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Steady as a Coffee Addict

As you all know, my favourite infertility distraction is cake decorating and if you have to dump a lot of time and money into classes to stop yourself from sitting at home and poking your sore ovaries, then I suggest taking up something that you can utilize down the line. And what better skill to have than cake decorating? Everyone loves a cake. Everyone. Except for the people who don’t. But they don’t count.

Yesterday, I made a vanilla cake stuffed with raspberry buttercream and covered in vanilla buttercream. And painted pale pink cherry blossoms over it for a couple in my husband’s office who had just gotten engaged. Really–I’m that nice. I bake cakes for my husband’s coworkers.

Last night, we were watching Ace of Cakes on the Food Network and I couldn’t help but notice how steady Duff Goldman’s hands were as he painted an outline on the side of a cake. I enviously pointed this out to my husband who replied, “you never see a cup of coffee in his store, do you?”

At that moment, we both looked down at our shaking hands and I thought, “whatever. I am not trading coffee for cake decorating.” I’ve given up quite enough, thank you. Including that second 16-ounce cup. Great–leave it to me to choose a skill that sucks away all the joy from life…

I mean, except for the joy of eating homemade cake.

Photos as per Tara’s request… (damn I wish I hadn’t taken them against my dining room table cloth)


1 Tara { 10.06.06 at 1:21 pm }

Picture, please? πŸ™‚

2 The Town Criers { 10.06.06 at 1:24 pm }

You know I took a picture–I’m such a whore.

Loading it onto the computer right now. We’ll see if it turned out okay. It looked too bright when I took it last night.

3 Tara { 10.06.06 at 1:41 pm }


4 Anonymous { 10.06.06 at 2:21 pm }

Hey! Do you ship to NJ??? Looks YUMMY!!!

5 Piccinigirl { 10.06.06 at 2:39 pm }

oh that looks good enough to eat…wait you’re going to eat it aren’t you…can you get some to PA …FAST???

I love cake, your’s is perfect !!!!

6 Anonymous { 10.06.06 at 3:16 pm }

That looks really good.

7 Kay/Hanazono { 10.06.06 at 4:11 pm }

Beautiful!! YUM πŸ™‚

8 Murray { 10.06.06 at 4:28 pm }

Very pretty cake!

I was just recently going to sign up for a cake decorating class that a friend gives and then I found out you have to bake a cake and make icing each week…. I’m not much of a baker. I think I prefer the decorating to the baking.

Eating cake on the other hand. That I can do!

9 My Reality { 10.06.06 at 5:34 pm }

Your cake is beautiful. I decorate cakes sometimes. I realized pretty quickly that cake decorating isn’t a cheap hobby, though. All of my piping tips/bags/stuff cost me at least $500. I have fun doing it, and I loved the classes so that makes it worth it, right?

10 mandolyn { 10.06.06 at 10:37 pm }

It does look beautiful, although I got lost in the repetitive use of the word “buttercream.” Pure heaven.

11 Carlynn { 10.07.06 at 6:22 am }

That cake is beautiful, wow, I would be so proud if I made something like that. How long did it take you to learn how to do that?

12 The Town Criers { 10.07.06 at 7:31 am }

I took 3 classes over the course of a year and a half. And then practiced a lot, passing along the cakes to my husband’s office. Because no one can eat that much cake.

13 Rebecca { 10.08.06 at 10:55 pm }

That’s a beautiful cake! I took cake decorating lessons many years ago, and it was a lot of fun. I still have all the stuff. I’d be up to my ears in cakes if I baked as much as I would like to, but unfortunately it’s a hobby that isn’t very compatible with PCOS… πŸ™

14 Katie { 10.09.06 at 7:54 am }

Coffee or not, heck, that is GORGEOUS! And the tablecloth only serves to set off the cake’s loveliness.


(Am taking a hip hop dancing class to avoid your aforementioned staying home and poking ovaries, although I don’t think I’ll be taking any pictures.)

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