Cake Making Adventures

On Friday, Mimi came home from school all excited about plans she and her friends had made to celebrate another one of their friend’s birthday.  One was going to bring flowers, another one balloons and so on.  Mimi had volunteered to bring a cake.  Not a cupcakes, a cake.

Of course, we forgot all about this great plan until this evening when our Mimi suddenly remembered her plans.  I told her to go ahead and grab a cake mix out of the cupboard and get to work.  (she had already informed me that this was her project and she didn’t need any help)  Without even going to the kitchen, Mimi asked if I could take her to the store as we didn’t have the right kind of cake mix.  I just looked at her a moment before asking her what she was talking about as I knew we had cake mix.

It seemed that her friend didn’t like chocolate cake. (Obviously she needs to find a more sophisticated friend)  My well trained child knows that the only kind of cake mix I ever buy is chocolate…after all, why bother eating cake if it isn’t full of heavenly cocoa?  Well…we do make a small exception for my dad…he thinks a birthday cake should be spice cake.  Blech!  We compromise and make him a carrot cake.  But that has to be made from scratch as the boxed stuff is nasty.  Oh, and as my mother noted we bought Shaun a key lime pie for his birthday.   But I digress…

We zipped to the store, bought Mimi her cake mix and let her do her thing all on her own.  (I’m feeling a little guilt here.  I  realize I should be teaching her how to bake from scratch, not a box…but all the fun is in the decorating so why waste time?!)  We could hear her clanking things together in the kitchen as she went about her task.  Suddenly all noise stopped.  Then she wanted to know if she could ask me a question.

Mimi: Does cake mix rise?

Me: Ummm….yes….

Mimi: Oh SHOOT!

Apparently, she had filled the baking pan all the way to the tippy top.  It was a struggle for me  to stay seated and not rush to rescue my baby as I craned my neck to watch her use a soup ladle to remove a good portion of the mix from the pan.

Eventually she got it all figured out all on her own and popped it in the oven.  I did get to coach her a little bit on what a cake should look like when it was done.  But that was all the help she needed (or even wanted) Our girl was quite proud of herself…until she realized that  she had forgotten to grease one of the pans…

The birthday cake is just not going to be quite as tall as it was going to be originally.  I’m very proud of her and I’m sure her friend will love it.  Even if it isn’t chocolate….

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23 Responses to Cake Making Adventures

  1. snpnmnmi says:

    Of course cakes have to be chocolate! Hmmm well, maybe a pie is ok every once in a while. Good for her, making it all on her own!
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  2. oddmix says:

    What a great friend she is!

  3. Tink says:

    No pictures? *pout*

    I’m more of a vanilla and cream cheese cake kind of gal. But on those days were I’m feeling extra moody, nothing can beat a double fudge chocolate cake. Mmm Mmm.

  4. ACK! CAKE! YUUUUUUUM. I am waiting until Kyrin’s birthday and then she is going to help me make her a carrot cake. And…I’m going to eat me a piece! I guess I didn’t learn my lesson from eating that half piece at my son’s birthday. Instant headache…but oh. so. yummy.

  5. Susan says:

    snpn…~ Well, isn’t really ok, but for some very special people we can make exceptions.

    Oddmix~Mimi really is a good friend. She has one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever seen.

    Tink~ Um…I was barely allowed in the kitchen, I think photos would’ve been pushing it…but then again…I’ll try harder next time! (And I’ll pretend I didn’t see that vanilla nonsense!)

    Stephanie~CARROT? Did you not know about the chocolate law? Oh…you are trying ot pretend it’s healthy, right? tee hee

  6. sari says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I have to say, I’m a big chocolate fan, as are my five year old and my husband. My eight year old, however, is a different story. Just doesn’t like it.

    But that’s ok, more for us, right? 🙂

  7. Jay says:

    I once forgot to grease a cake pan. I pour all the cake mix back into the mixing bowl and then washed and dried the pan and then greased it and put the mix back in. Luckily, the cake turned out just fine.

    Also, for some reason I can’t get into your blog using Mozilla Firefox OR Camino. Only in IE. Got any idea why that is?

