This year Miss Rebecca had one wish: a fun Pusheen inspired cake.
Now… I’m a person who can not decorate a cake to save her life! Me & frosting? piping? forget it! Ah but to make a layered cake would save SO much over buying one. I would have had to pay someone a ridiculous amount for a themed cake so… I went for it. And I failed. But I kept at it. I fixed it. Making frosted cakes look good? Difficult! It reminds me that in crafting I have a few rules:
- Creativity is a muscle best exercised regularly
- You can’t just expect to try something and be an expert right away
- Work through the ugly phase. Many of my projects go through them!
- When in doubt: keep it simple
And above all – I learn more from craft fails than anything else! It’s ok! So I was SO super careful making level cake and frosting and all this… and when I stepped back:
You know how you’re in something and thinking oh this is brilliant… step back and it’s a mess? I made jokes this was Sleeping Beauty’s sliding mess of a cake. This was… well it was a disaster. I was seriously considering pretending to fall and whoops drop it. Alas – there’s no budget or time for a re-do so I stuck to the plan and sketch I had made despite how ugly and messy this sucker looked.
The plan had been to put 1/2 donuts around the base… I decided for height and also to help cover up the ugly to keep them whole. Then I stuck with the mini marshmallow plan and used a bit of white frosting to place and glue each one. Not bad…
Sticking to the plan I crafted a few banners and stuck them into the cake with lollipop sticks. Just basic craft supplies here – paper, twine, and alphabet stickers. The final touch were a pair of Pusheen (her favorite cat/character) party stuffed animals. Because I had coated the top layer of cake in pink candy coating there was no stickiness, no mess on them! Now it also helped make the cake seem tilted and messy – so not great in that regard.
side note: covering oreos & strawberries (pretzels, etc) in candy coating is my favorite way to look themed/coordinated and create EASY additions
The girls all went wild for this cake, and my daughter informed them that I’m the best. That I can do anything. One girl even asked if I could decorate her a cake for her birthday because she’s never seen anything like this.
It was all so amazing to hear, and truly so uplifting on a hard week that had me feeling extra beat down and “fail” in general. It also reminded me that it doesn’t matter if yours is “best” or if you are #1 in skills. Play, explore, create, and just don’t worry!!! The joy is in the process and you won’t know if something could work out or not until you really try!
As I work towards embracing creativity throughout my life – well I just thought this was one story and experience I wanted to document with you here. I would love to hear what you’ve been working on lately.