Let me begin by emphasizing that I have very little visual artistic ability. And then let me continue by saying that it is sometimes fun to pretend that I do.
My sister asked me to help make a birthday cake for her daughter’s first birthday. She envisioned a zebra in honor of little Lydia’s first favorite stuffed animal. (There have been many other favorites since then, but the zebra was the first.) And, of course, I jumped at the chance. But how do you make a zebra out of a cake? We didn’t really have a clue. Should we do a sheet cake and cut it into a zebra shape? Should we just frost a cake in a vaguely zebra-ish way? Should we try to make it as funny looking as possible? After several days of letting it simmer in the back of my mind, I decided a round cake was the way to go. So that’s what we did. And since black frosting has never worked out well for us, we striped our zebra in pink and hoofed her in blue.
The result is somewhat comical, but rest assured Lydia didn’t mind. And neither did anybody else. I don’t think I’ll be making a career (or even a hobby) out of cake decorating, but it is fun to dabble in a couple of times a year.