Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cheating at Cake

Before I say anything else, thank you for the encouraging comments about my school situation! I promise to keep quiet about that for a while... Haha. :)

Today is my boyfriend's birthday. What do you get the man who has everything? I couldn't think of anything besides food, so that's the route I took. If you've met me, you know that I never. stop. talking. Not only that, but I've got a big mouth. With kindness in my heart, I make a lot of promises. Don't get me wrong, I always keep my promises, but I happened to promise said boyfriend that I would make him a birthday cake.


"ANIKA!" I thought, "WHEN are you going to find the time to do that?!" Upcoming finals, exams, two research papers, a presentation. Time is ever-fleeting.

But then I remembered something I read on a blog post. You can buy undecorated cakes and pretend that you made them. Brilliant. That's what I did.

Mmmmm vanilla with buttercream frosting. I ordered it from Stater Bros. for only $8. The woman even made sure not to put a label on the box so I could pretend I made it.  

I got these at Joann. Everything was inexpensive, plus I had a few 50% off coupons. The pearl sprinkles are wonderful, but, just a warning, they don't feel too great on your teeth!

Just one problem. I forgot to get a Wilton tip set, so I had to figure something out at the last minute. 

I cut some plastic tips from the grocery store. They were dirt cheap and did the job fine. Came in a set of 4.

Almost started crying. That sooooo doesn't look good..... 

Some nice puffs around the edges. Looking better.

Black petals where I'll put the roses and cover my boo-boos. 

Placed the roses. Looking a ton better.

I put little pearls in the middle of each spiral. 

Then added a trim of black pearls around the edges. 


It turns out cake decorating is hard stuff. Not too bad for my first "serious" attempt. The spirals would have been much better if only I had remembered to get the correct tips, or, you know, actually knew what I was doing. 

For the actual meal, I made ceviche. 

Shrimp, green bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, cilantro, pepper. I had the shrimp "cooking" in lemon juice overnight. 

I don't eat this type of thing, so I was a little grossed out by the tiny creatures. 

Even though this isn't my thing, I know when something looks pretty! Hurrah! 

Side note: OH my goodness cilantro smells terrible! Why did no one ever tell me this? I have no problem working with vegetables or foods I don't like at all, but cilantro pushed me over the edge. I had to throw it out. I didn't even put a tiny bit in the ceviche. It doesn't smell rotten, more like money with an undertone of herbs. Strange. 

None of this exists anymore. The birthday-boy was very happy. According to him, the ceviche was delicious and the cake was both beautiful and delectable  I had a slice of the cake. It was very good. I didn't want to take credit for something I didn't do so I fessed up that cake and buttercream frosting layer was made by someone much more skilled than I. He didn't mind. 

Good day! 


  1. I really like the effect that the pearls give the cake! Personally I love cilantro, but I have heard that a large number of people hate the smell and taste. I've heard it described as tasting like soap, although it does not taste like soap to me at all. I think there might actually be a gene that determines whether cilantro tastes attractive or soaplike to someone! :D

    1. It does smell like soap now that you mention it! A very strong laundry soap perhaps. I agree that it's probably a gene thing. Since this was my first experience with cilantro, I went into it unbiased. Alas, I don't possess the cilantro-enjoying gene. ^_^

  2. The cake looks beautiful well done, Not sure about the other part as I have never heard of it, so I will take your word about it.

  3. The cake turned out so well! What a lucky guy.