My husbands cake turned out fabulous! He requested the red velvet and cream cheese cake I made him a few years ago. Since I have made it before, it was pretty simple to recreate. For Bear I had planned on keeping it simple. We decided that we'd have a quiet birthday no big party. Maybe share cake with my mom, and our neighbors, but that was about it. I figured a simple round cake would be fine and I'd throw a toy train on top for fun. MY little guy simply requested a "chotet tate" for his birthday. For some reason in a moment of mom guilt I decided to make a train cake. I made a train cake for Ace when he turned two that was super cute. I mistakenly figured that since I've made it, it too would be easy to recreate. Wrong-o!!!
My first mistake was using a super moist chocolate cake. Moist cakes are NOT good for carving. The second problem was my little sick CJ. Ever try to complete a baking marathon with a baby who can't be put down. Poor little guy was extra cuddly, something he's not been into ever since he started cruising. I did love the extra snuggles I got from my warm and sniffly baby, but it was a huge hindrance in my cake baking, and decorating schedule. Sigh.
Anyway, I finished all the baking Sunday night, and moved onto creating a chocolate train cake for my soon to be 3 year old. The final product was not my favorite cake at all. it tasted great, and resembled a sad little train. In fact my husband actually agreed with me when I said I thought it was ugly. The nerve!! Of course when I picked up my sweet little boy to show him his "train" cake in the fridge, a smile spread from ear to ear and he exclaimed "My train tate!". Suddenly my attitude about his cake changed and I realized it truly is the thought that counts.
Now, the bad blogger that I am, I didn't snap any before pictures of my two cakes. Instead I'll share with you what they look like after two days of getting picked on. NO slices here after guests leave. Straight off the cake with a fork... that's how we roll people!