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Having children with birthdays exactly two weeks apart makes for a busy fortnight. Deciding to have their birthday parties the week after each birthday makes for a busy month!
The last four weeks have been all about cake!
If you had asked me two years ago if I would make cakes for my children’s birthdays I would have laughed. Eh, no!. Especially when you can go to M&S/Sainsburys/Tesco/Asda and get an excellent ‘favourite character’ cake affordably.
Here in the US, I can’t get those cakes; if I want their current favourite character on a cake I have to order one, and they are not cheap… And, if I’m honest the cakes themselves are nice, but the two inches of icing, not so much!
One of the biggest changes of staying at home with the kids has been gaining time to do things like baking; without having to stay up till midnight. And, what has been surprising is that I actually enjoy it. I bake banana and pumpkin and carrot breads for lunchboxes. I bake cupcakes and biscuits for the fun of decorating them with the kids (or just for myself!). I now bake cakes for birthdays!
So far this year I have baked four birthday cakes…
First up, the wee girls 2nd birthday.
The following weekend we had a party for the wee girl and her brother.
Then, it was the turn of the, now, 5yo to celebrate his birthday. Another weekend, another cake!
And, last, but definitely not least (!) on Sunday we had the 5yo’s class party! I decided to go all out for this one, and make a Lego cake (and I was up till 1am icing it!).
While I am glad I don’t have to bake another birthday cake for a couple of months, the delight on my children’s faces when they’ve seen their cakes has made any effort so incredibly worthwhile. My oldest will say mummy, you are the best cake maker, ever! And, while I know I’m not, to be seen as such in his eyes makes me quite emotional; our children love unconditionally and without reserve; for them we are the best parents ever, despite our flaws and shouty moments, because we are their parents.
I will be forever grateful that I have been able to take this time out with my kids. Being the person I am, I would never have been able to work full time and do this. I have discovered a love for baking, a love for making fun treats, a love for creating cakes. This still surprises me (and my family!) somewhat, but I’m already thinking about what I can do when the 7yo turns eight in June :)
The cakes may be for others, but the creating is for me.