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My first cake

January 25th, 2010


My mom is very interested in getting refreshed with the particulars of cake decorating, because I'm in that class. She dug up her old kit to bequeath to me. It's in perfect condition.


If you ever questioned that I'm Chinese, this should prove it to you. The kit's been saved lovingly for three decades in case, just in case, someone in the family would want to use it. It's especially exciting for her that the person is me, so the kit can stay in the immediate family and be saved and passed onto Olivia.

There are so many things in my parents' house that have been saved and unearthed. Now and then she'll come over with yet another relic of my youth for me to use. I marvel at her ability and desire to do this! I didn't even save all my wedding dresses for Olivia. (I used one at the wedding, one at the reception.)

I appreciate having it. I like it very much. It has many tips and other accessories. And, it's retro cool. I had to try it out! After my first cake class, I baked a cake.


I made a football-themed cake for an NFL playoff viewing party. I am not ashamed to admit I used a box mix. I can't bake well. Maybe with some concerted effort, I will learn in the near future. The box mix came out surprisingly good. Not as tasty as the ones the Cake Creations makes, but c'mon. They're professional bakers.


I used their recipe and made the frosting. It came out good, but not as good as theirs. I am sure I know why. 1) I didn't use HR shortening, I used Crisco, because it was at a store closer to me and I was lazy. 2) I didn't use clear vanilla extract, because I owned regular vanilla extract. Clear is good for making sure the frosting comes out white, for wedding cakes. I didn't care that mine might be a tad yellow.


I bought a box of frosting dyes, though it is kind of a pain in the butt to keep changing the frosting when you only have three bags. I forgot to buy parchment paper or more plastic bags. As a result I only used three colors.

My mom loaned me her Kitchen Aid mixer. Everyone else in class said they had one and I was the only one who didn't. But I have easy access to one!



I conscripted my parents into kitchen service. My mom helped me, and my dad was assigned to tester/ surplus eater/ photographer/ filling whipper. It was a very fun afternoon.


The cake was well-received at the party. I am enjoying this hobby.

Darren and Darin, Cowboys fans

Darren and Darin, Cowboys fans

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8 Responses to “My first cake”

  1. hawaiiobsessed:

    way to go Diane! The boxed cake mixes aren't as tasty but I have found they are easier to work with as far as getting them out of the pan for decorating!

  2. HNL2LAS:

    How awesome that you football cake became a "family" affair! Wow, something kept from the past is actually going to good use huh! hee hee...I can imagine just how excited your mom is!

  3. Kage:

    Looked good Diane.

  4. m@x:

    You're so right about our folks keeping things they cherish in hopes that someone else will find interest in them. May not be just a Chinese thing but a generational thing. Your mom must be thrilled that you're interested in something that was a passion of hers many decades ago. She got joy out of making special cakes and you're bringing it full circle by making cakes of your own to share. That's just awesome.

  5. theDman:

    "If you ever questioned that I'm Chinese, this should prove it to you. The kit's been saved lovingly for three decades in case....."


    Yeah, I know how that goes.

  6. Michael:

    Kung Hee Fat Choy.

    Time for Moon Cakes.

  7. RedZone:

    wow very nice cake. I tried making a pineapple upside down cake out of the box once and ruined it. I forgot about it in the oven and after nose detected something burining I pulled out a very crunchy kinda black crusted looking thing that did not taste all that bad. That is if you like black burnt crunchy cake. I now use a timer whenever I bake anything.

  8. Louella:

    thank you so much for blogging about your cake decorating lessons. right now i'm trying to learn how to pipe figures because I can't find any video of it on the internet. would you consider making a video tutorial? Mabuhay from the Philippines! 😀

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