My 7 yo said "Whats your favorite color, mom?"
"Red", shouts my two year old.
"Okay we'll make a red cake", my 7 yr old declares emphatically.
"No, no I don't want a red cake (envisioning how much food coloring that would take and how nasty it would taste. I am not quite sure what I want, I'll have to think on it".
"Okay", my 7 yo son replies, "but I will be in charge of designing it!" and he promptly runs off from the dinner table to get a pad and pen to start sketching it (you can tell he is the son of an artist and an engineer because he thinks birthday cakes should have a "designer" and require a variety of preliminary sketches.
So then to really get my creative son going I said, "I think I'd like my cake to be a replica of Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater aka Kaufman house, wouldn't that be cool!" (because this is one of my sons's favorite buildings)
"I don't know mom, I think maybe we could do something WAY more COMPLEX than that"
"Let me remind you that your father will be spearheading this culinary architecture project". I retorted,bringin him back to kitchen reality. Despite his engineering prowess daddy-o lacks more serious kitchen skills
My husband piped in, "How about something in a round shape?" (Generally what materializes for mom's birthday cake is a round shape, made from a box, with a frosting one color and a candle stuck in it. C'mon where's your sense of adventure smart daddy-o?)
But how cool to start a birthday tradition of cakes in the form of famous structures. Lets see maybe Eero Saarinen's JFKs TWA terminal, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao, or I. M. Pei's Pyramide du Louvre. There's always next year right?
(My son later shared with me his original idea a cake with all different color Popsicles stuck into the cake by their sticks to form the number 32 when you look down on it- which would actually probably make very cool picture but could be hard to eat unless you have 32 guests on hand.
1. inspiring architecture
2. creative boys
3. a good nap