Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Her Best Birthday. Ever.


I started baking her cake yesterday afternoon, but when I turned it out of the pans, the middle of one whole cake fell out onto the cooling rack. I had checked it for doneness, but the toothpick lied. Thankfully, I had baked six cupcakes, too. I was having a good cry when Abigail put her arms around me and said, "Mom, the cake doesn't matter. All I want is to spend my birthday with my family."

But it mattered to me. I replied, "Well, maybe I can shove a cupcake into the hole!"

We giggled, and the stress left my shoulders.

Abigail went to bed and I set out to make her a special cake. I had a picture in my mind. All she had requested was bright pink, but I know my girl and how much she adores argyle. I wanted to try marshmallow fondant, and found a recipe. I was glad I did. It was easy to work with, and much tastier than traditional fondant.

Even after the cake flopped, the end result was just what I had pictured. Abigail was thrilled when I showed it to her first thing this morning. She had never even thought to ask for argyle.



Just after breakfast Collin and I set to work on the table. A lime green table cloth, my grandma's china, and candles were in order for the special day. It was fun to glance at the table all day long and anticipate our evening meal.

Jon brought Autumn down for the day, and games were played and a video was watched.

In our family, the birthday person gets to request whatever they want for dinner. Abigail requested Randi's Gyros, and homemade pitas.


My new (vintage) pink vegetable tray was perfect for serving the toppings.



And my divided (vintage) vegetable bowl was perfect for holding the pitas. There were touches of pink everywhere, including the hot pink vintage suitcase (above) that we gifted her.



She squealed with delight and declared this was her best birthday. Ever.

16 comments:

jAne said...

She's just adorable, almost as adorable as the argyle cake. :o) How very creative.

jAne * tickleberry farm

Terri said...

The cake is absolutely beautiful, Tracy. Happy Birthday to Abigail!

Becky K. said...

How very lovely. I have never worked with fondant...guess I'll have to try.

A lovely girl and a loving mother...

Becky

Rachel said...

Wow, Tracy, great job! Fondant can hide alot of what is underneath:) And the cupcake was a great idea!!!
But more importantly, it is a blessing to have such a sweet, grateful daughter who knows what is more important in this life!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Oh Tracy, that cake is so perfectly cute! You are a sweet Mama!

I will have to look for the recipe for the marshmallow fondant...we don't like the regular fondant either.

Thanks for sharing her "best birthday ever!

Michelle, a heart at home said...

Everything looked wonderful! Happy (belated)Birthday Abigail!

Sheri said...

Happy Birthday to your precious Abigail! I can tell that her heart is just as beautiful as her smile in her birthday picture! What a treasure!!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Tracy, that cake looks fantastic. It's hard to believe it's actually homemade. It's so nice that you have time for all those creative things in the kitchen!

Danielle said...

Dinner looks wonderful! My children also get to choose their meals:0) It is wonderful to see a mother loving a daughter enough to go above and beyond...knowing her well...I love the argyle!

It is also wonderful to see a thankful daughter...thankful for the right things...not just stuff.

~~Deby said...

oh...what a perfect Birthday meal..and the CAKE...GORGEOUS...ya done good, Tracy

Jodi said...

Oh, the argyle cake is adorable! It sounds like a wonderful day was had by all. Happy Birthday, Abigail!! :o)

Abounding Treasures said...

Happy Birthday to Abigail and what an amazing cake -- no one could ever tell that the middle *fell* :o)

Blessings!

Jean Marie Bibby said...

Oh how fun! What a lovely birthday!

Brittany said...

That cake is really pretty. I love argyle, especially with pink. I might have to try this sometime!

Danielle said...

Tracy...I just saw this argyle ornament and thought of you and Abigail!

http://soseptember.blogspot.com/2009/11/argyle-applique-ornament-tutorial.html

Roxanne said...

So creative! My sister always makes my son's BD cakes and he's always asking for unusual things. I'll have to send this post to her so she can be inspired for her daughter!