Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Columbus Day Cake

This is an annual tradition of ours. I didn't make this cake from scratch, but that mattered not a bit to the boys. It's important that the cake be chocolate, because "Boats Aren't Yellow!" and that the frosting be chocolate. This year I was somewhat more creative than in years past, and made it look more like one of Columbus' ships.

I have an oval baking dish with slightly tapered sides, which I use once a year, for this project only. I always cut the top off the cake to level it; however, this year, I cut out the center to create a fo'castle and a poopdeck (which you know is every little boy's favorite part of the ship). I whipped up a batch of buttercream frosting, which I flavored with dutch cocoa powder and peppermint extract, and let the boys frost this sucker and make the sail. You'll note that Thor is nowhere to be seen in this picture, having had his dinner and knowing that he never gets dessert (although Larry the lobster is in the corner).
Hope you all had a great Columbus Day, whether you worked or not!

16 comments:

Lori said...

Combining education and baked goods ~ you're a genius! (When we studied Belgium, I insisted on visiting a local Belgian chocolatier for the full effect.)

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cute! I love it.

Paula said...

Ahoy there! I was wondering what you'd come up with for this holiday because I just knew you'd do something creative! This cake is so fun. Also, I adore how your littlest fella always wears his watch.

Greg C said...

What a neat idea. I like the cake too. What scale is it made to? Just kidding. We don't do anything special for Columbus day. I worked. yuck.

gigi said...

This is great and I bet the boys had a blast doing this and then eating it too!

Violin Mom said...

You are a WAY cool mom!

Pam said...

What a great idea! I am sure you boys gobbled that tasty cake right up.

Maria said...

I had to work but my husband didn't! NO fair! LOVE your cake. So very creative!

Linda said...

You ARE a way cool mom! Really!

noble pig said...

Seriously, you are just too cool missy!

imjacobsmom said...

What a neat way to celebrate Columbus Day. I bet the boys had a great time creating their masterpiece. They did a wonderful job. ~ Robyn

Kitty M said...

Fantastic cake Marjie !! and I am fascinated to hear about Columbus Day I had never heard of that here before

Pam said...

A Columbus Day cake! What will you think of next??

Grace said...

what a great idea! sadly, i didn't get the holiday off. my company has no respect for mr columbus. :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

That is such a cool idea. I always learn more when there's cake involved.

Prudy said...

I love it! I so wish you were my neighbor and our kids could have recess, science, and history-starting with this cake together.