Here's the cake I made for my dad for Father's Day. I got the idea from one of the Wilton's Yearbooks. I used to make tons of character cakes for my nieces' and nephew's birthdays before their move back to Thailand, but I haven't made one in almost two years. I was a bit rusty in the piping, I had forgotten many of the techniques, but eventually they started to come back. In the past I could decorate one of these cakes in about an hour, but this one took me practically an entire day. In the end, it wasn't perfect, but it is still a cute cake.
I tried a new recipe for the cake that used fresh blueberry puree made with over a pound of blueberries in the batter. The cake came out grayish/ purple (not a very appetizing color, but so full of antioxidants), and the middle had a layer of fresh mixed berry mousse. Yummy!
I brought the cake to dinner with my family. We went out to a Chinese restaurant downtown. The food was alright, but the company was good. Not everyone was there, but we had four generations present, all the way from my 94 year old grandmother to newborn nephew Justin (a future cake recipient). We all caught up in our activities, including grandma's recent trips to the casino,my dad's plans to go fishing, my uncle's input on this fishing trip, my aunt's update on her trip back from China, and Jayden's and Justin's brotherly bonding experiences. My sister said Jayden's been a very loving older brother sharing many slobbery kisses and hugs but will occasionally throw away Justin's bottles when he wants some mommy attention (lol).
Jayden being spoiled, I mean fed, by grandma.
Justin after his dinner waiting for that big burp.
In the end it was a long dinner, and we never did get around to eating the cake. My parents took it home, and I'm sure my sisters will be enjoying it especially my baby sister who seemed very protective of the cake and the cookies I made yesterday. She's starting her finals tomorrow, maybe she needs all that sugar for some energy boost.
Either way, Happy Father's Day, Daddy, I love you, and good luck on your finals, Jess!!