M decided several months ago that she was going to have a “horsie party” for her 3rd birthday yesterday. She even collected together my cake books and searched through them until she found the cake she wanted. Which cake did she choose? … a stable full of ponies from Debbie Brown‘s 50 Easy Party Cakes.
No pressure then!
Motherhood is an easy target for guilt. I have made four cakes from this book for my elder daughter and only one for M. Each cake I vow is my last at the time, but how could I possibly disappoint my pony-mad princess? And so I have spent many hours this week in a cloud of icing sugar, hands stained various pastel colours, swinging between utter despair and relief while the ponies heads eventually took shape and hung miraculously in midair, looking out of their flowery stable. My Mum, who has been staying with us this week, was a great source of encouragement … I mean, you can’t exactly go and buy a cake from the supermarket and pretend you’d never failed with your own when your Mum’s in the kitchen watching, can you? 😉
It was worth it though. M was so pleased and proud to show off her birthday cake to the three little friends who came to her ‘horsie party’ yesterday afternoon.
Happy Birthday … neigh!