Friday, January 24, 2014

Lordy Lordy Look Who's Forty

Yep, you guessed it. It's me. Back in November I turned the big 4-0. I admit, I had a hard time with it. There's something about 40 that seems significantly older than the previous milestone birthdays. A doctor actually called me "middle-aged" a couple of weeks ago. Ouch!

Turns out, though, that 40 isn't so bad. I wouldn't trade now for younger ages and all the old insecurities. And there really is something to be said for wisdom that comes with age. This is going to be a good decade, I think!

To celebrate my big birthday, my husband threw me a fantastic party with several close friends and their families. It was so much fun! We rented a pinball machine and that was the hit of the party, I think. So much fun!

Of course, I made my own cake. It was huge. And fun. And a little disappointing. Here is a picture of the whole thing.

First, the fun part. It was fun to make such a big cake and get to serve it at my own party. The top tier was gluten-free for a couple of my allergic friends. I loved being able to make a delicious cake customized just for them!

My favorite part was done by my son. He had a grand plan for my cake and I let him design the whole thing. For inspiration, he grabbed a picture of our family that was taken during our vacation last summer and painted it onto the cake. The kid's got ambition! And some serious skills for an 8-year-old, in my humble opinion. I'm not biased at all, of course! After he painted me and his Dad, he got tired and decided the picture was complete. I happen to love how it turned out!

I put a little fondant flower on the top to complete the overall look.

Now for the disappointing part. You can see it on the side of the cake in that first picture and again in the picture of the painting. See that sag on the side of the cake? Yep, my caketastrophe. After I stacked the cakes, the middle tier began to collapse. That tier is an extra-tall tier and required supports halfway through the cake. Though I never figured out exactly why the cake began to collapse, I think that I did not properly space the supports in the bottom half of the tall tier. When I stacked the tiers, the weight caused the cake to buckle.

What you see in the pictures got worse and worse, but thank goodness the cake did not fall down completely before we were able to cut and eat it. If this was going to happen, I am glad it happened on my own cake and not one meant for someone else! And, despite the disappointing look of the buckled fondant, the cake was still delicious and enjoyed by all!


  1. Kristin, you look marvelous my dear girl! The 40's are an interesting time in one's life...busy because the kids are growing up so fast and you are super busy...but the best is yet to come. I loved my 50's...a woman looks her best in her 50's and is so much fun to be around. Miss our times together and seeing the kids. Need some of their wisdom, so don't forget to post what they say to you. Love you, Nancy

  2. Thank you, Nancy! Miss you too!

  3. What fun, not many kids can say they designed & painted on a cake when they were 8! So the cake wrinkled with age? 0 to 40 in a day? HeeHee I didn't notice till you pointed it out, similar to our own wrinkles. (WHAT!?! Wrinkles at 40?!) Hmm, and something about a lovely flower perched on the edge, but the poetry is not coming to me at the moment. :) I still can't believe I'm in my 40s, time flies! I don't really want to go back in time either, tho sometimes I do, but I wish we didn't age as fast. That center layer looks huge! What delicious flavors did you make?

  4. Yes, the cake mirroring aging in real life. Hee Hee! That center layer was truly enormous. It was almond buttermilk cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream filling and cinnamon white chocolate ganache under the fondant. The top was the same, only gluten-free and corn-free. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream filling and dark chocolate ganache under the fondant. Lots and lots of yummy cake goodness! :)