My nephew Cameron is fourteen years old today.
Fourteen?? Impossible. It seems like only yesterday when he was born. I was there you know. In the room. Watching. Wide-eyed. Heart pounding. Shallow breathing. Sweating, Crying. Shaking. Sobbing. Please keep in mind that all of the above pertained only to me....the bystander.....the first-time Aunt, and not my sister Kathy who was actually the person giving birth. Aside from the occasional
profanity grimace, she was in complete control. On the other hand, I was an emotional mess. In fact after the birth, the nurses offered me a cup of herbal tea to help calm me down. After being passed from the doctor to new mommy Kathy, then to new daddy John, at 2:23 a.m., that little chubby baby was finally handed to me. It was love at first sight and I immediately burst into tears again. See my red rimmed eyes? Good Lord, I am such a wussy!
I knew that Cam and I had a chocolate connection at his very first birthday party. Kathy and John let him loose with the cake and ice cream.....and this was the result. A chubby little baby covered head to toe in chocolate cake and frosting? Hmmmm, nothing wrong with that as far as I can see.....
Now look at him. Fourteen??? Seriously??? What year is it again? How long have I been asleep??
Like his dad, Cam's a natural athlete..........
...with a wicked sense of humor (just like his aunt). He is a "most excellent" big brother to Cody and Brenna and is generally lots of fun to be around. Oh......and before I forget....there's just one more thing about Cameron that you should know......
Are you seeing any similarities yet?
When I asked my sister Kathy what kind of cake to make for Cam's birthday, she only hesitated for about an eighth of a second. "Make him a big bed" she said laughing. "That's what he loves to do".
I started with a rich Devil's Food cake and baked it in a 9 x 11 pan. Then I whipped up a positively evil peanut butter frosting.
After putting on a light crumb-coat, I popped it into the fridge for about an hour so the frosting could properly set up. Then, my imagination completely took over ...............
The bedframe and posts should have been made a couple of days in advance so the fondant could dry.....BUT, I was a complete slacker and waited until the last gun was fired to do it. I'll remember my aggravation and annoyance AT MYSELF next time. It won't happen again. What's that saying, "Never put off shaping fondant until tomorrow if you can do it today". Trust me, when it comes to fondant, don't wait until tomorrow. Do it now. Right now. Just do it.
So this is definitely a first for me. My first official Bed-cake. Or is it a Cake-bed? It actually looks comfy enough to jump into, doesn't it??
The nightstand and pillows are all constructed from Rice Krispy Treats, then covered with fondant. The entire thing is edible....
Yes, I said everything! The bed, dustruffle, nightstand, sheets....... everything!
Even the alarm clock!
The only way I will ever relax enough to sleep that soundly will be when I'm dead.
On that note....my work here is done.