A friend of mine asked me to decorate a cake for his dad’s 62nd birthday. Not a problem, I said. Actually this made me think of my own dad who will be turning 62 in early May, and the hope that I get the chance to make him a cake as well. (My parents currently live in sunny L.A., while I live in Ontario)
Anyways, my friend asked me to decorate it as a hockey jersey – a Montreal Canadiens hockey jersey.
Okay, okay, I will be the first to admit that I no absolutely NOTHING about hockey. Yes, I have watched a few games on television. And yes, I’ve even gone to watch a game live at some major event, which I completely enjoyed more than watching in front of a tv screen. But no matter how much I’m exposed to it, no matter how many times anyone explains the rules to me, for some reason or another I cannot retain the information beyond, in our net = good, not our net = bad. It’s sad, I know….
So into the late evening I started working on this cake. Because there isn’t any major designs (we decided to copy the jersey from behind rather in front to capture the name and significant number), I procrastinated. So like me. And thus I ended up working on this cake until 4:00am. The latest I’ve ever worked on a cake to date.
I wanted to make sure the detail – lettering, lines, stitching on the jersey were somewhat captured. *Sigh – and this is the other trait of myself: the extreme detailed perfectionist side, that tends to get the better of me. But after the lines started to blur and the fact that I was holding onto an exacto-knife at the time, gave reason to crawling into bed at 4 o’clock in the morning.
By morning, and some last-minute attention to more details, this is what I finished with.
I’m sad that I didn’t get a chance to create the Canadiens logo on the puck, as I had hoped I would.
I did hear that the cake – vanilla cake with chocolate mousse filling – turned out to be a hit . And that my friend’s dad loved it.