Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This has to look like Hello Kitty by 7pm

3rd.time.not.the.charm

And we need to also squeeze in ear piercing, ice skating, and Mexican food eating before that.

All so that Eleni can turn 6 properly.

I'll report back. soon.

xo,Anna, who never wanted to be a baker anyway.

84 comments:

  1. I never feel under as much pressure in the kitchen as I do when making a birthday cake for my kids! Top tip - smother it in icing, no one ever needs to know...

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  2. I am sure it will be great. Goodluck with the preperations!

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  3. Have a GREAT birthday day! Good luck with the cake - can't wait to see it!

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  4. Sounds like your inspiration will come in the making of it!

    I love your new flannel line by the way.

    I remember my getting my ears pierced for one of my birthdays. It is quite the rite of passage.

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  5. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Oh, the pressure we place upon ourselves to do it all, and do it perfectly. Relax, breathe, slow down and enjoy the memories!

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  6. i am rooting for you! happy birthday to your super six year old.

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  7. I have pictures of icing birthday cakes at 1:30 in the morning. It will turn out great. You have some big kids to help with the rest, put them to work and focus on your cake. Pretend its a piece of fabric and magic will happen!

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  8. Gah! It's not fair that cakes come out perfectly every day other than the special days...when everything that can go wrong, will go wrong!!

    I bet you can make something wonderful out of it, and anyhoo...I'm sure it'll taste nommy!!

    Good luck with the ears and the skating!! Happy Birthday to the little lady!!

    Ali x

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  9. Sounds like a great day to me. Happy birthday! (DD also loves her Hello Kitty. She pronounces it German, though. Hallo, Kitty!)

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  10. yep, as some of the others said, go for it with the icing !!!! Nobody will see it and you'll make a happy girl !!!

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  11. I waited until the day before college graduation to get my ears pierced... so I could have the benefit of several drinks before and after the event. I don't guess that drinks will be part of Eleni's preparations. :)

    Kristina
    Sweetfern Handmade

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  12. "Hello Kitty sat on a wall...." Happy Birthday, Eleni!

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  13. isn't that how it always turns out, though? did you really expect any different? life, children, and parties have to be a scramble. that's part of the fun... hope it was!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Elini (and I love her name, by the way)! I've done a construction site, a farm, a cow, and Blue's Clues, all in cakes, so I feel your frustration. :) Have fun!

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  15. oops. And then I misspell her name. I know how frustrating that is. No one ever got mine right, either. Sorry!

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  16. Sorry about the cake. I was excited to see the article about you in Do It Yourself magazine.

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  17. I dont remember any of my birthday cakes really, but what I do remember is the time my parents made a cake and it broke. They turned it out onto the table and let me and my sister have at it. Some mistakes are just meant to be.

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  18. Next time, check out Sugar Drop Shop in Brentwood. I think they rent cake pans of all sorts.

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  19. Happy Birthday to Eleni. My Ally did the ear piercing thing last Saturday. I blogged it... www.ellynsplace.blogspot.com

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  20. As my Dad would say - it all goes down the same way ;) I'm with the others, thick frosting hides it all & is extra yummy!
    Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!

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  21. Easy...yeah right. It tastes the same whether it looks like Hello Kitty or a big blog of cake (which is the way mine would look no matter how hard I tried.)
    Have a great celebration!

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  22. She is going to love what ever you do! Have fun.

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  23. Yeah, I never wanted to be a baker either! Too bad we can't make cakes out of fabric for all the kids birthday parties!!! Can't wait to hear how it went...

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  24. hi anna, i just want to tell you how inspired you make me feel :) i love reading your blog, the way you write about your family is so beautiful! thank you so much for doing what you do!

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  25. Awww. sounds like a lovely bday celebration. ear piercing! I remember getting mine done so vividly. Happy Birthday to you AND your daughter!

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  26. Oh the things we do as parents!

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  27. I'm sure it will still taste great. Always make the cake the night before - the frosting seals in the freshness.

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  28. It may well be too late to give advice on this, but the trick is a rectangular cake! Cut off the top two corners as the cake faces you (length going left to right) and a little bit of corner smoothing on the bottom two corners. Once you've done this, you basically frost the two cut corners back onto the cake for the ears.
    Maybe it's too late but I'm sure it will taste great regardless! My Lucy has her birthday today as well: 8 years old. She's letting me off easy with store bought cupcakes :)

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  29. Hello Kitty cake sounds like a great idea. Cute. I am sure you are doing the best you can. On my daughter's 5th birthday I decided to double the cake recipe, it was so dry and horrible. Kids were choking! AND I forgot the drinks! Its the company you share right?! :)

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  30. Good luck, icing can hide a world of sins!

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  31. It will happen! And tomorrow will come. Have fun.

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  32. If all else fails, there's always "Monster Cake". My dad created that one year when one of his cakes crumbled and we all thought it was so cool. Maybe a backup plan for the future? Good luck!

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  33. Good luck!
    And have fun! ^^

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  34. Can't wait to see the finished product! It sort of looks like a birthday cake I would try to make and than make a dash to the store to buy a completed cake. LOL

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  35. Happy birthday to little Miss Eleni! My little guy turns 6 the 22nd, and Roman and our 6(: baby were born on the same day. Such sweet busyness life with children is.

