No, it wasn’t a typo, just a very expensive lesson. Let me explain.
I can remember the lead up to my birthday each year as a child. Apart from studying the latest catalogues to circle ‘must have’ toys, I also spent a little too much time weighing up the pros and cons of each cake in ‘The Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake’ book. The Dolly Parton always took my fancy but there was a little part of me who wanted to put my mums cake decorating skills to the test by choosing the Treasure Chest or Swimming Pool.
Fast forward 30 or so years and the tables have turned.
This year, my 4-year-old asked me for a Paw Patrol cake. Groan….
Now I’m no slouch in the cake decorating department. Some of my accomplishments include Spiderman, a Backhoe digging and a soccer field but Paw Patrol and my very limited time sounded like a lot of work.
“Sure mate!”. I instantly knew I’d over committed.
Let me at Pintrest asap – searching “easy Paw Patrol cakes” a whole stack came up, none looked easy. Even if I had a solid 10 years to perfect my fondant craft, I don’t think I would get anything close to these so called ‘easy’ ones.
After weeks of procrastination, I realised that I should probably do something, being the day before his birthday and all….
So, after a 30 minute chat with the local cake shop owner about the perfect buttercream, I’d put together a plan. Easy right?
2 hours – shopping (ingredients, decorations and tools)
1 hr 30mins – prepare and bake 2 multi coloured sponges
1 hr 30 mins – the apparent perfect buttercream
1 hour – decorating and swearing
1 hour – cleaning
6 hours – bitching about how hard this was to anyone who would listen.
Oh, and did I mention? We need 2 of these….?!!
Based on just my time investment alone, this cake cost $448. Plus about $55 in decorations, tools and ingredients. So, for a little over $500, I got a mediocre, dry and super sweet cake that I could only manage 2 bites of.
Did my son appreciate it? Sure, he loved the cake.
Would it make a difference to him if it was made by someone else? Absolutely not.
Moral, we can do anything we set our minds to. Stick to what your best at and outsource everything else.
Oh and for those playing at home wondering about the second cake… I totally ordered it.