Little O remembers clearly the Truck Cake from his second birthday. In fact, on GB’s birthday this year – he suggested we make her a truck cake. While the Parakeet wasn’t even sure she could do that again – she was very certain she could not MAIL a ‘truck’ cake to Florida. So instead they sent her a nice video text.
Anyway, this year Little O was very clear he would like a “train” cake and he wanted it to have “lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of cars”. Well, the Parakeet became a bit fixated on making sure this happened for him. In fact, she googled ‘train cake’ and wouldn’t you know that Betty Crocker has a nice little video on just how to make one? Since the Parakeet had specific instructions that there be “lots and lots and lots of cars” – she went the cupcake route with a cake engine.
The night before “THOMAS!!!” the Parakeet made a LOT of cake batter. She filled a loaf pan (or two) and two cupcake tins. She planned to send the “cars” to playgroup with O on Monday for his bday celebration there. When the cakes were finally done near 10PM or something ridiculous – she let them cool a bit and wrapped the little guys’ presents sent from far-away relatives. About 10:45 or so, she went to the kitchen ready to assemble the most beautiful cake engine. She tipped out the loaf cake only for half of it to remain stuck to the pan! She was crushed and frustrated. When would there be time to make another cake??!
She crawled into bed with the Huz (who has passed out much earlier after a long week) and bemoaned the birthday celebration, “I just want him to have such a good time and love it all”. The Huz mumbled something along the lines of “He’s three. Of course he’ll love it. Get some sleep.”
SO…..It was after the Thomas outing while the O-ster napped when the Keet got back to the Cake business. She salvaged what she could and made a smaller engine. She frosted the cup cakes with different colors and threw candy all over that thing. It looked like a Sugar Explosion on rails.
Then she put all his presents on the table. The Huz napped too – because he was in a bad mood from Thomas rain and traffic. When he got up, he got Little O’s bike from the basement and put it in the living room covered with a beach towel.
The O woke up from his nap and discovered “Cake! Presents! A bike!” He was totally beside himself. His godmother B and her friend C both came over to join in on the Birthday dinner and present mania.
Little O opened each present as if he had never seen anything more amazing in his life! He kept saying ” I wonder what it could be….” as he pulled the wrapping paper. He got LOTS of pieces for his train set – that was just too much. It was all quite adorable.
The ‘grown-ups’ had fajitas and cake and beer and smiled at the O. The O had cake and tortillas and maybe a couple pieces of cheese and talked a mile a minute playing with everything at once. A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INDEED.