Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pink Cake and Growing Up

Growing up.  It happens to the best of us.  Often I feel that there is too much “leaving behind” and “getting older” associated with growing up, and not enough “ripening” and “getting plain ole awesomer!”.  It is, undoubtedly, a struggle sometimes, but it can also be one amazing ride.  I like to lean towards the awesomer side and do my best to ignore the little creaks and crankiness of the former.

Besides, growing up doesn’t mean letting go of everything.  On the contrary, I believe we shouldn’t let go.  There are precious treasures in childhood that will never come again – wonder, curiosity, unbiased-ness, simplicity, the ability to be happy with only a shovel and a mound of sand.  I say take them with you – you’ll be happy for their company on this journey.  If you’d also like to keep a ratty old pillow that has been smoothed down to an impossible silkiness and whose smell can heal almost any hurt…well, I promise I won’t tell ;)

And sugar spun confections too…let’s definitely not outgrow those.  Layer cakes in whimsical colors, made and sampled right before dinnertime.  We all need a bit of whimsy and irrationality in our lives, perhaps even more so when we are all grown.

As time passes, it is not our own growing up that surprises us so and catches us totally unawares, but that of our children.  Little C changes so fast that I’m wont to press the slow motion button and just hold on to moments as tight as I can.  And my little godchild Z is growing as well.  That little girl we made bakies with now has more make-up than her mother and I combined (and she is quite the expert with it too…I am definitely taking her up on her free makeover offer)!  She is an artist up, down and sideways, with music running through her veins.  It’s nice to see that she hasn't outgrown sugar spun confections either.

We (godchild Z, her mom - best friend K, and I) baked this cake late Sunday afternoon, dividing the batter into three and trying vainly to get three different shades of pink while breathing in the scent of butter and sugar.  It was delicious, like our bakies, but different too, like us.  We used the recipe I used for little C’s first birthday cake – we divided the batter into three and tinted each batch with a different amount of pink food coloring.  The batter was enough for 3 8-inch cake layers.  The icing was a simple vanilla frosting we got here.  I have to say again what a fantastic party cake this makes – yummy and easy to adapt in terms of theme and appearance.  The greatest testament however is the raves it got from K’s husband – when a man raves about a pink cake you know that it’s more than just cute.

Now, speaking of children, and super spun dreams, my beloved blog grows too.  After more than 6 years, I’ve finally updated its look and feel!  I am still in the process of cleaning up (odd links, a more detailed About Me page, and so forth) but so far I love it!  I hope you do too :)  It wouldn't have been possible without the awesome talents of Patricia of Fancy Girl DesignsThank you Patricia!  And thanks as well to Dainty Mom, who led me to her. 

So here’s to growing up while still keeping those parts that never grow up!  To pink cakes and friends!  To old things that keep us comforted and new things that make us giddy!  Cheers!


chef_d said...

That's a beautiful cake! Love the new look of your blog :)

kaoko said...

Congratulations on the new look. Love it!

thehungrygiant said...

this is a beautiful post. :)

heidi said...

Congratulations darling, the new site looks gorgeous. and after 6 long years, it was about time, right? :)

Junglefrog said...

Love the look of the blog. Very pretty. And yes growing up can happen way too fast!

Barbara said...

I love the new look Joey. And that is beautiful cake too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love your new look and banner! That cake looks lovely.



Midge said...

The cake and your blog's new layout are both just plain gorgeous! :D

Pam said...

Love your new look! Congrats and here's to another 6 years! : )

ChichaJo said...

Hi Chef D! Thank you!

Hi Kaoko! Thanks! I love it too :)

Hi Hungry Giant! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Hi Heidi! It was past about time! Thank you!!

Hi Junglefrog! Too fast for comfort...all the more why we need to be extra conscious and cherish every moment :)

Thanks Barbara! :)

Thank you Rosa!

Hi Midge! It was high time I think! :)

Thanks Pam! Looking forward to it! :)

Elizabeth @Mango_Queen said...

Love the Pink cake, love the post & really love the blog's new look! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing all these lovely things!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

“getting plain ole awesome!” now there's a great reason for another birthday! Actually so is your cake from the looks of it. Really a neat idea for the color intensity effect, you did well.

Anne said...

The cake look's simply beautiful...and I do like the new look :)

Katrina said...

Love your blog's pretty and cheerful new look -- it's SO YOU! :-)

Personally, after I hit a certain age (say, 30?), I don't think I grew up anymore...that is, if that's defined as, like you say, "leaving behind" the fun and frivolity of youth. I decided to just stay there and get "plain ole awesomer" every year -- which is why I love birthdays! :-D The "getting old" part has been getting more and more difficult to deny, though; while I can still party just as hard, the recovery takes so much longer! But, hey...I don't let it stop me anyway! ;-)

Shaheen said...

What a delicate and beautiful looking cake.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Love the layer cake...pink is such a great colour..it is always so celebratory in my opinion!

By the way, your site remakeover is GORGEOUS

Anh said...

Oh the new site looks excellent! and the cake? I want a slice, please.

Laura - Broxholm Road said...

This cake looks just amazing!

Stepford Mum said...

Love the new look!! And the cake looks just delicious! I've been running into K recently - her cygnet (she can explain that one) and Little A go to the same preschool!

millet said...

wow, the new layout is amazing! congrats, joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Elizabath! Thank you! And thanks for always returning :)

Hi Tanna! I look forward to birthday for that reason – another year is ALWAYS a reason to celebrate in my book :) I have seen some cakes on the net with this effect and have been wanting to try it…I think it I’ll look even better with more shades and layers!

Hi Anne! Thank you!

Hi Katrina! Thank you so much! Credit goes to Patricia of Fancy Girl Designs who so skillfully captured “me” based my on emails and pegs :) One of the many reasons I enjoy your company is you vibrancy and enthusiasm about the things you love! I think those attributes really contribute to keeping one’s self “young”…and the experience that comes with age just makes us better ;)

Hi Shaheen! Thanks :)

Hi Brittany! I love pink and I am not ashamed to say it! :) Thanks for your nice comment!

Hi Anh! Thanks! Come on over! ;)

Thank you Laura :)

Hi Iyor! Thank you! Yes, I know your kids go to the same school…maybe next year little C too! :)

Hi Millet! So glad you think so! Thanks!

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks said...

What a cute cake! I love the different shades of pink!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Melanie :) I'm loving the pink too!

alyssa said...

looks delicious! pink is always best :)


ChichaJo said...

Thanks Alyssa! I agree :)