Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Somewhere in this post, you'll find an Ace you can keep.

I read one day that, to keep his fit physique, Will Smith doesn't eat ANY carbs after, like, 4 p.m.

Obviously, he, Jada, Trey, and I are not watching the same television shows late at night - a fact I somehow already knew. 

Just watching Top Chef makes me hungry and nothing goes better with a nice glass of chilled Pinot Grigio than a bag of Hot Cheetos.  All the finest someliers will confirm this.  Just (don't) ask one.

All this to say, another new show I'm loving is Cake Boss on TLC.  It's given me more than just an evening waiting with bated breath for Buddy's head to pop off when someone drops a perfectly decorated cake.  It's given me inspiration just waiting for the chance to express itself.

Well, friends, that opportunity came just this week when Olivia announced her Earth project was due and she wanted to make her 3D model out of cake.

I was elated.

"This is my project and I want to do it all by myself, Mom.  O.K.?"

"Sure, whatever, where's the sugar, eggs, and Kitchenaid?  Step aside and prepare to be amazed, Buddy, I mean, Olivia."

"MOM.  I'm serious.  I have to do this by myself."

I realized by her expression, and the use of her entire body to block the flour canister, that this project was not going to be one that I got to snatch out of her hands, do the entire thing, and simply put her name on it like someone (Trey) did in the past with Tee's Charlotte's Web Diorama with the removable roof and working swing.

Olivia was standing her ground in an apron and knee socks.


She did allow me to pull the cake out of the oven because she didn't want to 'burn her face off'.  And to frost the entire globe with a "crumb layer".  That would be the thin layer of icing used to catch all the crumbs so that when you put the final layer on, it's not all full of crumbs, and gunk, and mess.


 What I learned later from a friend/fancy-pants-baker-extraordinaire, Mrs. Rosa (I have her phone number), who makes the stinkin' best cakes/cupcakes/deliciousness in Dallas, was that if you FREEZE the cake once you bake it, and then frost it almost still frozen, you won't have any crumbs.  Genius.  A little late, but genius.  And that, my friends, is the 'take away' from this post you've been waiting for.


Olivia finished her cake this morning, after Trey spent 45 minutes last night sorting M&M's for her.  It looked great and she was proud as a peacock.  It was a win/win because I now have a giant bowl of blue, green, and brown M&M's that may not have made the cake but go great with coffee.





I think Buddy Valastro would approve.

26 comments:

Grateful for Grace said...

That totally rocks!

Candy said...

Love Olivia's independence and determination to "do it herself"!
Wondering if Bunty & Em will relate as they remember the cake contest in Indian Princess when they were the ONLY father and daughter who actually made their own cake. They were so proud until they saw all the other cakes, obviously bought from a Mrs. Rosa or Buddy!!

Nanny

Deidra said...

It's brilliant! And thanks for the tip. I will totally use that.

Joyce said...

That's an awesome finished product!

My husband still likes to talk about the time he, oops I mean my daughter, got an A+ on her model of Jamestown. It was done with a partner and conveniently the partner's dad and my hubs were best friends.

It began with the girls working all by their own sweet little creative selves in the garage and ended with the girls playing on the swingset in the backyard while the dads went to town in the garage. I think my husband might have even uttered the words, "So what did we get?' when my daughter came home with her grade : )

emily said...

So proud of her- looks awesome.

Avery is loving her some Buddy too.

The Niemeyer Nest said...

What a smart girl to think cake for her project! I LOVE it and I used to be a teacher. I'd give her an A+ for creativity and appearance.

Ann Marie said...

That is one good take away. Everytime I frost something I think...how do they do that.

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

As a former science teacher, my favorite projects were always the cake models. I had several cells and models of the sun and earth over the years.

Traci said...

Great- I know once AC sees this one we'll be copying this little project. She just finished making a volcano out of a yogurt cup and plaster of paris. Try that one! Have a great rest of the week.

Jess said...

Way To Go Olivia!! That is AMAZING!!!

coneymama said...

Freezing the cakes make for extra moist goodness, too. Yay for Olivia.

Henley on the Horn said...

Incredible project. Go Olivia!!! Love your stories.

darnold23 said...

You are a good mommy! As a teacher, I really appreciate that you let Olivia do it herself...really and truly:) Somehow we can always tell the kid projects vs. the parent projects. Come share a slow cooker favorite for Crock Pot Wednesday whenever you get a chance.

These Three Kings said...

THAT SHOW ROCK!! I looove it!! I watch it all the time!! your cake looks great!! so proud of you!

Zan said...
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Zan said...

Trey's barn was really amazing.
The best part was my baby girl looking back and forth between her painted Payless shoe box and Tee's structure. She truly believed he had made it himself. While I did not want to simply assume that Tee was not an architectural prodigy, I finally did have to tell the girl that I was confident it had been a collaborative effort.

Loved Liv's cake! And G's poster! You have GOT to see Luke's.

and 2 became 5 said...

my take away fromt his post? a needed reminded of how good M&Ms really do go with coffee. And I'm off to the store to grab that breakfast item right this second.....thanks mel.

Kim said...

Now that is my kind of school project!
Great work Olivia.
Great self control Mom!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

sara said...

what a great idea!!!

Becca said...

hot cheetos really do go so well with wine. well with anything really . . .

ps - the cake is fantastic :-) love the tip about freezing it -- not that I ever do the cakes - I leave it to Adam

Anonymous said...

what a GOOD JOB!! so creative!! Job well done "Olivia" lol

Rachel said...

That is so stinkin' creative! Waaay cool - and she can come hang out in my kitchen anytime :)

Best Life said...

Oh man I love "Cake Boss". To prove it to you I will tell you that he taught me that the "crumb icing" is called dirty icing. And I love the way his mom won't let them do anything bad on a cake. But I must say, I love Duff on "Ace of Cakes" more. He cracks me up.

Nice cake project. She should be proud....and on a sugar high! Lisa~

Amy Beth said...

That cake looks AMAZING. I have said it once, yet it's just got to be said again: you, my friend, are SUPERMOM.

The Hull's at #4 said...

Zowie! Great job!!!

allthingsjuice said...

So glad you can take one for the team and dispose of those M&Ms properly. :)