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  36. I made Hello Kitty cupcakes for my sister a few years ago, and if I could do that, I know you can!! Good luck! Happy Birthday Eleni!

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  37. All I needed was the title and the photo to feel your pain. I'm sure it all turned out swimmingly (or skatingly, as it were). Happy birthday on the birthday of your daughter - that's how the Dutch do it.

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  38. My almost three year old is counting down until she is six so she can get her ears pierced. Happy birthday, Eleni!

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  39. I'm not sure whether to be disappointed for you. Or relieved for me. Not that I find happiness in your imperfection...just camaraderie.

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  40. I'm hoping you made it *fingers crossed*.
    Winged Writer

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  41. Have a wonderful day, Eleni!

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  42. I bet it will taste great!
    Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  43. Can`t wait to see the result! Happy birthday day, mine was yesterday...

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  44. oooh good luck! The pressure is on...but I bet you can pull it all off beautifully, gracefully, and without even a schmear of guacamole on your shirt! :)
    Happy birthday Eleni - 6 is such a gorgeous age to become!

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  45. I liked the sign-off. It made me laugh out loud. Thanks :) feeling much more cheerful now ;)

    thea.
    xx

    www.spoonfulzine.com

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  46. Anonymous7:31 AM

    Happy Birthday to little Eleni!
    I hope she had a lovely day, and enjoyed every minute of it. :)

    Her birthday isn't far after mine... I'm just a few years older. (I turned 20!) :)

    lots of love~
    Achaia xxx

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  47. I feel your pain. My son's birthday is the 20th also..he turned 12. I did a cake for his party on Monday, so that was it...just a 2 layer cake, nothing special. The last "special" cake, um, well, fell down. On his birthday. Right before the party. Haven't tried another since. I'll stick to sewing and knitting/crocheting. Hope Eleni had a wonderful birthday!

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  48. Happy Birthday to the big girl with the sweetest smile!

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  49. Can I come? Turning 6 in the Horner clan sounds fun!

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  50. What a wonderful and fun mama you are!!!

    I love how you so decidedly say, "All so that Eleni can turn 6 properly." I totally understand that.

    I am sure she thinks you are the greatest mommy in the whole wide world :)

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  51. My daughter wanted a Hello Kitty cake for her 6th birthday too! You'll probably have everything figured out by now, but here's a pic of what turned out to be a super easy way to make one. The face is cut out of white fondant, the eyes, nose, and hair flower are jelly bellys, and the whiskers are black gel icing. Really, really easy. Good luck!

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  52. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Too funny, my daughter is turning 6 next month and also having a Hello Kitty birthday. Please post pictures of the finished product! I love your blog, you are so inspiring. Thank you!

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  53. Haha!! So funny! Good luck!

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  54. How funny! Can't wait to see how that works out for ya!

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  55. I hope it all turned out well! Being the decorator means you get to eat the lopsided parts, don't cha know!

    I had a birthday girl in my house this week and made Princess Bride cupcakes. I think I really make my kids' cakes as part gift to them, but mostly so I can play with frosting!

    My next two cakes? a winter olympic one and a map of Middle Earth. Yeah...

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  56. A couple of those is what started our tradition of the girls' decorating their own birthday cakes.

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  57. LOL! Boy, can I relate!

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  58. Oh how funny- I'm preparing to make a Hello Kitty cake in early February-please show us how it turns out :)

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  59. this post made me laugh so hard!! i can soo identify :) thanks for posting it!!

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  60. Sounds like your hands are full. I made a barbie cake one year and barbie's hair caught on fire while we sang happy birthday and I took pictures. Hilarious.

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  61. Happy Birthday to Eleni! The most important thing is that you took the time out to make a homemade cake! Theres 10 in my family and my mother used to churn out hilarious 'cakes' at our birthdays. Six is so much more grown up than 5! Enjoy the day! Lilly x
    www.lillyhiggins.blogspot.com

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    I can tell I will be back frequently to visit your very appealing blog and shop for more wonderful items.

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  63. good luck.. hope it all turns out great. and Happy Birthday to Eleni

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  64. Oh, AM! You can turn that into "abstract kitty", right?!! I'm sure you made something positively cute!
    Happy Birthday, Eleni!

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  65. oooh, can't wait to see the finished product!

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  66. I hate it when cakes do that! I usually cheat and just do a sheet cake and leave it in the pan. My birthday cakes aren't always perfect, but the boys always seem to love them anyway. I know she's going to be so excited! Happy 6th Eleni!

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  67. LOL that is hilarious. I SO understand exactly that feeling! Even though I am obsessive about freshness, I now do my baking for events the night before and keep it refrigerated. It allows me some sanity to know I could make it again in an emergency. I hope you put up the finished shot too!

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  68. Sounds like a crazy, fun birthday. I never had to do birthday cakes, thank heavens - my Mom was a pastry chef!

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  69. call me next time you need a cake!

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  70. Her birthday isn't far after mine... I'm just a few years older. (I turned 20!) :)

    lida
    fx15

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