcano. He said, make a small hole in the top, and put strawberry topping in there for lava. Suddenly my main hope became that the cake would not look like a giant boob when I was finished with it. Cake Wrecks, here we come.
So this morning while she was at the last day of theater camp, my son and I decorated this earth-now-volcano cake. But Son mutinied when he heard about the strawberry topping, and insisted on red icing. I decided to use both. Plus M&Ms for volcanic rock. Cookie crumbs for pumice. And a little green icing around the base of the volcano, for plants growing in rich volcanic dirt, of course.
Here is what we ended up with. Just kind of a mess. But it is chocolate. And maybe that’s what counts. Happy birthday, sweetie!
This year's volcano cake
Last year's DNA cake