How hard can it be? I thought to myself after an encouraging chat with my sister. I had decided to make this fancy rainbow cake for my daughter’s 7th birthday.
We were having a ‘My Little Pony’ party and other than a plan to throw a bunch of ponies around the back yard, the theme was pretty weak. Not only would the cake be perfect for the party, but my kids had a day off school and we had some time to kill. A towering rainbow cake seemed like it might be a solution to a few mini problems.
It was fun at first.
We mixed the colours and made the thin cakes. Our colours did not resemble anything found in any rainbow I’ve ever seen but otherwise, it was going well! By the end of the day before the party, our six thin cakes were baked, and ready to be stacked and frosted the following day.
The morning of the party, about an hour before the start time, my husband went to get ice and whatever else we’d forgotten while the kids and I finished the cake. I knew it wouldn’t be exactly like the picture but my kid would like it, I was sure.
We put the purple on the plate first. All went well.
Then the blue. No problem!
In the excitement, the yellow somehow missed the stack. It landed with a muffled thump (and some shrieks), on the floor.
“Pick it up!” begged my children. “No one will know.”
“We’ll know,” I told them. “We can’t serve floor cake to our friends. Especially not floor cake from our floor.”
“But it won’t be a rainbow without yellow,” they protested.
“Oh I’ve seen rainbows without yellow,” I lied.
We glued the orange on top of the others with icing. Then the
red hot pink.
A few rainbow sprinkles on top and it was a masterpiece!
It is an understatement to say that we were impressed with our amazing creation.
At first I thought I imagined it. Could the cake have moved?
It shifted again, then a crack that looked a lot like the San Andreas split the cake. Smaller cracks spider-ed out from the original fault.
I lunged forward to protect the cake with my arms and body but I couldn’t hug it back together.
“Call Daddy!” I told my kid as I held on for one final moment.
I had to let it go. And clean icing from my armpits. The day was not going as planned.
“Can he fix it?” she asked.
“No. Just tell him to pick up some cupcakes with that ice.”
And life goes on….
via Daily Prompt: Cake
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