I just had to share my wonderful day with my cake-buddies...
My 9 year old niece came over this morning and spent the whole day glued to my side. She made cake (learned how to use the scale and properly measure flour), make buttercream (learned what happens when we don't put a towel over the KitchenAid to catch powdered sugar!), chopped half a pound of chocolate and made ganache, colored 5 handfuls of fondant 5 different colors, cut out nearly 100 fondant flowers, learned how to use a dogbone tool and a Dresden tool - and used both on every one of those flowers!, joyfully applied pearl dust to all of those flowers, helped apply dot centers to each flower, and then she glued every one of those flowers on her cake. She also did her version of a shell border.
This kid also WANTED to clean up the powdered sugar on the floor (asked me where the broom and dustpan were!) and happily washed the mixer bowl and beater paddle when we switched between cake and icing.
It was an absolutely wonderful day. Not a single one of my kids, in the 11 years I've been doing cakes, has ever wanted to do more than play with bags of icing and make decorations on plates.
Happy happy joy joy!
Oh, and while the cakes were baking, we watched the Disney princesses cake challenge that I had taped...and she just loved it.
It's so nice to have a family member take an interest in what I do! And to share it with a child is priceless.
Thanks for reading!
I'm so glad you had a treasure of a day! What a lucky niece she is to have such a wonderful aunt to share a hobby with!
That sounds so fun! That is a great day. I can hardly wait until my niece and nephew are old enough to bake with.
How sweet is this! I dream of the day when my daughter is old enough to help me in the kitchen like my sister and I did with my mom and grandma who were both successful bakers! She is only 2 but she can roll out fondant (with the small Wilton Roller) and she cuts out shapes/flowers with the cutters. Certainly on her way. This was a very special day for you. Congrats!
just gave me an idea to bond with my younger cousin! Fondant! Thanks and that was such a lovely day!
Cakepro - I share your joy! What a wonderful day!!! I am glad to know that there are other women out there that understand what a rare and wonderful feeling it is for family to want to share our love of cake art.
I just experienced this for myself just this week and the sheer joy of it kept me going long past everyone else going to bed. My son is 29 and he has been over everynight this week helping me with a really time consuming castle birthday cake for his youngest step-son who is celebrating his 9th birthday tomorrow. We have laughed and laughed, struggled with ideas and protypes for different things we were doing and got frustrated at so many of the same things.
Thursday night I had the pleasure of working with my son, my 22 yr old nephew and my DH! We all worked until the wee hours of the morning and were "one" in our work.
Then Friday night, my son, my nephew and my 4 yr old granddaughter and myself worked for hours and hours with a break for take out from McDonald's (granddaughter's choice, of course). It was so much fun listening to "oldies", 80's music and watching my granddaughter putting fondant through the clay machine and cutting out different shapes and playing with all the "tools" we had on the table. As long as I live I will never forget the sight and sounds of my son and his daughter working a cake together, 3 generations.. and really having a great time.
It is times like that this that can get you through the hard times and bad times. I have learned what rare treasures those moments are and have learned to recognize the moment for what it is and to stop and simply enjoy it.
After reading your post, I just had to share my experience too!
I wish you many more such days and look forward to seeing your niece's cake photos on CC.
I can't wait for my kids to be able to decorate their birthday cakes with me. Sounds like such a great experience for you both!
That is SOOooo cool Sherri!
Glad you had fun!
thats sounds wonderful. i cant get my kids to show any interest in what i do, they never have, but im hoping when they get kids of their own that will change. How wonderful that will be. i live in hope!
My little ones live to help with anything in the kitchen. Mine are 10, 7, and 4. They have their own cutters and everything, lol! Very cute - things can get a little crazy sometimes but I wouldn't trade a minute!
I am so happy to hear this!! There are so many distractions for everyone in life that it is really hard to share things with others. Sounds like both of you had alot of fun and enjoyed every moment. Who knows....you may just have a little apprentice on your hands.
Here's to many more days as magical as this one!!!