As with most engaged people, we did the registering for gifts thing. Which, by the way, is not nearly as fun as I thought it would be. But that is perhaps a story for another day. We registered, a shower was thrown (by my MOH and mother), and I received many of the things that we had registered for.
I think that we fall into the category of lucky, though, that the off-registery gifts we received were pretty awesome. I could probably do a whole post right there, but today I want to talk about the gift I didn’t think I liked, but now I love. It was?
A cake decorating kit! It was bought for me by my aunt who has a talent for decorating cakes. I had never really shown any interest at all in cakes, though, so I couldn’t imagine what I needed with frosting bags and tips, an offset spatula, frosting dyes, and a manual on how to use them all. I thanked her and away the kit went in a closet upstairs, unopened, for about six months.
Then a funny thing happened, I got married and had more time. Also, I joined the world of pinterest which is perpetually filled with pretty looking and fabulously tasting treats. When mother’s day rolled around, I decided to give the kit a try, just for the hell of it. And also because I wanted to make “mums for my mum” because I’m cheesy like that. The first batch turned out… ok.
They were kind of cute but I used the frosting recipe in the decorating manual and it was not good. Despite the completely mediocre taste though, I enjoyed decorating them. It was actually really fun to play with the frosting and I started reading a bunch of baking blogs. And thats when things really got crazy.
I found a recipe for a lemon blueberry cake that sounded fantastic and made it for my family. Not only was it DELICIOUS, but it looked super cute too! I was hooked.
And last but not least, last night’s adventure– a snickerdoodle cake topped with brown sugar buttercream frosting.
The decorating on this one is a little…. rustic? But I was still pretty happy with how smooth I was able to get the frosting and I didn’t want it to look too “girly” since I made it for my dad’s birthday. I haven’t tasted it yet, but if the batter is any indication it might be my new favorite.
Until the next cake I make, no doubt.
What I’m saying here is… I have a problem. A baking problem. I’m hooked and I can’t stop! I only wish that I had more occasions to bake for, because if I didn’t keep waiting to bake until I could give my goodies away I would be in danger of being one of those people that needs a hole in the side of the house just to get out. And that wouldn’t be good for anyone.
Anyone else have a random off-registry gift turn into a fantastic new hobby?