Lots of birthdays in July around here—our country’s birthday, my dad’s, Meredith’s, and Clara’s (she opened some presents early while my parents were in town).
This year Meredith asked for a "Belle" cake. I think this is the last year I am going to make a princess doll cake. Last year my Cinderella cake turned out quite well and I think it was because I was nervous about it. I read lots of articles online and looked at lots of pictures and tutorials. This year I was like, "Yeah, I've done it before and it's easy." So I plowed ahead and it turned out a flop. I made a from-scratch recipe and it only came up to the doll's knees. Then I wrote "Happy Birthday Meredith," and the icing slid down the dress. So, basically, it looked like a Haunted House birthday cake. That was it--this birthday cake simply could not be used. As I surveyed the ugly mess of a cake, it was midnight on the eve of Meredith's birthday.
The next morning at 6:30 a.m., I called the local bakery to see if I could just buy one. But they said, "It takes us two hours to make a doll cake, so you need to give more notice." I was like, "Yeah, you're telling ME how long these stupid cakes take to make." So then I headed to the grocery store to buy a box mix and more icing to attempt round two. The second cake turned out okay, except for the fact that the doll was tilting backwards a little.
Next year, should either of my girls request this cake (which I'm sure they will, because they love them), I am going to call the bakery.