We are celebrating Jack's birthday tonight, a few days early. Steve is cooking dinner, I made the cake. Jack requested a Minas Tirith cake. In case you need a refresher, Minas Tirith is the heavily fortified capital of Gondor from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I asked for pictures…
Really?!!!! I make cakes but nothing like this. Jack is turning five but he's always been interested in extravagent cake making. I have no idea where that came from.
Chris sent me this link to show me cakes that others have made. I am once again surprised at what people think of, and how they do it. Here's an example:
Again – really?!!!! Jack requested my lemon cake with buttercream frosting which is not particularly moldable. Plus, I couldn't devote days to this. However, I kept calm and carried on.
I made one layer each at 9", 8" and 6" round. I made a foil-covered cardboard base with a back wall that is supposed to be the mountain. I got everlything out and ready. That included slicing each cake layer in half horizontally and spreading my home-made lemon curd inside. (That is a key ingredient that makes this cake taste so good.)
With the frosting made, I had to work fast because the frosting was not stiff. I used lots of toothpicks to hold various layers together. I managed to get the cake into the refrigerator without dropping it. The cold hardened the frosting and made it all more stable. I decided that the cake crumbs in the frosting were OK because it looked rougher, more rock-like. That blue bowl has extra frosting in case I need it.
After the frosting hardened I took the cake out of the refrigerator and used gray cake spray paint on it – yet another thing I didn't know existed until a few days ago. I thought I would use the sparkly sugar flakes too but they didn't show up and this cake does not need any more sugar. I made a pointy tower and various add-ons with crumpled foil…
It's official. I am really bad at this! I'm hoping that it's so bad it's good, but it may be too bad to ever be good. The cake itself should taste just fine (even though shiny gray cake looks pretty unappetizing).
Jack and Chris are going decorate it with Lego guys. I hope Jack will use his imagination and sort of see Minas Tirith. At the very least he'll know I tried and maybe that's the most important thing.