And with the boys, seems the OLDER they get, the more LIBERTIES they take. Especially the oldest. You'd think BC was one of the five food groups. He just grabs a serving spoon...and...digs in! (He's not a double-dipper, thank goodness!) But then thier FRIENDS see THEM doing it, and they all want a "taste."
What I do now is throw all of the extras from each cake job into a tupperware bowl labeled, "BOYS." That way--they can have as much as they like. Or else I'd be making an extra batch just for THEM! Twisted Evil
Oh gosh I can so relate! I'm a mom of 4 boys aged 4-14 and while I've never quite had problems with the little ones, it's the biggest one that drives me nuts. He grabs a spoon, serves himself to bowls of ganache, and his friends hang out and watch. He's not disruptive or rude, just realkly enthusiastic.
Biggest disaster was when 14YO DS came home from school with a his friends. I was drying a bunch of sugarpaste children I had spent hours modelling. I had left them on the kitchen counter, which of course is where everyone congregates in our house and where I normally leave their afternoon snack. When I walked back into the kitchen the boys had EATEN every last sugarpaste child. It was surreal. They thought THAT was their snack of the day.
Another disaster, I was making milk chocolate buttercream and left a huge bowl of melted chocolate to cool. When I got back, my sons aged 6 and 4 and their4 of their friends had found the chocolate. What started as a "dip-our-fingers-and-lick" prank had escalated into "let's cover our palms, hands and faces with chocolate" escapade. $25 worth of chocolate too! I had to make a new batch but I used the tainted chocolate to ice a cake for those boys afterall, they'd already shared their germs so I didn't see the harm of feeding them the rest of the batch.
Lessons learned: have a specific place for my kitchen creations; do not leave on family territory. A gang of boys will actually do things an individual can only imagine. The challenges of a cake decorating with a toddler simply morphs into the challenges of cake decorating with older children.