gracie chose a pink party as the theme for this year’s birthday party, with a little inspiration from here. all things pink was the only requirement. and no boys allowed, of course.
boy did this party take a few turns! i’d say wrong turns, but in the end it all worked out. if you follow my tweets, you’d know i had a very late, very frustrating night baking. nothing went right. more on that in a minute…
my standard brownie cake. because i’m not a huge fan of standard cake, and i love brownies, i make brownie cakes. take 3 boxes of brownie mix (i like to do 3 different ones) and bake each on a round cake pan. place them on top of each other with frosting in between, then top with a crumb coat, then a final coat. i had a huge box of double chocolate brownies from costco so i used 3 packs from that. another baking mistake. the chocolate chips in the mix made them a bit too mushy and the cake didn’t hold firm enough. the top layer’s edges all came off due to crumbling, so the cake became a dome instead of a 3 tiered round cake. oh, and all 3 brownie cakes stuck to their pans. all 3. very frustrating. and i ran out of frosting. then i wanted to add some cute pink royal icing dots, like the inchmark chick did. i found a royal icing recipe, sent my mom to the grocery store (for the 3rd time) for powdered sugar, and attempted to make the dots. after being distracted by 3 “helpers”, i lost count on how many cups of powdered sugar i had put in. so i put in one more, and it turned out to be one too many. what more could go not according to plan? we ended up with this thick, stiff, pink fluff resembling marshamllows. my ingenious mom decided to try rolling the fluff into little balls and smashing them with a spatula sprayed with pam. it formed these somewhat circular blobs that, in the end, i was quite pleased with. not what i had envisioned, but good still.
the cake pops. oh, those stinkin’ cake pops! you are my nemesis, you sweet mushy frustrating things! they looked so perfectly round and simple to make on bakerella’s site. her instructions seemed so easy to follow. but mishap after mishap lead me to quit until re-attempting this morning. ok, my mom actually did them this morning, and they turned out ok. tip for next time: make the cake balls dryer, not so much frosting. the balls were so heavy and mushy on top of the stick that they kept falling off! so we disguised them as favors and covered them with treat bags and tied them shut with ribbons. the ribbons and bag actually helped keep the ball on.
ps – happy mother’s day to my partner in crime.