A birthday is an emotional event. It is the one defining day for opportunities to create emotional imprints of happiness. A celebration of a child’s birth date is a prime time to create lasting memories of happiness. A special date that keeps on giving.
Many people have a cake baked to celebrate birthdays. It could be a family recipe that is passed on from one generation to another. Or, it could be a cake favoured by the birthday celebrant(s). Or, it could be a theme cake. For a child’s birthday – that is where the cake has a place of special honour. And, the cake is, for the baker, an opportunity to create a lasting memory of happiness. The weather may not be perfect for the birthday celebration. The balloons may deflate or pop! The streamers may sag, and the games played may be a bust. But the cake! Yes, the cake! The cake has to be just right!
The first moment the Birthday Girl(s)/Boy(s) set their eyes upon ‘their’ cake is a moment that gives them a lifetime memory. Make that a moment of complete joy. You’ll also have a special moment of joy just to be part of their moment. It is the moment that keeps on giving, and it is very special indeed.
While not a great baker, I do bake birthday cakes for family and friends fully with the intention that the cake for their birthday brings them joy. So it was that I baked a theme cake recently for my 2-year old Granddaughter. At two years of age, her awe of large construction vehicles brings her great delight. Her Grandfather brings her by a construction site each day after picking her up from daycare. This stop may be only for a few minutes if the machines are ‘sleeping’, finished their day’s work and all shut down for the night. The stop may last 15 minutes if these monsters of construction are digging large holes for foundations, or dumping scoops of dirt into waiting trucks. However long the stop, it isn’t over until Granddaughter puts her finger to her lips and signals ‘Shhhhh’, (all the ‘tractors’ have gone to sleep for the night).
And that is what the theme was to be for celebrating my Granddaughter’s birthday – a tractor cake. More specifically a backhoe, the favored kind of tractor for this special 2-year old. With a sturdy butter cake base and a large dose of yellow food coloring to tint the decorator’s icing, a 3-D edible tractor was crafted. Licorice for outlining; heart shaped candies for lights, a cardboard, duct tape reinforced, cake covered backhoe arm; chunks of chocolate covered cake to resemble piles of ‘dirt’; ‘rocks’ made from chocolate coconut candies and mini chocolate chip cookies; a dusting of fine chocolate cookie crumbs for the ‘construction site’; a number ‘2’ candle; and mini pictures of my Granddaughter’s face in the cab ‘window’ making her the ‘Driver’. All was ready! Would it be a cake to make a lasting memory of happiness for my special Birthday Girl?
The moment arrived. My Granddaughter saw her cake. The smile spread across her face. Her eyes grew large. And, then she uttered the words, “Tractor! Hap’ Birthday!” The moment of happiness was here! An emotional imprint of happiness! A moment to last our lifetimes! A moment that keeps on giving happiness each time it is remembered.. mini cakes sydney