A little light reading for you. I am doing a Show and Tell this morning. Three weeks later, I am still so proud and amused by my "gone, but not forgotten" props for Pip's Egyptian themed birthday party, that I have to show it off.
I'm a pretty good cook, but not really a cake baker. I rented 3 tins for 24 hours and got busy. Also, my big Garland range is out of commission, so I used something not much bigger than a toaster oven to bake in. By tripling my recipe, I made enough batter to fill 5 cake tins and 6 cupcakes. Thank Gd for my KitchenAid mixer. Not only that, but each of the 3 largest cakes fell through in the middle, making the whole construction weak. I cut a few cupcakes horizontally, then plugged the holes in the cakes with them and frosted over them with buttercream.
It was Brian's idea to make a sarcophogus out of refrigerator boxes, so I got busy making King Tut, followed by Nefertiti. On the day, we had 35 children and about a dozen parents out in the garden for a few hours, doing a tug of war, obstacle course and wrap the mummy in toilet paper games. My house could never have fit that many children, so we were very glad and lucky to get mild weather that day. It was lots of fun. Brian, the kids and I really rejoice in these homemade parties. It gets the 4 of us working on a project together, laughing ALOT and proud of our achievements. I don't think children care that it doesn't look professional, as long as they are having fun and get cake. At least, that's what we tell ourselves.
I sent soooo much Pyramid Cake home with friends to save us from a buttercream sugar-high and a few thousand calories. Gone, but not forgotten. By the way, Pip took one bite and returned it to me. He liked the Pyramid, but doesn't much like frosting.