Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chubbs Decorating/The Cake Massacre

Ok, before I share these pictures with you, I need to explain a couple of things.

1. I love to bake and decorate cakes/cupcakes. It is a hobby/passion developed in the past few years that I really enjoy and often to relax I will try a new cake recipe simply for research purposes.

2. Lately I have determined that Chubbs catches on to far more that is going on around her than she lets on. So I have been trying to give her chances to mimic whatever I'm doing to allow her a way to express what she's observing. Such as every time I brush my teeth, I put her in the other sink and hand her her toothbrush, when I brush my hair I hand her her brush etc and so forth.

I'm sure you can tell where this is going.

This afternoon was rainy, chilly and I was in the perfect mood for something sinfully chocolate. As a result, I found a cake recipe online that I've been wanting to try forever and decided to give it a try.

(http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/05/old-fashioned-chocolate-layer-cake/)


The only problem was, I didn't have any heavy cream, so I knew that the frosting was going to be a bit touch and go, but I wanted a new cake recipe more than I wanted the frosting recipe, so I decided to go for it.

Anyway, this explanation drags on far too long.

Chubbs woke up just in time for the frosting of the cake. My little rookie mom brain thought this was the perfect opportunity to let her help me with something that I used to dream about-my daughter and I working together, side by side in perfect harmony in the kitchen.

For the first few minutes, it was heaven. Her chubby arm led by mine, she very seriously spread the frosting (that was way too thin because of the experimenting but oh well). Her focus was that of a trained pastry chef, brow knit in earnest concentration. The cake was looking rather dreadful, but I didn't mind, letting Chubbs do most of the frosting spreading. We were having a glorious mother/daughter moment...you know, one of those moments that you read about in a good story but never actually happen in real life.

However, within a few minutes of frosting spreading, she got this look on her face (that smear is her flapping her arm...into the cake).
At first I just thought it just meant that she was having fun too. But I soon realized that she had far different goals in mind for this activity:
After one tiny taste of the frosting, it was all over except for the screaming laughter. Arms flailing into the cake as though it was her own personal hand drum and she was calling the troops to battle, Chubbs threw all of her energy into putting her own special touch on the cake. She was moving so fast, the damage was done pretty quickly, so I just laughed and pulled out my phone. I won't say anymore...just show you the pictures.

(Sorry about the horrible picture quality. They were taken on my phone, and I was laughing so hard by this point that I couldn't hold the phone still...not to mention that Chubbs was moving at lightning fast speed herself)
How many hand prints do you see in this picture?? wall...cake...thigh...
(notice the movement of the arms)
Chubbs loves her some chocolate
Is a chocolate body mask a thing?
"What? No? Me? I didn't touch the cake....."

She was more than thrilled to assist mommy in the kitchen (and eat her fair share of chocolate frosting...and a small piece of cake) I have a feeling that I'm going to get quite an eager kitchen helper in the future. Seriously, I have never had so much fun frosting a cake before. I was laughing hysterically the whole time which seemed to spur her on to even more crazed cake drumming and Chubbs laughter.

Pastry Chef in the making??????

BTW...best cake recipe I have ever tried. I don't know if it was Chubbs' special love touch or what...but it was simply AMAZING!

Looking forward to many  more hours in the kitchen with my daughter...hopefully her demolition skills will turn more helpful as she grows older, but hey, I plan to enjoy every minute of the learning process. (-:






13 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness....too cute! I get that way around chocolate too!!!

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  2. Best post! I love love love messy chocolate cake face pics! It looks like sweet Chubbs got more on her than in her mouth. Fun for her. . . messy for you :-)

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  3. A girl after my own heart re: chocolate!! I'd LOVE to dive into and cover myself with chocolate frosting and cake!!! :D

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  4. You're fortunate the cake didn't land on the floor before it was all over. My sister was helping my Mom stir and stirred the bowl right off the counter! :-) It's quite the family movie!
    Love,
    Doc

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  5. This post made me so happy. :) Love it.

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  6. A true female! Love this. Also love the new layout. The picture of "Chubbs" is perfect.

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  7. Oh that's great! love those pics...she is a smart girl going after the chocolate. Reagan grabbed my brownie out of my hand the other day and it was still warm from the pan...do they learn this behavior in utero? I'll have to check that recipe out as I'm always in search of good ones.

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  8. Pure awesomeness! I loved all of those pictures and I can tell by the look on Addison's face that cake was DELICIOUS!!!

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  9. Ha Ha Ha. Could not stop laughing after I saw this! She is growing up so fast! Bekka

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  10. Too precious! Who could resist a kid and her cake, a girl after my own heart. If only it wasn't such a bad thing for adults to do the same. Ahh, to be a kid again!

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  11. What a precious memory-making moment! So glad you caught it on camera :)

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  12. I LOVED these pictures! She is such a cutie, and the story you told was awesome. I could almost hear her laughing and having a good time. Baking with your kids is one of the most awesome mommy joys.
    I hope you have many more days like this!

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