  8. Jay says:

    Are you telling me there are OTHER flavors? I guess chocolate is all I’ve ever noticed in the store. lol

  9. Susan says:

    Sari~maybe that child is really an alien? Just sayin’…

    Jayman? Um, you’re asking ME? I can’t even figure out how to get buttons on my sidebar and you want me to give you tech support? Just use the IE and your problem will be solved. There. All better. Susan saves the day once more!

    Oh and, no there really aren’t any other flavors. Don’t worry about it.

  10. MoJoKat says:

    I really am an oddball…I prefer yellow cake…with butter cream frosting and apricot filling…mmmmm…memories of my yummy b-day cake–Thank you Mom! But I do appreciate Chocolate cakes, as well. Have you tried the Chocolate fudgy cake from Costco? Its layers of moist chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting AND dark chocolate shavings…to die for! YUM! If you haven’t tried one, you really should find an excuse to do so (at work we often used “It’s Friday” or “It’s PayDay” as excuses to indulge!!!)

    Oh, and that really was a sweet gesture by your daughter! Definitely sounds like you have some thoughtful children!

  11. Barb says:

    yummmmmyyyy cake! What a good mommy, to let her learn on her own. It is so hard as a parent to not want to fix it and make it right!

  12. lynanne says:

    Wow! So impressive that she did it all herself. You can always help her bake a REAL cake (aka chocolate cake – I completely agree with you on that one) someday when you have more time. It’s good that she’s learning the basics (like knowing how much batter goes in the pan) before tackling a full recipe. 🙂

  13. Gracey says:

    Give me chocolate cake with cream cheese topping…..yummy!! I like making things from scratch but sometimes it’s just a bother.

  14. Ellie says:

    LOL!!!! I had a very similar experience and my mom let me handle it, just like you did. And the cool thing is she and I still laugh about it today! So if it made a mess and it may not have it definatly made a memory!

  15. Kell says:

    What a girl! That’s great. And how much willpower you have not to run in to help.

    I’m a chocolate cake gal, too. With buttercream frosting!

  16. Dorky Dad says:

    Mmmm … chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. (drool)

    I do like carrot cake. The Wife makes me special carrot cake for my birthday. It’s all I can do to keep from eating the entire thing.

  17. mrs darling says:

    What a good mom. Oh the things we do in the name of love. Its so hard to let kids do things on their own like this when we could so easily jump in. Yay for your daughter though. Sounds like she did a great job!

  18. Patsy Ann says:

    So the little cook is on the trail again. Well, she comes by it naturally as you started cooking very early also. Did you get a sample of the chocolate cake, Tell her that I want her to make me a chocolate pudding cake when I get up there. Good Job Mimi

  19. Cheryl says:

    I find it so hard not to ‘help’. You did a good job.

  20. photowannabe says:

    Cake, glorious cake or is it- food , glorious food? Cake is good, just about any type. But chocolate is the best… You have a very kind daughter and she sounds like a great friend.

  21. mjd says:

    Susan,
    You are such a good mom, and you have raised a kind, caring daughter. You allowed Mimi to make her own cake and own mistakes. She will probably remember to grease the pan the next time.

  22. Susan says:

    MoJoKat~Yes, I’ve had some of that Costco cake…it’s to die for!

    Barb, Kell ,Mrs. D and Cheryl~It really *is* hard to just let them do it on their own. Sigh…

    Lynanne~Hopefully she won’t forget that lesson again!

    Gracey~Oh yeah, sounds yummy to me

    Ellie~I’m really glad you have a good memory about it.

    Dorky Dad~I guess it must be a dad thing…the not wanting chocolate that is

    Patsy/Mom~Well, where do you think I learned how to teach?

    Wannabe and MJD~She is a really good kid. And I think that’s mostly just her, how she would be no matter what.

    I only hope she remembers!

  23. Coffespaz says:

    Ahhh…memories. My (grown) sister and I were going to make a cake for my mother’s birthday many years ago. Like you, we had to go to the store to find the appropriate ingredients (namely, boxed cake mix). Already a whiz in the baking department, I suggested to her that only one box would be needed, as we use two pans. Of course, she disagreed and, being the smart little sister, I kept quiet. Fast forward to an hour later when we had to open her apartment windows to let the smoke out.

    Yup – she filled the cake pans all the way (using two boxes of mix) and they spilled all over her oven. 🙂 It was a few years before she could laugh at that mishap, but laugh she finally did!