Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tonight's adventure

Nathan will be turning 6 soon and he's decided that he'd like a Spongebob party. (Ugh!)

The facility that we're having the party at provides all of the paper goods. Nice, but generic paper goods.

I figured he'd be happy with a Spongebob cake. So, I went searching online and found this great recipe with instructions for making a cake that looks like Spongebob. I told Nathan that I'd do my best to make him that cake, but I'd have to make a practice cake first.

He's been hounding me for days.....

I couldn't put it off any longer, so tonight we made this.....

It was probably a little warm in the kitchen to be working with frosting. And Nathan didn't have the patience for a crumb coat, so Spongebob has an interesting texture.

I should have known what this would be like when a good chunk of the cake got stuck in the baking pan. I conceded failure before torturing myself with figuring out how to make his arms and legs. Or filling in his clothing details.

I like to think of myself as a Jack of All Trades. I can cook. I can sew. I can use power tools. But, a cake decorator I am not. I can handle making swirly bits on top of cupcakes. I cannot handle absorbent, yellow, animated characters.

In the end, Nathan agreed to either homemade cupcakes or a store bought cake. And he chose to have pretzels for a snack instead of a piece of cake.


Cindy Is Crafty said...

I think he looks great, but I gather he didn't taste too good. If the little man wants something else that seals the deal. It would be easy to make cupcake toppers with that image on them. You could do a google image search to find it.

Shara said...

I think he looks spot on. Less trouble for you on party day though, right? HBD Nathan!

carolyn said...

hat are you talking about...this looks great!! nathan should be SO lucky to have home made cake!!

Wendy said...

I think it looks like Spongebob, and I even saw the show once!
But hey, go with the flow, nothing wrong with a store bought cake once in a while -

jillytacy said...

It turned out really well. What about pipe cleaner arms and hands? Twist a few together to get the right thickness. You could do yellow cupcakes with Sponge Bob eyes and a nose and what the heck throw on some pipe cleaner arms.
The trick I've learned to get the cake out of the pan is to grease the whole pan really well with shortening, then flour the pan. When the cake is done take it out and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes then take it out of the pan. Sometimes I run a knife around the edges of the pan to make sure the sides aren't stuck, then I put the board or plate over the pan and flip it over. The cake usually comes out. Good luck and happy birthday to Nathan!